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PhD graduate speaks on radio show

Department of Public Administration and Policy

May 2015

PADP PHD graduate Derrick Anderson, now assistant professor in the School of Public Affairs at Arizona State University, recently discussed the future of student lending and innovation (or the lack thereof) in for-profit higher education with Arizona's KJZZ.

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Outreach

CITS conducts nuclear security curriculum development

Center for International Trade and Security

May 2015

CITS hosted a training workshop for academics from Ukraine, Moldova, Azerbaijan, and Georgia on Nuclear Security Curriculum Development in Vienna, Austria between May 12-15, 2015. The workshop was funded by the United States Department of State’s Partnership for Nuclear Security (PNS), the Science & Technology Center in Ukraine (STCU), with logistical support provided by CRDF Global.

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Faculty News

Faculty Books: New Arrivals

School of Public and International Affairs

Department of Political Science

May 2015

Congratulations to Honor's Teaching Fellow Dr. Brittany H. Bramlett, and Professors Charles S. Bullock and Susan B. Haire on their recent publications.

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Outreach

CITS conducts two outreach events in Indonesia

Center for International Trade and Security

May 2015

CITS/UGA organized two events designed to promote an effective nuclear security culture for Indonesia’s nuclear sector in April. On April 27-28, CITS held a two day workshop in partnership with Indonesia’s National Nuclear Administration (BATAN) to review lessons learned from a previous assessment of nuclear security culture at reactor facilities in Indonesia. On April 29-30, CITS organized a second “train the trainer” workshop that was aimed at building a cadre of experts who can train on nuclear security culture.

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Faculty News

International Affairs faculty earn research awards, fellowships

Department of International Affairs

May 2015

Four International Affairs faculty members were recently announced as recipients of research grants, awards, and fellowships. Dr. Lihi Ben Shitrit was named the recipient of a 2015 Sarah H. Moss Fellowship. Administered by the Center for Teaching and Learning and funded by Mrs. Moss’ estate, this fellowship provides funds for research and travel at institutions of higher education in the U.S. and abroad. Dr. Ben Shitrit will be continuing her research on the Middle East this summer. Dr. Andy Owsiak is part of a research team that was awarded a Minerva Research Initiative grant. Sponsored by the Department of Defense, the initiative “seeks to build deeper understanding of the social, cultural, and political dynamics that shape regions of strategic interest around the world.” The results of the resulting research will better able policy makers address global issues today and in the future. Dr. Cas Mudde has received the very prestigious Friedrich Wilhelm Bessel Research Award, named after a German Mathematician and Astronomer and is bestowed on the basis of "outstanding accomplishments in research and teaching". Awardees come from all areas of the social sciences, the humanities, and the natural sciences and are nominated by German scholars. Dr. Mudde will spend the next three summers conducting research in Berlin with German scholars. Dr. Shane Singh was named the recipient of the 2015 SPIA Research Award. Presented by the school, this competitive award recognizes excellence in research amongst the SPIA faculty and is only given to a single recipient annually. Congratulations to all of our award-winning faculty!

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Student News

MPA student wins GACMA scholarship

Department of Public Administration and Policy

May 2015

Jamie Dove, a first-year MPA student specializing in local government, was recently awarded the GACMA scholarship. The Georgia County Manager's Association gives this scholarship to two MPA students enrolled in a University System of Georgia school who are seeking out careers as City Managers or Administrators. The organization's mission is "to support the role of County Manager/Administrator form of leadership through professional development, communication, and education of its members." For this scholarship, they seek out MPA students who have previous successes in both education as well as through participation in their communities outside of the classroom. The Department nominated Jamie for this award based on her experience working with the Carl Vinson Institute of Government and her career goal of becoming a city manager. Congratulations, Jamie!

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Event News

SPIA Hosts First Annual Networking Night

School of Public and International Affairs

Department of International Affairs

Department of Political Science

Department of Public Administration and Policy

May 2015

On Friday, April 10, 2015, SPIA hosted its first annual Networking Night. The event offered a unique opportunity for students to network with alumni, faculty and staff. This event was the first of its kind hosted by the School, and it attracted over 200 students, faculty, staff and alumni. The Foundry Ballroom at the Graduate Hotel Athens was packed with undergraduate and graduate students, alumni working in a variety of fields, and faculty from all departments. The room was adorned with red and black balloons, hors d’oeuvres and a live band to set the tone for a fun networking event.

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Faculty News

CITS Senior Research Associate speaks at the UN

Center for International Trade and Security

Apr 2015

CITS Senior Research Associate Dr. Sara Kutchesfahani spoke at the UN at the Academic Symposium on the NPT. The academic symposium was convened at the sidelines of the 2015 NPT Review Conference. The symposium was sponsored by the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs, with the UN's Office of Disarmament as host, and Harvard¹s Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs and the James Martin Center for Nonproliferation Studies at the Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey were the academic co sponsors.

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Student News

Williamson, Wilson & Boldt Receive Graduate Teaching & Research Awards

School of Public and International Affairs

Department of Political Science

Apr 2015

The Department of Political Science is proud to recognize our outstanding graduate students for 2015. Pictured left to right are Excellence in Teaching winner Ryan Williamson, Excellence in Research winner, Ethan Boldt and Excellence in Teaching winner, Tevin Wilson. Congratulations to our hard working students, who exemplify the department's high standards in teaching and research.

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Student News

PhD Student is Awarded Interdisciplinary and Innovative Research Grant

School of Public and International Affairs

Department of Public Administration and Policy

Apr 2015

Harin Woo, a PhD candidate in the Department of Public Administration and Policy, has won an Interdisciplinary and Innovative Research Grant from the University of Georgia Graduate School. The $1,500 grant will help fund her dissertation research and will be used for supplies, travel, software, and data collection and analysis. “My research is about how the advancement of technology affects local public health managers' behaviors - in terms of information-seeking and -sharing activities - when they make decisions and implement policies.” said Woo. “Thanks to the Interdisciplinary and Innovative Research Grant, I can focus on my dissertation work, especially data analysis, during this summer.” Her dissertation project is entitled: "Facilitating and Improving the Exchange of Health Care Information in the US: How Advanced Technology Promotes Information Sharing among Organizations". The ultimate objective of her research is to identify how local government agencies have proactively developed and changed strategies for information sharing to enhance health policy, especially electronic health records program implementation.

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