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  • Banks talks to CNY Central, WAER one year after Jan. 6 insurrection

    Professor Emeritus William C. Banks worries the disinformation that fueled the attack on the U.S. Capitol one year ago will lead to additional unrest in the future. "I don't think there's anything to suggest that we couldn't see a repeat. If it's a close election again, than those on the losing side will insist that the election was fraudulent in some way, even though the facts tell us that votes were fairly counted. That's of course what happened this time, an unwillingness to accept facts," Banks told WAER. He also spoke to CNY Central about the insurrection.


    Mihm speaks to FedScoop about Biden's learning management agenda

    Comments are open now for the draft of the first ever learning agenda from the Office of Management and Budget. On FedScoop's "The Daily Scoop" podcast, Chris Mihm, adjunct professor of public administration and international affairs and former managing director for strategic issues at the Government Accountability Office, explains what’s important about the learning agenda and the process of taking in comments on it.


    O'Keefe talks to The Guardian about SpaceX's latest venture

    The first orbital test launch of the largest and most powerful rocket ship ever to leave Earth—SpaceX’s towering Starship, from its Starbase headquarters in Texas—is seen by many as a pathway back to the moon for the first time in half a century. “To look at, for example, the lunar surface as being not only reachable by multiple means but also by commercial sources that can do the regular resupply and so forth, will be extremely beneficial,” says University Professor Sean O’Keefe. Read more in The Guardian article, “SpaceX’s towering Starship aims to get humans to Mars.”


    Herrold piece on the Summit for Democracy published in Foreign Policy

    President Joe Biden recently held a virtual Summit for Democracy to amplify U.S. commitments to defend democracy. But what can the Biden administration realistically hope to achieve from the summit? Catherine Herrold, associate professor of public administration and international affairs, says, "A humbler approach is needed in which the United States creates a platform for dialogue about how to shift power to citizens rather than prescribing democracy templates." In their article "When Promoting Democracy, Less Is More," published in Foreign Policy, Herrold and co-author Aseem Prakash recommend three primary reforms.


    Herrold Wins Virginia A. Hodgkinson Research Book Prize

    Catherine Herrold, associate professor of public administration and international affairs at the Maxwell School, has been awarded the Virginia A. Hodgkinson Research Book Prize for her book, “Delta Democracy: Pathways to Incremental Civic Revolution in Egypt and Beyond” (Oxford University Press, 2020). The prize was awarded in November 2021 by the Association for Research on Nonprofit Organizations and Voluntary Action (ARNOVA).


    Lambright discusses how NASA administrators transfer power on FNN

    The role of NASA administrator is one of the more unique positions in the federal government. Over the past few decades, there have been differing management and planning styles by whoever is in the big seat, and now there’s comprehensive research to show the results of them. Professor Harry Lambright recently penned a report, which draws on insights from recent and past NASA administrators to chart how leaders have passed the torch toward enabling machine and human space exploration of Mars, and its long term impact on strategic priorities for the space program. He spoke with Federal News Network about his findings.


    O'Keefe quoted in BBC article on the need for new spacesuits

    Little has changed in the way of spacesuits since 1983 and now NASA's Johnson Space Center has called for private sector proposals for new ones. They would be used for spacewalks on the International Space Station (ISS) and during future Artemis missions to the surface of the moon. University Professor Sean O'Keefe says that he is not really surprised that the space agency has turned to the private sector for help. "Every variant of every space suit NASA has ever used was developed in concert with the private sector," says O'Keefe. Read more in the BBC article, "Upcoming Moon missions spur the search for new spacesuits."


    Four Maxwell Alumni Named NAPA Fellows

    Four Maxwell School alumni—U.S Rep. Carolyn Bourdeaus, Nuria Esparch, Amma Felix and Shiro Gnanaselvam—are among 39 public administration leaders who have been named 2021 National Academy of Public Administration (NAPA) Fellows. Induction into NAPA is considered one of the leading honors for scholars in the discipline. The new fellows join former cabinet officers, members of congress, governors, mayors and state legislators, prominent scholars, business executives, nonprofit leaders and public administrators.


