Member Update
December / 2017
Nominate a Student Member For Service on the Policy Council
The APPAM Policy Council includes two seats for student members. The seats are staggered for two-year terms. APPAM is looking for one student to join the board when David Morar, George Mason University, completes his term at the end of 2017.

If you have a student in one of your programs that you would like to nominate for this position, please send one letter of recommendation and a CV to Tara Sheehan, by December 31, 2017. The letter should be from a professor in the program but need not be from the institutional representative. 

  • The student needs to be a current member in good standing of APPAM.
  • They need to be a student at the time of appointment but not necessarily throughout their entire 2 year term.
  • They will be a full voting member of the Policy Council upon appointment.  
  • Travel costs and lodging for all Policy Council meetings are taken care of by APPAM. The student is expected to attend all Policy Council meetings.
  • Only current institutional members are able to nominate students. 
  • The appointee will be chosen by mid to late January and will be announced in conjunction with the rest of the Policy Council election results.

Email Tara Sheehan, , to nominate a student.
Student Advisory Committee:
APPAM's Student Activities Committee (SAC) is assembled from nominees to the Policy Council. While these committee members are not on the Board, they are an integral part of all our student activities and play a big role in determining student programming at the Fall Conference, the content for Student Brown Bag events and other student activities.

Please consider nominating your best students for both of these positions. You do not need to indicate nominees for each position, as the Student Activities Committee members will be selected from the pool of nominees for the Policy Council seat.
Call for volunteers:
Institutional Rep Volunteers for Committees Needed
As part of the Institutional Reps Strategic Plan that was approved in the Spring of 2017, a number of committees were created and now need volunteers. 

  • Spring Conference Committee: Five institutional rep volunteers are needed for this committee. Patty Troppe, the chair of the Inst Reps, will chair this committee. The committee will be responsible for identifying the theme of the 2019 Conference, creating the content, soliciting speakers, building an agenda, selecting dates and location for the conference, as well as managing other details. The committee will meet by phone monthly.

  • Teaching and Pedagogy Committee: Five institutional rep volunteers are needed for this committee, as well as one volunteer to serve as the chair of the committee. This committee will be responsible for discussing issues relating to teaching public policy, curricula issues, how the field is changing and how those changes are impacting pedagogy, and promoting best practices within pedagogy and teaching in graduate public policy and public affairs. The committee will meet by phone quarterly.  

  • Doctoral Education and Employment: Five institutional rep volunteers are needed for this committee, as well as one volunteer to serve as the chair of the committee. This committee will be responsible for discussing issues related to the changing needs of the PhD Program Directors and the group of employers that hire policy graduate students. The committee will meet by phone quarterly.  
  • Data Committee: Five institutional rep volunteers are needed for this committee, as well as one volunteer to serve as the chair of the committee. This committee will be responsible for discussing issues related to the rankings and data collection from US News and World Report. The committee will meet by phone quarterly.  

  • Institutional Rep on the Diversity Committee: One institutional rep is needed for this committee. This person will serve on the existing Diversity Committee. The committee meets by phone quarterly.  

If you are interested in serving on any of these committees, please email Patty Troppe, , or Tara Sheehan, , by December 31st.
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.
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.

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.

All submissions must be in English and completed by February 7, 2018.
Submissions Open for California and DC Regional Student Conferences
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.

Submissions for California close on January 10 th , 2018. Submissions for DC close on January 26 th, 2018.
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.
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)

APPAM Members in the News
Four Public Policy Schools are launching a Sustainable Development Goals Professional Certificate.

"In parallel with the One Planet Summit, the Sciences Po School of Public Affairs, Columbia SIPA in New York, the Hertie School of Governance in Berlin and the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy at the National University of Singapore are launching the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) Professional Certificate. The certificate is designed to educate future international decision-makers inthe challenges presented by the UN 2015-2030 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), providing students with training in how to achieve the SDGs.

University of Chicago's Harris School of Public Policy Dean Katherine Baicker's research on the effects of health insurance on mortality rates was used by the Washington Post columnist Lawrence Summers:

"In reaching my judgment, I relied primarily on work by Kate Baicker, a former colleague now serving as dean of the University of Chicago’s Harris School of Public Policy."
"Summers reached his estimate after carefully reviewing the literature and consulting with health economists Jonathan Gruber and Mulligan and Philipson’s University of Chicago colleague Dean Kate Baicker, who has published a number of influential studies on the effect of health insurance on health."

Meanwhile, Harris School of Public Policy professors Casey B. Mulligan and Tomas J. Philipson (on leave, serving as a member of the President Trump’s Council of Economic Advisers) offered a counter argument:
"Standard economics predicts that people are better off when they make choices voluntarily. Some people argue insurance markets are sometimes better off with government mandates, but those conditions are not present in this context."
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