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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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From Montgomery to Albany to Ferrara... "An Amazing Race"

After completing his doctoral studies at Rockefeller, Air Force Lieutenant Colonel Jonathan Arnett, PhD '14 heads to Italy where he is Chief of Targeting for one of NATO's air operations centers.
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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 MotherJones.com, 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.