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John Freemuth Comments on U.S. Interior Secretary’s Visit to Boise State

U.S. Interior Secretary Sally Jewell spoke on the Boise State University campus on Jan. 4 in a visit organized in part by the Andrus Center for Public Policy. Andrus Center Executive Director John Freemuth was quoted in an Idaho Statesman story talking about the, “respect and affection in the room.” Jewell is on her last tour of the U.S. before leaving office on Jan. 20 when Donald Trump is inaugurated.

Originating Source: Boise State Update 1/5/17, Idaho Statesman 1/4/17

PhD-in-PPA Alumni, Matthew May, in action – January 4, 2017

“First Public Policy and Administration Ph.D. Graduate Joins Idaho Policy Institute
Recent doctoral graduate Matthew May has joined the university’s new Idaho Policy Institute as a post-doctoral associate. May was part of the Public Policy and Administration program’s inaugural Ph.D. cohort and the first to complete this degree at Boise State.”  Read more at the Jan. 4, 2017 post.

Originating source: Boise State UPDATE, January, 4, 2017

Ph.D. Student, Amy Ferriter, in action – December 12, 2016

“Amy Ferriter was part of a nine-member task force that created a report for the U.S. Department of the Interior’s Invasive Species Advisory Committee. Amy Ferriter, PhD Graduate Student

Titled “Invasive Specials Impacts to Infrastructure,” the report details the threat of certain invasive species on infrastructure. The authors note that while many species of invasive, non-native species enter the United States through ports of entry in urban environments, little is known about the economic costs associated with their impact on “built” environments such as dams, power plants and homes.

Specifically, the group looked at infrastructure related to power, water, transportation and housing systems. The group identified specific threats, such as that posed to dams by quagga mussels and aquatic weeds, and created a set of recommendations to “help Federal agencies take the necessary action to prevent, eradicate, and control invasive species that have the potential to harm infrastructure within the United States.

The Invasive Species Advisory Committee will in turn forward the report to the National Invasive Species Council.”

Originating source: Boise State Update, 12/12/16

John Freemuth Quoted by Boise State Public Radio

John FreemuthProfessor John Freemuth was quoted in two different articles that were posted online by Boise State Public Radio. One, about the the future of public lands under the Trump administration and the other about how an amendment about Sage Grouse is holding up the national defense bill.

Originating Sources: Boise State Public Radio 11/29/16, Boise State Public Radio 11/30/16

PhD-in-PPA student in Action – Nov. 28, 2016

Vanessa FryVanessa Fry was one of the 14 speakers chosen to present during Sun Valley’s first Tedx talk. The TEDx event was held on Wednesday, November 30th at the Sun Valley Opera House. Fry’s talk titled “Capital Investment for Social Success” discussed balancing fiscal responsibility with social well-being by getting disparate groups to combine their resources and knowledge to focus on long term outcomes. Read more about Sun Valley’s first TEDx talk here.

Originating Sources: Boise State Update 11/28/2016, Idaho Mountain Express 11/9/2016


Highlighting Faculty and MPA Student in Action, Nov. 2016

An article written by Professor John Freemuth and graduate student Mackenzie Case titled “What History Tells us About Obama’s Antiquity Act” was published on the Law360 website. The article discusses the history of the Antiquities Act and addresses the call for the president to designate a national monument in the Bears Ears region of eastern Utah.

Originating Sources: Boise State Update 11/27/2016, and Law360 11/22/2016

Highlighting Faculty and PhD Student in Action, Nov. 2016

Greg Hill and Vanessa Fry were cited in an article published by the Idaho Mountain Express titled “BSU offers to help Ketchum with outreach on new city hall” about Idaho Policy Institute’s offer to help the city of Ketchum on public outreach for a new city hall, police station and fire station. The IPI, which has worked with the state government and with cities and counties around Idaho, will assemble a team of faculty and students to develop a strategy to allow city leaders to connect with voters.

Originating Sources: Boise State Update 11/27/16, Idaho Mountain Express 11/23/16

John Freemuth Quoted by The New York Times

John FreemuthProfessor John Freemuth was quoted in a New York Times story titled “Old Treaties and New Alliances Empower Native Americans” about the resistance to the 1,700 mile oil pipeline project in North Dakota. At the front line of the resistance are Native Americans and environmentalists claiming that “the project threatens the region’s water supply and would harm sacred cultural lands.”

Originating Sources: Boise State Update, Freemuth 11/16/16, The New York Times 11/15/16

Idaho Wilderness Considered Book Signing

photo of book cover for Idaho Wilderness ConsideredBoise’s Rediscovered Books will host the first book signing for the Idaho Humanities Council’s “Idaho Wilderness Considered,” an anthology of essays by more than two dozen Idahoans exploring the meaning of wilderness to the state. The event is scheduled for 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 19, as part of Boise’s Saturday Market.

Lisa Brady, History Department, and John Freemuth, Public Policy and Administration Department, join their co-authors in exploring the history and future of wilderness in this book commemorating the 50th anniversary of the Wilderness Act and the establishment of new wilderness areas in Idaho in 2015.

Originating Sources: Boise State Update 11/15/2016

Dr. Fowler’s Article on Environmental Attitudes

Luke FowlerDr. Luke Fowler’s article titled “Pro-Environment vs. Pro-‘Government Fixing the Environment’” was published in The Blue Review. In it he discusses environmental attitudes in the West and why public opinion may be misleading when it comes to actual environmental policy.

Originating Sources: The Blue Review 11/7/16