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MPA alumna Wins Western Social Science Association award

Cassandra Koerner, a Boise State MPA alumna, won the Western Social Science Association’s second place graduate student award for her 2011 article “Media, fear, and nuclear energy: A case study.”

The article is published in the latest issue of The Social Science Journal (June 2014) and the abstract can be found at ScienceDirect.

Emeritus Faculty Jim Weatherby Quoted in the Idaho Press Tribune

weatherbyEmeritus Faculty member Jim Weatherby was quoted in an article regarding the state Democratic Convention. He discusses the likelihood of democratic success in the upcoming gubernatorial election.

Original Source: Idaho Press: “Democrats prep for state convention” 6/20/2014 

John Freemuth to speak at ICA Summer Roundup

John Freemuth, professor of public policy, will speak at the Idaho Cattle Association Summer Round-up on June 25 in Idaho Falls. His topic is “Exploring the Layout of the Political Landscape.”

David Solan Presented at 2014 Western Political Science Association Conference

Assistant Professor David Solan gave a presentation at this year’s WPSA Conference in Seattle, WA.  His presentation was titled “Democratic Theory and the Governance of Socio-technical Systems: Boundary Organizations and Electricity Planning in the US”.  Dr. Solan also participated in two panels as a co-author: one a historical policy analysis of federal energy loan guarantee programs with Chris Juchau from the Energy Policy Institute at Boise State University,  and another on place attachment and public support for utility-scale solar power with collaborators from the University of Idaho and the Idaho National Laboratories.

Eric Lindquist Presented at Conference in Germany

Eric LindquistEric Lindquist, Director of the Public Policy Research Center, recently presented a flash talk at the 2014 Global Land Project Open Science Meeting, in Berlin, Germany. The talk, titled “Climate change adaptation and the changing context for resource management and governance in the Great Basin,” was part of a round table research session focusing on governance, adaptation and global change in mountain regions.

The Open Meeting was held at Humboldt University in Berlin and is sponsored by the International Human Dimensions Programme on Global Environmental Change (IHDP),and the International Geosphere-Biosphere Program (IGBP).

Monica Hubbard to Attend Robotics Conference

Visiting Assistant Professor Monica Hubbard heads to Florida this week to attend the We Robot 2014 conference on legal and policy issues relating to robotics.

We Robot 2014 builds on existing scholarship exploring the role of robotics to examine how the increasing sophistication of robots and their widespread deployment everywhere from the home to hospitals, public spaces and even the battlefield disrupts existing legal regimes or requires rethinking of various policy issues.

Suzanne McCorkle, Stephanie Witt book out this week from M.E. Sharpe

DPPA professors Suzanne McCorkle and Stephanie Witt have published a book which will be released this week from M.E. Sharpe.  The book, People Skills for Public Managers, fills the need for a concise, inexpensive, skills-oriented text set in the public and nonprofit context.

Visiting Scholar to Discuss Environmental Policy March 3

WolfThe Public Policy Research Center, and the departments of Sociology and Public Policy and Administration are pleased to welcome visiting scholar Dr. Steven Wolf of Cornell University. Dr. Wolf will be here for the first week of March, and will give a public lecture,”Payments for Ecosystem Services and US Agrienvironmental Policy: Opportunities and Constraints,” on March 3rd from 12:00- 1:00 pm. The event will be held in the Lookout room of the Student Union. During his visit, Dr. Wolf will also present guest lectures for selected courses.

Dr. Wolf teaches and conducts research on environmental governance with a specific focus on efforts to secure public goods from private landscapes. His training and approach engage sociology, economics and geography. While most projects address socioecological dynamics in industrialized societies of Europe and USA, he has current projects in India and China.

John Freemuth to Speak at Oregon State University

John Fremuth, Ph.D.John Freemuth, professor of political science and public policy and administration, will speak at Oregon State University in Corvallis, Ore., on Feb. 12 at a Department of Fisheries and Wildlife seminar. Freemuth will speak on “Why ‘Best Science’ is Not Enough in Natural Resources Policy.”

Les Alm Named Interim Associate Dean of College of SSPA

Professor Les Alm has been named interim associate dean for the College of Social Science and Public Affairs.  He is taking over for Shelton Woods, who acting interim dean.