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Dr. Sanghee Park’s Paper Nominated for Award

Professor Sanghee Park’s paper titled “The politics of redistribution in local governments: The effect of gender representation on welfare spending in California counties” has been nominated for an award by the Center for California Studies based at Sacramento State University. The paper was published last year in the Journal of Public Policy. 

Twisted Roots of the West

Professor John Freemuth’s article titled “The Twisted Roots of Map of United StatesU.S. Land Policy in the West” was published by The Blue Review last week. In the article he discusses the history and utility of land in the West as it relates to ownership dating back to the colonial era.

Original Source: The Twisted Roots of U.S. Land Policy in the West, Blue Review, 3/7/2016

MPA Alum in Action: Jillana Finnegan

Jillana Finnegan, associate director of Advising and Finnegan_Jillana_AAEAcademic Enhancement (AAE) and Boise State MPA graduate, presented AAE’s learning assistant recruitment and selection model in a session titled “Beyond cherry-picking: Intentional and highly selective peer recruitment translates to increased student success” at the 35 annual conference on The First-Year Experience in Orlando, Florida. Read more about Jillana Finnegan and Matt Schmasow here.

Original Source: Jillana Finnegan and Matt Schmasow, The Update, 2/25/2016

MPA Alum in Action: Catherine Chertudi

Catherine Chertudi, an MPA graduate, is an honoree of Idaho Business Review’s 2016 Women of the Year. Catherine is now working as the environmental programs manager for the Boise Public Works Department. The 2016 Women of the Year were presented with their awards on February 25, 2016 at the Boise Centre. Read more about the 2016 Women of the Year here.

Original Source: Idaho Business Review, 12/1/2015

2016 Idaho Filibuster Sessions

The 2016 Idaho Filibuster Sessions are informal, fortnightly meetups to discuss the latest happenings at the Idaho Legislature, hosted by The Blue Review, the Boise State School of Public Service, and the Boise State Political Science Department. The third Filibuster Session on Wednesday, February 17th, presented the opportunity to discuss a recent survey conducted by the new School of Public Service.  Read the full articles about the Public Policy Survey and Read about the Filibuster Session.

Original Sources: The Blue Review, 2/15/16
Boise State Public Policy Survey

School of Public Service Launches Scholarship for State Legislative Interns

Twenty-two undergraduate and graduate students are Legislative Internship Programcurrently interning at the state capitol. This year ten students each were awarded a $750 scholarship – completely covering the cost of their internship. The School of Public Service Legislative Intern Scholarship is for full-time (12 UGRD credits) students who are juniors, seniors, or graduate and participate in an internship at the Idaho State Legislature and who enroll in at least 3 internship credits through the Political Science Department. The next deadline for applying is March 15. To find out more about the School of Public Service Legislative Internship click here. To check out other Political Science internships click here.

Original Source: School of Public Service Launches Scholarship for State Legislative Interns. The Update, 2/18/16

Who Owns the West?

John Freemuth was interviewed for a segment by John FreemuthKIVI-TV. Don Nelson writes, “Boise State Professor and expert on public land policy John Freemuth summed up the anger between ranchers and the federal government as general uncertainty.”

Original Sources: Who Owns the West, KIVI-TV, 2/11/16

Our Ph.D. Students in Action

“Vanessa Fry, Assistant Director of the Public Policy Vanessa-Fry-PhotoResearch Center, gave a presentation to the Boise/Ada County Housing and Homelessness Roundtable on the costs associated with homelessness in Ada County, Idaho…Fry’s research shows that to address the needs of 100 individuals experiencing chronic homelessness in Ada County the community spends about $5.3 million on an annual basis. Providing a Housing First alternative to those individuals would cost about $1.6 million annual (not inclusive of capital cost for new housing units).”

Original Sources: Vanessa Fry, Update, 2/9/16

Keiser paid his “Academic Dues”

Professor John Freemuth was quoted in an article JohnKeiserwritten by The Arbiter about the recent passing of former Boise State President Dr. John Keiser. “Freemuth noted that faculty and staff alike respected him for paying his ‘academic dues'”.

Original Source: The Arbiter, 2/1/16

Major Federal Land Policy Change

Professor John Freemuth was quoted in an ABC News John Freemuth 1article titled “Wildfire Plan Seen as Biggest Land Policy Change in Decades”. The article discusses a federal land policy change initiated by Interior Secretary Sally Jewell that “directed federal resources for the first time to fight massive blazes in open sagebrush steppe habitat”.

Read Wildfire Plan Seen as Biggest Land Policy Change in Decades here.
Read the Update report on the ABC News article.