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  • New study examines age‐at‐death disparity, people with and without IDD

    "Evidence of continued reduction in the age‐at‐death disparity between adults with and without intellectual and/or developmental disabilities," co-authored by sociologists Scott Landes and Janet Wilmoth, along with social science PhD student Erika Carter Grosso '10 MA (PSc), was published in the Journal of Applied Research in Intellectual Disabilities. Evidence from the study demonstrates that the age‐at‐death disparity between adults who did or did not have an intellectual and/or developmental disability reported on their death certificate continues to decrease, but the magnitude of the remaining disparity varied considerably by type of disability.

     

    CCE student brings authenticity to telling refugee stories

    Sophomore Maggie Sardino, a CCE major, works with Syracuse's refugee community through the Narratio Fellowship program and InterFaith Works. "My CCE coursework has enabled me to recognize how important and rare a program like the Narratio Fellowship is," says Sardino. "CCE stresses how important it is that we resist the tendency towards imposing our own understanding onto communities, and instead equip communities with the tools to share their own understandings with the rest of the world. This is exactly what the Narratio Fellowship does," she says. Read more about her experience working with refugees via the Blackstone LaunchPad website.

     

    Ajello Fellows create open data repository of electric grid in Vietnam

    When the pandemic hit, Nguyen Phan Bao Linh and Yu En Hsu were worried that they wouldn’t be able to find internships and they would have to leave their Data Analytics for Public Policy program. A gift from James Ajello’s MPA ’76 provided them the opportunity to quickly put together a project focused on energy and the environment that let them use their unique skills and abilities to create a valuable resource for sustainability researchers worldwide.

     

    EMPA student continues his education journey with freedom, flexibility

    When Brian Green earned his MBA from the Martin J. Whitman School of Management at Syracuse University in 2018, he swore to himself that he was done with school. Although he was happy to get 15-20 hours back each week to spend with his wife and four children, Green eventually felt the pull to continue studying and decided to go back for a second master’s degree. A graduate of the U.S. Military Academy at West Point with a degree in engineering management, Green knows all about hard work and discipline. So it’s no surprise that when he enrolled in the Executive Master of Public Administration (EMPA) program, he knew he could juggle all of his work and household responsibilities.

     

    Heflin, Lopoo study on collaboration across social programs published

    "When States Align Social Welfare Programs: Considering the Child Support Income Exclusion for SNAP," co-authored by Professor Colleen Heflin, Professor Len Lopoo and PhD candidate Mattie Mackenzie‐Liu, was published in Social Science Quarterly. The authors investigated the state‐level conditions associated with the adoption of policies that benefit participants in multiple social welfare programs, focusing on the case of the child support income exclusion for SNAP benefit eligibility calculations. They found that collaboration across social programs is more likely as state income tax revenues increase and when administrative costs are lower.

     

    Peace Corps, Fulbright evacuees find community, opportunity at Maxwell

    Back in March, when Maxwell’s enrollment staff learned of the 7,300 Peace Corps volunteers’ and 2,500 Fulbright grantees’ imminent evacuation due to COVID-19, they saw an opportunity for the school to help. The Department of Public Administration and International Affairs waived application fees and GRE testing requirements for its highly regarded professional degree programs, and offered all admitted evacuees a 50% tuition scholarship. Jeremy Gonzalez and Kelli Sunabe, both Peace Corps evacuees, discuss their experience.

     

    Purser looks at teaching thrift in job readiness programs in new study

    "Both sides of the Paycheck: Recommending Thrift to the Poor in Job Readiness Programs," co-authored by Gretchen Purser and Brian Hennigan, PhD student in geography, was published in Critical Sociology. The article documents how job readiness programs—as anchors of the devolved organizational landscape of neoliberal poverty governance in the United States—endeavor to instill within the poor not simply the virtue of work, but the virtue of thrift, and thus orient them to "both sides of the paycheck." Using a comparative ethnographic study of two community-based, government-funded nonprofit job readiness programs, Purser and Hennigan show that this pedagogic focus on budgeting is central to the overall goal of conditioning clients to embrace and endure a degraded labor market.

