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Zuckerman Considers Media Ecosystems in New Paper

The paper, published in "Information, Communication & Society," suggests a new perspective for understanding complex issues, including the role of disinformation.

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SPP Hosts Talk on US Jails and Public Hospitals

Armando Lara-Millán will speak about his new book, "Redistributing the Poor: Jails, Hospitals, and the Crisis of Law and Fiscal Austerity," at the July 14 event, open to the UMass Amherst community.

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Schweik Cochairs "Knowledge Commons" Conference

The International Association for the Study of the Commons conference focused on a range of knowledge commons systems, including digital resources such as Wikipedia, open-source software, indigenous knowledge, cultural commons, and citizen science. 

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Study Examines Nature-based Solutions to Environmental Hazards

Professor Marta Vicarelli of the School of Public Policy is part of the international team that published the report, which looks at the efficacy of nature-based solutions over man-made protective measures, in Nature Sustainability.

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SPP Team Contributes to "Catalog of Commoning"

The publication profiles "commoning" initiatives, including nonprofits, co-ops, collaborative efforts supported by government programs, and citizen-led self-governed efforts. SPP Professor Charlie Schweik and students Trevor Campbell, Kathrine Esten, Maddy Leue, Bradley Riley, and David Wasielewski contributed to the project.

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Alumni Profile: Danielle Corrado, MPPA '18

"The School of Public Policy provided me with an extensive network that ultimately led me to the position I am in today," says Corrado, who focused on food policy during her time at SPP and now works for Coca-Cola.

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Students Named Civic Action Project Fellows

“I’m looking forward to learning more about the inner workings of our government, all while receiving guidance and mentorship from experienced public sector professionals,” said Khalif Nunnally-Rivera, one of SPP's five CAP fellows.

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Students Present Capstone and Workshop Projects

Students in the School of Public Policy’s Capstone and Workshop in Public Policy courses recently presented their final projects, for which they took on in-depth research in policy areas of particular interest to them.

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Grant Funds Civic-engagement Project

SPP Professors Jane E. Fountain and Ethan Zuckerman will work with College of Information and Computer Sciences colleagues Narges Mahyar and Ali Sarvghad on the project, funded by the Institute of Diversity Sciences.

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Alumni Profile: Olivia Laramie, MPPA '20

"Good policy is good politics; in fact, I don’t think strong, human-centered politics can exist without thoughtful policy-crafting happening behind the scenes," says Laramie, a project coordinator for the Massachusetts Cannabis Control Commission.