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Professional Update
December / 2017
Call for International Conference Submissions
The 2018 APPAM International Conference in Mexico City, Mexico, will be held on July 19 – 20. The theme is "Public Policy for Sustainable Metropolitan Development."

Both the conference theme, and the venue of Mexico City offer an excellent opportunity for a wide range of session paper and poster presentations relating primarily to sustainability in cities. Given the conference location in one of the world’s largest mega-cities, we invite submissions with a metropolitan focus (albeit not exclusively so), with a “steer” towards larger cities, especially those with multi-jurisdictional governmental structures and governance challenges.

Join us at the campus of the Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de México (ITAM). The LBJ School of Public Affairs at the University of Texas at Austin and the Instituto Tecnólogico Autónomo de México (ITAM) are jointly organizing the 2018 conference.
Deadline:
All submissions must be in English and completed by February 7, 2018.
Governance:
Full Slate of Policy Council Nominees
The Policy Council is APPAM's governing board and is responsible for setting policy and creating strategy for the Association. It currently consists of four elected cohorts serving staggered, four-year terms of office. The Policy Council serves as the organization’s board of directors .

Voting for the next Policy Council cohort, which serves from 2018 through 2021, and for Vice President and Treasurer, which serve from 2018 through 2019, began on December 10 th. The election will conclude at midnight, Eastern Standard Time, on January 10th, 2018.

Matthew Stagner, incoming APPAM President-Elect from Mathematica Policy Research
Member voting:
Ballots were emailed to all APPAM members on Tuesday, December 11th. If you have not received an e-mail and feel that your membership is current, please contact Tara Sheehan.
Regional Student Conferences:
Submissions Open for California and DC
APPAM will host two regional student conferences in 2018. The  California Regional Student Conference will be held on March 9 th – 10 th , 2018 at Claremont Graduate University in Claremont, CA. The  DC Regional Student Conference will be held on April 6th - 7th, 2018 at American University in Washington, DC. During these conferences, students will present research across a wide variety of policy areas, on conference panels with their peers.

Deadlines:
Submissions for California close on January 10 th , 2018. Submissions for DC close on January 26 th, 2018.
JPAM Featured Article:
Does Paid Family Leave Reduce Nursing Home Use? The California Experience
Paid family leave (PFL) is intended to make it financially easier for eligible workers to take time off from work in order to care for young children or seriously ill family members. Concurrently, the receipt of informal care from family members has been shown to lower the probability of institutionalization among elderly Americans. This raises an important question: Do PFL policies influence nursing home use among older adults?

In this article, Arora and Wolf address this question for California, which in 2004 became the first state in the United States to implement a PFL law.

Excerpt from the interview:
"This is the first study to examine long-term care outcomes associated with a state-level policy on paid family leave. In doing so, it has demonstrated that the provision of this leave reduces nursing home use among older adults. While the current administration has proposed a federal paid family leave program, it is only focused on providing paid leave to families after the birth or adoption of a child. The results of this study suggest that the Trump administration should consider expanding the benefits of such a program to individuals with a seriously ill family member."

Kanika Arora
Douglas Wolf
Upcoming Webinar:
APPAM/ASHecon Webinar: The Intersection of Opioid Addiction and Evidence-Based Policy
The opioid epidemic in the United States has reached alarming proportions. With over a thousand people dying each week due to opioid related overdoses, many have suggested evidence-based policy as a way to combat the epidemic. Join ASHEcon and APPAM experts on health policy and opioids as they take a deep-dive into the opioid crisis, how to use evidence-based policy to combat it, and what health economists can do to influence policy.
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Webinar Speakers:
  • Colleen Carey, Assistant Professor, Cornell University
  • Jevay Grooms, Senior Fellow, University of Washington
  • Carroline Lobo, PhD Student, University of Pittsburgh
  • Kosali Simon, Herman B. Wells Endowed Professor, Indiana University (Moderator)

Spotlight:
APPAM Members in the News
University of Massachussets Amherst's M.V. Lee Badgett appeared on On the Money podcast to discuss her research on the cost of discrimination against the LGTBQ community. Badgett was recently named a Spotlight Scholar for her work on this topic.

Susan Dynarksi, University of Michigan Ford School, wrote a New York Times column about banning laptops from college lectures that incited a lot of opinions on Twitter:

"But a growing body of evidence shows that over all, college students learn less when they use computers or tablets during lectures. They also tend to earn worse grades."
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We want to feature your work! Email coverage and information to  info@appam.org .
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January 26: DC Regional Student Conference submission deadline.
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