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MPA Director Dr. Deborah Carroll Becomes Associate Editor of PAR

Department of Public Administration and Policy

Sep 2015

Dr. Deborah Carroll became the Associate Editor for Public Administration Review (PAR), a preeminent professional journal in the field of public administration research, theory and practice. PAR is celebrating their 75th anniversary this year as the only journal which is used by both academics and practitioners of public sector and public sector management.

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Student News, Faculty News

UGA Wins Three NASPAA Awards

Department of Public Administration and Policy

Sep 2015

NASPAA (Network of Schools of Public Policy, Affairs, and Administration) recently announced the 2015 award recipients for Outstanding Achievement in Public Service and three of those awards winners come from the University of Georgia. Tyler Scott, who recently joined the department as an Assistant Professor won the Best Dissertation Award for "Do All of These Meetings Matter? Three Essays Concerning the Impact of Collaborative Watershed Governance". Hal Rainey, Alumni Foundation Distinguished Professor, won the William Duncombe Excellence in Doctoral Education Award. A PhD student, Jekyung Lee, won the Pi Alpha Alpha Doctoral Manuscript Award for his paper "Goal Ambiguity and Job Satisfaction in U.S. Federal Agencies". NASPAA's twofold mission is to ensure excellence in education and training for public service and to promote the ideal of public service. Congratulations to our three NASPAA award winners!

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Alumni News

Dr. Justin Stritch Wins Dissertation Award

Department of Public Administration and Policy

Aug 2015

A recent graduation from the Department’s Ph.D. program, Justin Stritch received the Dissertation Award from the Public and Nonprofit Division of the Academy of Management. His dissertation focuses on sources and effects of personnel instability related to public organizations. Dr. Stritch is currently an assistant professor at Arizona State University.

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Student News

PhD Student Receives a Best Reviewer Award

Department of Public Administration and Policy

Aug 2015

Dhanakorn Mulaphong, a second-year PhD student in Public Administration and Policy, has been selected as the Best Reviewer for the Organizational Behavior Division for the 2015 Academy of Management Meeting, held in Vancouver, Canada. This award is granted to the top reviewers who earned the highest ratings from a reviewer ratings process. In addition to the Organizational Behavior Division, he also reviewed papers for the Public and Nonprofit Division.

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School News

Dr. Scott Jones Appointed as Director of CITS

School of Public and International Affairs

Center for International Trade and Security

Aug 2015

SPIA is very pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. Scott Jones as Director of the Center for International Trade and Security beginning July 1, 2015. Dr. Scott Jones has been at the Center for International Trade and Security since 1995, most recently serving as Executive Director. His interests include nonproliferation and international security, security and defense policy, foreign direct investment and national security, and the security implications of evolving global supply chain logistics. Dr. Jones received his BA and Ph.D. in political science and philosophy at the University of Georgia and a MA at Lancaster University in the UK. He has worked at the Delegation of the Commission for the EU in Washington, as well as Los Alamos National Laboratory, where he worked on a Department of Energy/Los Alamos program that assisted the former Soviet Republics in export control development. He has received research and travel grants from the United States Institute of Peace, the National Research Council, the W. Alton Jones Foundation, among other foundations.

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Faculty News

Bullock Authors Book: “The Three Governors Controversy”

School of Public and International Affairs

Department of Political Science

Aug 2015

In late 1946, the state of Georgia experienced a political phenomenon unlike anything before or since. Following the death of the governor-elect, the state had not one, not two, but three active governors simultaneously, each insisting on his right to the position. SPIA’s Dr. Charles S. Bullock III’s new book, “The Three Governors Controversy,” is the first full-length analysis of this unique incident. Co-authored by Scott E. Buchanan and Ronald Keith Gaddie, two of Bullock’s former students, the book delves into the complicated nature of the controversy as well as its important political implications.

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In the News

Study Finds State Policies Influence Vaccination, Disease Outbreak Rates

School of Public and International Affairs

Department of Public Administration and Policy

Aug 2015

Lax state vaccination laws contribute to lower immunization rates and increased outbreaks of preventable diseases—like whooping cough and measles—according to a new study from the University of Georgia. Through their research, released in the August issue of the journal Health Affairs, study authors David Bradford and Anne Mandich found higher rates of pertussis, or whooping cough, in states that allowed philosophical exemptions and used a standardized exemption form. Vaccination exemption rates have increased drastically in the past 10 years, according to the study, due largely to religious and philosophical reasons, which fall under the non-medical exemption category. All but three states allow exemptions based on religious reasons. Only 17 allow philosophical exemptions. And 39 states use a standardized exemption form. “We are seeing a significant association between pertussis rates and vaccination exemption,” said Bradford, who is the Busbee Chair in Public Policy in the UGA School of Public and International Affairs. “States with stricter policies have lower pertussis rates, which shows that policymakers do have it within their power to further limit the spread of these diseases.”

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Outreach

CITS conducts follow-up nuclear security curriculum development workshop

Center for International Trade and Security

Aug 2015

CITS hosted a training workshop for academics from Ukraine, Moldova, and Georgia on Nuclear Security Curriculum Development in Tbilisi, Georgia between August 3-4, 2015. The workshop was funded by the United States Department of State’s Partnership for Nuclear Security (PNS), with logistical support provided by CRDF Global.

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Student News

MPA student receives special honor

Department of Public Administration and Policy

Jul 2015

MPA student, Brittany Bullock, received the special honor of having a day named after her at the conclusion of her internship with the City of Las Vegas. Ms. Bullock was the organization's first intern. She is beginning her second year in the MPA program. The City Manager of Las Vegas, Elizabeth Fretwell, is an alumna of the MPA program at UGA. Last fall, Ms. Fretwell returned to the University of Georgia to deliver the Getzen Lecture on Government Accountability.

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In the News

Former U.S. Rep John Barrow to be Scholar in Residence at SPIA

School of Public and International Affairs

Department of Political Science

Jul 2015

Beginning in fall semester, former U.S. Rep. John Barrow will become a Scholar in Residence at the University of Georgia School of Public and International Affairs. Barrow is an Athens resident with strong ties to UGA and to the Athens community. After receiving his degree in political science from UGA in 1976, Barrow went on to earn his law degree from Harvard Law School. In 2004, he was elected to Georgia’s 12th District in the U.S. House of Representatives where he represented portions of eastern Georgia until 2015. Previously, Barrow served for 14 years on the Athens-Clarke County Commission as the commissioner for the district that included UGA. Barrow will be teaching one class in the fall and two classes in the spring semester. The classes will focus primarily on factors that lead to political polarization in government today. Students will explore the impact of partisan gerrymandering, party caucuses, party leaders and legislative policy on party and ideological polarization.

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