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  • Wiemers to study challenges of caring for aging parents amid pandemic

    Emily Wiemers, associate professor of public administration and international affairs, will serve as principal investigator for a two-year, NIH-funded study of the challenges to those caring for aging parents amid the COVID-19 pandemic. The project also includes researchers at Bowling Green State University.


    Himmelreich named to Syracuse Surveillance Technology Work Group

    Johannes Himmelreich, assistant professor of public administration and international affairs and researcher with the Autonomous Systems Policy Institute (ASPI) and the Campbell Public Affairs Institute, is one of five community members named to the Surveillance Technology Work Group that Syracuse Mayor Walsh says will ensure “surveillance tools are implemented in a safe and well-governed way.”


    Researchers examine COVID’s toll on NYC children’s health, education

    Amy Ellen Schwartz, professor of economics and public administration and international affairs, is one of two principal investigators for a five-year research project to examine how, over time, COVID-19 has affected children’s health and education in New York City. Maxwell School faculty colleague Michah W. Rothbart is among the co-investigators. Funded by the National Institutes of Health, the $3.5 million study is a collaboration by researchers at Syracuse University, New York University and the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene.


    NIH awards $1.95M to study state-level COVID policies, mental health

    Shannon Monnat, associate professor of sociology and Lerner Chair for Public Health Promotion, is the principal investigator for a five-year research project that will examine the impacts of state COVID-19 mitigation policies on adult psychological health, drug overdose and suicide. The project is funded with $1.95 million from the National Institutes of Health.


    O'Keefe weighs in on renaming NASA's James Webb Space Telescope on NPR

    After investigating, NASA does not plan to rename the James Webb Space Telescope, despite concerns that its namesake, former NASA administrator James Webb, went along with government discrimination against gay and lesbian employees in the 1950s and 1960s. The decision to name the telescope after Webb was made by a different NASA administrator, Sean O'Keefe, now University Professor at Syracuse University's Maxwell School. To O'Keefe, all of this controversy came out of the blue. But he understands the concern. He discusses the matter in the NPR article, "Shadowed By Controversy, NASA Won't Rename New Space Telescope."


    Jacobson speaks to CBS News, DW, WAER about the Afghanistan withdrawal

    Top Pentagon leaders testified publicly before lawmakers for the first time since the U.S. withdrawal from Afghanistan. Mark Jacobson, assistant dean for Washington Programs, spoke with CBS News, Deutsche Welle and WAER about their testimony and the aftermath of the Afghanistan withdrawal.


    Popp talks to NPR about the impact of transitioning to electric cars

    This month, New York Gov. Kathy Hochul signed a bill promising no more sales of fossil fuel-burning passenger vehicles by 2035 and for larger vehicles by 2045, a change that will have implications on the state’s economy and labor market. "There needs to be big investments in infrastructure, building charging stations, and so on," says Professor David Popp. "And so to the extent that people that might be displaced, can be put to work and things like that, that would certainly be useful," he says. Read more in the NPR article, "What challenges loom as New York transitions to electric car sales by 2035?"


    Lambright discusses the James Webb Space Telescope with JH Magazine

    The James Webb Space Telescope launches in December, 60 years after James Webb took over the helm of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA). "Webb was always looking ahead from the standpoint of NASA and what it could do in the future," says Professor Harry Lambright. "It was clear to him that it would be important to demonstrate the usefulness of the capabilities that NASA was developing in the '60s, and one of the ways you could do that would be to show how useful you were to science, and a space telescope clearly would be very important for science," Lambright says. Read more in the Johns Hopkins Magazine article, "Mapping the Universe's Origin Story."


    In Memoriam: Joseph Strasser, ‘forever an important figure in our history’

    Joseph Strasser ’53 B.A. (Hist)/’58 M.P.A./’20 Hon. was among the Maxwell School’s most generous supporters, having donated more than $7 million to benefit its students, faculty and Schoolwide priorities. He died at age 89 on Sept. 12 following a lengthy illness.


