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UAlbany Students Give Back to Community While Studying in D.C.

For almost 20 years, University at Albany undergraduates aspiring to careers in government and the public and nonprofit sectors have traveled to Washington, D.C. to spend the spring semester studying and working in the nation’s capital.
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Center for International Development Appoints New Director

Gina Volynsky, a 25-five-year veteran in the field of international development, has joined the University as the new director of the Center for International Development, part of the University’s Rockefeller College of Public Affairs & Policy.
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CWGCS To Host Reception for 2016 Fellows

Governor Andrew Cuomo’s Assistant Secretary for Human Services Nora Yates will deliver the keynote address as the Center for Women in Government & Civil Society welcomes its 2016 Fellows on Women & Public Policy, Thursday, February 18, 6:30 -9 p.m. at Rockefeller College.
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Rockefeller College Professor Lends International Students a Warm Welcome

As the University continues its efforts to attract greater numbers of international students, one professor at Rockefeller College – Ik Jae Chung – can provide perspective on his approach to international recruitment. Chung has been enlisting executives and civil servants from Korea to the College’s MPA program for more than 15 years.
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Decision 2016: Separating Reality from Rhetoric

Fox News contributor Christopher Hahn, BA ’94 and veteran White House and Congressional senior advisor Ron Christie will go head-to-head over 2016's presidential front-runners, phenoms and forgettables. Noted political analyst and strategist Michael Tobman, BA ’95 will moderate this spirited and enlightening discussion.
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UAlbany and Albany Law Researchers to Tackle Law, Urban Blight, Politics, and Race and Gender Relations

The University at Albany and Albany Law School have announced the recipients of a collaborative venture fund designed to enable faculty from the two organizations to pursue joint research opportunities.
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UAlbany / Rockefeller Alumna Muscles Her Way to Jeopardy! Champion

Amelia Hershberger of Albany, New York, a 2004 UAlbany/Rockefeller College political science graduate, takes on the competition and finds success on Jeopardy!
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Rockefeller College Hosts NASPAA Career Professionals Conference

More than 50 career services professionals from 18 states and the District of Columbia attended NASPAA’s 2015 Career Professionals Conference hosted by the University at Albany’s Rockefeller College of Public Affairs & Policy, December 10-11.
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Thank you for the many ways you support Rockefeller College and UAlbany

The faculty and staff of Rockefeller College wish you a safe and happy holiday season.
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Roads to AmeriCorps and Rockefeller College Converged into One Sure Path for New Grad

Pou Mok graduated on Sunday, December 6 with a goal of fighting poverty and with invaluable skills and connections acquired through Rockefeller College's MPA program.
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State Department Awards Rockefeller's Bryan Early $1.1 million To Provide Strategic Trade Control Assistance Around the Globe

Dr. Bryan Early and his PISCES colleagues are collaborating to provide strategic trade control assistance to countries in the Western Balkans and Central Asia, as well as to Taiwan, Ukraine, and Sri Lanka.
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Scale of Malaysian corruption scandal is “record breaking,” says SE Asia expert Meredith Weiss – NPR’s All Things Considered, 11/18/15

Associate Professor of Political Science Meredith Weiss talks with NPR’s All Things Considered about the growing scandal over Malaysia’s government-owned investment fund called 1MDB.
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Citizen Funding for Elections — What do we know? What are the effects? What are the options?

On November 19, 2015, the nonpartisan Campaign Finance Institute (CFI) released a new report written by its executive director Michael J. Malbin, a professor of political science at the University at Albany’s Rockefeller College.
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Rockefeller Terrorism Experts Asal and Rethemeyer Analyze Recent ISIS Attacks, Capitol Pressroom, 11/18/15

Rockefeller Terrorism Experts and co-directors of the Project on Violent Conflict, Victor Asal and R. Karl Rethemeyer, analyze the recent attacks by ISIS and discuss what their BAAD dataset can tell us about terrorist organizations.
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Rockefeller Faculty Among UAlbany Experts Called on for Insight and Expertise in Aftermath of Terrorist Attacks

Rockefeller College faculty are among several University at Albany experts who examine issues related to terrorism, homeland security and disaster response.
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Laura V. Gonzalez-Murphy, Ph.D. '09 Appointed Director of NYS Office for New Americans

Rockefeller College alumna Laura Valeria González-Murphy has been appointed director of the New York State Office for New Americans (ONA). Dr. González-Murphy oversees the operation of ONA’s 26 opportunity centers across New York State.
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New Online Tool Reveals Terrorist Networks and Behavior Over Time

Rockefeller professors’ Big, Allied and Dangerous dataset enables better understanding of how terrorist organizations function.
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Rockefeller College is proud to share news of outstanding faculty scholarship and achievement in our Fall 2015 research report, at the FOREFRONT.
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'Grassroots unhappiness with powers that be' influences fundraising says Michael Malbin – Center for Public Integrity Online, 10/16/15

Professor Michael J. Malbin, executive director of the Campaign Finance Institute, shares thoughts on why small-dollar donors are powering insurgent presidential candidates from both parties.
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Intl Security Expert Bryan Early Assesses Threat of ISIS Radiological Terror

Read Professor Bryan R. Early’s guest post “ Fighting Dirty: Assessing the Threat of ISIS Engaging in Radiological Terrorism” in Ballots & Bullets, the blog of the School of Politics & International Relations at the University of Nottingham.
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Rockefeller Doctoral Student Steve Sin Invited to Lecture at Baker Center for Public Policy

Rockefeller College doctoral student Steve Sin presented a lecture on the topic of illicit trafficking of radiological and nuclear material at the Howard H. Baker, Jr. Center for Public Policy at the University of Tennessee on October 12, 2015.
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PhD Student Cesar Rentaria Published in ITID

An article by first-year PhD student Cesar Rentaria about mobile banking in rural Mexico appeared in Information Technologies & International Development (ITID), a peer-reviewed, international, multidisciplinary quarterly designed for researchers and practitioners from the engineering and social sciences, technologists, policymakers, and development specialists.
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Promoting Compassionate Policies for Children in Bosnia-Herzegovina

Nearly 20 years after a brutal war, Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH) continues to face challenges in forging effective policies to meet citizens’ needs. Through a project with the University at Albany’s Center for International Development (SUNY/CID), however, BiH state and federation institutions are building legislative and policy-making capabilities in a number of areas.
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Candidates win on “what they offer substantively,” says Rockefeller’s Malbin, Christian Science Monitor, 10/1/15

Rockefeller Professor Michael Malbin, executive director of the Campaign Finance Institute, tells the CSM that candidates will win on 'what they offer substantively to voters.'
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Why Organizations Choose Violence

Rockefeller Associate Professor of Political Science and Co-director of the Project on Violent Conflict Dr. Victor Asal discusses the factors that make organizations more likely to be lethal.
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Dean Rethemeyer Interviewed by City & State Magazine

Rockefeller Interim Dean R. Karl Rethemeyer talks with City & State about the launch of the College's new Master's of International Affairs program and provides an update on his terrorism-related research.
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Info Technologies Can Help Identify and Solve Policy Problems

CTG Research Director and Rockefeller Associate Professor J. Ramon Gil-Garcia discusses the relationship between information technologies, open data and public policy analysis.
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Capital Region Nonprofit Leaders Offer Strategies for Advancing Your Organization’s Mission

UAlbany’s Award-Winning Emerging Issues in the Nonprofit Sector Series launches 2015-16 season with a workshop on public policy advocacy led by the pros.
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Could Twitter be an antidote to big-money politics? – Michael Malbin comments, Christian Science Monitor, 9/15/15

Rockefeller College Political Science Professor Michael J. Malbin, a campaign finance expert, shares his insights on how people give to political campaigns.
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SUNY/CID on Bosnian National TV

Staff of SUNY/CID’s USAID-funded Strengthening Governing Institutions and Processes Program in Bosnia and Herzegovina recently appeared on Bosnian national television.
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‘What’s Next for Kim Douglas?’ – Professor Julie Novkov comments in ThinkProgress, 9/11/15

This week, Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis was released from jail, an incarceration brought about by her refusal to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples. Now that she is free, the experts are weighing in on what is likely to happen next.
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Rockefeller Interim Dean R. Karl Rethemeyer to Moderate Community-Wide Discussion at School of Public Health

