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Forum for Boise City Council Candidates

Boise State’s Political Science Association organized a forum for Boise City Council candidates on Thursday, Oct. 15, at the Interactive Learning Center on campus. Political Science lecturer, Isaac Castellano, moderated the forum. There are currently three council seats up for election and 5 candidates, three of which are incumbents. The forum was live-blogged by PSA students and The Blue Review. Read more about the forum here.

Law School Fair

November 5th 2015, 9:30-12:30
Student Union Building, Simplot Ballroom

The Law School Fair is a great way to connect face to face with over 50 law school representatives from across the United States. Gather information on admission process, requirements, and any other general questions about the law school you are interested in.

A unique opportunity for students, alumni and community members considering law school:

  • Meet face-to-face with over 50 law school representatives from across the country
  • Ask questions and learn more about the schools that interest you
  • Suggested attire is business casual

For more information, contact:
College of Arts and Sciences
Center for Advising and Student Success
(208) 426-2663

Energy Policy Institute Grant

The National Science Foundation has awarded a grant to the Energy Policy InstituteSolan
to hold a workshop on United States-Canadian electric transmission issues and challenges to harmonization. David Solan, the Energy Policy Institute’s director and principal investigator, is partnering on the project with the U.S. Department of Energy and Washington D.C.-based think tank Resources for the Future.

Original Source: The Update – 10/1/15

Touchton and Wampler on Participatory Budgeting

Last Wednesday, September 23rd, Brian Wampler and Michael Touchton lead a global webinar for the Participatory Budgeting Project. “Touchton and Wampler presented their research, which connects participatory budgeting to improvements in healthcare performance throughout Brazil, to the PB Project’s large international network of policymakers and policy advocates”. Read the full article about the webinar here.

Original Source: Brian Wampler and Michael Touchton, The Update – 9/25/2015

Obama Exercises Executive Power

Dr. Scott Yenor, professor for the Department of Political Science, wrote a guest opinion for the Idaho Statesman titled “Guest Opinion: Taming the president?”. In this post Yenor discusses President Obama’s recent executive agreement with Iran which removed many of the provisions and sanctions Congress put in place.

Original Sources : The Update – 9/24/2015, Idaho Statesman – 9/16/2015

Bronco Bi-weekly’s Photo of the Week

“Boise State has boosted the percentage of graduates in the fields of science, Photo of the Weektechnology, engineering and math (STEM) to more than 15 percent of the university’s total graduates. This aligns with a national need for more graduates in these important fields. Pictured are sophomores Jordan Meine, a political science major (left), Savannah Chilson, an elementary education major, and Torri Thibault, a criminal justice major, who are studying photosynthesis rates in a Biology 100 lab.”

2015-2016 Political Science Scholarship Recipients

The Department of Political Science is pleased to announce the recipients of Political Science scholarships for 2015-2016. Our scholarship recipients earned these honors based on their academic records, performance in their political science courses, progress in completing their political science course work, contributions to department, and other activities on and off campus.

Alex BelisleTodd Compton Memorial Scholarship, Political Science/ English Scholarship, Political Science Department Scholarship

Gabrielle Boliou–  Dr. Greg and Christine Raymond Political Science Scholarship, Political Science Department Scholarship 

Aspen Compton– Frank Church Scholarship, Political Science Department Scholarship

Angel Hernandez-Oseguera– Dr. Stephanie Witt Political Science Scholarship, Anonymous Donor Scholarship

Timothy Hibbard Frank Church Scholarship, Dr. Willard Overgaard Scholarship

Tim Lamb– Political Science Department Scholarship

Fred Swanstrum– Dr. John Keiser Public Affairs Scholarship, Todd Compton Memorial Scholarship, Political Science Department Scholarship,  

Students encouraged to “Rock the Vote”

Rock_the_Vote_logoTuesday, October 6, 2015 students will have the opportunity to ask questions and get registered to vote in the upcoming election. There will be opportunities to volunteer, register, and listen in on an Election Candidates Forum.  Learn all you need to know in the PSA Weekly Newsletter.

Trump Trumps Clinton in Primary

Jim Weatherby, professor for the Political Science Department, was quoted in an article published by Magic Valley titled “Idaho Poll: Trump far Ahead In Primary, Beating Clinton Head-to-Head”. Weatherby thinks this is due to a lot of peoples’ fascination with the Trump candidacy and “waiting to hear the next thing that may come out of his mouth”.

Original Sources: Jim Weatherby, The Update – 9/17/2015, Magic Valley Times-News, 9/9/2015

An Initiative for Participatory Budgeting

Photo-Wampler,BrianBrain Wampler, professor for the Political Science Department, was interviewed for an article published by East Bay Express titled “Creating a ‘People’s Budget'”. The article is in regards to a popular initiative that would “amend the Oakland City Charter to allow citizens to decide how the city spends taxpayer funds — a process known as participatory budgeting”. Dr. Wampler contributes that “Cities that have adopted participatory budgeting have seen a shift in funding priorities to underserved communities”.

Original sources: “Brian Wampler” (15) The Update – 9/17/2015, East Bay Express – 9/9/2015