    Williams contributes to Atlantic Council piece on AUKUS deal

    Australia, the United Kingdom and the United States recently announced a nuclear-submarine deal known as AUKUS that sidelined France, prompting Paris to recall its ambassador to the United States for the first time in the 243-year-long alliance between the two nations. Michael Williams, associate professor of public administration and international affairs, was one of several experts who weighed in on how the U.S. and its allies should navigate the diplomatic upheaval in the Atlantic Council blog post, "Experts react: The AUKUS deal has shaken the transatlantic alliance. What should the US and its allies do now?"


    2021 Robertson Fellows committed to public service

    This fall, Paul-Donavon Murray and Jacob Emont joined the graduate student ranks at the Maxwell School, pursing dual master’s degrees in public administration and international relations. Both are Robertson Foundation for Government Fellows. Robertson awards are among the most generous and prestigious available to professional graduate students at the Maxwell School, covering full tuition for two years of study, a living stipend, health insurance and assistance in finding a summer internship.


    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.


    Maxwell School Announces New Chairs, Faculty

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


    Popp weighs in on Biden's proposed Civilian Climate Corps in AP

    President Joe Biden and congressional Democrats are pushing for a modern counterpart to the New Deal-era Civilian Conservation Corps: a Civilian Climate Corps that would create hundreds of thousands of jobs building trails, restoring streams and helping prevent catastrophic wildfires. David Popp, professor of public administration and international affairs, discusses in the Associated Press article, "Biden, Dems push Civilian Climate Corps in echo of New Deal."


    O'Keefe featured in CNN article on how 9/11 changed travel

    University Professor Sean O'Keefe, who in 2001 was deputy director of the Office of Management and Budget in the George W. Bush administration, spoke with CNN about the enormous changes 9/11 brought to the airline industry. That September morning in 2001 "flipped the switch right away from almost non-existent security to unbelievable, in-your-face, all the time," says O'Keefe. He's featured in the article "How 9/11 changed travel forever."


    Jacobson speaks with VOA, Wash Post about evacuations in Afghanistan

    Maxwell's Assistant Dean of Washington Programs Mark Jacobson discusses the failures of the evacuations from Afghanistan with HuffPost, Voice of America and the Washington Post.


    Williams discusses impact of Afghanistan withdrawal on NATO in AC blog

    "Why the US failure in Afghanistan won’t break NATO," authored by Associate Professor of Public Administration and International Affairs Michael John Williams, was published in the Atlantic Council's New Atlanticist blog. According to Williams, the decision to withdraw from Afghanistan is seen by European experts and military planners as a strategic prioritization of challenges.


    Lisa Gordon '90 MPA to be honored at Orange Circle Awards ceremony

    After postponing the Orange Circle Awards in 2020, deserving alumni and student groups will be honored during the Orange Circle Awards as part of Coming Back Together 2021, held Sept. 9-12. Lisa Y. Gordon ’90 MPA, president and chief executive officer of Atlanta Habitat for Humanity, is among the 2021 Orange Circle Award winners. Gordon is a recognized leader in transformational real estate development, creating high-quality public and private legacy projects.


    Jacobson discusses crisis at Kabul airport with MSNBC, MSN, Bloomberg

    Maxwell's Assistant Dean of Washington Programs Mark Jacobson discusses the evacuation crisis at Kabul airport with MSNBC, MSN, Bloomberg and more.


    Jacobson discusses US security advisor Jake Sullivan on NewsNation

    Marc Jacobson, assistant dean for Washington Programs, was interviewed on NewsNation's "On Balance with Leland Vittert" about the criticism towards national security advisor Jake Sullivan. Sullivan has become the public face of Biden’s messy exit from Afghanistan. Jacobson's interview begins at 20:11.


    Jay Golden named inaugural Pontarelli Professor

    Jay Golden has been named the inaugural Pontarelli Professor of Environmental Sustainability and Finance in the Maxwell School’s Department of Public Administration and International Affairs. Golden will teach across undergraduate and graduate degree programs, drawing students interested in diverse careers that intersect with sustainability and finance, including aspiring entrepreneurs, economists and policy makers. Golden also is a faculty research affiliate in the Center for Environmental Policy and Administration, and he has launched the Dynamic Sustainability Lab at the Maxwell School to examine the impacts of new technologies, policies and strategies aimed at meeting sustainability commitments.


