Institutional Update
January / 2019
APPAM's New Policy Council Members Announced
Thank you to those of you who voted in the annual APPAM election! Our Policy Council and Leadership Election concluded on January 11, 2018. We are pleased to announce these new additions to our Policy Council:

  • President-Elect: Maria Cancian, Georgetown University
  • Vice President: John Martinez, MDRC
  • Treasurer: Sanya Carley, Indiana University

  • Researcher in a Non-Academic Setting: Liana Fox, Census Bureau
  • Researcher in an Academic Setting, Early Career: Bradley Hardy, American University
  • Researcher in an Academic Setting: Heather D. Hill, University of Washington
  • Institutional Member Representative: Sarah Jane Brubaker, Virginia Commonwealth University
  • Student Representative: Lauren Davis, Pardee RAND Graduate School

Maria Cancian,
John Martinez,
Vice President
Sanya Carley,
Liana Fox,
Non-Academic Setting
Congratulations to Our Newly-Elected and Appointed Policy Council Members!
Bradley Hardy,
Early Career Academic Setting
Heather D. Hill,
Academic Setting
Sarah Jane Brubaker, Institutional Member Representative
Lauren Davis,
Student Representative
Upcoming Conferences:
There's Still Time to Submit Your Work for Our International Conference and Spring Conference, and to Encourage Your Students to Submit Their Work for Our Regional Student Conferences!
American University
Washington, DC
March 29-30, 2019
University of California, Irvine
Irvine, CA
April 12-13, 2019
The submissions deadline has been EXTENDED to January 23, 2019 for the DC Regional Student Conference and remains January 25, 2019 for California Regional Student Conference.

Spring Conference:
Are We Preparing Our Students for Success?
Employment Outlooks for Policy Graduate Students
Mathematica Policy Research Offices
Washington, DC
May 14-15, 2019

This conference unites graduate program representatives and academic and non-academic employers to review the skills being taught in graduate policy programs, discuss curricula trends and assess whether the aforementioned skills are what employers need in practice. A survey of our academic and non-academic institutional members will be conducted beforehand to help determine where students are coming from and where they are going, and to try to shed some light on the differences between APPAM member PhD programs. Data will also be collected from non-academic employers to learn more about recruitment and the valued skills of graduates.

The Johns Hopkins University - University Pompeu Fabra (JHU-UPF) Public Policy Center
Barcelona, Spain
July 29-30, 2019
Friendly Notice:
It's Not Too Late to Pay Your Member Dues!

If you've not already, please pay your dues ASAP in order to become current on your APPAM Institutional Member status! You can e-mail with any questions or to renew your institutional membership.
JPAM Insights:
Effective Counter-Terrorism: Rockets, Iron Dome , and the Israeli Housing Market

How effective is counter‐terrorism and what are the underlying mechanisms? Relying on a unique experiment and detailed micro data from Israel, this study shows that the deployment of the Iron Dome anti‐rocket system mitigated the negative effect of rocket attacks on house prices and lowered the price premium associated with in‐house shelters. Analysis of surveys and data on purchases of anti‐anxiety drugs yields evidence consistent with a psychological mechanism: by reducing the negative effects on daily routine, subjective well‐being, and psychological distress, Iron Dome lowered the disamenity associated with living under the shadow of the rocket threat.

Want to contribute an original featured article, podcast or webinar for APPAM media?
We are considering contributions to our year-round news and information sources now. E-mail with a proposed topic, and we'll discuss placement possibilities and timelines thereafter!
APPAM Members in the News
Settling an issue that has been highly topical among our professional, institutional and student members over the last year, a federal judge ruled against the Trump administration's addition of a citizenship question to the U.S. Census.

At its Washington, DC offices on January 24, 2019, Mathematica Policy Research will present a live session and online broadcast entitled Nothing About Us Without Us: How the Need for Cultural Responsiveness is Changing Research.

The National Collaborative on Gun Violence Research is accepting proposals for nonpartisan, scientific research that offers the public and policymakers a factual basis for developing fair and effective gun policies through February 4, 2019.

The U.S. Congress has passed the Foundations for Evidence-based Policymaking Act of 2018. This is comprehensive legislation that has the power to transform government dramatically and lastingly.

Six top public policy universities are collaborating for a new Public Affairs Diversity Alliance, according to an announcement by American University on January 3rd.

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Upcoming Deadlines:
Mark Your Calendars for These Important Dates
March 12, 2019: Public Policy Camp at UMBC

Membership question?
Email Membership and Administration Manager Ryan Martz for assistance.
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