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    Alumna Kristen Patel named Gregg Professor of Practice at Maxwell

    Kristen (Kris) Patel, a distinguished alumna of the Maxwell School (’90 Econ, PSt) with more than 25 years of experience leading intelligence and analytics programs in the public and private sectors, is the new Donald P. and Margaret Curry Gregg Professor of Practice in Korean and East Asian Affairs. In her new role, Patel will serve as faculty member in the Policy Studies Program and teach undergraduate courses in policy studies and graduate courses in public administration and international affairs. Patel will be a research associate in Maxwell’s PARCC and contribute to Syracuse University’s Intelligence Center Community of Academic Excellence.



    Singleton study on labor unions, workplace safety published

    "Labor Unions and Workplace Safety," co-authored by Associate Professor of Economics Perry Singleton, Ling Li '17 MA (Econ)/'18 PhD (Econ), and Shawn Rohlin '06 MA (Econ)/'09 PhD (Econ), was published in the IRL Review. The study findings indicate that unionization had no detectable effect on accident case rates at the mean, but shifted downward the case-rate distribution below 2 cases per 100 full-time equivalent workers annually. The downward shift is most evident among larger bargaining units and manufacturing establishments



    Schnitzer promoted to president and CEO of CIRI

    Susan Schnitzer ’91 BA (Econ/PSt) has been named the president and CEO of the Connecticut Institute for Refugees and Immigrants (CIRI), a nonprofit that advocates for and supports immigrants, refugees, and survivors of human trafficking across Connecticut. CIRI is the only Connecticut nonprofit that provides legal, social, linguistic, and educational services to new Americans in the state.



    Alumnus Schwabish writes book on research presentation

    Jonathan Schwabish ’02 MA (Econ)/’03 PhD (Econ) has written Elevate the Debate: A Multilayered Approach to Communicating Your Research (Wiley, 2020). Schwabish, currently a senior fellow in the Income and Benefits Policy Center at the Urban Institute, is a specialist in data visualization and presentation design.



    Alumnus joins specialists in international real estate investment

    Artyom Perevedentsev ’10 MA (Econ) has been appointed to the International Investment Group of BNP Paribas Real Estate, an international real estate provider. In his new role, Perevedentsev will focus on expanding hotel investment opportunities into cross-border and other alternative markets.



    Econ grad Hillmeyer joins Colliers International

    Alec Hillmeyer ’18 BA (Econ) joined Colliers International as a retail division associate in August 2019. He focuses on tenant and landlord representation, in the realm of urban retail and restaurants, in Philadelphia.



    SoldierStrong donation to VA hospital to help veterans battling PTSD

    A unique arrangement between Syracuse University, the Syracuse Veterans Affairs Medical Center, and SoldierStrong, co-founded by Chris Meek '92 BA (Econ/PSc)/'18 EMPA has resulted in the donation of a groundbreaking virtual reality system to treat veterans experiencing post-traumatic stress.



    Nazak Nikakhtar nominated to Commerce post

    Nazak Nikakhtar ’02 MA (Econ) has been nominated by President Donald Trump to become Under Secretary of Commerce for Industry & Security. She currently serves as Assistant Secretary of Commerce (Industry and Analysis), where she is the department’s primary liaison with United States industry and trade associations.



    Laurence Mass is made partner at investment practice

    Laurence H. Mass ’87 BA (Econ/PSt) has joined Dye Creek Capital, based in Wilmington, North Carolina, as a partner. Mass is an accredited asset management specialist with 25 years of experience in the financial industry. As partner, he will focus on investments, borrowing and liability management, risk management and trust, estate and fiduciary services.



    Professorship to focus on environmental sustainability and finance

    A major gift from Kenneth A. Pontarelli ’92 BS (Econ) and his wife, Tracey Pontarelli, will fund a new professorship focused on research and teaching in the area of environmental sustainability and finance, based in the Maxwell School.



    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.



    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.



    Pulliam co-authors report comparing different tax credit policies

    Maxwell alumnus Chris Pulliam ’17 BA (Econ/Psc)/’18 MPA co-authored “Lots of plans to boost tax credits: which is best?” for the Brookings Institution. The report, which was co-authored with Isabel Sawhill, examines various proposed and current tax credit policies in the United States, including the earned income tax credit, child tax credit, and workers tax credit.



    Economics alum Mary Daly’s policy goals aim for widespread prosperity

    “Monetary policy is the tool kit we have for a strong, healthy and sustainable economy,” says Maxwell alumna Mary Daly ’91 MPhil (Econ)/’94 PhD (Econ), president and CEO of the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco. Daly explains the economic benefits of investing in each other in this PBS interview, "San Francisco Fed Chief Mary Daly on the 'virtuous cycle' of economics."



    PhD student Davor Mondom discusses political legacy of Amway in WaPo

    Current PhD student Davor Mondom ’12 BA (Econ/Hist)/’15 MA (Hist)/’16 MPhil (Hist) writes about the political legacy of Amway in the wake of Richard DeVos's death in his article "The conservative business model that paved the way for the Trump presidency," published in the Washington Post.



    Alumnus Josh Aviv wins $1 million startup competition

    Joshua Aviv ’14 BA (Econ)/G’17 (iSchool), founder and CEO of SparkCharge, a company that produces a portable, fast charging battery unit for electric vehicles, has earned the top prize of $1 million at the 43North startup competition.



    Maxwell econ alum Aviv a finalist in $5 million startup competition

    43North has announced 18 finalists for its 2018 $5 million startup competition. One was created at Syracuse University. SparkCharge founder and CEO Josh Aviv ’14 BA (Econ), G’17, will compete against competitors hailing from across North America for a shot at one of 43North’s eight cash awards, which include a $1 million grand prize and seven awards of $500,000.



