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Focus on Faculty: Professor Maltese

School of Public and International Affairs

Department of Political Science

Jul 2014

Professor John Maltese is featured on UGA’s homepage this week in the "Focus on Faculty" page. As the Albert Berry Saye Professor and head of the department of political science, Dr. Maltese says that getting students engaged in a topic and then getting them to think carefully and analytically about it makes teaching fun. Speaking of fun, Dr. Maltese is also a Grammy Award winner. How many political scientists can say that? Check out the full interview on www.uga.edu.

Focus on Faculty

Student News

Yan Ying Admitted to UGA Emerging Leaders Program

Department of Public Administration and Policy

Jul 2014

MPA student, Yan Ying was admitted into the 2014 Emerging Leaders Program which is an invited leadership workshop held and sponsored by the University of Georgia Graduate School. The program gives students the opportunity to learn from experts as well as fellow graduate students. It seeks to provide students with the professional development and leadership skills they will need when entering the workplace. Yan is entering his second year of the MPA program, is interning for Action Ministries, and will be serving as a graduate assistant for the International Center of the Carl Vinson Institute of Government.

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Student News

PhD Student presents for ACC Police Department

Department of Public Administration and Policy

Jul 2014

PhD student, Megan LePere-Schloop recently delivered presentation entitled "Recommendations on Performance Appraisals to the Athens-Clarke County Police Department" to the leadership at the ACC Police Department. The presentation was based on a report that Megan wrote and developed with Professors Brian Williams and Rob Christensen. Chief Lumpkin presented a challenge coin to Megan and her co-authors in recognitions of a job well done. The project's purpose is to assist the ACCPD in better understanding how performance appraisals might be modified and better leveraged to improve personnel processes.

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Research News

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.

UGA Today

In the News

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.

Athens Banner Herald

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

In the news

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