     

    Ma examines stigma of wearing masks for Chinese students in new study

    "To mask or not to mask amid the COVID-19 pandemic: how Chinese students in America experience and cope with stigma," co-authored by Associate Professor of Sociology Yingyi Ma and sociology PhD candidate Ning Zhan, was published in Chinese Sociological Review. Drawing from stigma theory, Ma and Zhan argue that what Chinese students experience when it comes to mask wearing is an exemplar of how stigma is socially constructed by power.

     

    Exec Ed alum links Syracuse’s disability rights work with Uzbekistan

    Mirjakhon Turdiev, a member of the International Board of Experts at the Republic of Uzbekistan’s El-Yurt Umidi Foundation, current social science Ph.D. candidate, and former Humphrey fellow at Maxwell, spoke at the September 16 webinar, “Opportunities in applying the experience of the prestigious U.S. university in protecting the rights of persons with disabilities in Uzbekistan,” highlighting Syracuse’s Disability Rights Clinic (DRC) in his native Uzbekistan. Turdieve also appeared on Uzbek national television to discuss his research on people with disabilities. 

     

    Center for Disability Resources empowers students, changes perceptions

    Miguel Pica ’22, a history major in the Maxwell School, knows the important work the Center for Disability Resources (CDR) does to help students with disabilities meet their academic goals. He has been working with an access counselor at the center since he came to campus in 2019—and has found his personal success with their efforts. Pica, who was medically retired from the U.S. Army after being injured on active duty, was concerned about completing his coursework on time, having enough time on exams and possibly being penalized or forced to drop a class for too many medically related absences.

     

    Humphrey Fellow credits LaunchPad for entrepreneurial experience

    Maxim Glagolev, a Hubert H. Humphrey Fellow at the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs, started Geeklama, an online coding school that makes quality live coding lessons available to all kids – regardless of where they live. Glagolev credits his entrepreneurial experience in the U.S. for his knowledge on how to start a company. He became involved in the Blackstone LaunchPad and Techstars while studying at Syracuse University, participating in the LaunchPad’s Startup Weekend. Read the full story, "Maxim Glagolev on entrepreneurship that makes a difference in the world," published on the Blackstone LaunchPad website.

     

    Monnat study on rural COVID-19 mortality rates published in JRH

    "COVID‐19 Death Rates Are Higher in Rural Counties With Larger Shares of Blacks and Hispanics," co-authored by Shannon Monnat and Maxwell PhD students Kent Jason Cheng and Yue Sun, was published in the Journal of Rural Health. They found that the COVID‐19 mortality risk is not distributed equally across the rural United States, and the COVID‐19 race penalty is not restricted to cities. Among rural counties, the average daily increase in COVID‐19 mortality rates has been significantly higher in counties with the largest shares of Black and Hispanic residents.

     

    Schwartz discusses NYC school bus service in Gotham Gazette

    "Should New York City Cut School Bus Service?," co-authored by Amy Ellen Schwartz, Daniel Patrick Moynihan Chair in Public Affairs, was published in Gotham Gazette. The authors explore different options for districts to allocate scarce busing resources to best support students. Christopher Rick, PhD candidate in public administration and international affairs, is also a co-author.

     

    Maxwell welcomes four Robertson Fellows as part of new MPA/IR class

    Among students who began pursuit of professional master’s degrees earlier this month, four did so as Robertson Foundation for Government Fellows. They are Ricky Cieri, Katherine Maxwell, Elizabeth Marin, and Kelli Sunabe. Robertson awards are among the most generous and prestigious available to professional graduate students at the Maxwell School.

     

    PhD candidate Adrienne Atterberry receives Chancellor's Citation

    Adrienne Atterberry, a PhD candidate in sociology, received a 2020 Chancellor’s Citation for Excellence in Student Research as part of the One University Awards. The award is given to undergraduate and graduate students who, during their time at Syracuse University, have engaged in collaborative research that has the potential to make a deep and lasting impact on the greater society.