    Yaqi Kang '18 BA (Econ/IR) takes community seriously in the snow city

    While at Syracuse University, Yaqi Kang '18 BA (Econ/IR) embraced her role as an active representative of the Chinese student community. She worked as a mentor at the Slutzker Center for International Services and was a representative on the Internationalization Council. “Every student is a part of the community, and we all have the responsibility to make our community better,” says Kang.



    Mary Daly '94 PhD (Econ) appointed president of SF Fed Reserve Bank

    The Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco announced that its Board of Directors has appointed Maxwell alumna Mary C. Daly to the position of president and chief executive officer, effective October 1, 2018. Daly has been serving as the Bank’s executive vice president and director of Research since 2017.



    Mary Lovely Named Inaugural Recipient of the Merget Fellowship Award

    The Maxwell School is pleased to announce Mary Lovely as the inaugural recipient of the Merget Fellowship award. The fellowship is made possible by generous gifts to the Astrid Merget Fund honoring two-time alumna and former associate dean of the Maxwell School Astrid Merget ’68 MPA/’73 PhD (SSc).



    Bowman Fund supports MPA and economics students

    A new fund, created by the widow of Maxwell alumnus H. Woods Bowman, will be used each year to provide scholarship and financial assistance to students pursuing either a master’s degree in public administration or a doctoral degree in economics at Maxwell.



    Maxwell alum Chris Meek speaks with Fox News about empowering veterans

    Chris Meek '92 BA (Econ/PSc), current EMPA student and Chairman of SoldierStrong, was interviewed on Fox News for the segment "Capitol Hill explores ways to empower veterans through tech." Meek discusses how technology can help injured veterans get back on their feet.



    Maxwell celebrates graduates, faculty at Commencement Weekend 2018

    Service. Leadership. Citizenship. The core values of the Maxwell community were on display at the 164th Syracuse University Commencement weekend celebrating the outstanding accomplishments of 2018 graduates and faculty.



    Econ alum Mary Daly discusses inclusion in economics profession in FT

    "Economics trails the sciences in attracting a diverse student mix," written by Mary Daly ’91 MPhil (Econ)/’94 PhD (Econ), was published in Financial Times. Daly discusses the need to change attitudes about women in the economics profession.



    Baldanza gift supports undergraduate research

    The Baldanza Endowment for Undergraduate Excellence will meet expenses associated with undergraduate research and experiential learning. It will also help fund Maxwell’s annual Celebration of Undergraduate Scholarship, an event held near the end of each academic year to share and reward undergraduate research projects.



    Alumnus Jeff Glor ’97 BA (Econ) named anchor of CBS Evening News

    Maxwell School alumnus Jeff Glor ’97 has been named anchor of the CBS Evening News. The announcement was made Wednesday by CBS News President David Rhodes. Glor joined CBS News in 2007 as a correspondent, and has traveled extensively to report on some of the biggest domestic and international stories of the past 15 years.



    Maxwell econ alum captures top prize in innovation competition

    Josh Aviv '15 BA (Econ), co-founder and CEO of SparkCharge, won grand prize at the Blackstone/Techstars global venture pitch competition in New York City on October 18, 2017.



    Career connects family history, research interests for Maxwell alum

    Alexei Abrahams ’08 BA (Econ), a member of both the Renée Crown University Honors Program and the inaugural class of Coronat Scholars, is a postdoctoral fellow at Princeton and a consultant for the World Bank. Looking back, he sees a clear line from his family history to his career as an economist studying the Israel-Palestine conflict.



    Distinguished Maxwell alum John P. White dies at 80

    John P. White '64 MA (Econ)/'69 PhD (Econ), deputy secretary of defense in the Clinton administration who also had served during the Carter presidency as deputy director of the Office of Management and Budget and as assistant secretary of defense for manpower, reserve affairs and logistics, died Sept. 3 at the age of 80.



    David Bing ’66 BA (Econ) to deliver keynote address at SU's CBT gala

    When David Bing ’66, H’06 delivers the keynote address at this fall’s Coming Back Together (CBT) gala, he will reflect on a rich and varied career in sports, business, politics and philanthropy.



    Wasylenko appointed Maxwell Advisory Board Professor of Economics

    David M. Van Slyke, dean of the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs, announced Friday the appointment of Michael Wasylenko as Maxwell Advisory Board Professor of Economics. This appointment recognizes his extraordinary service to the Maxwell School.



    Josh Aviv '15 (Econ) brings charge to electric vehicles on campus

    Josh Aviv ’15 BA (Econ), who runs the clean-tech company SparkCharge, says he was surprised to learn there were no locations on campus to charge an electric vehicle. Electric cars are equipped to be charged using a wall socket, but that takes longer than the charging stations themselves. Thanks to Aviv, this is no longer the case.



    Maxwell students win big at New York Business Plan Competition

    Josh Aviv '15 BA (Econ), Ryan Brinkerhoff '16 BA (PSt), and Khalid Bin Ayaz Khan '17 BA (Econ) were among the Syracuse University student entrepreneurship teams that dominated the eighth annual New York Business Plan Competition (NYBPC) on Friday, April 28.



    Chris Meek '92 BA, SoldierStrong featured in People and Men's Health

    Chris Meek '92 BA (PSc/Econ), a member of the Maxwell School Advisory Board, was recently profiled in People and Men's Health. Meek is the co-founder and Chairman of SoldierStrong, an organization that provides state-of-the-art medical devices and scholarships to troops and returning veterans.



    Michael Wasylenko announces plans to conclude term as senior associate dean

    After 13 years of service in this position, Mike will step down effective Dec 31, and will continue to teach and do research at Maxwell, as well as to advise the dean.



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