Rockefeller College Interim Dean R. Karl Rethemeyer will moderate a discussion inspired by the book Our Kids: The American Dream in Crisis on Wednesday, September 9 at 5 p.m. at the University at Albany’s School of Public Health George Education Center Auditorium, One University Place, Rensselaer, New York.
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Criminal Justice Policy Expert Shawn Bushway Provides Insight on Rising Crime Rates, WAMC Vox Pop, 9/1/15

Rockefeller criminal justice policy expert Shawn Bushway provides insight on recent reports that more 30 U.S. cities have reported sharp increases in violence since last year, including New York, New Orleans, Baltimore, Washington, St. Louis and Milwaukee.
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Rethemeyer Analyzes the Iranian Nuclear Deal, Capitol Pressroom, 8/31/15

Rockefeller Interim Dean and Co-director of the Project on Violent Conflict R. Karl Rethemeyer discusses the nuclear accord with Iran on The Capitol Pressroom with WCNY’s Susan Arbetter.
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Trump immigration plan may have “unintended consequences,” says Rockefeller’s Koslowski, National Journal, 8/24/15

Associate Professor Rey Koslowski, an expert in global migration and border control issues, shares his insights on possible consequences of Donald Trump’s plan for tightening border security between the U.S. and Mexico.
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CID Signs Memorandum of Understanding with the Assembly of Francophone Parliaments

On July 9, 2015, SUNY/CID at Rockefeller College signed a new memorandum of understanding with the Assembly of Francophone Parliaments on current and future collaborations in providing legislative strengthening support in the Francophone world.
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Rockefeller Welcomes New Faculty

Rockefeller College is delighted to welcome Assistant Professors Elizabeth A. M. Searing and Edmund Stazyk to the Department of Public Administration and Policy.
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Dr. Bryan Early Awarded Tenure

Rockefeller College faculty member Bryan Early was recently awarded tenure and promoted to the rank of associate professor.
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Rockefeller PhD Student Named NASPAA Emerging Scholar

Rockefeller PhD student Jeongyoon Lee has been named a recipient of the 2015 Staats Emerging Scholar Award and will present her dissertation work in front of national and international public service education leaders at NASPAA’s Annual Conference in Brooklyn, October 14-16.
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Professor Julie Novkov to Receive APSA Award for Teaching and Mentoring

Professor Julie Novkov has been named this year’s recipient of the Teaching and Mentoring Award by the Law and Courts section of the American Political Science Association (APSA).
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NYS Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul To Deliver Keynote at CWGCS Fellows' Graduation

New York State Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul will be the keynote speaker at the University at Albany's Center for Women in Government & Civil Society's 33rd Annual Commencement Tuesday, June 30 at 6:30 p.m. on the downtown campus in Milne Hall, Room 200.
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Rockefeller College Alumni Selected as Excelsior Service Fellows

In fall 2015, seven Rockefeller College alumni will begin their service to the public as Excelsior Service Fellows. The New York State Excelsior Service Fellowship attracts the best and the brightest who are called to a career in public service. 
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Rockefeller Offers Advanced Graduate Certificate in International Health and Human Rights

To address the growing demand for interdisciplinary solutions to our contemporary world challenges, Rockefeller College has collaborated with the University at Albany's Global Institute for Health and Human Rights and School of Public Health to offer the Graduate Certificate in International Health and Human Rights.
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Alumna and Advisory Board Member Named Executive Director, Capital District Habitat for Humanity

Christine Hmiel Schudde, MA '08 has been named the next executive director of Capital District Habitat for Humanity. Schudde, previously director of development, brings more than a decade of Habitat experience to her new leadership role.
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UAlbany's CTG is Lead Partner in Increasing Capability of Government Leaders in Egypt

Experts from the University at Albany's Center for Technology in Government recently spent a week in Cairo, Egypt working with Egypt's National Management Institute as part of Microsoft's 4Afrika School of Government.
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CID Bosnia Project Hosts Talk Show Featuring New Chair of the FBiH Women's Caucus

On Wednesday, May 27, the Center for International Development's USAID/Strengthening Governing Institutions and Processes project in Bosnia and Herzegovina hosted a radio call-in program featuring Member of Parliament Kenela Zuko.
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Virtually No Effect of State Policies on Organ Donation

Policies passed by states to encourage organ donation have had virtually no effect on rates of organ donation and transplantation in the United States, according to an article published online by JAMA Internal Medicine.
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SUNY/CID Signs MOU with National Assembly of Quebec

The SUNY Center for International Development and the National Assembly of Quebec have signed a memorandum of understanding under which they will join forces to develop programming to promote legislative development around the world.
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Thinking About State and Local Government Cyber Security Exercises

Rockefeller Assistant Professor Brian Nussbaum shares his insights on state and local government cybersecurity in the Stanford Law School Center for Internet and Society blog.
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Rockefeller Honors ​Class of 2015

Rockefeller College of Public Affairs & Policy honored the Class of 2015 at its annual graduate and undergraduate recognition ceremonies on May 16 and 17, 2015 at Page Hall on the downtown campus of the University at Albany.
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First-Generation Grads Thank Their Families

Rockefeller College is proud to share the stories of four families who are celebrating first time college graduates this year.
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Rockefeller Senior Dedicates Herself to Helping Others

In her four years at the University at Albany, Rose Avellino has found through extensive community engagement work that no act is too small to make a difference.
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Rockefeller Sanctions Expert Bryan Early Interviewed on WAMC

Rockefeller College Assistant Professor Bryan Early, an expert on economic sanctions and strategic trade control, discusses his new book with Dr. Alan Chartock of WAMC/Northeast Public Radio.
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D.C. Bound

Rockefeller College senior Mary Campbell's dreams are coming true. Just days away from commencement she's already landed a job in Washington, D.C. and making plans for her move to the nation's capital.
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Michael Christakis, MA '01, PhD '05 Appointed UAlbany Vice President for Student Success

Dr. Michael Christakis, a Rockefeller College alumnus, has been named vice president for student success by University at Albany President Robert J. Jones.
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Professor Julie Novkov To Receive APSA Teaching and Mentoring Award

Julie Novkov, chair of the Rockefeller College Political Science Department, is this year's recipient of the Teaching and Mentoring Award from the Law & Courts Section of the American Political Science Association.
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Tim and Matt Curran – Brothers and Best Friends

Through their achievement and outstanding example, recent graduates Tim and Matt Curran have carved a lasting legacy at Rockefeller for years to come. The brothers share the secrets to their success.
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Changing the Game

An all-conference football star in college, Matt Lowney was playing pro football in Omaha when a shoulder injury ended his dream of making it to the NFL. Suddenly facing a major change in direction, Matt had to rethink his goals and decided to pursue his Master of Public Administration at Rockefeller.
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Rockefeller Prepares To Honor Class of 2015

Rockefeller College of Public Affairs & Policy will honor the Class of 2015 this weekend during graduate and undergraduate commencement recognition ceremonies at Page Hall on the downtown campus.
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Kamiar Alaei, M.D. Receives Ellis Island Medal of Honor

Kamiar Alaei, M.D., a Public Service Professor in the Department of Public Administration and Policy at Rockefeller College and founding director of the Global Institute for Health and Human Rights (GIHHR) has been named a recipient of the 2015 Ellis Island Medal of Honor by the National Ethnic Coalition of Organizations.
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Moving to the Center Can Be Costly for Left-wing Parties

For several decades, center-left parties across Europe have undergone major soul-searching about whether a more centrist position helps them win elections. Rockefeller's Johannes Karreth and Jonathan Polk, University of Gothenburg, Sweden share insights in the Washington Post, May 6, 2015.
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Refugees an asset to state farms – Rey Koslowski op-ed, Times Union, 5/6/15

Rockefeller global migration expert Rey Koslowski urges lawmakers to propose legislation that offers opportunities for refugees with agricultural experience.
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Latest Drownings Highlight Plight of African Refugees

In a discussion with KQED's Forum with Michael Krasny, Associate Professor Rey Koslowski shares his insights on the migrant crisis in Europe and conditions in African countries that contribute to dangerous human smuggling networks.
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Inspiration Probably Only Role ISIL Played in Texas Shooting – Victor Asal,, 5.5.15

