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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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Department News

2015 GSPA banquet

Department of Public Administration and Policy

Apr 2015

The 2015 GSPA Banquet was held on Friday, April 17 at the Georgia Museum of Art. The keynote speaker for the event was Roland McElroy. The Department also celebrated student and faculty achievements including naming MPA and PhD students of the year as well as Professor of the Year which were won by Samuel Perren, Benjamin Brunjes, and Robert Greer, respectively.

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Alumni News

Recent PhD grad win research award

Department of Public Administration and Policy

Apr 2015

Danielle Atkins, a recent Ph.D. graduate of the Department of Public Administration and Policy, was announced as the winner of the Robert C. Anderson Memorial Award. This award is presented to recent Ph.D.s for outstanding research at the University. Dr. Atkins is currently an assistant professor at the University of Tennessee. She researches the connection between policies related to women’s reproductive health and their decision-making and health outcomes. Her research focuses on federal and state-level policy changes that make emergency contraception available without prescription and how these policies have affected contraceptive behaviors of women.

http://columns.uga.edu/news/article/2015-graduate-student-awards/

Student News

Bitecofer Accepts Position at Christopher Newport University

School of Public and International Affairs

Department of Political Science

Apr 2015

Rachel Bitecofer has accepted a Lecturer in Government position in Christopher Newport University's Department of Government, starting in Fall 2015. Congratulations, Rachel!

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Alumni News

PhD alumna accepts endowed chair

Department of Public Administration and Policy

Apr 2015

Anne Williamson, who graduated from our doctoral program in 2007, is accepting an endowed chair at the University of Missouri, Kansas City. She will serve as Director of the L. P. Cookingham Institute for Public Affairs and will have responsibilities for public service outreach and research. Congratulations Dr. Williamson!

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Student News

PhD student wins research grant

Department of Public Administration and Policy

Apr 2015

PhD student, Harin Woo, has received an Interdisciplinary and Innovative Research Grant from UGA's Graduate School. This was a competitive grant process and she will receive $1,500 to complete her dissertation that is engages the extent to which local public health departments utilize information affecting adoption and implementation of health information technology.

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Graduate news

Sievert Selected For PIPC Post-doc

School of Public and International Affairs

Department of Political Science

Apr 2015

Joel Sievert has been selected for a prestigious post-doc position in the Political Institutions and Public Choice Program at Duke University during the 2015-16 academic year. Congratulations, Joel!

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