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  • MPA grad turned Excelsior Fellow: It’s an honor to work with the state

    Ari Epstein ’14 M.P.A. was providing information technology services at a major university when he joined Maxwell’s master of public administration (M.P.A.) program. “I was interested in community-building activities and wanted to get involved in shaping and improving the institutions around me,” he said. “Nothing does that like the government.” He completed his M.P.A. in 2014 and was accepted into New York’s two-year Excelsior Service Fellowship Program.



    Garcia discusses structural racism, COVID-19 outcomes in PHP blog

    "The Devastating Toll of Structural Racism," written by Assistant Professor of Sociology Marc Garcia and Ph.D. student Claire Pendergrast, was published in Public Health Post. Garcia and Pendergrast provide an overview of how structural racism is a root cause of adverse COVID-19 outcomes among older Black and Latinx adults and call for "bold policy measures and serious commitment from government leaders to reduce social and economic inequality experienced by Black and Latinx populations."



    Three faculty members named O’Hanley Scholars

    The Maxwell School is pleased to announce three new O’Hanley Faculty Scholars: Saba Siddiki, associate professor of public administration and international affairs; Martin Shanguhyia, associate professor of history; and Chris Faricy, associate professor of political science. Each was selected for outstanding teaching, scholarship and other accomplishments, including success with external grant support and service to the institution. The O’Hanley Faculty Endowed Fund for Faculty Excellence was created with a major gift from Ron O’Hanley, a 1980 graduate of the Maxwell School with a B.A. in political science.



    Dutkowsky weighs in on the ongoing labor shortage in CNY Central piece

    Wegmans, normally rated one of the nation's best places to work, is currently experiencing the effects of the ongoing shortage in labor. They will be hosting a virtual hiring event to try and fill more than 200 open positions in Syracuse area stores. "I think you're seeing two groups pulling against each other here," says Donald Dutkowsky, professor emeritus of economics. "Employers who want to get back to where it was before the pandemic and a workforce who is rethinking the whole idea of how much they want to work and where they want to work," he says. Read more in the CNY Central article, "Even Wegmans, one of country's best places to work, needs employees."



    Patel talks to WORLD about changes in US intelligence after 9/11

    Kristen Patel, Donald P. and Margaret Curry Gregg Professor of Practice in Korean and East Asian Affairs, was interviewed on WORLD's podcast "The World and Everything in It" about changes in the U.S. intelligence community that came after the 9/11 attacks via the Intelligence Reform and Terrorism Prevention Act of 2004.



    Terrell discusses German Chancellor Angela Merkel's tenure with VOA

    Germany’s long-standing chancellor, Angela Merkel, steps down following federal elections later this month, marking the end of an era for Germany and the European Union. Robert Terrell, assistant professor of history, sees a mixed record, although he says assessments of Merkel "will continue to change as shifting social contexts inform the politics of memory." Read more in the VOA article, "What Did Merkel Achieve During Her 16 Years at Germany's Helm?"



    Jacobson piece on humanitarian crisis in Afghanistan published in TIME

    "The U.S. Turned Away Jewish Refugees in 1939. We Must Not Repeat History With Afghans Fleeing the Taliban," co-authored by Assistant Dean of Washington Programs Mark Jacobson, was published in TIME. "Without a doubt, the situation in Afghanistan is distinct from the Holocaust in scope, brutality, and the depths of its evil. But the choice America faces today and the principles at play are the same as in 1939" says Jacobson and co-author Frank Sobchak. "Now, like then, we know that if we turn away refugees, many, including those who fought shoulder to shoulder with us, will face certain death."



    Gadarian speaks to FiveThirtyEight about partisanship, COVID

    Polls and vaccination rates have shown Republicans are less likely to be vaccinated, and more likely to say they don’t plan to get the shot than Democrats. Based on research she and her colleagues have been conducting, Shana Gadarian says there has been a partisan split on all health behaviors (not only the vaccine but also mask wearing, hand washing, visiting one’s doctor) throughout the pandemic. "Partisanship is not the sole determinant, but it is the strongest, most consistent determinant, even controlling for age, education, where people are living, how many COVID-19 cases are in the area," says Gadarian. Read more in the FiveThirtyEight article, "Republicans Aren’t New To The Anti-Vaxx Movement."



    Landes discusses vaccines for those aiding people with IDD in LAist

    Scott Landes, associate professor of sociology, weighs in on COVID vaccine mandates for in-home health aides in California. "If you've got a caregiver that's right up next to you, all day, it's going to increase the chances that you could get the disease," says Landes. Read more in the LAist article, "People With Developmental Disabilities Want Their Home Health Workers Vaccinated."



    Reeher quoted in Eagle Tribune article on 9/11 attacks

    There's little doubt that the U.S. and the world was forever changed on September 11, 2001. At the time of the terror attacks, recalls Professor Grant Reeher, director of the Campbell Public Affairs Institute, "There was great hope and expectation it would have a profound impact on our civil life and lead to a recapturing of some of what we lost in the decades leading up to it, that it would be a wake-up call for people to become more engaged." But, he says, "We fell very short of attaining the civic hopes that moment generated." Read more in the Eagle Tribune article, "In 20 years since 9/11 attacks, nation remains forever changed."



    Jacobson reflects on 9/11 on Profiles in Public Service podcast, ABC

    The September 11 terror attacks on the Twin Towers and the Pentagon sparked war, death and and regime change in Afghanistan and Iraq. Ahead of the 20th anniversary of 9/11, Mark Jacobson, assistant dean for Washington Programs, spoke with ABC Radio about how the attacks changed the course of the 21st century. Jacobson also discussed how public servants stepped up in the aftermath of the attacks and how 9/11 shaped their commitment to public service on the Profiles in Public Service podcast.



    Maxwell professor reflects on US policy in Middle East post-9/11

    As we commemorate the 20th anniversary of 9/11, SU News reached out to professor and Middle East expert Osamah Khalil to answer this fundamental question: How effective was America’s post-9/11 strategy in the Middle East? Read Khalil's full response via the SU News website.



    Humphrey fellows kick off Syracuse experience

    During orientation in early August, 11 Maxwell Humphrey Fellows from nine countries broke into small groups to get to know each other. Activities that build relationships and other orientation events set the stage for the 2021-22 cohort’s 10-month program of professional development, academic study and cultural exchange at Syracuse University.



    Maxwell School Announces New Chairs, Faculty

    The Maxwell School welcomes several new faculty members and announces the appointment of four department chairs.



    Gadarian quoted in USA Today piece on TX abortion law, Republicans

    A Texas law, known as SB 8, and signed by Republican Gov. Greg Abbott in May, bans abortions when a fetal heartbeat is detected, usually at about six weeks. It includes a provision in which private citizens can sue abortion providers and anyone involved in "aiding and abetting" abortions, including someone driving a person to an abortion clinic. Shana Gadarian, professor of political science, weighs in on the impact of SB 8 on Republican voters in the USA Today article, "Texas abortion law could hurt Republicans in 2022 midterm elections, experts say."



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