Rockefeller terrorism expert Victor Asal believes ISIL may have inspired but not provided operational support for the recent attack on the American Freedom Defense Initiative's Muhammad art exhibit and cartoon contest in Garland, TX.
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Gender Matters in Political Advertising

New research by Rockefeller Associate Professor Patricia Strach and colleagues Kathleen Searles, Katherine Zuber, Erika Franklin Fowler and Travis Ridout finds campaigns choose the sex of advertising voiceovers strategically.
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Rockefeller College Public Service Professor Thomas Constantine Dies

Former New York State Police Superintendent and longtime Rockefeller College Public Service Professor Thomas A. Constantine died on Sunday, May 3 at the age of 76 in Pinehurst, N.C.
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PVC Co-Directors Rethemeyer and Asal Discuss the Global Political Landscape -- Capitol Pressroom, 4/30/15

Rockefeller College Interim Dean R. Karl Rethemeyer and Associate Professor Victor Asal discussed the threat of terrorism in the U.S. and abroad on the WCNY's Capitol Pressroom with Susan Arbetter. Listen to a replay of their interview.
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Not 'digital exhaust;' rather 'digital fossils' - Brian Nussbaum, The Hill, 4/27/15

Rockefeller Assistant Professor Brian Nussbaum points out that our lives increasingly leave digital trails that tell those looking far more about us than we realize.
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'Sanctions and divestment attractive but flawed political tactics' - Bryan Early in, 4/29/15

In this op-ed, Rockefeller Assistant Professor Bryan Early argues that sanctions have a terrible track record of success because they're usually too weak to work and too easy to get around.
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Rockefeller Hosts Sierra Leone Minister of Finance and Economic Development

Dr. Kaifala Marah, a 2003 UAlbany graduate and minister of finance and economic development for Sierra Leone, was the featured speaker at the latest installment of the Rockefeller College Leaders in Public Service Speakers Series.
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Rockefeller's Nonprofit Workshop Series Receives Public Engagement Award

"Emerging Issues in the Nonprofit Sector" among nine programs to be honored at the 2015 President's Awards for Exemplary Public Engagement.
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Rockefeller Students Participate in Model EU

On March 26-28, a delegation of 16 students from Rockefeller College attended the SUNY Model European Union Summit in New York City.
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Register by May 1 for the Rockefeller College Alumni Dinner & Awards Ceremony

Join us for the Rockefeller College of Public Affairs & Policy Annual Alumni Dinner and Awards Ceremony taking place on Friday, May 15, 2015 at 6:00 p.m. at the New York State Museum.
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Rockefeller MPA Student Awarded GFOA Scholarship

Zorana Lavin, a Master of Public Administration student in the Class of 2015, has been awarded the Stanley M. Schoenfeld Scholarship by the New York State Government Finance Officers' Association (NYS GFOA).
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Budgeting and Beyond

Professor David Matkin and his Rockefeller colleagues are committed to providing students with a skills-based public financial management education.
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The Big Challenge: Q & A with Mary Beth Labate, MPA '86

NYS Budget Director Mary Beth Labate talks about the fiscal and financial management challenges facing government today.
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American Presidency Expert Bruce Miroff Offers Perspective on Executive Orders

Professor Bruce Miroff, a noted author on the American presidency, shares insight -- and a bit of history -- on the use of executive order.
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The Inside Story: Scholars Martin and Fox Are Central to Rockefeller's Health Policy Research and Teaching

Rockefeller has strategically built a team of health policy experts made up of accomplished individual scholars who view issues "through different lenses, in different ways, using different methodological approaches," says Assistant Professor Erika G. Martin.
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The Inside Story: Scholars Martin and Fox Are Central to Rockefeller's Health Policy Research and Teaching

Rockefeller has strategically built a team of health policy experts made up of accomplished individual scholars who view issues "through different lenses, in different ways, using different methodological approaches," says Assistant Professor Erika G. Martin.
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Technically Speaking… CTG at Work

Since being created in 1993 by Governor Mario M. Cuomo, the University at Albany's Center for Technology in Government has been dedicated to improving government and public services, both nationally and internationally.
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R. Karl Rethemeyer Named Interim Dean

Associate Professor R. Karl Rethemeyer has been named interim dean of Rockefeller College while Dean David Rousseau leads the establishment of UAlbany's College of Emergency Preparedness, Homeland Security and Cybersecurity.
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NYSDHSES and NCSP Host Public Policy Colloquium on Emergency Management

The NYS Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services' State Preparedness Training Center, in collaboration with the National Center for Security & Preparedness, is hosting its third annual policy colloquium on May 7, 2015.
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"Homeland security at home here" – Rockefeller Public Service Professor Tom Constantine, TU Op-Ed, 3/24/15

Rockefeller Public Service Professor Tom Constantine, former superintendent of the State Police, shares his thoughts on UAlbany's new College of Emergency Preparedness, Homeland Security and Cybersecurity.
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Be Part of Rock Mob 2015!

The 2nd Annual Rock Mob photo shoot will be held Wednesday, April 8 at 5 p.m. on the steps of the NYS Capitol. A reception for alumni, students and accepted graduate students will follow at the City Beer Hall.
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NASPAA Announces Northeast Region Team Winner of its Inaugural Student Simulation Competition

Last weekend, students competed across the U.S. at five regional sites in NASPAA's Student Simulation Competition. (At left) Students from all over the Northeast competed at Rockefeller.
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Rockefeller Hosts Northeast Students for NASPAA Competition

Rockefeller College of Public Affairs and Policy is proud to be the Northeast host for NASPAA's first-ever national simulation competition.
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Rockefeller Alumni Welcome Semester in Washington Students

UAlbany and Rockefeller College alumni welcomed students to the nation's capital during a reception at Bloomberg Government.
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"Tough Choices" Face Florida Governments -- New Report by Rockefeller's Matkin

A new report authored by Rockefeller Assistant Professor David Matkin and released by the LeRoy Collins Institute finds many Florida cities and counties are facing significant problems caused by retiree healthcare subsidies.
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Economic Statecraft in World Affairs: An Interview with Dr. Bryan Early – Steppes Dispatches, 2/24/15

Professor Bryan Early, director of the Project on International Security, Commerce and Economic Statecraft, talks with Steppes Dispatches, a blog and online commentary site that provides coverage on topics in Central Asia.
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Rockefeller Alumnus Michael Christakis Named Interim VP for Student Success

Rockefeller College double alumnus and Public Service Professor, Michael N. Christakis, MPP '01, PhD '05 has been named interim vice president for student success at the University at Albany.
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Rockefeller Launches First Nonprofit MOOC

On January 26, 2015, Rockefeller College launched its first Massive Open Online Course (MOOC), "The Governance of Nonprofit Organizations."
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'Why economic sanctions usually don't work' – Boston Globe, 2/13/15

Rockefeller Assistant Professor of Political Science Bryan Early, author of the new book "Busted Sanctions," explains why embargoes and other economic penalties tend to be ineffective.
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Nussbaum Participates in U.S. Army War College Workshop

Rockefeller College Assistant Professor Brian Nussbaum recently took part in a workshop at the U.S. Army War College focused on cyber sovereignty.
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Professor Bryan Early's New Book Explains 'Why Economic Sanctions Fail'

In his new book from Stanford University Press, Bryan Early offers an explanation for why economic sanctions frequently fail even when employed by the world's most powerful countries. ​
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Rockefeller Alumnus Named CIO for Maryland Treasurer

Rockefeller College alumnus, Bryan Haynes, MPA 2009 recently accepted an offer to join the State of Maryland Treasurer's Office as chief information officer and director of information technology.
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From Capital to Capital: Rockefeller Students To Spend the Spring Semester Studying and Interning in Washington, D.C.