    Rothbart examines hospitals' responses to policy changes in new study

    "Do Minimum Charity Care Provision Requirements Increase Nonprofit Hospital Performance? Examining Hospitals’ Responses to Regulatory Changes," co-authored by Michah Rothbart, assistant professor of public administration and international affairs, was published in the Journal of Public Administration Research and Theory. Rothbart and co-author Nara Yoon found no evidence that nonprofit hospitals increase charity care in response to the minimum charity care provision requirements on average. Instead, they found that there is heterogeneity in responses; hospitals providing low levels of charity care prior to the policy increase charity care, while hospitals providing high levels of charity care prior to the policy do not respond or, if anything, decrease charity care.


    Leonard Lopoo named Volcker Chair at Maxwell School

    Leonard Lopoo, professor of public administration and international affairs, has been named the Paul Volcker Chair in Behavioral Economics at the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs. The Volcker Chair was endowed by Robert Menschel, retired senior director at Goldman Sachs Group and trustee emeritus of Syracuse University. It is named in honor of the late Paul Volcker, a former Maxwell School Advisory Board member. Lopoo succeeds Leonard Burman, named the inaugural Volcker Chair in 2014.


    O'Keefe weighs in on military vaccine mandate in Gray DC piece

    Military leaders recently announced that all 1.3 million active duty service members will be required to be fully vaccinated as soon as mid-September to fight the highly contagious Delta variant. Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin says this new requirement is critical to maintaining military readiness. University Professor Sean O’Keefe strongly supports the vaccine mandate. He points to the COVID-19 outbreak aboard the USS Theodore Roosevelt early in the pandemic, which sickened 1,200 sailors and killed one. "This virus isn’t discriminatory. It will take out people with unbelievably great health conditions," says O’Keefe. Read more in the Gray DC piece, "Florida Congressman raises concerns with military vaccine mandate."


    Jacobson talks to CBS News, Wash Post about Afghanistan withdrawal

    A U.S. convoy is currently in Qatar in an attempt to convince the Taliban to accept a ceasefire in Afghanistan. "I don't see any incentive at this point for the Taliban to engage in a ceasefire," Mark Jacobson, assistant dean of Washington Programs, tells CBS News. "What I think it would take is a public announcement by the [Biden] administration that while the U.S. remains committed to a withdrawal of its military forces on the ground, that American air power will be deployed in support of the Afghan National Security Forces and this will continue until the Taliban come to the table and agree to a political settlement with the Afghan government." Jacobson also spoke to ABC Radio (Australia), USA Today and the Washington Post.


    O'Keefe writes about the Renewable Fuel Standard in The Hill

    For independent refiners in the U.S., the cost to comply with the Renewable Fuel Standard program (RFS) is on track this year to exceed all other costs of running their refineries, causing them to choose between reducing fuel production or suspending operations. America’s domestic refineries are closing at accelerating rates. "This limited refining capacity makes our national supply chain more vulnerable to cyber-attacks or natural disasters which disrupt fuel availability," writes University Professor Sean O'Keefe and his co-author. "And as more refineries close, our military bases and troops will experience supply shortages domestically and abroad." Read more in their article, "Why the Renewable Fuel Standard is a threat to our nation's supply chain security," published in The Hill.


    Feeding the Next Generation

    Catherine Bertini has guided many students to the World Food Programme (WFP), the United Nations organization honored with a Nobel Peace Prize. Meghan Sullivan '17 M.A.I.R. is one of several alumni who found their calling—the place to put their Maxwell theories into practice—through the WFP.


    O'Keefe discusses the future of commercial space travel on BYUradio

    Sean O'Keefe, University Professor and former NASA administrator, was interviewed on BYUradio's "The Lisa Show" about the future of commercial space travel, and what it means for the future of humanity beyond the stars.


