Public Affairs Report
Check out Matthew May’s post, “The Hidden Cost of Primary Systems“, featured in The Blue Review, a journal of popular scholarship published by the Boise State University School of Public Service.
Originating Source: The Blue Review, May 01, 2017
The article acts as a primer to the Antiquities Act, which presidents since Theodore Roosevelt have used to designate national monuments in the United States. This week, President Donald Trump initiated a review of the act’s use since 1996, which many speculate could lead to some rollbacks of previous protections.
Freemuth provides history and commentary on how Trump and U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke may use language in the original act to justify monumental changes.
A link to the article: What to know about Trump’s national monuments executive order
Trumping the Environment: What’s Next for U.S. Energy Policy and Rhetoric
Dr. Jen Schneider, School of Public Service
Where is President Trump taking the nation on energy and the environment, how are social movements responding, and what can you do? Trump promised he would “bring back” the coal industry, rescuing it from President Obama’s “war on coal.” He also pledged to roll back environmental regulations, such as the Clean Power Plan, that the oil and gas industry despises, and chose former Exxon-Mobil CEO Rex Tillerson as his Secretary of State. Furthermore, unlike past presidents, he has largely remained silent on issues such as renewable energy and nuclear power. So what does this mean for the nation and the environmental movement?
Listen more about this topic here: http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/listen-bsu-professor-hosts-teach-about-us-energy-policy
John Freemuth was quoted in a New York Times feature on the most recent push to privatize public lands in the west, and the ensuing push back from environmentalists and hunters alike. The article is titled “Siege Has Ended, but Battle Over Public Lands Rages On.”
“There’s just more and more alarm from people ranging the gamut from sportsmen to environmentalists and just ordinary folks who aren’t that political but like their access, thinking that they could lose a lot if the states gained ownership,” Freemuth said.
On March 19, Wendy Jaquet, long-time Idaho state representative and current Boise State Ph.D. candidate, was honored for her political leadership. The award was given by Zions Bank at their annual Grande Dame Brunch and Women’s Leadership Celebration at the Sun Valley Film Festival. Academy-Award winning actress Geena Davis, this year’s Sun Valley Vision Award recipient and founder of the Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media, presented the awards.
Zions Bank recognized eight Idaho women for leadership in business, public policy, culture and education. The honorees were chosen by Idaho First Lady and Idaho Women in Leadership CEO Lori Otter, along with Zions Bank President Scott Anderson.
Terry Rich has been busy working on both public and scholarly communication related to his doctoral work, including the total overall and update of the Partners in Fight website (https://www.partnersinflight.org), which was just opened yesterday. He wrote a good bit of new content for the “What We Do” tab, and other material of his from past years has been carried forward, especially under “Resources.”
He is also presenting at the Great Basin Bird Observatory Conference in May (www.gbbo.org/birdconference). See the abstract below:
The “shifting baseline syndrome” is one of the most pernicious problems in long-term conservation because each succeeding generation of conservationists expects less. Data are available to make population estimates for 46 species of birds in the Great Basin before European settlement (ca 1800). Estimates are derived from, 1) the current size of the total breeding range of the species as modeled from Southwest ReGAP, 2) the proportion of the current species population that occurs in the Great Basin as estimated by Partners in Flight, and 3) both the minimum and maximum breeding densities of the species reported in the literature. Although the breeding density estimates provide for variation in the population size estimates, all the latter are almost certainly overestimated because not all habitat from any source of estimation for a given species is suitable for it. Nonetheless, these estimates provide a starting point for setting the “true” baseline for judging conservation goals, gains, and losses in the present day. One can then calculate long-term population trends (1800-1966) and compare these to more recent trends from the Breeding Bird Survey (1966-2014). A comparison of these trajectories by species might be useful in prioritizing species for future conservation.
RICH, TERRELL D. Pre-Settlement Breeding Bird Populations and Very-Long-Term Population Trend Estimates for the Great Basin. Boise State University, Department Public Policy and Administration, 1910 W. University Dr., Boise, ID 83725.
Cece Gassner, director for economic development, and Greg Hill, acting director of the Idaho Policy Institute, recently were quoted in an Idaho State Journal article titled “INL and Boise State come together in Butte County.” The article highlights a new partnership between Boise State and Butte County – one of Idaho’s least populated places – to institute three new projects meant to enhance economic activity in the area. The projects are being funded by technology-based economic development grants offered by the Idaho National Laboratory.
As part of one project, this spring Gassner will travel to Arco to teach entrepreneurial skills to “anyone who’s interested,” with the hopes of supporting and spurring local business.
Hill, meanwhile will help the city of Arco develop a plan to attract tourists – perhaps through a series of art projects – and inform them of the rich history of the area, and close proximity to the nation’s lead nuclear research and development laboratory.
Ph.D. student Krista Lyons has been invited to give an oral presentation at the International Congress on Conservation Biology (ICCB) in Cartagena, Colombia this July. Competition for such slots is fierce. Way to go Krista! Read more about the upcoming ICCB Conference on their website.
On March 24, Jack Marr spoke at the annual Consortium on Undergraduate International Business Education (CUIBE) conference at Northeastern University in Boston. Marr’s speech was titled “Working with GOs and NGOs without Stepping on Toes to Promote International Business.”
Originating Sources: Boise State Update 4/3/17