University upperclassmen travel to the nation's capital to take part in Rockefeller's Spring 2015 Semester in Washington.
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Trivia Challenge Brings Rockefeller Alumni and Students Together

Fifteen teams consisting of alumni and students battled over three rounds of increasingly difficult play. Faculty and staff generated challenging but fun questions on topics related to political science, public administration and current events.
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UAlbany's Center for Women in Public Policy & Civil Society Names 2015 Fellows

They come from diverse backgrounds, interests, disciplines and countries with one goal in mind — to become public service leaders who are able to take on the toughest challenges of the 21st century. They are the 2015 Fellows on Women & Public Policy.
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University at Albany to Host the Nation's First College of Emergency Preparedness, Homeland Security and Cybersecurity

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo recently announced plans for a College of Emergency Preparedness, Homeland Security, and Cybersecurity to be located at the University at Albany.
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Rockefeller Political Scientist Honored for Teaching Innovation

Rockefeller College Associate Professor Victor Asal has been named the 2015 recipient of the CQ Press Award for Teaching Innovation. The award honors a wide range of new directions in teaching, such as the creation of an innovative course syllabus or using a new multimedia approach in the classroom.
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To what do you most attribute your success?

Take the Rockefeller College Alumni Poll. Read what your fellow alums have to say when the results are published in the Spring 2015 Rockefeller College News Magazine.
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Get Your Game On!

Please join us for a fun evening with fellow alumni, students and faculty. Get your friends together and form a team for the first Rockefeller College Alumni-Student Trivia Night, Friday evening, January 23.
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Novkov and Weiss Share Insights on the Politics and Policy of Ebola

In the January 2015 issue of the American Political Science Association's PS: Political Science & Politics, Rockefeller Professor Julie Novkov and Associate Professor Meredith Weiss contribute their views to a scholarly discussion of the issues surrounding Ebola.
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Rockefeller College Alumni Appointed to Cuomo Administration

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo has appointed Mary Beth Labate, MPA '86 budget director for the New York State Division of the Budget and Andrew Kennedy, MPA '07 deputy director of state operations for policy.​
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Median Age of People Convicted and Sent to Prison on the Rise

Rockefeller College Public Administration Professor Shawn Bushway spoke to Al Jazeera America about new research he's leading that suggests the average sentence length hasn't risen but the median age of people convicted and sent to prison has.
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Rockefeller Cyberterrorism Expert Named CIS Affiliate Scholar

Rockefeller College Assistant Professor of Political Science Brian Nussbaum has been selected as a 2014-2016 Affiliate Scholar at Stanford Law School's Center for Internet and Society (CIS), a leading organization in the study of the law and policy around the Internet and other emerging technologies.
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Rockefeller PhD Student Steve Sin's Report Noting Shenyang, China as North Korean Hacker Hub Cited – CNN, 1/7/15

Steve Sin, a Rockefeller PhD candidate/lecturer and former NCSP senior researcher, spoke to CNN's Will Ripley about the Chinese city of Shenyang, believed to be a North Korean hacker hub.
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"U.S. sanctions fail two-thirds of the time." Professor Bryan Early in Reuters analysis, 1/5/15

In his analysis of why U.S. sanctions fail, Political Science Professor Bryan Early suggests America's allies are frequently to blame.
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"We are responding to a cyber attack for the first time against a nation state." Steve Sin, BBC Weekend, 1/3/15

Rockefeller PhD candidate and former U.S. military Intelligence expert Steve Sin speaks with the BBC about the implications of a new round of U.S. sanctions against North Korea.
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Happy New Year from Rockefeller College and the University at Albany

Enjoy a little Great Dane magic in this special holiday greeting from the University at Albany.
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So You Think You're a Trivia Master?

Sign your team up today for the Rockefeller College Alumni-Student Trivia Night Challenge, Fri., January 23, 2015.
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Attorney Kevin Gold, BA '89 "Follows His Passion, Finds Place in Football" -- Times Union, 12/17/14

Attorney Kevin Gold, BA '89 "Follows His Passion, Finds Place in Football" -- Times Union, 12/17/14
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UAlbany Community Commits to Helping Those in Need this Holiday Season

This holiday season, University at Albany students, staff, faculty and alumni are giving back to those in need through a variety of community service projects.
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Proctors' CEO and Rockefeller Public Service Professor Philip Morris Delivers Commencement Keynote

Over 75 Rockefeller students were among the 1,000 graduates receiving degrees or certificates of graduate study during the University at Albany's Winter Commencement.​
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Professor Matthew Ingram to Participate in Wilson Center Panel on Central America

Rockefeller College Political Science Professor Matthew Ingram will be among the experts participating in a discussion about crime and violence in Central America at the Wilson Center in Washington, D.C. on Thursday, December 11.
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"Why Sanctions Busting Leads to Broken Sanctions Policies" – Bryan Early, CATO UNBOUND, 11/14/14

Strategic trade control expert Bryan Early registers an invited response to the question, "Do economic sanctions work?"
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Rockefeller's Miroff Among Scholars Paying Tribute to Pulitzer-Winning Professor

Political Science Professor and Collins Fellow Bruce Miroff, an authority on American politics and the presidency, was among a panel of distinguished scholars honoring the late Williams College historian and political scientist James MacGregor Burns.
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Taking on Terrorists

In this special report from WTEN-TV, homeland security and preparedness expert Rick Mathews, director of the National Center for Security & Preparedness at Rockefeller, discusses the NYS Preparedness Training Center in Oriskany, NY.
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"...companies starting to anchor brands on privacy." – Professor Brian Nussbaum, Bloomberg Business Week, 11/4/14

Rockefeller College Professors Victor Asal and Brian Nussbaum shared their insights on the connections between technology and terrorism.
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Sweeping reforms have potential to "reshape Mexico's criminal justice process, from police to prisons." - Professor Matthew Ingram, Nogales International, 10/28/14

Professor Matthew Ingram's research examines justice sector reforms, judicial behavior, and violence in Latin America.
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Professor Yvonne Harrison Awarded SUNY Technology Grant

Rockefeller nonprofit governance specialist Dr. Yvonne Harrison has been awarded a SUNY Innovative Instruction Technology Grant for a project that will use and expand a massive open online course (MOOC).
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Shawn Bushway Named ASC 2014 Distinguished Scholar

Dr. Shawn Bushway, a leader in the field of criminology, will be honored at the American Society of Criminology's Annual Conference in San Francisco.
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Putin Plays Chicken with U.S. Farmers, and Russians Lose --, 9/2/14

Professor Bryan Early was interviewed by on the impact of Vladimir Putin's ban on imports of U.S. poultry. In the article, Early, an expert on economic sanctions and strategic trade controls, explains how businesses adjust to such sanctions.
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Exploding National Demand in Compliance Field Finds Prime Candidates Among UAlbany Students Studying Financial Market Regulation

Students and alumni of the Interdisciplinary Studies concentration in Financial Market Regulation (FMR) are well poised to reap the benefits from the growing, intense competition for qualified compliance officers.
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Rockefeller BA/MPA Student Karan Verma Brings H2O Zone to Campus

This fall, a new H2O Zone located in the Campus Center is providing free filtered and seltzer water to all. The complimentary hydration station is a result of the efforts of Karan Verma, a BA/MPA, who has made curbing the number of water bottles consumed at UAlbany a priority.
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"Judiciary upstate sorely lacks women" – CWGCS in Times Union, 8/26/14

In a recent letter to the editor published in the Times Union, Center for Women in Government & Civil Society Board President Anne Saile calls for balanced representation on the bench.
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Obama's Strategic Restraint: Doing "Smart Stuff" from Lawrence J. Korb, PhD '69 – The National Interest, 8/25/14

Rockefeller alumnus Dr. Larry Korb, senior fellow at the Center for American Progress, argues that in looking at each situation and making a cost-benefit analysis before acting, President Obama avoids costly mistakes.
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Open SUNY Textbooks to Release New Work by Rockefeller Assistant Professor Yvonne D. Harrison

A book by nonprofit governance specialist Yvonne D. Harrison of Rockefeller College is among the titles forthcoming from Open SUNY Textbooks in 2015.
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Tuckahoe's First Village Administrator Hits The Ground Running — Eastchester Daily Voice

Rockefeller College alumnus David Burke, MPA '05 makes history as he becomes Tuckahoe, NY's first-ever village administrator. Previously Burke served eight years as the Rye Brook, NY assistant village administrator.
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From Scarsdale to the Finger Lakes… Rockefeller Local Government Specialist Tackles New Challenges

