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Dr. Luke Fowlers’s NPR Academic Minute – Nov. 6, 2016

Photo of Luke FowlerDr. Luke Fowler, assistant professor in the Department of Public Policy, was on NPR’s Academic Minute today discussing different U.S. regions’ attitudes toward environmental issues. Listen or read about his segment on Environmentalism and Politics here.

Originating Sources: The Academic Minute 11/6/16

Freemuth Quoted in Idaho Statesman Article

Professor John Freemuth was quoted in an Idaho Statesman article titled “Plan unveiled to protect swath of sagebrush areas” about federal officials’ wildfire-fighting and restoration plan to protect sagebrush country in the West that supports cattle ranching and is home to an imperiled bird. Freemuth says, “This is the biggest systemic effort to learn more about those ecosystems than we’ve ever seen.”

Originating sources: Boise State Update 11/2/16, Idaho Statesman 11/1/16

PhD-in-PPA student in Action – Nov. 1, 2016

Vanessa Fry, assistant research professor in the School of fry_vanessaPublic Service, presented a poster at the 2016 Idaho National Science Foundation’s Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (EPSCoR) annual meeting in Coeur d’Alene. The poster, “Community engagement, advocacy and the application of science in the Boise River Basin,” detailed research on how science is used to influence water use and management in Idaho’s Boise River Basin.

The EPSCoR annual meeting provides an opportunity for participants and collaborators in Idaho’s NSF EPSCoR project to connect, communicate, and coordinate research and education activities related to Idaho’s program on Managing Idaho’s Landscapes for Ecosystem Services (MILES).

Originating Sources: Boise State Update 11/1/16

John Freemuth quoted in Associated Press and National Park Traveler Articles

John FreemuthProfessor John Freemuth was quoted in two stories, one about parallels between the protest of the Dakota Pipeline and the Malheur Refuge Occupation and one about President Obama’s public lands legacy.

In The Associated Press article titled “Some fear acquittal could lead others to take drastic action” Freemuth questions if we’re going to view the protests the same way, but comments that “the tribes will have a point if they find themselves arrested and in jail and these Oregon guys get off”.

In the National Parks Traveler Article titled “President Obama’s Public Lands Legacy” Freemuth is quoted saying that the number of protected acres is a “numbers game,” largely due to the amount of ocean acres this country owns.

Originating Sources: Boise State Update 10/31/16, Morning Journal 10/29/16, National Parks Traveler 10/30/16

MPA Alumni in Action – Oct. 2016

The American Evaluation Association (AEA) announced two Boise State MPA Alumni, Rakesh Mohan and Lance McCleve, as the recipients of the 2016 AEA Outstanding Evaluation Award.

Originating Sources: AEA Evaluation 2016

John Freemuth Quoted by KVAL Channel 13 News

Professor John Freemuth was quoted in a story by KVAL Channel 13 News titled “Public lands experts worry Malheur verdict could cause ‘copycat’ standoffs” about the exoneration of the seven people who took over the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge earlier this year.

Originating Sources: KVAL News 10/28/16

Oct. 27: Dissertation Defense – Matthew May

Congratulations to our first Ph.D. Defense from the Inaugural Cohort, with Matthew May!

9:30 a.m. Hatch A, Student Union Building. The Ph.D. program in Public Policy and Administration invites the campus community to the following dissertation defense: Closed Primary, Exposed Preferences: Idaho’s Primary System and the Bureaucratic Dilemma, presented by Matthew May.

Join us for conversation, snacks and coffee prior to the defense from 8:45-9:15 a.m. in the ERB Lobby.

Origination source: Graduate College Master’s & Doctoral Defenses, 8/24/16 | Boise State UPDATE, 10/25/16

Ph.D. Students, Matthew May and Stephanie Lenhart, featured in FOCUS on Boise State University, Fall 2016

“Our students are generally interested in applying sophisticated research skills and technique to complex applied policy and administrative problems. Our focus is balancing public policy theory and applied research techniques to issues of public concern.”

– Dr. Greg Hill, Associate Professor

FOCUS on Boise State University, Fall 2016 edition, pg. 27

John Freemuth and MPA student, Mackenzie Case, penned an article to The Conversation, Oct. 13, 2016

Professor John Freemuth and his Graduate Assistant, Mackenzie Case, authored an article titled “Dems and the GOP are miles apart on yet another issue: Public lands” for The Conversation. In it they discuss Donald Trump and Hilary Clinton’s position between the issue of public lands.

Originating Sources: Boise State UPDATE, 10/17/16 | The Conversation, 10/13/16

PHD Student in Action – Oct. 11, 2016

Public Policy and Administration Doctoral student, Vanessa Fry, was featured in fry_vanessaa video produced by the Charitable Assistance to Community’s Homeless (CATCH) Inc. for her research on homelessness. View Fry’s video on homelessness here.

Originating Sources: Boise State Update, Fry 10/11/16