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Gregory Hill and Justin Vaughn

Photo-Hill_GregGregory Hill, associate professor of public policy and administration, and Justin Vaughn, assistant professor of political science, participated in a recent conference at the Brookings Institution in Washington, D.C., along with numerous scholars from across the nation and abroad and practitioners representing the current and multiple recent presidential administrations. To read more about the Conference Click Here
Original Source: Boise State University Update, Gregory Hill and Justin Vaughn

DPPA Alumni in Action- Seth Grigg

Boise State alum Seth Grigg has been appointed executive director of the Association of Idaho Cities.  Grigg has been serving as a Policy Analyst for the Idaho Association of Counties.  Grigg earned an undergraduate degree in English from BYU Idaho before completing the Mastersmprogram in Public Administration at Boise State University.

John Freemuth to Speak at Panel Discussion

Photo-Freemuth,JohnProfessor John Freemuth will participate in a Sept. 16 panel discussion titled “What Should Our Relationship with the Forest Be?”  The panel is part of the Sun Valley Center for the Arts’ “Forests, Foraging and Fires” BIG IDEA multidisciplinary project at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 16, at the Center in Ketchum.

The community is invited to join in the discussion about local forests. In addition to the panel discussion, the project includes a play reading, a visual arts exhibition, lectures and films. For more information, visit

Certificate in Nonprofit Administration Approved by SBOE

The Department of Public Policy and Administration is pleased to announce that the graduate certificate in Nonprofit Administration was approved on August 19, 2014 by the Idaho State Board of Education. Dr. Fredericksen will coordinate the Nonprofit Administration certificate. The first cohort for this degree will begin in Fall 2015, and more information will be posted soon.

Energy Policy Institute to Receive IAEA Contract

David Solan, Energy Policy Institute, studio portraitThe Energy Policy Institute at Boise State University has been awarded a $41,000 contract by the International Atomic Energy Agency.  Institute director David Solan, along with Drs. Geoffery Black and Meredith Taylor Black have been tasked with developing a comprehensive decision framework for assessing the deployment of small and medium-sized nuclear reactors. Read Boise State University Energy Policy Institute Team Awarded International Atomic Energy Agency Contract.

Original Source:, 28-Aug-2014 4:00 pm EDT

Jim Weatherby discusses A.J. Balukoff’s ad in the Spokesman-Review

weatherby-150x150Emiritus professor Jim Weatherby was quoted in a Spokesman-Review blog post discussing gubernatorial candidate A.J. Balukoff’s most recent ad campaign.

Original Source: Read Adwatch: Balukoff launches secon tv campaign commercial in The Spokesman-Review

NASPAA Sim Competition Announced

Immerse yourself in NASPAA SIM student competitionNASPAA will be hosting a new competition for current students at accredited schools.  Participation is free!  Students will utilize a simulation and solve problems facing law and policy makers.  For more details, check out their flier, and keep an eye out for additional information!

Original Source: NASPAA

David Solan, director of the Energy Policy Institute, was profiled in a Solar Industry article

David Solan, Energy Policy Institute, studio portraitDavid Solan, director of the Energy Policy Institute and assistant professor in the Department of Public Policy and Administration, was profiled in a Solar Industry article about PVMapper. PVMapper is a geographic information system that helps large-scale photovoltaic project developers take social preferences and constraints into account. 

Original Source: Solar Industry

John Freemuth, has received $715,000 from the U.S. Geological Survey’s Great Basin

Photo-Freemuth,JohnJohn Freemuth, Boise State professor of public policy and political science, has received two grants totaling $715,000 from the U.S. Geological Survey’s Great Basin CESU (Cooperative Ecosystem Study Unit). The grants will support development and use of data to inform biodiversity conservation policy and planning, with a mission to keep common species common. Read Grants Support Policy Behind Species and Land Preservation from Boise State Update here.

Original Source: UPDATE, David Solan, Published 9:42 a.m. August 25, 2014

Jim Weatherby is quoted in the Spokesman-Review on Idaho Governor’s race

Eye On Boise: Balukoff hits airwaves with first campaign ad of Idaho guv’s race “Tired of business as usual in Boise? … on a change platform,” said Jim Weatherby, Boise State University emeritus professor and longtime observer …

Balukoff hits airwaves with first campaign ad of Idaho guv’s race, Spokesman-Review, 8/1/14