    Popp cited in New York Times article on green jobs

    Industry studies, including one cited by the White House, suggest that vastly increasing the number of wind and solar farms could produce over half a million jobs a year over the next decade—primarily in construction and manufacturing. David Popp, professor of public administration and international affairs, says those job estimates were roughly in line with his study of the green jobs created by the Recovery Act of 2009, but with two caveats: First, the green jobs created then coincided with a loss of jobs elsewhere, including high-paying, unionized industrial jobs. And the green jobs did not appear to raise the wages of workers who filled them. Read more in the New York Times article, "Building Solar Farms May Not Build the Middle Class."


    Michelmore weighs in on Child Tax Credit payments in BBC, MarktetWatch

    The first advance payments on the expanded Child Tax Credit (CTC) are being distributed through direct deposits and paper checks on this week. Various research shows the timing and certainty of payments and benefits can really matter in a family’s financial life from month to month, especially if the family is struggling, says Katherine Michelmore. Knowing the CTC money is "coming on a specific day is really helpful to families that are living paycheck to paycheck," she says. Read more in the MarketWatch article, "Enhanced Child Tax Credits of up to $3,600 per child start this week: ‘I’m going to be able to do a lot’." Michelmore was also quoted in the BBC News article, "Why the US is launching a $300 monthly child benefit."


    O'Keefe discusses Richard Branson's space flight with CNBC, The Hill

    On Sunday, Richard Branson reached space on a test flight for Virgin Galactic before gliding back to earth and touching down safely. University Professor Sean O’Keefe, former NASA administrator, joined CNBC's Worldwide Exchange to discuss the space flight, and what it means for the billionaire and for the world. O'Keefe also wrote a piece, "Richard Branson's space flight changes the way we look at space," that was published in The Hill.


    Into the Fray: Bourdeaux ’03 joins congress days before Capitol riot

    Carolyn Bourdeaux, who earned a Ph.D. in public administration from the Maxwell School built a career analyzing and teaching public policy. She directed the Georgia Senate Budget and Evaluation Office during the Great Recession, from 2007 to 2010. She served as a professor at Georgia State University’s Andrew Young School of Policy Studies from 2003 until this year. Now she is making policy. Bourdeaux, a Democrat, won her seat in November following a close race with Republican Rich McCormick. Not including two candidates in North Carolina who won seats that were redrawn, Bourdeaux was the only Democratic House candidate in the country to flip a seat previously held by a Republican in the 2020 election.


    Four Maxwell students named as 2021 Boren Fellows

    Four students in the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs have been named as recipients of the 2021 Boren Fellowship. The fellowship, sponsored by the National Security Education Program, funds immersive foreign language study abroad experiences for graduate students who plan to work in the federal national security arena. Through their experiences, the fellows develop critical foreign language and international skills that are important for their chosen careers. The recipients are Courtney Blankenship, Roger Onofre, Ivy Raines and Kelli Sunabe.


    Michelmore featured in WAER article on changes to Child Tax Credit

    The American Rescue Plan allows families, regardless of work status, to claim a tax credit up to $300 per month per child under the age of 17. "I think importantly in contrast to something that comes in a lump sum, which has its own benefits itself, getting something on a regular basis gives families something they can count on," says Katherine Michelmore, associate professor of public administration and international affairs. "So gives them some consistency, so they can count on getting this benefit every month, particularly if there’s some unexpected expenses that come up." Michelmore was featured in the WAER article, "Could New Child Tax Credit End Poverty for Many US Children? SU Expert on Impact."


    Maxwell students awarded Downey Scholarships from SU ICCAE

    Four Maxwell students were among the 13 undergraduate, graduate and law students awarded Downey Scholarships by the Syracuse University Intelligence Community Center for Academic Excellence (SU ICCAE). The $1,500 award recognizes academic excellence, commitment to public service and potential to bring diverse and distinctive backgrounds and experiences to the U.S. Intelligence Community (IC).


