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  • Commencement Speaker Mary C. Daly G’94 bloomed at Syracuse University

    "You have to bloom where you’re planted, and bloom every day. Wherever you start from, find a way to live your best life," Betsy Bane told Mary C. Daly. Four decades after receiving that advice — and after earning a GED, bachelor’s and master’s degrees, and a PhD in economics from the Maxwell School — Daly is returning to the place she says launched her career as a respected economist.



    Drew Kinney '18 PhD (PSc) discusses crisis in Venezuela in Wash Post

    "What the history of coups in the Middle East tells us about Venezuela," written by Drew Kinney '14 MA/'19 PhD (PSc), was published in the Washington Post. Kinney examines how coup attempts in the Middle East offer some clues — and warnings on how the crisis in Venezuela could end.



    Philip Racicot named athletic director at Keene State

    Philip Racicot ’15 BA (PSc) is the new director of athletics and recreation at Keene State College in Keene, New Hampshire. He was formerly senior athletic director for administration at Duquesne University in Pittsburgh. Racicot joins Keene State Athletics with more than 20 years of experience in athletics.



    Perry Singleton publishes study on OSHA inspections, worker safety

    "The Effect of Workplace Inspections on Worker Safety," co-authored by Perry Singleton and Ling Li '18 PhD (Econ), was published in the ILR Review. The authors estimate the effect of inspections on worker safety by exploiting a feature of OSHA’s Site-Specific Targeting plan and find that effects are most evident in manufacturing and less evident in health services.



    Tricia Russell appointed chief of staff for Senator Cory Booker

    Tricia Russell ’05 BA (PSt/PSc) is chief of staff for Senator Cory Booker of New Jersey. She was formerly chief of staff for U.S. Representative Josh Gottheimer and Representative Steve Israel.



    Derek Slap sworn in as Connecticut State Senator

    Derek Slap ’95 BA (IR) was recently sworn in as a Democratic state senator for the 5th State Senate District of Connecticut. The 5th State Senate District encompasses the towns of West Hartford, Farmington, Burlington, and a portion of Bloomfield. Slap serves a constituency of nearly 98,000 people. He previously served as a state representative for State House District 19.



    Chance Briggs '97 MPA discusses Mozambique cyclone on NPR

    Residents in southeastern Africa are still struggling to pick up the pieces after Cyclone Idai leveled infrastructure and brought massive flooding to Mozambique, Zimbabwe and Malawi. Here & Now's Robin Young talks with Maxwell alumnus Chance Briggs '97 MPA, country director for Save The Children in Mozambique.



    Jean Mercier co-authors book on sustainable urban transport

    Jean Mercier ’82 PhD (PA) co-authored Governance and Sustainable Urban Transport in the Americas. The book, published by Palgrave-Pivot, explores the governance patterns of three cities in the Americas: Seattle, Montreal, and Curritiba, Brazil. Mercier is an adjunct professor of political science at the l’Université Laval.



    Lux, Armstrong discuss new Veterans in Politics program on WSYR

    Steve Lux, director of Executive Education, and Maxwell alumnus Nick Armstrong '08 MPA/'14 PhD (SSc), IVMF Senior Director of Research and Policy, joined WSYR's Bridge Street to discuss the new Veterans in Politics program, which will help veterans and military family members who aspire to public office or another form of a political career.



    Salvador del Solar named Prime Minister of Peru

    Salvador del Solar, former de Sardon Glass Fellow (2002), was recently sworn in as Peru's Prime Minister. Del Solar is also a lawyer, actor, filmmaker, and the former Minister of Culture of Peru (2017). Read more in the Reuters article "Peru President Vizcarra swears in actor as new prime minister."



    Conti joins Meridian International to help build global programs

    Katie Conti ’18 BA (IR) is a special assistant for the GlobalConnect Division of the Meridian International Center, a nonprofit, nonpartisan diplomatic and global leadership institution located in Washington, D.C. It aims to strengthen the United States’ engagement with the world through the engage of leaders, ideas, and cultures. Conti joined Meridian in March.



    Two books by former journalist Mike Stanton receive honors

    Unbeaten: Rocky Marciano’s Fight for Perfection in a Crooked World, by Mike Stanton ’79 BA (PSc), has been named one of the best books of 2018 by the Boston Globe and Library Journal, and as a 2018 Reader’s Favorite by the Wall Street Journal. The book, originally published by Henry Holt, will appear in paperback in August (published by Picador).



    Nicolelli appointed chief financial officer of Casa Systems

    Maxwell alumnus Maurizio Nicolelli ‘90 BA (PSc) is the new chief financial officer of Casa Systems. He now joins Casa Systems with more than 20 years of experience in financial management, mergers-and-acquisition execution, and shareholder relations.



    Jihun Han is chief of staff for Oregon State Representative Jack Zika

    Maxwell alumnus Jihun Han ’16 BA (PSc) is the new chief of staff for Oregon State Representative Jack Zika, who represents Oregon House District 53. Zika was elected during Oregon’s 2018 general election. Before serving as Zika’s chief of staff, Han worked as a political affairs manager for the Oregon Association of Realtors.



    Kimberlin Butler is director of foundation engagement for Mathematica

    Mathematica Policy Research has appointed Maxwell alumna Kimberlin Butler ’03 MPA as their new director of foundation engagement. Mathematica is a policy research organization that seeks to improve public well-being through improved data collection and analysis. Butler will lead the organization’s work with foundations, grantees, and their partners.


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