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UGA Ranks First in International Study for Scholarship in Public Administration Research

School of Public and International Affairs

Department of Public Administration and Policy

Jul 2014

When it comes to scholarly activity, the University of Georgia’s Department of Public Administration and Policy has a long history of success. In a recent study from the Journal of Public Affairs Education, the faculty of the public administration program within the School of Public and International Affairs placed number one for international scholarly output based on quality and productivity.

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Hood: Georgia is One of Few States With Primary Runoff Balloting

School of Public and International Affairs

Department of Political Science

Jul 2014

"Swimming, watermelon, fireworks, ice cream. The summer season is upon us. Politically, that means it’s also the time for primary elections, and in Georgia, primary runoff elections like the balloting scheduled across the state for Tuesday." Dr. Hood of the Political Science Department wrote an article for the Athens Banner Herald about the upcoming runoff elections in Georgia. His piece describes the history and process of a runoff, debunking myths that have previously been associated with these elections.

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Faculty news

The Dirksen Congressional Center awards Grant to Madonna

Department of Political Science

Jul 2014

The Dirksen Congressional Center has awarded Dr. Madonna and Dr. Ostrander (Texas Tech University) a $3,100 grant as the two research the importance of staffing administrators in congress. In, “Hired Help: The Significance of Staffing for Congressional Capacity,” they discuss how congress would be unimaginable without professional support staff who, while neither elected nor appointed, ensure the smooth functioning of government by performing the myriad administrative and technical tasks that create legislative proposals, develop cross-party deals, and ultimately lead to an informed vote. This project will investigate patterns of staffing including aggregate numbers, distribution over key offices, and the allocation of staff within individual member offices.

Dirksen Center

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CITS holds NATO-sponsored Institute on CBRN Security Culture in Yerevan, Armenia

Center for International Trade and Security

Jul 2014

The Center for International Trade and Security, in partnership with the Non-Proliferation Center of Armenia, organized a NATO Advanced Study Institute on CBRN Security Culture held June 9-13 in Yerevan, Armenia. The event was one of a series organized by CITS under its multi-year Strategic Plan for the Promotion of CBRN Security Culture.

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Outreach

CITS hosts training for Chinese nuclear industry delegation

Department of International Affairs

Center for International Trade and Security

Jun 2014

The Center for International Trade and Security (CITS) hosted a delegation from the Chinese State Nuclear Security Technology Center (SNSTC) from June 16-20, 2014 in Athens, Georgia. CITS experts provided training to the delegation on subjects including nuclear nonproliferation, nuclear security, and nuclear security culture. This event demonstrates CITS's (1) continuous efforts within its active programs in China and (2) great expertise in nuclear security and nuclear security culture issue areas.

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Alumni News

Red Clay Communications Advised Brat Campaign

School of Public and International Affairs

Jun 2014

SPIA alumnus, Joshua Jones, is the president and CEO of Red Clay Communications, an Atlanta-based firm that advised the Dave Brat campaign for the Virginia Republican Primary. The highly publicized defeat of House Majority Leader Eric Cantor is a “warning bell for GOP”, according to the article in Newsmax. “Folks are looking at issues that are most important to them and are voting that way at the polls,” said Joshua Jones. “Showing the fact that he had worked so closely with Nancy Pelosi and Barack Obama on a number of issues really resonated with the voters.” Brat won 55.4 percent of the vote to Cantor's 44.6 percent. Cantor, 51, was first elected to the House in 2000 and was considered a successor to House Speaker John Boehner should Boehner decide to retire after the November elections. Brat, 49, who holds a doctorate in economics from American University and a master's of divinity from Princeton Theological University, faces Democrat Jack Trammell on Nov. 4. Trammell is an administrator and associate sociology professor, also at Randolph-Macon.

Newsmax

Alumni News

Pelosi Names Evangeline George Deputy Communications Director

School of Public and International Affairs

Department of Political Science

Jun 2014

Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi announced today that she has named Evangeline George as her new Deputy Communications Director. George, an alumna of the School of Public and International Affairs, has served on Pelosi’s staff since 2009 and currently serves as Press Secretary. George also served as Communications Director to Congressman Sean Patrick Maloney’s congressional campaign in the 2012 cycle.

Democratic Leader

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SPIA Student Runs Local Mayoral Campaign

School of Public and International Affairs

Department of Political Science

Jun 2014

18-year-old, Athens native Houston Gaines, is now 19 and a freshman at the University of Georgia majoring in political science and economics. Gaines ran a winning mayoral campaign that involved raising $100,000, cutting way back on his class schedule, and, in Gaines’ words, “trying not to look like we were trying too hard.” Both Denson and Hoard hope and expect to see him working at the local, state and national level eventually. Gaines says he’s going to return to life as a full-time student, but he’d like to work on a statewide campaign and maybe, if his life leads him in the direction, run for office himself. “You can’t set out to be a politician. It’s how your life goes… It would be neat to serve people in that way, but it’s life experiences that give you that opportunity.”

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Faculty Recommendations

SPIA Faculty Summer Reading Recommendations

School of Public and International Affairs

Jun 2014

School is out and summer vacation is upon us. As you pack for the beach, don’t forget to grab a book for those long hours in the sun. SPIA has created a list of books with glowing recommendations and riveting synopses that will entice you put down “Divergent” and grab a faculty favorite instead. From “To Kill a Mocking Bird” to “The Face of Battle”, this list contains all the reads you will need for a fantastic summer break!

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Faculty News

Christensen delivers guest lecture at Seoul National University

Department of Public Administration and Policy

Jun 2014

Dr. Robert Christensen, professor and new PhD director in the Department of Public Administration and Policy, delivered a guest lecture at Seoul National University during a recent trip to Seoul which was part of a special topics class offered by the department. The lecture was done with doctoral student Kukkyoung Moon at the University's Graduate School of Public Administration. They were hosted by Professor Tobin Im (pictured center).

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