    Hamersma study on health insurance, children's mental health published

    "The effect of public health insurance expansions on the mental and behavioral health of girls and boys," co-authored by Associate Professor of Public Administration and International Affairs Sarah Hamersma, was published in Social Science & Medicine. The authors leverage major expansions in public health insurance eligibility for children and adolescents under Medicaid and the State Children's Health Insurance Program during 1997–2002 to examine mental health care utilization and outcomes for children in the National Survey of America's Families. They found the expansions are associated with an estimated 30% reduction in mental health care utilization for girls, but no measurable effect for boys, which may partly be accounted for by increased well-child visits for girls.


    Wolf study on minimum wage, infant mortality featured on CNY Central

    A study by Douglas Wolf, Gerald B. Cramer Professor of Aging Studies, was featured in the CNY Central article "New SU study shows that raising the minimum wage could save lives." "Increasing the minimum wage benefits people who are not working but are somehow in the economic orbit of those who are," says Wolf. The study looked at data from 2001 to 2018 in states that have laws against raising the minimum wage, which did not include New York. "If those areas had been able to raise the minimum wage about 600 infant deaths would have been prevented," Wolf says.


    Schwartz quoted in EdSurge article on challenges of student mobility

    In Chelsea, Massachusetts, high student mobility used to be a challenge without a clear solution. But then the district formed the Five District Partnership to develop curriculum in tandem and make moving a bit easier. There’s new interest in the model as schools and communities suddenly face big changes in enrollment as a result of the pandemic. "It’s not like kids are moving from Boston to Chicago to LA and then back again,” says Amy Ellen Schwartz, Daniel Patrick Moynihan Chair in Public Affairs. "Kids for whom housing instability is a problem, many of them are moving around in the same urban area." Read more in the EdSurge article, "School Is Hard for Mobile Students. These Districts Want to Help."


    Banks discusses Dept. of Justice secret subpoenas on Bloomberg Law

    On the latest Bloomberg Law podcast episode, Professor Emeritus and national security law expert William Banks discussed the controversy over revelations the Justice Department under former President Donald Trump had secretly subpoenaed records from House Democrats, former White House counsel Don McGahn and members of the media.


    Heflin discusses food insecurity in military, veteran families in MT

    Professor Colleen Heflin and other advocates participated in a roundtable discussion of hunger in the military and veteran communities before the House Rules Committee on May 27. They discussed the stigma in asking for help that’s perceived by service members, veterans and their families; difficulties families face in qualifying for assistance; and lack of real data to quantify the extent of the problem. Heflin suggests providing automatic SNAP benefits, formerly known as food stamps, to service members in the lower ranks as they separate from the military. "It’s a small dollar item that could really help service members during this critical transition period." Read more in the Military Times article, "‘A national outrage’: Lawmakers seek solutions to food insecurity in military, veteran families."


    Maxwell scholars publish book on public policy and the life course

    Janet M. Wilmoth and Andrew S. London, two professors from the Maxwell School’s Department of Sociology, the Aging Studies Institute and the Center for Aging and Policy Studies, co-edited a new book “Life-Course Implications of U.S. Public Policies” (Routledge, 2021). Professors Colleen Heflin, Madonna Harrington Meyer and Jennifer Karas Montez, along with Ph.D. student Amra Kandic, contributed to the book.


    O'Keefe talks to CNN about Boom Supersonic aircraft

    Boom Supersonic is one of several start-ups working on reviving supersonic air travel. Its long-term ambition is to get anywhere in the world in four hours at a price point of just $100. "It's an audacious goal!" says University Professor Sean O'Keefe. While it's feasible, O'Keefe reckons "it's going to require two or three generations of technology, development and breakthrough—which equates to about 20 years." Read more in the CNN article, "Boom Supersonic: 'Anywhere in the world in four hours for $100'."


    Van Slyke talks to Capital Tonight about fighting climate change

    Dean David Van Slyke discusses the need for government to work with the private sector and help facilitate a multi-faceted approach to triage, mitigate and prevent the effects of climate change in the coming years. "There really has to be a different governance approach to create mutually beneficial outcomes where those different partners can act out," says Van Slyke. Watch his full interview with Capital Tonight, "What role can government play in fighting climate change?"