Rockefeller alumnus John Goodwin, BA '08, MPA '09 will be leaving his position as Scarsdale assistant village manager to take a new job in the Finger Lakes Region as the assistant city manager in Canandaigua, New York.
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"The Gulf of Tonkin and Lessons for the Global War on Terror" from Lawrence J. Korb — Defense One, 8/6/14

Rockefeller College alumnus Dr. Larry Korb, senior fellow at the Center for American Progress and former Assistant Secretary of Defense for Manpower, Reserve Affairs, Installations and Logistics, offers a timely and insightful commentary.
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Russia May Find Ways Around Sanctions – Bryan Early, Washington Post, 7/31/14

Bryan Early is a sought-after expert for his insights on economic sanctions and strategic trade controls. Dr. Early's book, Busted Sanctions: Explaining Why Economic Sanctions Fail, is due out from Stanford University Press in January, 2015.
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Sitting Legislators Giving to Super PACS -- "Unusual," says Michael Malbin, Washington Post, 7/29/14

Rockefeller College Political Science Professor Michael Malbin, director of the Campaign Finance Institute, provides perspective on sitting politicians contributing to super PACS.
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"Children don't pick terrorists" – Victor Asal, Times Union, 7/30/14

In a commentary published in the July 30, 2014 edition of the Times Union, Professor Victor Asal, takes issue with the argument that civilians are culpable for the actions of their government.
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Rockefeller Graduates Named Excelsior Fellows

Seven recent Rockefeller College graduates start their public service careers as Excelsior Fellows working in the Executive Branch of New York State government.
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U.S. More Aggressive in Pursuing Financial Institutions that Circumvent Sanctions – Bryan Early, USA Today, 7/9/14

Rockefeller Political Science Professor Bryan Early, an expert on economic sanctions and strategic trade controls, spoke to USA Today about the intensified sanctions probes banks are facing in the U.S.
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Availability of Open Health Data Key to Positive Health Outcomes Nationally, Researchers Say

In a June 24, 2014 article in the Journal of the American Medical Association, a team of researchers that includes Rockefeller College Assistant Professor Erika G. Martin called for expansion of access to governmental health data.
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What Should the President Do About Iraq?

Rockefeller Professor Victor Asal discusses the situation in Iraq on WAMC Northeast Radio's Vox Pop., Tuesday, June 17, 2014. Listen to a podcast of the program.
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Rockefeller Alum Manages American Red Cross Disaster Response – Marine Corps Times, 6/9/14

A former Marine Corps corporal and current Navy Reserve lieutenant, Rockefeller College alum Clayton Kolb, MPP '07 puts his experience to work in a job he loves as American Red Cross senior director of disaster resource support and coordination.
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Rockefeller Community Celebrates Achievements of Alumni

Thank you to Jordan Lin, MPA class of 2015 and new Rockefeller alumnus Mahdi Mirdamadi Najafabadi, MPA '14 for producing this fun video scrapbook of Rockefeller College's 2014 Alumni Dinner and Awards Ceremony.
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Memories from Rockefeller's 2014 Undergraduate Commencement Recognition Ceremony

Enjoy a video photo gallery from Rockefeller College's Undergraduate Commencement Ceremony, May 18, 2014.
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BiH Parliamentary Assembly Honors SUNY/CID SGIP Partner and Staff Member

Mrs. Nejra Kadrić of the Institute for Youth Development (KULT), which is a core local partner of SUNY/CID's Strengthening Governing Institutions and Processes in Bosnia and Herzegovina (SGIP), was recently honored by the Parliamentary Assembly of Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH).
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Rockefeller College Celebrates Alumni and Student Achievement

Rockefeller College of Public Affairs & Policy at the University at Albany celebrated the achievements of its distinguished alumni and newest graduates May 16-18.
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Rockefeller College Co-sponsors SAPA 2014 Public Service Excellence Awards

The State Academy for Public Administration's (SAPA) 2014 Public Service Excellence Awards Ceremony will be held on Wednesday, May 21, 2014 at Rockefeller College of Public Affairs & Policy on the downtown campus.
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Rockefeller College Honors the Achievements of the Class of 2014, May 16-18

Albany Mayor Kathy Sheehan and former Treasury Chief of Staff Mark Patterson, BA '84 will deliver the keynote speeches.
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Members of the Class of 2014 Choose Law

Several members of the Class of 2014 are headed to law school this fall. Recently, Rockefeller College's Director of Undergraduate Student Services Zakhar Berkovich caught up with five of the future legal eagles on the downtown campus.
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The T-STeP Fellows: Where Are They Now?

This May, Rockefeller College proudly graduates its first T-STeP Fellows: Patrick Campion, Tina Chang and Joseph Popcun.
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SUNY/CID Supports Council of Governors Devolution Conference in Kenya

With assistance from SUNY/CID's Kenya Parliamentary Strengthening Program, the Council of Governors held the first annual devolution conference April 3-4.
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Approaching the Finish Line

Over the last several months, three Rockefeller College doctoral students have been preparing to make the transition from graduate students to faculty members.
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Rockefeller College Honors Seven at Annual Alumni Dinner and Awards Ceremony

Seven distinguished individuals will be recognized for their achievements and exemplary service to the public and to the College.
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Kimberly Segura, BA' 14

On commencement day, Kimberly Segura will have the honor of carrying the Rockefeller College flag in the University at Albany graduation procession.
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Former NSA, CIA Director Michael Hayden Speaks at Rockefeller College

Retired Four-Star Gen. Michael Hayden was the inaugural guest for Rockefeller's Leaders in Public Service Speaker Series.
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Rockefeller College Students Receive Chancellor's Award for Excellence

Three Rockefeller College students were among 11 University at Albany students who received the prestigious Chancellor's Award for Student Excellence.
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"...the ability of the U.S. government to dramatically alter the foreign policy of Vladimir Putin is not going to be affected by small-time sanctions..." – Bryan Early speaking on CNN, 4/30/14

CNN's Carol Costello asked Dr. Bryan Early about the impact of possible sanctions against Russian billionaires.
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"Economic sanctions are double-edged sword" -- Rockefeller Professor Bryan Early speaking on NPR's Here & Now, 4/29/14

PISCES Director Bryan Early tells Here & Now's Jeremy Hobson that sanctions imposed by the U.S. on a particular entity or country can harm American businesses.
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Former NSA, CIA Director Michael Hayden To Speak at Rockefeller College of Public Affairs & Policy

ALBANY, N.Y. (April 28) – Gen. Michael Hayden, retired United States Air Force four-star general and former director of the National Security Agency and Central Intelligence Agency, will be the featured speaker for the inaugural program in the Rockefeller College of Public Affairs & Policy Leaders in Public Service Speaker Series. A Conversation with Gen. Michael Hayden, moderated by Lawrence J. Korb, PhD '69, will take place on Tuesday, April 29 at 7 p.m. in the Recital Hall, University at Albany Performing Arts Center, 1400 Washington Ave., Albany, N.Y. The program is open to all members of the University at Albany community.
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May 9th 'Emerging Issues' – How Information and Communications Technology Can Work for Your Nonprofit

Spring 2014 semester sees the return of University's popular professional development series for nonprofit management and staff, Emerging Issues in the Nonprofit Sector.
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Secretary of State Cesar Perales To Deliver Keynote at UAlbany Immigration Conference

Rockefeller experts to present at University-wide day-long conference on the U.S. immigration experience, Monday, April 21 from 9 a.m.-5:30 p.m.
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Patrick Orecki, MPA Class of 2015, Awarded Prestigious NYS GFOA Scholarship

Patrick Orecki, MPA Class of 2015, has been awarded the Stanley M. Schoenfeld Scholarship by the New York State Government Finance Officers' Association.
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Vladimir Putin: The Untouchable Leader – Bryan Early comments in USN&WR, 3/27/14

Through its Parliamentary Strengthening Program in Kenya, SUNY/CID has procured an integrated electronic voting system and public address system for that nation's newly constituted senate.
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SUNY/CID Works with Kenya Senate to Integrate Technology into Legislative Proceedings

Through its Parliamentary Strengthening Program in Kenya, SUNY/CID has procured an integrated electronic voting system and public address system for that nation's newly constituted senate.
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UAlbany Students Travel to Belgium to Study Multilevel Governance and Take Part in Model EU

