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Sanghee Park’s Research on Public Debt

Dr. Sanghee Park’s article titled “Incentivizing Public Debt” about the Sanghee Parkinflated relationship between politicians and quangos was published by The Blue Review. In it she introduces why debt increases and the players that increase debt.

Originating sources: The Blue Review, Park 10/10/16

Freemuth to Speak at Tri-State Seminar

Professor John Freemuth will speak as part of a panel at the 12th annual tri-state John Freemuthseminar for federal judges in Sun Valley October 13th-15th. The panel will address federal land management policies that have been the source of recent conflicts and renewed efforts to transfer management to state or private control.

Freemuth was also quoted in an Associated Press story titled “Feds weigh mineral mining ban on 10M acres to protect bird”. Read the full story at the U.S. News and World Report here.

Originating Sources: Boise State Update 10/6/16, U.S. News 10/5/16

PhD Student in Action – Sept. 28, 2016

Amy Ferriter, a doctoral student in public policy and administration at Boise State, was asked to speak to an interim Legislative committee on Sept. 23 about policy considerations related to invasive species in Idaho. Read more about Amy’s research here.

Originating Sources: Boise State Update, Student Research Spotlight 9/28/16

John Freemuth comments on Wildfire Rehabilitation

Professor John Freemuth was quoted in an Associated Press story titled “Wildfire rehabilitation in Idaho, Oregon includes herbicide, replanting” about efforts to rehabilitate land in Southwest Boise and Southeast Oregon that were burned by wildfires in 2015. Freemuth comments on Sage Grouse native to the effected area. Read the full story on The Columbian.

Originating Sources: Boise State Update 9/22/16, The Columbian 9/21/16

Freemuth quoted by Idaho Statesman

Professor John Freemuth was quoted in an Idaho Statesman article titled “Bundy trial over Malheur refuge occupation holds surprises” about Ammon and Ryan Bundy and the 5 others who occupied the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge earlier this year. Read more about the Bundy trial here.

Originating Sources: Boise State Update 9/14/16, Idaho Statesman 9/13/16

MPA Alumni in Action, September 9, 2016

Tyler Kent, an alumnus of Boise State’s MPA program, will be speaking this Friday, September 9th, about the role of the U.S. Government Accountability Office and his experiences there and as a Presidential Management Fellow. This is part of the Politics and Policy Brownbag presentation series co-sponsored by the Idaho Policy Institute, the Center for Idaho History and Politics, and the Public Policy and Political Science Departments. The event will begin at 2:00 pm in the Interactive Learning Center, Room 402 and is free and open to the public.

Originating Sources: Boise State Events 9/9/16

New Protected Areas Database Created at Boise State

The U.S. Geological Survey recently published a new version of the PADUS_Land_Manager_Protected Areas Database (PAD) that was developed at Boise State University. PAD-US is the country’s official inventory of protected areas. Professor John Freemuth is the leader of the PAD-US development team through a multi-year cooperative agreement with the USGS Gap Analysis Program (GAP). Visit the Gap Analysis Program (GAP) Protected Areas Viewer here.

Originating Sources: Boise State Update 9/6/16, USGS Gap Analysis Program

Katy Lightfield quoted by The Arbiter

The School of Public Service’s Administrative Assistant, Katy Lightfield, was quoted in an article by The Arbiter titled “Non-traditional Students Can’t Afford Campus Daycare” about the inaccessibility of Boise State’s Children’s Center.

Originating Source: The Arbiter 8/30/16

John Freemuth Referenced by KUER Article

Professor John Freemuth was referenced in an article written by John FreemuthJudy Fahys for KUER 90.1 titled “National Parks: An Enduring Value Despite Feds’ Critics”.

Originating Source: KUER 90.1 8/25/16

John Freemuth’s Column on Privatizing National Parks

Public lands expert John Freemuth co-authored a column for The Conversation and the Scientific American titled “Corporate Sponsors at Yosemite? The Case against Privatizing National Parks”. In it they discuss risky reforms, national parks as valuable public resources, and reasonable reforms.

Originating sources: The Scientific American 8/25/16, The Conversation 8/25/16, Boise State Update on Freemuth 8/25/16