    Williams talks to BBC Newshour about Russian cybercriminals

    Many of the people on the FBI's cyber most wanted list are Russian. While some allegedly work for the government earning a normal salary, others are accused of making a fortune from ransomware attacks and online theft. If they left Russia they'd be arrested—but at home they appear to be given free rein. This has a damaging impact on countries and states around the world. "It undermines sovereignty, it makes governments look incompetent, it causes billions of dollars in damages and ransom, and it can also endanger lives," says Associate Professor Michael John Williams. Listen to the full BBC Newshour interview, "Cybersecurity: wanted criminals living freely in Russia," beginning at 7:56.


    Heflin quoted in AP article on food insecurity among military families

    As many as 160,000 active-duty military members are having trouble feeding their families, underscoring how long-term food insecurity has extended into every aspect of American life, including the military. Colleen Heflin, professor of public administration and international affairs, says the lack of Pentagon interest has led to a critical shortage of proper study or data on the issue. "In my experiences, it’s hard to explain this to Department of Defense officials," she says. "They find it embarrassing and something they would not like to acknowledge." Read more in the Associated Press article, "Thousands of military families struggle with food insecurity."


    Van Slyke weighs in on Biden's infrastructure plan in Associated Press

    President Biden will sign the $1 trillion infrastructure bill on Monday, and while the measure is expected to create jobs across the country and expand broadband internet access, many experts say it's not nearly enough to overcome the government’s failure for decades to maintain and upgrade the country’s infrastructure. "We’ve got to be sober here about what our infrastructure gap is in terms of a level of investment and go into this eyes wide open, that this is not going to solve our infrastructure problems across the nation," says Dean David Van Slyke. Read more in the Associated Press article, "Biden’s $1T infrastructure bill historic, not transformative."


    Williams piece on how US handles Russian cyberattacks published in FP

    According to Associate Professor Michael John Williams, the U.S. needs a new legal doctrine to handle state-tolerated attacks. "Washington needs to unequivocally state that public and private entities of the United States and its NATO allies are off limits and that it will hold all governments that foster cybercriminals responsible for their actions, thereby shifting the burden of proof to Russia, rather than to targets of the attack," writes Williams, adding, "Including NATO allies in this declaration is extremely important, as it relies on the same logic as extended nuclear deterrence." Read more in his piece, "Make Russia Take Responsibility for Its Cybercriminals," published in Foreign Policy.


    Van Slyke talks to GovExec Daily about public-private partnerships

    As Congress continues to negotiate an infrastructure bill, the role of public-private partnerships are key in the bill’s provisions. With the success of Operation Warp Speed in the development of the COVID-19 vaccines, a new look at such partnerships is due. Dean David M. Van Slyke discusses paths to innovation and cooperation on the GovExec Daily podcast episode, "The Import and Impact of Public-Private Partnerships."


    Hou weighs in on China's property tax expansion in Financial Times

    China’s State Council will expand pilot schemes to tax residential and commercial property in cities. The plan is designed to guide rational property buying and will last for five years. Professor Yilin Hou, who has advised Beijing on the levy, says the tax base should be "as broad as possible” but with relief measures for economically vulnerable people. "If the tax is efficient and equitable, adequate and transparent, then it will be much easier to levy, collect and enforce. In this way, the tax will...also be politically acceptable," Hou adds. Read more in the Financial Times article, "China expands property tax trials in next step of ‘common prosperity’ drive."


    In Memoriam: Vernon L. Greene, pioneer in the study of aging

    Professor Emeritus of Public Administration and International Affairs Vernon Greene, who passed away on October 10 at the age of 77, saw the aging process as much more than a person getting old, and his vision helped build Syracuse University’s reputation as a national leader in gerontology, home of the Aging Studies Institute (ASI) and the Center for Aging and Policy Studies (CAPS).


    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).

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