A group of Rockefeller College undergraduates traveled to Brussels, Belgium recently for an intersession course on multilevel governance and to participate in the 2014 SUNY Model EU hosted by Belgium's Vesalius College.
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McEvoy Named Chair of NASPAA Local Government Management Fellowship Advisory Board

McEvoy replaces outgoing chair Carl W. Stenberg III, MPA '66, PhD '72, professor of public administration and government at the University of North Carolina School of Government.
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Rockefeller Assistant Professor Erika G. Martin Receives Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Award

Dr. Erika Martin has received a two-year career development award from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation to undertake major research on the use of open data related to critical public health issues..
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Rockefeller Institute Announces New Open Data Health Policy Website

The Rockefeller Institute of Government has announced the introduction of a new website related to its fall Open Health Data, Open Opportunities Workshop organized by Rockefeller Assistant Professor Erika Martin and Natalie Helbig of UAlbany's Center for Technology in Government.
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Rockefeller Alums Gather in NYC for Dialogue on Women's Leadership

Former U.S. Attorney General Christine Varney '77 and Justice Karen Peters were the featured speakers at Rockefeller College's recent New York City forum on women's leadership challenges.
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NCSP to Host Workshop on Unmanned Aircraft Systems Policy

The National Center for Security & Preparedness will jointly host an open conference with the NYS Preparedness Training Center on the policy implications of the domestic use of unmanned aircraft systems.
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Center for Women in Government & Civil Society Names 2014 Fellows

Thirteen women beginning their leadership development journey through UAlbany's Center for Women in Government & Civil Society will be recognized at the 2014 Fellows Reception, Feb 19.
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Sochi on Alert — Asal Interviewed on Al Jazeera America, 2/6/14

On the eve for the opening ceremony at the Sochi Winter Olympics, Center for Policy Research Director and noted terrorism researcher Victor Asal was interviewed about the origins of the tensions in Russia.
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'Who are the Sochi terrorists and what do they want?' – Victor Asal comments in, 2/7/14

Rockefeller College Political Science Professor Victor Asal is co-director of the Project on Violent conflict at Rockefeller College and a noted researcher in the areas of political violence and the causes of political discrimination.
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Asal and Rethemeyer Contribute Expertise to Congressional Testimony on Terrorism

The work of Rockefeller College Professors Victor Asal and Karl Rethemeyer was instrumental in the preparation of a policy brief and testimony to be delivered before the House Armed Services Committee on Wednesday, February 4.
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Center for International Development Welcomes Spring 2014 Interns

SUNY/CID interns provide invaluable assistance to CID projects and administration by working closely with CID staff on projects ranging from Eastern Europe, South Asia, and Africa.
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An Exceptional Training Ground for Homeland Security Professionals Unmatched in the Field of Public Affairs

Rockefeller College is preparing students to meet the homeland security and emergency management challenges of the 21st century. Read the full story.

"I love Rockefeller!"
Tina Chang, MA '12, MPA Class of 2014

Just one semester away from completing her Master of Public Administration degree, Tina Chang, MA '12 reflects on the opportunities she's had and experience she's gained as a T-STeP fellow concentrating in homeland security studies at Rockefeller. Read the full story.

Rockefeller Political Scientist Matthew Ingram Comments on the Impact of Persistent Violence in Mexico — New York Times, Jan. 16, 2014

The New York Times reports vigilantism is on the rise as ordinary Mexican citizens take up the fight against drug cartels that have invaded their villages. Read the full story.

PISCES Project Receives Strong Federal Support to Stem WMD Proliferation through Enhanced Trade Controls

ALBANY, N.Y. (December 16, 2013) — The Project on International Security, Commerce, and Economic Statecraft (PISCES), directed by UAlbany political scientist Bryan Early, received significant expansion of its U.S. State Department funding in 2013 to aid countries that seek more stringent controls on their international commerce related to conventional arms and weapons of mass destruction (WMD).

55 Rockefeller Students Receive Degrees at December 2013 Commencement

Rockefeller College of Public Affairs & Policy is pleased to welcome its latest graduates to the ranks of the College's alumni. On Sunday, December 8, 55 Rockefeller students received their degrees during the University at Albany's Winter Commencement at the SEFCU Arena on the uptown campus. UAlbany President Robert J. Jones delivered the keynote address. New York Senator Charles E. Schumer also offered remarks and congratulations to graduates. Of the 55 graduating students, 34 received bachelor's degrees and 24 earned graduate degrees.

Nine Rockefeller College Students Inducted into National Political Science Honor Society

On Friday, December 6, nine Rockefeller College students were inducted into the Epsilon Gamma Chapter of Pi Sigma Alpha, the National Political Science Honor Society. UAlbany students and faculty, family and friends gathered in Milne Hall for an induction ceremony during which Dean David L. Rousseau of Rockefeller College stressed the value of public service and urged students to continue to foster meaningful connections with their peers and to be passionate about learning.

Seminar to Focus on Performance Measurement and Management in Nonprofits – RSVP today

The next installment of the University at Albany's seminar series, Emerging Issues in the Nonprofit Sector, is slated for Friday, December 13 at the First Unitarian Universalist Society of Albany, 405 Washington Ave., Albany, NY.

UAlbany Helps Capital Region Community Navigate Affordable Care Act

ALBANY, N.Y. (December 2, 2013) -- The University at Albany is playing an integral role in helping small businesses, underserved communities, and individuals navigate the intricacies of the Affordable Care Act. UAlbany staff, students, and faculty are providing critical training, enrolling individuals and families, and hosting educational forums for regional non-profit organizations and the community-at-large. The goal is to help ensure a smooth transition as Capital Region businesses, individuals, and families sign up for health plans created through the landmark legislation.

Rockefeller Graduate Students and Alumni Named PMF Semifinalists

Seven Rockefeller College graduate students and alumni have been selected as semifinalists for the prestigious and highly competitive Presidential Management Fellowship Program (PMF). 

CID Hosts Delegation of Kenya National Assembly During Visit to U.S.

SUNY/CID hosted a delegation of senior leaders from the Kenya National Assembly during their visits to Boston and Tallahassee as they met with counterparts in the Massachusetts and Florida legislatures from October 26 to November 9. During their visit, the delegation had the opportunity to meet with legislative leaders, committee and caucus members, and house and senate Clerks. In Boston, the delegation was received with applause by the Senate and had an opportunity to meet Governor Deval Patrick and his staff. While in Florida, in addition to meeting with legislative leaders the delegation had the opportunity to visit the district office of U.S. Representative Steve Southerland.

Future Leaders Continue the Mission of UAlbany's Center for Women in Government & Civil Society

ALBANY, N.Y. (Nov. 18, 2013) -- Dorcey Applyrs and Theresa Schalk Taylor are poised, confident and articulate leaders who credit UAlbany's Center for Women in Government & Civil Society (CWGCS) with developing their leadership skills so that they can improve the lives of City of Albany residents. For the past 35 years, CWGCS, a part of the Rockefeller College of Public Affairs & Policy, has been mentoring future leaders and equipping women with the skills needed to achieve excellence in public service.

CWGCS to Present on Role of Women in Economic Development at TEDxAlbany, Nov 14

Rockefeller College's Center for Women in Government & Civil Society (CWGCS) will present at TEDxAlbany on Thursday morning, November 14.  Drawing from the strategic plan developed by the Capital Region Economic Development Council (CREDC), specifically the expressed goals of opening new doors and preparing for tomorrow, CWGCS Deputy Director Cara Long will talk about the progress and impact women have made and could make in the area of economic development using the following indicators: education, employment & leadership. Ms. Long will be joined by Karen Bilowith, president and CEO of the Community Foundation for the Greater Capital Region, who will discuss the impact that regional philanthropic efforts—of, by and for women—have had on economic development efforts that benefit the community as a whole.

Creating "Rational Expectations" – Mitch Abolafia on the Fed under Ben Bernanke – Marketplace, 11/1/13

Ben Bernanke led the Federal Reserve through the tumult of the financial crisis, trying unprecedented bailouts of financial institutions and liquidity efforts like bond-buyback programs. But those policies only scratch the surface of the legacy being left behind by Bernanke, who's second term ends next year. "They were starting policies that had never been tried before," says Mitch Abolafia, a sociology professor at the University at Albany who has studied how the Fed communicates. He says the thinking at the time went, the measures to save the economy are so unusual and so hard for the public to understand that "unless we get ahead of it and explain it in more detail than we normally would, they are bound to misinterpret what it is we are trying to do."

