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    Tackling Urban Blight

    Students from Rockefeller College and Albany Law share ideas for vacant and derelict properties.

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    Chancellor’s Awards for Student Excellence

    SUNY Chancellor Kristina M. Johnson presented 249 SUNY students from across the state with the 2018 Chancellor’s Award for Student Excellence. The University at Albany had 10 honorees, including four outstanding scholars from Rockefeller College of Public Affairs & Policy: Anna Agnes, Julia Alford, Melissa Galeano, and Michael Watts.

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    Former Commissioner of U.S. Customs and Border Protection Visits Campus

    Alan Bersin, the former commissioner of U.S. Customs and Border Protection, met with students, faculty, and staff at UAlbany’s Rockefeller College of Public Affairs & Policy and College of Emergency Preparedness, Homeland Security and Cybersecurity to discuss his professional experiences and the future of trade and border security in today’s globalized world.

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    A Leader in New and Innovative Curriculum

    On April 20th, 2018, R. Karl Rethemeyer was permanently appointed dean of Rockefeller College of Public Affairs & Policy by University at Albany President Dr. Havidán Rodríguez after serving as the College’s interim dean since March 2015.

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      Pupil’s Choice

      Dr. Victor Asal has been named the winner of the 2018 Torch Award after being nominated by political science major Anna Agnes. The Torch Award recognizes outstanding and transformational teaching.

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        Teaching, Service and Creativity Rewarded with President’s Excellence Awards

        Dr. Stephen Weinberg has been named a recipient of the 2017-18 President’s Excellence in Teaching Award and will be recognized at a ceremony on May 2nd.

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          Politics and YouTube Ads

          Rockefeller College senior Zachariah Levitan won the 2018 Lamb Prize, a coveted nation-wide award that goes to one undergraduate political science major for good writing and innovation.

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          Trafficking in Person and the Crisis of Violent Extremism

          On Tuesday April 24th, the Center for International Development will host a conference open to the public that will cover topics around human trafficking, counter efforts made by the United States, and the role that violence in countries such as Afghanistan, Pakistan, Iraq, Syria, and Somalia have played in displacing refugees.

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          Prepare to Rock Your Interview!

          On March 2nd, the Office of Career Development at Rockefeller College concluded the final sessions of its first ever Mock Interview Week. Students were able to sit down with alumni and get valuable feedback to help them improve their interviewing skills.

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          Rockefeller Ranked Among Nation’s Best Public Affairs Schools

          Once again, Rockefeller College of Public Affairs & Policy at the University at Albany has been recognized among the nation’s top graduate programs for public affairs by U.S. News & World Report.

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          Institutions and Societies Conference

          On Friday, February 23rd, the Rockefeller College Graduate Association of Political Science (GAPS) and Students of Educational Administration for Change (SEA Change) presented the sixth annual Institutions and Societies Conference on UAlbany’s downtown campus.

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          The ‘Digital Poorhouse’

          Associate Professor of Political Science Virginal Eubanks' work on how technology punishes the poor has garnered national media attention.

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          Is a wave rolling in for House Democrats?

          Professor of Political Science Michael J. Malbin discusses the 2018 midterm congressional elections in his post, “Is a wave rolling in for House Democrats? Potentially competitive districts and candidates build strength.”

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          Barriers to Citizenship for Low-Income Immigrants

          David Laitin, professor of political science at Stanford University, presents his co-authored article, "A Randomized Controlled Design Reveals Barriers to Citizenship for Low-Income Immigrants," on Wednesday, February 7 from 1:30-3:00 PM in the Husted Hall Amphitheater on the University at Albany's Downtown Campus.

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          Treating and Preventing HIV with Generic Drugs

          Published in The New England Journal of Medicine, associate professor Erika Martin’s perspective piece, “Treating and Preventing HIV with Generic Drugs — Barriers in the United States,” discusses the costs and availability of generic HIV medications in the US.

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          A Child Abuse Prediction Model Fails Poor Families

          In Rockefeller College Associate Professor Virginia Eubanks' newly released book, Automating Inequality: How High-Tech Tools Profile, Police, and Punish the Poor, Eubanks systematically investigates the impacts of data mining, policy algorithms, and predictive risk models on poor and working-class people in America.

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          Speaking Up for Human Rights

          Kamiar Alaei, Rockefeller College public service professor and director of UAlbany’s Global Institute for Health and Human Rights, was invited to speak at a symposium in Washington, D.C. on protecting the rights of refugees fleeing areas of conflict.

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          Location Matters

          New findings by Rockefeller Associate Professor Erika Martin and alum Young Joo Park, PhD '17, suggest that nursing homes located in minority neighborhoods and with more low-income patients have notably lower quality of care and worse fiscal stress.

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          Problem-Solving Partners

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

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          Students Make Health Data Friendly

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

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          Toasting to Tenure

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

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          Helping Maximize Libraries within ‘Smart Cities’

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

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          Prison’s Revolving Door

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

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          Five Questions with Faculty: Edmund Stazyk

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

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          It takes a Grant (to Build a Village)

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

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          US Constitution in Crisis

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

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          Summer Abroad: Toby Greenfield

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

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          Summer Abroad: Mia Nilo

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

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          Ethnic Identity and Politics

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

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          Politically Engaged

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

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          The Intern Experience: The Value of Involvement

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

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          Governor's Aide, Gangster's Brother

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

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          Tracking Terrorist Groups

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

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          Honoring Excellence with the Chancellor's Award

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

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          Rockefeller College Holds Inaugural Service Day

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

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          Congratulations Class of 2017!

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

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          Shawn Bushway Named ASC Fellow

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

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          Enhancing the Student Experience

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

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          Mayor Thomas Roach to Speak at Undergraduate Ceremony

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

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          Chancellor's Award: Ermida Koduah

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

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          Chancellor’s Award: Aritra Saha

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

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          Chancellor’s Award: Akeela Makshood

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

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          Presidential Awards Honor Staff and Faculty Excellence

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

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          Extraordinary Devotion

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

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          Protecting the Rights of LGBTQ Individuals

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

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          Five Questions with Faculty: Patricia Strach

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

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          Cream of the Crop

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

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          Water for Anyama – The Source of Life

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

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          Partners in Growth and Innovation

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

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          For the World's Women and Children

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

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

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

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