Student 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 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
Mathematica Policy Research
Washington, DC
May 14-15, 2019

The Johns Hopkins University - University Pompeu Fabra (JHU-UPF) Public Policy Center
Barcelona, Spain
July 29-30, 2019
Need Ideas on Submitting and Presenting Well for Regionals?
View Videos of Our Student Presenters at #2018APPAM!
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.

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APPAM Members in the News
APPAM student members have been inquiring opportunities to receive discounts on their membership and other member benefits; we are pleased to inform them that if their schools are APPAM institutional members, they (as students) may be eligible for free APPAM memberships! Included in each Institutional member benefits package are 20 free student memberships. APPAM recommends that students contact their department chairs to inquire about whether their institutions are APPAM members and, if so, request details from the chairs on how they as students can get APPAM membership for free.

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.

AshLee Smith has published a blog article with tips on parenting while in graduate school.

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

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Email Membership and Administration Manager Ryan Martz for assistance.
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