Professor Michael Malbin Provides Testimony to Moreland Commission on Public Corruption

Rockefeller College Political Science Professor Michael J. Malbin was invited to submit written testimony on October 28 to New York State's Moreland Commission to Investigate Public Corruption. Professor Malbin's testimony will be followed by a question-and-answer meeting at a date to be determined. Professor Malbin is the executive director of the Washington, D.C.-based think tank for campaign finance policy, The Campaign Finance Institute (CFI). CFI's mission is to inform national and state policy debates through objective research

Loss Aversion and U.S. Trade Policy - Morning Edition Cites Bryan Early's Research - NPR, 10/25/13

Next we're going to take a look at gains and losses and the very different ways in which we think about them. Each week, we discuss how psychological factors shape behavior with NPR's Shankar Vedantam. He's joined us again to talk about some new research that looks at how a common psychological bias even affects how the U.S. government makes policies.

Sandy's 1st Birthday Beset by Worries About Climate Policy - Jim Fossett in Law 360, 10/22/13

Law360, New York (October 22, 2013, 7:30 PM ET) -- Nearly a year after Superstorm Sandy ravaged the Empire State, New York policy experts say near-term work on energy, transportation and property weaknesses exposed by the storm is encouraging, but many worry that the effort to tackle long-term dangers posed by climate change, including sea level rise, is losing steam. After the historically powerful tempest struck the Northeast on Oct. 29, causing 159 deaths, damaging or wrecking some 650,000 homes and leaving 8.5 million people without power or transportation, New York's leaders strove to recover billions...

Sue R. Faerman, PhD Named Interim Dean of UAlbany's College of Computing and Information

Dr. Sue R. Faerman, Distinguished Teaching Professor of Public Administration and Policy in the Rockefeller College of Public Affairs & Policy and Collins Fellow, will serve as interim dean of the College of Computing and Information. Sue R. Faerman, PhD Dr. Faerman will guide the College while Dean Peter Bloniarz fulfills his new role as Executive Director and Senior Policy Analyst for Governor Andrew M. Cuomo's newly created Cyber Security Advisory Board. 

Rockefeller Nonprofit Specialist Named Panelist for NPCNYS's Statewide Housing Conference on October 10th

Rockefeller College Assistant Professor Yvonne D. Harrison will be among the featured speakers at the Neighborhood Preservation Coalition of New York State's Annual Housing Conference "Vibrant Communities to LIVE WORK PLAY" on Thursday, October 10 in Colonie, New York.  Harrison, an expert in nonprofit governance and information management in government and nonprofit organizations, will be a member of the opening day plenary panel titled "The Evolving New York Nonprofit" from 9:45 to 11:00 a.m. 

Rockefeller Researchers Explore Connection Between Hate Crime and Terrorism

Rockefeller College Professors Kathleen Deloughery and Victor Asal, along with UAlbany colleague Ryan King, have received a $40,000 extension on their grant "Hot Spots of Hate and Violence: Analysis of Factors Related to Hate Crimes and Terrorism" from the National Consortium for the Study of Terrorism and Responses for Terrorism (START), a U.S. Department of Homeland Security Center of Excellence based at the University of Maryland. 

CTG Director and Rockefeller Professor Theresa Pardo Appointed to Governor's Open NY Transparency Initiative

In a press release today, Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced that Andrew Nicklin, Dr. James Hendler, and Dr. Theresa Pardo, three experts in improving government transparency through technology, will join the Open NY team to assist with the State's efforts to improve government performance and enhance citizen engagement. Andrew Nicklin will serve as the Director of Open NY, Dr. James Hendler will serve as the State's Open Data Advisor, and Dr. Theresa Pardo will serve as the State's Open NY Policy Advisor.

Daughters of Desmond Tutu Participate in 'Celebrate and Advance' Events on Downtown Campus

On Monday, September 23, the daughters of renowned South African social rights activist Desmond Tutu visited the downtown campus of the University at Albany. Nontombi Naomi Tutu and Thandeka Tutu-Gxashe traveled to Albany from their respective homes in Tennessee and South Africa to take part in Celebrate and Advance, a weeklong University-wide celebration that culminated in the inauguration of UAlbany's 19th President, Robert J. Jones, PhD.

Rockefeller College Adds Faculty to Political Science and Public Administration Departments

This fall, Rockefeller College welcomed five new faculty members. Joining the Department of Public Administration and Policy as assistant professors are public finance experts Gang Chen, PhD and David Matkin, PhD. Dr. Chen received his doctorate in Public Administration from the University of Nebraska at Omaha. His research interests include state and local public finance and budgeting, public sector pension management, and financial management in natural disasters. Dr. David Matkin comes to Rockefeller from Florida State University. He earned his PhD in Public Administration from the University of Kansas.

Rockefeller Offers Admissions Info Session, Tuesday Evening, September 24

The Rockefeller College Department of Public Administration and Policy will hold an admissions information session for prospective students on Tuesday, September 24, 2013 from 6:00 to 8:30pm in the Levitt Room, Page Hall on UAlbany's downtown campus.

Center for International Development's Mark Baskin Joins Rockefeller's Political Science Department

Center for International Development (CID) Senior Associate Mark Baskin has accepted a one-year teaching position in the Rockefeller College Department of Political Science. Dr. Mark Baskin This semester, Baskin, a specialist in comparative and international politics, will teach three courses: Building Democracy, Post-Conflict Reconstruction, and Ethnic Conflict. In spring, he'll offer both graduate and undergraduate level courses in international organization and international development.

Victor Asal Discusses New Terror Threat
by al-Qaeda

On Tuesday, August 6, 2013, Professor Victor Asal of Rockefeller College was a guest on The Joy Cardin Show on Wisconsin Public Radio. Victor Asal Asal, a noted expert on political violence and terrorism, spoke with program host John Munson about recent reports of a renewed threat of terrorism by al-Qaeda. Victor Asal is the director of the college's Center for Policy Research and co-director of the Project on Violent Conflict with research partner Rockefeller Associate Dean R. Karl Rethemeyer.

Rockefeller Senior Named Microsoft Undergraduate Research Fellow

ALBANY, N.Y. (August 5, 2013) -- University at Albany student Katie De Palma has been selected as the University's first Microsoft Undergraduate Research Fellow, an initiative co-sponsored through UAlbany's Center for Technology in Government (CTG).

UAlbany Signs MOU with the American University of Iraq, Sulaimani (AUIS)

On Wednesday, July 10, 2013, University at Albany President Robert Jones welcomed Dr. Athanasios Moulakis, president of the American University of Iraq, Sulaimani (AUIS) to campus for the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between the two institutions.

Erika Martin on Health Reform's Uncertain Impact on HIV Patients – PBS Newshour, 6/3/13

In 2014, many HIV patients who receive medication through state-based drug assistance programs will be shifted to other forms of health coverage. It's an uncertain time for most HIV patients in the United States. A full two-thirds of them rely on government-subsidized health insurance -- or else have none -- and the health care reform law is about to shake things up. Starting in 2014, when the major provisions of the law kick in, many of the HIV-positive patients who currently receive medication through state-based AIDS Drug Assistance Programs will be shifted onto the Medicaid rolls; others will receive subsidized coverage through their state's health insurance exchange.

Memorial Service for Professor Holly Sims Planned for June 24 in Milne Hall

With great sadness, friends, colleagues, and students at Rockefeller College and the University at Albany noted the passing of Professor Holly Sims who died suddenly on May 5. 

Arbetter and Soares Deliver Commencement Addresses at Rockefeller Ceremonies

Rockefeller College of Public Affairs & Policy will honor the Class of 2013 at its annual graduate and undergraduate recognition ceremonies on May 18 and 19 at Page Hall on the downtown campus of the University at Albany.

Rockefeller Honors Seven at Annual Alumni Dinner & Awards Ceremony

Rockefeller College of Public Affairs & Policy at the University at Albany will honor seven distinguished individuals for their exemplary service to the public and to the College at its Annual Alumni Dinner and Awards Ceremony, Friday evening, May 17 at the New York State Museum in Albany, New York. The Alumni Awards are presented for achievement in the areas of political science, public administration, leadership, and continuing professional development.

