SPIA students who travelled to South Africa as part of the Stellenbosch Study Abroad program have been recognized for their voluntary work. Vision AfriKa showed appreciation for our students’ time and assistance with their efforts in an article on its website. In the article, Vision AfriKa details the work SPIA students completed including helping Grades 8, 9 and primary school children with school work as well as learning how to type. This is the third year SPIA students have worked with Vision AfriKa as part of the experiential learning component of their coursework. To read the full article, click here.http://www.visionafrika.com/us-students-offer-voluntary-help-to-vision-afrika-for-third-year-running/
Over the past few weeks, several SPIA faculty members have been recommended for or received several prestigious grant awards totaling approximately $1.3 million dollars.
The National Science Foundation (NSF) recommended for award three SPIA proposals submitted during the spring 2016 funding cycle. The recommended proposals include:
• Christy Boyd, Scott Ainsworth, and Michael Lynch’s project “Judging Disabilities: Social Security Administration Appeals in the Federal Trial Courts” which will explore federal trial court appellate review of denied Social Security Administration (SSA) disability claims brought between 1997 and 2014 to better understand why as many as 50 percent of the SSA’s disability determinations reviewed by the federal district courts are reversed and remanded.
• Jamie Monogan and Jeff Gill's (Washington University in St. Louis) project "Smooth National Measurement of Public Opinion across Boundaries and Levels: A View from the Bayesian Spatial Approach" which will reevaluate spatial modeling in political science by implementing software for public distribution using a new modeling approach for understanding public sentiment/opinion by micro-level geographic region based on Bayesian hierarchical spatial modeling with kriging.
• Chad Clay, Thorin Wright (Arizona State University), Reed Wood (Arizona State University), and Chris Farriss' (Univ. of Michigan) project "Sub-national Analysis of Repression Project (SNARP)” which will construct a new dataset that captures instances of political repression at the sub-national level that will support future studies of the subnational occurrence of repression and better explain variation in repression more generally.Read More
In the News
The Center for International Trade and Security organized a series of briefings from June 28-30 for the government of Chile and Chile’s main industry association, SOFOFA, in support of Chile’s efforts to strengthen and modernize its strategic trade control system.Read More
In the News
Medical marijuana is having a positive impact on the bottom line of Medicare’s prescription drug benefit program in states that have legalized its use for medicinal purposes, according to University of Georgia researchers in a study published today in the July issue of Health Affairs. The savings, due to lower prescription drug use, were estimated to be $165.2 million in 2013, a year when 17 states and the District of Columbia had implemented medical marijuana laws. The results suggest that if all states had implemented medical marijuana the overall savings to Medicare would have been around $468 million. Compared to Medicare Part D’s 2013 budget of $103 billion, those savings would have been 0.5 percent. But it’s enough of a difference to show that, in states where it’s legal, some people are turning to the drug as an alternative to prescription medications for ailments that range from pain to sleep disorders.UGA News
The 2016 Georgia Students for Public Administration banquet wrapped up the 2015-2016 academic year with celebration of accomplishments and awards. The event planned and executed by GSPA officers and members was an opportunity to acknowledge outstanding teachers as well as students.Read More
Student news, Alumni news
Thank you to all of the over 200 alumni from around the country who attended the MPA 50th weekend as well as those who have given to the Jerry Legge Graduate Fellowship Fund. Check out more photos from the weekend on the UGA Department of Public Administration & Policy's Facebook page.Read More
The Political Science Department is very pleased to report that Susan Haire has won the "Teaching and Mentoring Award" bestowed by the Law & Courts Section of the American Political Science Association. Congratulations Dr. Haire on this well deserved national honor.Read More
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CITS is partnered with the China Controlled Chemicals Association (CCCA) to hold a successful chemical industry workshop in Nanjing, China from May 18-19, 2016. This event marked the first collaboration of the new partnership between these two organizations. The workshop was designed to help Chinese chemical firms understand the proliferation risks of sensitive chemicals and equipment as well as international compliance management practices.Read More
Student news, Faculty news
Construction at Baldwin Hall is underway and is slated to be complete by May 2017. The roughly $8 million project, with funding provided by the Georgia General Assembly, includes construction of a 10,800-square-foot Baldwin Hall Annex and renovations to the existing building.Read More
University of Georgia Honors student Valerie Tucker has been awarded a Thomas R. Pickering Foreign Affairs Fellowship for students interested in careers in the U.S. Department of State Foreign Service. As a Pickering Fellow, Tucker will receive a scholarship of up to $37,500 annually for tuition and other expenses for her senior year of undergraduate studies as well as for her first year enrolled in a master's degree program. Tucker, who is from Fort Walton Beach, Florida, is a junior majoring in international affairs in the School of Public and International Affairs and Spanish in the Franklin College of Arts and Sciences. She is one of 10 undergraduates and 20 graduate students chosen for the 23rd cohort of the program from among hundreds of applicants from 160 colleges and universities.UGA News