    Maxwell faculty, staff and students honored with 2021 One University awards

    Syracuse University announced its 2021 One University Awards, honoring members of the University community for their scholarship, teaching, academic achievement, leadership and service. The ceremony was held virtually this year due to COVID-19 precautions.


    Popp discusses Biden's infrastructure plan, cutting emissions in Grist

    President Biden wants the U.S. to cut greenhouse gas emissions 50 to 52 percent by 2030. The administration’s best hope for meeting that 50 percent reduction target appears to be his $2 trillion infrastructure package. But as currently envisioned, the package doesn’t include legally binding limits on carbon pollution. "The infrastructure plan to me is a down payment," says Professor David Popp. "Without the ‘stick’—without some national level policy that puts a cap on emissions—it’s hard to make a credible case that we’ll definitely be able to follow through" on the 50 percent goal, Popp says. Read more in the Grist article, "Biden’s only hope to cut emissions in half? His infrastructure plan."


    Burman piece on Biden's capital gains tax proposal published in Forbes

    President Biden wants to boost taxes on the wealthy. One way he proposes to do this is by raising capital gains tax for people earning $1 million or more. "This [proposal] is a significant reform that would close loopholes that fuel inefficient tax sheltering and make the income tax more progressive, and help pay for some of Biden’s domestic policy wish list," writes Leonard Burman, Paul Volcker Chair in Behavioral Economics. Read more about Burman's assessment of President Biden's proposal in his article, "Biden Would Close Giant Capital Gains Loopholes—At Least For The Rich," published in Forbes.


    Heflin featured in The Well article on material hardship, COVID-19

    A recent Urban Institute survey found that compared with adults whose family employment was unaffected by the pandemic, families who lost jobs during the pandemic were twice as likely to report food insecurity, and nearly three times as likely to report problems paying utility bills, and nearly four times as likely to report problems paying rent or mortgage. "There’s a sense in our affluent world that we don’t need to be so careful at measuring material hardship, but the COVID-19 crisis taught us it’s more prevalent than we thought," says Professor Colleen Heflin. "Material hardship should measure an ability to cover basic needs," she says. Heflin was featured in The Well article, "Material Hardship Can Cause Adverse Health Outcomes in Young Adults."


    Banks comments on President Bush's handling of 9/11 attacks in SCMP

    Former President George W. Bush’s foray into Afghanistan came back into focus last week, with Biden announcing he would withdraw all U.S. troops from the country by September 11. With a combined 6,800 Americans dead, along with hundreds of thousands of other fatalities, and trillions of dollars in U.S. spending, the toll of U.S. engagement in Iraq and Afghanistan has been staggering. "Bush and many others overreacted to 9/11," says Professor Emeritus William Banks. "I blame him and especially (vice-president) Dick Cheney and then (defense secretary) Donald Rumsfeld for the reckless policies," he says. Read more in the South China Morning Post article, "Former US president George W Bush resurfaces as immigration advocate against Republican tide."


    Lopoo, Wolf cited in The Atlantic article on declining fertility rates

    The experiences of developed countries, taken together, suggest that small cash transfers or short parental leaves are unlikely to significantly increase fertility rates, says Professor Leonard Lopoo. Benefits that remove significant financial obstacles—the cost of child care, medical bills for prenatal care and giving birth, or college tuition—and prevent parents from having to leave their jobs are most likely to persuade someone to have a child, he says. Lopoo was interviewed for The Atlantic article, "The Danger of Shortchanging Parents." "Fiscal Externalities of Becoming a Parent," a study co-authored by Professor Douglas Wolf was also cited in the article (linked in the sixth paragraph).


    Heflin research on housing insecurity cited in Common Dreams article

    Professor Colleen Heflin's co-authored Lerner Center research brief, "Housing Insecurity During the Coronavirus Response," was cited in the Common Dreams article, "New York to Offer Undocumented Migrants Up to $15,600 in Pandemic Relief." Heflin and co-author Lauryn Quick found that from late April through mid-July, nearly one in five households in New York state and 22% in the New York City metropolitan area reported not being able to afford last month's housing payment.

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