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New SPP Course Focuses on Disability Policy

“Disability touches everything in life,” says Alex Green, who will teach the course. “I hope students walk away with a focused sense of how to evaluate policies for their strengths and weaknesses, and how to develop good, sensible policies and how to do the work of altering them when they need that work."

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Alum Profile: Estefania Marti Malvido, MPPA 2018

Marti Malvido, who specialized in food science policy in her time at SPP, now works with a nonprofit focused on improving the private sector's efforts to help address malnutrition.

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Civilizing Social Media

"My work at UMass centers on the idea that social media could be something radically different: a set of tools specifically designed to make us better citizens and neighbors," Ethan Zuckerman, School of Public Policy professor and director of the UMass Initiative for Digital Public Infrastructure, writes in the new issue of UMass Magazine.

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School of Public Policy Students Elected to Office

Israel “Izzy” Rivera was elected to the Holyoke City Council, while Brad Riley was elected to the Easthampton City Council.

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SPP Students Contribute to Carbon Mitigation Research

The research, conducted in Professor Krista Harper's qualitative research methods course, examines how stakeholders understand efforts to redesign the UMass campus environment and infrastructure systems to reduce carbon emissions and improve sustainability. 

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Public Policy Community Marches for the Food Bank

A team of School of Public Policy students, alumni, staff, faculty, and friends is raising money during Monte's March for the Food Bank of Western Massachusetts.

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Vicarelli Leads Report on Climate Resilience in Massachusetts

Researchers from across the UMass system, including School of Public Policy alumna Madeline Leue, surveyed Massachusetts municipalities about the climate challenges they face and the strategies they're employing to address them.

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School of Public Policy Students on the Ballot

Graduate students Tom Hendrickson, Brad Riley, and Israel Rivera are running for City Council seats in their communities — making them part of a proud tradition of SPP students and alums serving in public office.

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Vicarelli Examines Effects of Extreme Precipitations on Physical and Cognitive Development of Children

A new paper coauthored by the School of Public Policy professor examines how "weather shocks" affected children in poor rural areas of Mexico.

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Kamensky to Teach Spring SPP Class

The former deputy director of Vice President Al Gore's National Partnership for Reinventing Government will teach a course on performance management.