Rockefeller Senior's Reign as Tulip Queen Comes to End but Strong Commitment to Service Continues — TU, 5/8/13

Emily Finnegan is a 21-year-old force of nature. The sprightly New York State Assembly intern is nearing the end of her reign as Albany's 64th Tulip Queen. She will celebrate her 22nd birthday and graduate from the University at Albany with a double major in political science and globalization studies after this weekend's Tulip Festival.

UAlbany's Nonprofit Series Draws Attendees from 87 Community Organizations

Nearly 150 professionals from 87 Capital Region community-based organizations were on hand Friday, April 12 as the University at Albany launched "Emerging Issues in the Nonprofit Sector," a new professional development series designed to address the critical needs of the local nonprofit community. A collaboration among Rockefeller College of Public Affairs & Policy, the School of Social Welfare, and the School of Public Health, the series will explore topics identified by nonprofit leaders and their staffs as having particular importance to the operation of a nonprofit organization.

Rockefeller Students Participate in SUNY Model EU in New York City

A group of eleven Rockefeller College students participated in the 2013 SUNY Model European Union (SUNYMEU) at the SUNY Global Center in New York City from April 12-14. The exercise, the largest and oldest Model EU in the United States, drew over 150 students from universities in New York State, Iowa, France, Turkey, Belgium, Ireland, and the United Kingdom. Advising the Rockefeller contingent was Research Professor and former U.N. official Mark Baskin.

Congress Comes to Campus: Former U.S. Representatives Meet with Students

Former U.S. Representatives George Hochbrueckner (D-NY) and Sue Kelly (R-NY) visited the University at Albany campus April 8-9 as part of Congress to Campus, an initiative of the United States Association of Former Members of Congress (FMC) and the Stennis Center for Public Service. Associate Dean Anne Hildreth introduces Representatives Hochbrueckner and Kelly The Congress to Campus program sends a bipartisan pair of former U.S. representatives to college campuses for two-day visits during which the duo addresses classes, holds forums, and meets informally with students.

Rockefeller Welcomes Cybersecurity Experts for Student Chat

On Tuesday morning, April 30th from 10:30am to noon in Milne 215, Rockefeller College presents an informal chat with cybersecuity experts from the Center for Internet Security (CIS).  The Center, located in nearby East Greenbush, works to enhance the security readiness and response of public and private sector entities with a commitment to excellence through collaboration. Our guest speakers for the morning are Richard J. Licht, executive director of the Integrated Intelligence Center at CIS, and Stacey A. Wright, senior cyber analyst.

Senate, Assembly Internships a Capital Experience for University at Albany Students

ALBANY, N.Y. (April 8, 2013) – The University at Albany's legislative program serves as a major pipeline for students wishing to gain practical internship experience in the New York State Assembly and Senate. According to representatives at the Assembly Intern Committee, UAlbany sent more students this spring than any other university or college, which resulted in a record number of acceptances to internships in the New York State Assembly.

Rockefeller College Co-sponsors SAPA 2013 Public Service Excellence Awards

The State Academy for Public Administration's (SAPA) 2013 Public Service Excellence Awards ceremony will be held on Wednesday, May 8, 2013 in Milne Hall, Room 200 at Rockefeller College of Public Affairs & Policy on the downtown campus of the University at Albany.

Assessing the Impact of HIV-Testing Policy Changes: Q & A with Erika G. Martin, Ph.D., M.P.H.

In a perspective article in the March 7, 2013 issue of The New England Journal of Medicine, Erika G. Martin, assistant professor of public administration and policy at Rockefeller College of Public Affairs & Policy at the University at Albany, and fellow at the Rockefeller Institute of Government, discusses proposed changes in HIV-testing guidelines by the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF).

Washington Insiders: Rockefeller Students Spend Semester Studying and Interning in D.C.

Fifteen University at Albany upperclassmen are participating in Rockefeller College's Semester in Washington program this spring. Open to all UAlbany juniors and seniors regardless of major, the Semester in Washington allows students to earn 15 credits while taking classes and completing an internship with a public official, government or public service agency, advocacy organization, or private sector business. Students work at their internships four full days each week, earning nine credits for the experience.

David L. Rousseau Named Dean of Rockefeller College at the University at Albany

ALBANY, N.Y. (February 6, 2013) – University at Albany President Robert J. Jones today announced the appointment of Professor David L. Rousseau Ph.D., as dean of the Rockefeller College of Public Affairs and Policy. Rousseau was chosen following a national search. Rousseau joined the University in 2005, and since that time has served in various leadership roles including director of graduate studies, chair of the Department of Political Science, and the College's interim dean since July 2011.

A Tradition is Born — Rockefeller's First Annual Jeopardy Challenge Brings Students and Alums Together

The event, which coincided with the Rockefeller College Dean's Leadership Council kickoff party for the spring 2013 semester, was held on January 22 at locations throughout Husted Hall on the University at Albany's downtown campus. Sixteen teams battled over four rounds of intense but fun play.

Thursday Policy Lunch Series Returns for Spring Semester

Rockefeller College's Thursday Policy Brown Bag Lunch Series resumes this Thursday afternoon, January 31 with Assistant Professor Feng (Johnson) Qian from the Department of Health Policy, Management, and Behavior at the School of Public Health as the spring semester's inaugural speaker. Professor Qian, a medical doctor as well as PhD, will lead a workshop titled the "Variation of Blood Transfusion in Patients Undergoing Major Non-cardiac Surgery."

The Changing Face of Disaster Relief Politics — A Commentary by Rockefeller Associate Professor Jim Fossett

The recently concluded and contentious debate over a disaster relief package for the Northeast to repair the damage done by Hurricane Sandy suggests that the politics of developing and passing such packages may be getting more difficult. Historically, votes on the emergency appropriations bills that authorize disaster relief spending have been bipartisan and not particularly controversial.

Rockefeller Students and Alumni Selected as Presidential Management Fellowship Semi-finalists

Eight Rockefeller College graduate students and alumni have been selected as semi-finalists for the prestigious and highly competitive Presidential Management Fellowship Program (PMF). The program was established by Executive Order in 1977 to attract to the federal service outstanding men and women from a variety of academic disciplines and career paths, who have a clear interest in, and commitment to, excellence in the leadership and management of public policies and programs.

SUNY/CID Wins $13.4 Million Legislative Strengthening Project in Cote d'Ivoire

On December 14, USAID/West Africa awarded RFSUNY (SUNY/CID) a five-year, $13.4 million LS IQC task order to implement the Legislative Strengthening Program in Cote d'Ivoire (CI LSP). The two objectives of the CI LSP are to support the National Assembly to better fulfill its basic legislative, representational and oversight functions and to improve the Deputies' constituency representation and oversight in a number of communes.

Parliamentary Leader from Côte d'Ivoire Visits UAlbany

Rockefeller College Interim Dean David L. Rousseau and Center for International Development Director Malcolm Russell-Einhorn were among members of the University at Albany community who recently welcomed a government delegation from Côte d'Ivoire, Ivory Coast, to the University's uptown campus.

Rockefeller Institute to Host Forums on NY Constitutional Issues and Campaign Finance Reform

The Rockefeller Institute of Government at Rockefeller College will present two upcoming public policy forums in the coming weeks at its 411 State Street, Albany, New York location.

U.S. Treasury Chief of Staff Meets with Rockefeller Students

Rockefeller College recently welcomed Mark Patterson ‘84, chief of staff to U.S. Treasury Secretary Timothy F. Geithner, to the downtown campus for an informal breakfast conversation with students, many of whom are considering careers in government and public service.

Rockefeller’s PDP Retrains RNs to Address Forecasted Shortage

ALBANY, N.Y. (November 2, 2012) – To help alleviate an anticipated nursing shortage in New York state, the Professional Development Program (PDP) at the University at Albany has developed two new programs - the RN Training Project and the RN to BSN/MSN Training Program - designed to train and retrain health industry workers, respectively. The PDP, a center in UAlbany’s Rockefeller College, strives to improve the skills and knowledge of the public workforce through a variety of programming.