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  • Zorn appointed to oversee undergraduate education at IU Bloomington

    Kurt Zorn ’79 MA (Econ)/’81 PhD (Econ) was appointed acting vice provost for undergraduate education for Indiana University Bloomington in July. He was previously associate vice provost for undergraduate education and a professor in IU’s Paul H. O'Neill School of Public and Environmental Affairs.



    Latest Maxwell Perspective previews public affairs issues for voters

    The new edition of Maxwell Perspective — the School's magazine for alumni, students, parents, and other members of the Maxwell community — features faculty experts who provide background and context for many of the issues that will be influenced by this fall’s national elections. In the eight essays, scholars draw in historical background and larger trends to help explain the likely legacy of choices that citizens will make in the voting booth this November.



    Choi promoted to full professor at Korean public policy school

    Changyong Choi ’11 PhD (SSc) has been named to a full professorship at the Korea Development Institute’s School of Public Policy and Management, effective July 1. Choi’s appointment is in international development and public policy.



    Arras authors book on cultural impact of Seinfeld sitcom

    Paul Arras ’04 BA (Hist)/’11 MA (Hist)/’16 PhD (Hist) has written Seinfeld: A Cultural History. The book was recently published by Rowman & Littlefield, as part of its Cultural History of Television series. Arras’s book explores the history of the still-popular late-1990s sitcom Seinfeld — how the show’s ideas are woven into popular thought and behavior, and how it challenged previous conventions of television comedy.



    Ames made communications director at FDA Regulatory Affairs

    Jeremy Ames ’04 MPA is the new director of the Division of Communications in the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s Office of Regulatory Affairs. The appointment took effect last month. Ames’s appointment follows 10 years of service to the Environmental Protection Agency, where he was chief of the Communications Services staff and, before that, a communications specialist and web content coordinator.



    Rayder oversees University of Alabama water research institute

    Scott Rayder ’92 MPA is the new executive director of the Alabama Water Institute (AWI), based at the University of Alabama. He assumed that role on August 1. AWI conducts integrated research and education on complex issues of water quantity, quality, and security, globally and locally.



    Rottkamp made president and CEO of nonprofit Dutchess Tourism

    Melaine Rottkamp ’91 BA (PSc) is the new president and CEO of Dutchess Tourism, the official destination marketing and management organization for Dutchess County, New York. Rottkamp was previously vice president for Dutchess Tourism, which she joined in 2012.



    Cademartori bequest supports Maxwell School undergraduates

    Future undergraduates majoring in history or economics at the Maxwell School will benefit from scholarship funds provided, in his will, by alumnus Dominick Cademartori ’52 BA (Econ). Cademartori’s $30,000 gift is intended to extend the legacy of his own studies as a first-generation American and first-generation college student for whom college was nearly discontinued owing to financial hardship.



    Khan book analyzes impact of remittances on international relations

    A new book co-authored by Sabith Khan ’11 MPA/IR provides a unique analysis of the impacts that remittances (e.g., money sent home by migrant workers) have on community development and relations between the nation-states. The book, Remittances and International Development: The Invisible Forces Shaping Community, will be published by Routledge later this month and is available for pre-order now.



    Levinthal to serve as senior D.C. correspondent for Business Insider

    Dave Levinthal '02 BA (PPhil) has joined Business Insider as senior Washington correspondent. Business Insider is a popular and long-established news website, focused on financial and business news. Levinthal previously spent seven and a half years at the Center for Public Integrity, as an editor and senior reporter focused largely on federal politics.



    Bell joins Rivian as director of regulatory affairs

    Nancy E. Bell ’94 JD/IR/’96 PhD (PSc) has been named director of regulatory affairs and associate general counsel for the vehicle manufacturer Rivian. Rivian is an American automaker and technology company that produces emissions-free electric adventure vehicles.



    Long-time World Bank staffer Valerio will work with Dominican Republic

    Alexandria Valerio ’93 MPA, a consultant and specialist with the World Bank for more than 27 years, has been selected to serve as the bank’s resident representative for the Dominican Republic, beginning July 1.



    Khawaja book focuses on vision of one global humanity

    In his recent book, One Humanity and the Remaking of Global Peace, Security and Conflict Resolution (Lambert Academic Publishing), author Mahboob A. Khawaja ’81 MA (PSc)/’00 PhD (SSc) offers a 21st-century vision of global harmony, transcending what he terms “obsolete systems of global governance, peace, security and conflict resolution.”



    Nicholson selected for Next City’s elite Vanguard Program

    Jane Nicholson ’04 BA (Geog/IR)/’13 MPA, a senior planning associate at MRB Group, was selected to participate in Next City’s acclaimed Vanguard program for 2020. Next City is a journalistic nonprofit focused on revitalizing communities and tackling complex urban challenges around the globe. Its Vanguard program is an annual convening of the brightest minds in community revitalization, scheduled to take place this September in Greensboro, North Carolina.



    Brian Kam '16 BA (IR/MES) embarks on new venture in nursing

    After spending time aiding disaster relief efforts in Nepal, Brian Kam '16 BA (IR/MES) is acquiring a new skill set. Kam decided nursing school was his best opportunity to combine his passion for helping others with tangible medical experience, and he recently took the state license exam to become a registered nurse.



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