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Faculty, staff and students at the University of Maryland School of Public Policy excel in their respective fields, and their hard work and expertise has been recognized with prestigious awards, grants and more. 

Phil Joyce Awarded Federal Budgeting Career Legacy Award

Philip Joyce, senior associate dean and professor of public policy in the University of Maryland School of Public Policy, is the recipient of the 2022 Paul L. Posner Federal Budgeting Career Legacy Award. Joyce received the award at the spring lunch of alumni of the Office of Management & Budget and the Bureau of the Budget.

The award was made possible by a grant to George Mason University by alumni of the Bureau of the Budget, a group now merged with the Office of Management and Budget Alumni Association. It is administered by the Schar School’s Center on Nonprofits, Philanthropy, and Social Enterprise.

Two of the past three individuals who have been awarded this distinguished award have been from SPP. Joyce joins Allen Schick, who received the Posner award in 2020.

Lucy Qiu, Team Of Researchers Win CCUS Research Funding

SPP and CGS associate professor Lucy Qiu has won research funding for the Economics of Scaling Carbon Capture Utilization and Storage (CCUS) project. The Alfred P. Sloan Foundation is the prime sponsor of the project. 

Qiu's team, comprised of researchers from the University of Rhode Island and China University of Petroleum, will be working on a paper that evaluates the economic consequences of carbon capture, utilization and storage projects and provides empirical evidence from housing markets in the United States and China. CCUS serves as an important instrument to achieve decarbonization goals. The impact of CCUS projects on local communities is rarely assessed quantitatively, and Qiu's research team is looking to fill this gap.

Susan Parker Awarded $400K NIH Grant on School Program Elimination

The National Institutes of Health (NSF) has awarded Professor and CISSM Senior Fellow Susan Parker a $424,000 grant to study "Initial effects of program elimination on school enrollment and child health outcomes". The award will run for three years.

Nate Hultman Publishes Op-Ed Supporting Energy Independence

Nate Hultman recently published an op-ed in the Baltimore Sun entitled "Delivering on state and federal climate goals will help our bottom line and hurt Putin’s." Hultman describes how, in identifying ways to reduce our emissions in both the State of Maryland and the U.S. overall, we can support increased energy independence and help address climate change simultaneously. 

“A renewed near-term effort to deliver on our national and state climate goals will pay dividends now and for decades to come,” writes Hultman.

Dan Nees Appointed to Interim Executive Director of the New Resilience Authority

Dan Nees, a senior fellow at the Center for Global Sustainability, has been selected as Interim Executive Director of the Resilience Authority of Annapolis and Anne Arundel County. Nees will serve as Interim Executive Director for nine months, bringing his knowledge and expertise to ensure the success of this new agency.

Leitenberg Publishes Research On Russian Bioweapon Disinformation

New research published in the Nonproliferation Review by CISSM senior research associate Milton Leitenberg examines the history of the Soviet Union and Russian Federation’s campaigns of false allegations charging the United States with biological weapons (BW) development and use. Leitenberg’s article has gained recent attention after Russian officials accused the United States of operating biowarfare labs in Ukraine, an escalation in Russia’s long-running BW disinformation campaign against the United States. Understanding the importance and timeliness of Leitenberg’s research, the Nonproliferation Review has temporarily made “False Allegations of Biological Weapons from Putin’s Russia,” available to the public.

Xu Han PhD ‘22 Co-Authors Award Winning Article

Xu Han PhD ‘22 is the recipient of the 2022 Chester A. Newland Award for the Best Public Administration Review Commentary. Han co-authored the winning article in Public Administrative Review.

Han spent his summer of 2020 consulting for the World Bank, utilizing his knowledge of public management and statistics to help the lab improve the accuracy and reliability of survey administration in the public sector. Han’s research utilized randomized control trials and propensity score matching to understand the impact of shifting from in-person surveys to online surveys due to COVID-19 restrictions. Han helped the lab promote its core product, the Worldwide Bureaucracy Indicators (WWBI), a dataset of employment and compensation in the public sector around the world. 

PhD Candidate Named Writing Fellow

PhD Candidate Lauren Samuelsen has been named one of sixteen Writing Fellows at the Graduate School Writing Center, the first in the School of Public Policy’s history.

Fellows are a select group of graduate students recommended by their departments for both a demonstrated mastery of writing in their disciplines and an aptitude for peer review. They are available for consultations starting in the fall semester and are available each week. Fellows will continue to develop both an understanding of writing and oral communication in their disciplines and theories of peer support, and Samuelsen’s familiarity with policy memos will greatly benefit Policy Terps seeking assistance. 

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