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Lauren McLean Honored as One of Grist’s 50 Fixers

Lauren McLean in the City Council

Congratulations to Lauren McLean, an MPA graduate of the Public Policy & Administration Department at Boise State University and current member of Boise City Council.

Lauren has been honored as one of‘s 50 Fixers. These are innovators with fresh, forward-thinking solutions to some of humanity’s biggest challenges. Congratulations Lauren!

Originating Sources: Grist 50 Fixers

SPS Faculty win the Larry Gould Best Article Award from WSSA and the SSJ

“Two of our own have won the Larry Gould Best Article Award from the WSSA and the SSJ.  Congrats to Amanda Ashley and Les Alm!” — Stephanie Witt

Read Ashley and Alm’s full piece from The Social Science Journal at: ScienceDirect

PHD and MPA Students Data Research

Kudos to Dr. Greg Hill, PhD students: Vanessa Fry, Craig Jones and MPA student: Lantz Brown for their contributions to the piece titled “Idaho Transportation Infrastructure” that was published March 3, 2017 by The Blue Review. In their article they asses Idaho’s economic dependence on having a well-maintained transportation system and infrastructure. Read the full article here.

Originating Sources: The Blue Review, 3/3/17

PHD Student, Cameron Ariel, in action – 3/1/2017

“Listen to this great story from Boise State Public Radio. It gets really Photo of Cameron Arialgood at the 3:15 mark when our own Cameron Arial starts to educate the world on public school bonds! Great job, Cameron.” — Greg Hill, Chair of Public Policy and Administration

Originating Source: Boise State Public Radio, 3/1/17

MPA Student, Thomas Strauss, in action – Spring 2017

The Network of Schools of Public Policy, Affairs, and Administration (NASPAA) held their 3rd annual Student Simulation Competition. The competition is divided into eight regions across the globe, with the nearest region convening at the University of Washington in Seattle. A total of 46 students gathered from the Northwest region, including the first-ever Boise State student to compete, MPA Graduate Student, Thomas Strauss. The theme of this year’s event was food security. Students were to use simulation software to develop a plan for achieving the United Nations’ second goal within a series Sustainable Development Goals (SGDs), which aimed to eliminate food insecurity worldwide by the year 2030. Learn more about this event at the NASPAA Student Simulation Competition website.

Jen Schneider and Jillian Moroney Contribute to Piece on Farmland Preservation

Professor Jen Schneider and Post Doctorate Jillian Moroney contribute to a piece published by The Blue Review titled “Farmland Preservation”. This piece discusses recent changes in Treasure Valley farms and farmland as the population continues to grow. The article pulls from data gathered by the Census of Agriculture and US Census as well as the 2016 Treasure Valley Public Policy Survey.  Read the full article here.

Originating Sources: The Blue Review 2/27/17

Ph.D. Student Research in the Spotlight – Norma Jaeger, 2/24/17

Norma Jaeger had a proposal accepted at a National Drug Court conference (the NADCP).  The paper is called “Enhancing Drug Courts Through Trauma-Informed Care and Procedural Justice: A New Training Curriculum for Practitioners,” and is directly connected to the work Norma plans on doing for her dissertation.

According to the conference planners, “We received hundreds of high quality and excellent submissions, and can’t thank you enough for graciously agreeing to share your knowledge.”

Way to go, Norma!

Freemuth Quoted in Northern Rockies News

photo of John Freemuth Professor John Freemuth was quoted in a Public News Service story titled “Research: Idaho Land Sales May Have Violated State Constitution”. This story reports that Idaho may have violated the state constitution by selling off large parcels of state land. Freemuth says “this raises concerns that federal land handed over to Idaho would be sold, once the state realized it was too costly to manage it”. Read more about this Public News Service story here.

Originating Sources: Boise State Campus Update 2/22/2017, Public News Service 2/22/2017

Ashley and Freemuth Appear on’tal Idaho

Professor’s Seth Ashley and John Freemuth were guests on’tal Idaho radio show February 22nd. The show offers news and interviews highlighting Idaho’s environmental issues. In the episode titled Media, Politics and Environmental Policy, Ashley and Freemuth discussed the role of media in today’s political climate and democracy in general, including issues regarding media access to public agencies, dissemination of information to the public about environmental, land use initiatives or studies, and information otherwise vital to the formulation of public policy. Visit’tal Idaho upcoming programs and archives here.

Originating Sources:’tal Idaho 2/22/ 2017, Boise State Update 2/23/2017

Jen Schneider Presents at Western States Communication Association Convention

Jen SchneiderJen Schneider presented a paper titled “The ‘Influence Peddlers’: Frackademia and the Rhetoric of Innovation” at the Western States Communication Association Convention in Salt Lake City, Utah, on Feb. 19.  The paper examines the role that public-private partnerships play in shaping how universities define education for the “public good” and received a Top Paper award from the Environmental Communication Interest Group.

Originating Source: Boise State Update 2/21/2017