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    Problem-Solving Partners

    Rockefeller College is joining with the Rockefeller Institute of Government, Albany Law School’s Government Law Center and the University at Buffalo (UB) School of Law to create the Center for Law and Policy Solutions (CLPS) to tackle civic challenges at the intersection of law and policy.

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    Students Make Health Data Friendly

    Researchers and student scientists from UAlbany’s Center for Technology in Government (CTG) developed software to produce easy-to-use “interactive data visualizations” for the New York State Department of Health (DOH).

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    Toasting to Tenure

    Congratulations to Rockefeller faculty members Matthew Ingram, David Matkin, and Edmund Stazyk who were awarded tenure during the 2016-17 academic year.

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    Helping Maximize Libraries within ‘Smart Cities’

    The United States Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) is awarding the Center for Technology in Government (CTG), led by associate professor Mila Gasco, almost a half million dollars to find out how libraries can better serve their communities and encourage collaboration among local government, and citizens in new technology innovations.

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    Prison’s Revolving Door

    A group of researchers, including Rockefeller’s Shawn Bushway, found that convicted felons who served prison time are much more likely to end up behind bars again than those who were sentenced to probation for similar crimes.

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    Five Questions with Faculty: Edmund Stazyk

    Edmund C. Stazyk is an associate professor of Public Administration & Policy. He came to UAlbany after teaching for six years in the School of Public Affairs at American University in Washington, D.C.

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    It takes a Grant (to Build a Village)

    Led by the expertise of Rockefeller’s Center for International Development (CID), UAlbany is a partner in the SUNY charge to build a sustainable village in Haiti.

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    US Constitution in Crisis

    Rockefeller faculty Matthew Ingram and Julie Novkov served as panelists during a roundtable discussion on Constitution Day.

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    Outstanding Students

    Summer Abroad: Toby Greenfield

    Toby Greenfield, MPA ’18 spent the summer interning at the UN Migration Agency in Geneva, Switzerland.

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    Summer Abroad: Mia Nilo

    Mia Nilo, MIA ’18 spent the summer interning at the Consulate General in Guangzhou, China.

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    Ethnic Identity and Politics

    Professor José Cruz has released a new book that reviewers are calling “thoughtful and provocative” in its portrayal of Puerto Rican political elites in New York City.

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    Politically Engaged

    Rockefeller College co-sponsored and hosted an Albany Mayoral Primary Debate at the University at Albany Performing Arts Center on September 6th.

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    The Intern Experience: The Value of Involvement

    Matthew Garcia, a senior political science major, was ecstatic to be picked for the Assembly Session Internship Program, working as an intern in the Albany office of Assemblyman Kevin Cahill (103rd District, Kingston).

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    Governor's Aide, Gangster's Brother

    Alumnus Steve Villano ’71 tells the story of two New York brothers who traveled dramatically different paths in his memoir Tightrope: Balancing a Life Between Mario Cuomo and My Brother.

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    Tracking Terrorist Groups

    Professors Karl Rethemeyer and Victor Asal created databases called BAAD 1 and 2 that contain in depth information on hundreds of terrorist organizations and their relationships with each other, and whether they are based on affection, ideology or just cold hard cash.

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    Honoring Excellence with the Chancellor's Award

    Associate Professor and Associate Dean for Undergraduate Education Anne Hildreth has earned the 2016-2017 Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Faculty Service.

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    Rockefeller College Holds Inaugural Service Day

    On Friday, April 7th, the University at Albany’s Rockefeller College of Public Affairs & Policy held its inaugural Service Day, bringing together Rockefeller alumni, students, faculty and staff to help local communities.

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    Congratulations Class of 2017!

    Rockefeller College of Public Affairs & Policy honored the Class of 2017 at its annual graduate and undergraduate recognition ceremonies on May 19 and 20, 2017.

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    Shawn Bushway Named ASC Fellow

    Professor Shawn Bushway of the Department of Public Administration and Policy at Rockefeller College has been named a Fellow of the American Society of Criminology (ASC).

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    Enhancing the Student Experience

    Rockefeller alum Michael Christakis is making a difference as UAlbany’s Vice President for Student Affairs.

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    Mayor Thomas Roach to Speak at Undergraduate Ceremony

    Thomas Roach ’83, Mayor of White Plains, N.Y., will serve as Rockefeller College’s keynote speaker at the Undergraduate Recognition Ceremony on Saturday, May 20.

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    Chancellor's Award: Ermida Koduah

    Ermida Koduah of the Bronx has an international focus. The recent winner of a Chancellor’s Award for Student Excellence, Koduah spent the spring semester of sophomore year in Dubai.

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    Chancellor’s Award: Aritra Saha

    Aritra Saha of Queens is majoring in nanoscale engineering, minoring in mathematics and political science, and getting a taste of government at the same time.

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    Chancellor’s Award: Akeela Makshood

    Akeela Makshood entered the University as a shy freshman with the sole aim of earning a degree. Today she is a Chancellor’s Award for Excellence winner and a dedicated leader of the Muslim Students Association.

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    Presidential Awards Honor Staff and Faculty Excellence

    Associate Professor and Chair Victor Asal has been selected to receive a President’s Award for Excellence in Teaching.

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    Extraordinary Devotion

    Julie Novkov, chair of the Department of Political Science, has been named a Collins Fellows. The award, now in its 33rd year, recognizes teaching faculty who have shown extraordinary devotion to the University over a sustained period of time.

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    Protecting the Rights of LGBTQ Individuals

    Developed via a partnership between UAlbany and Nowigence, Inc., one the of the University’s START-UP NY companies, the newly launched UAlbany LGBTQ+ Activity Tracker gathers data globally and over time to map a pattern of positive and negative events concerning the LGBTQ+ population.

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    Five Questions with Faculty: Patricia Strach

    Patricia Strach is an associate professor in the Departments of Political Science and Public Administration & Policy at UAlbany’s Rockefeller College, and the deputy director for Research at SUNY’s Rockefeller Institute of Government.

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    Cream of the Crop

    Rockefeller students Akeela Makshood and Ermida Koduah were two of 10 UAlbany students who earned the Chancellor’s Award for Student Excellence, the highest honor the State University of New York bestows on its students. This year, 256 students from 64 campuses won the award.

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    Water for Anyama – The Source of Life

    To help Ivoirians address problems in the delivery of government services, like potable water, CID and the USAID-financed Legislative Strengthening Program (LSP) developed a pilot program in 24 constituencies to set up collaborative community platforms aimed at improving public service delivery.

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    Partners in Growth and Innovation

    Led by Rockefeller alum Andrew Kennedy (MPA ’07), the Center for Economic Growth has a strong record of growing businesses.

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    For the World's Women and Children

    The Center for International Development director and the Albany Law School president address Zonta on the plight of many.

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    Criminalizing the LGBT Community and the Long Arm of the Religious State

    Associate Professor Victor Asal explains his exploration of the factors that make states around the world more likely to legally discriminate against the LGBT community and why some countries are more likely to put people to death for consensual same sex relations.

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