Student Update
May / 2018
2018 Equity and Inclusion Fellowship Deadline Approaching
As part of APPAM's commitment to an inclusive public policy field, the Equity & Inclusion Fellowship supports the participation of up to 40 students from traditionally underrepresented backgrounds at the 2018 Fall Research Conference.
Being a fellow was an eye-opening experience because I had the ability to learn about different research topics from a variety of fields that were new to me. The diversity of presentations encouraged me to do two impactful things: draw parallels to the research I am currently doing and hear how presenters and audience members made sense of challenging topics, which helped my own understanding of the issue.

Ashley Causey-Golden , Columbia University, 2017 Fellow
Fellowship recipients will receive the following: 
  • 2018 Fall Research Conference Registration Fee.
  • $599 to offset costs of transportation as well as meals during the conference.
  • Two nights' accommodations in DC (Nov. 8-10).
  • A meet and greet luncheon and networking reception for fellowship recipients.

Application details:
  • Completed questionnaire.
  • CV or resume.
  • A 750-word statement on your academic training, goals, why attending the Fall Research Conference is important for professional development, and how you see yourself contributing to the APPAM community.
  • Letter of recommendation/support from a professor.

The goal of this fellowship program is to introduce recipients to the world of public policy and APPAM, and foster lifelong engagement. Don't miss this important opportunity!

Fellowship deadline is fast approaching. Apply by May 25 th .
Proposals for Student Professional Development
Sessions Due June 20 th
APPAM is seeking to host a series of sessions specifically programed for student member attendees throughout the 2018 Fall Research Conference.

We invite all policy professionals and students to submit a session proposal(s) on topics of interest to students such as resume tips and CV pointers, presentation skills, bridging the gap between graduate school and your policy career, and how to effectively communicate your research. Proposals are encouraged to be original in design and attract a broad audience of about 20 - 40 students and early career professionals.

APPAM International Conference:
Explore Sustainable Development in Mexico City
Please join us for the 2018 APPAM International Conference in Mexico City on July 19 - 20

This conference will host nearly 60 sessions and three plenaries built around the seven primary policy areas. The 2018 theme, Public Policy for Sustainable Metropolitan Development , will encompass a great number of topics, including sustainable economic development, secure cities, social services, public participation, and environmental sustainability.
Explore the preliminary program here, including these insightful plenary sessions:
1) Environmental Challenges and Sustainability of Large Metro Areas; 2) Presidential Election Results: The Implications of the July 1 Elections for the Public Policy Agenda, Directions, and Implementation; and 3) Metropolitan Sustainability and Mayoral Challenges for Large Multi-Jurisdictional Cities.

Join researchers from around the world as they share unique perspectives on sustainability and development.

APPAM Webinar:
DACA: Policy, Community, and Global Implications
What are the effects of the current DACA instability on families? Communities? What does the legal fight mean for immigration globally? What are the politics of the issue? What does the research say?

APPAM experts address these questions, as well as the issue of how to inform policymakers grappling with the effects of the policy within their own communities.

Host a webinar or podcast:
APPAM members are eligible to host an episode of The Wonk podcast. Email Meghan Grenda,, for more information. We also encourage all members interested in hosting a webinar to also send a proposal to Meghan.
Institutional Member Forum:
Duke/APPAM Opioid Forum Focused on Effective
 Partnerships and Data
Opioid misuse is a major epidemic across the nation. Local and state officials bear the burden of responses to the epidemic and need assistance coordinating research and resources.

The Institutional Member Forum, held on May 1, 2018, and hosted by Duke Policy Bridge at the Sanford School of Public Policy, connected the worlds of research and policy across this escalating public health epidemic.

Host a forum:
Institutional Member Forums were created to help better connect the worlds of research and policy. Review the forum information and submit a proposal here.
APPAM Leadership Blog:
Leaning On and Learning From Our Sister Associations
By Christopher (Kitt) Carpenter , APPAM Vice President

As an applied microeconomist who studies the causes and consequences of a range of public policies, I have always felt like APPAM is my primary intellectual home. Our journal is filled with research articles and spirited debates on policy topics I find interesting and important, and the Fall Research Conference is a wonderful way to see old friends, make new connections, and hear cutting edge public policy research from the top scholars and practitioners in the world. For me, APPAM has always felt like a perfect fit.

Part of this fondness, I think, goes back to my first experiences at the Fall Research Conferences in the early 2000's. A core group of scholars studying policy issues related to sexual minorities would organize a research session each year. Because there were so few of us doing this work, it was easy to reach out to those ‘usual suspects’ to see if they could contribute a paper.

In those days, it was not uncommon to have the LGBTQ session consist of three authors who presented and then discussed each other’s papers, and maybe an audience member or two. The sessions were good quality, but they were sparsely attended. It was hard to know whether it was lack of interest in the topics, poor scheduling, or something else.

And then something interesting started to happen.

APPAM Members in the News
Jun Zhu, from the University of Washington and Urban Institute, contributed to a report about mortgage credit access and how traditional credit scoring does not account for borrowers who meet their rental commitment month after month.

“Missed rent payments are picked up by the credit bureaus, but on-time payments generally are not reported. Adding rental pay history, via bank statements, to the qualification process would make assessing renters’ credit risk easier and expand access to homeownership among a significant portion of the nation’s population.”
A statement from the FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb cited work by Pardee RAND's Cameron Wright about nutrition food labeling.

"Research, including a recent RAND Corporation study, suggests that people choose menu items with fewer calories when they have access to calorie information and that such information does not affect their satisfaction with the choice they make or their ratings of the restaurant. "

Read the full report.
Research by professional member Darrick Hamilton and student member Mark Paul (both from Duke University), with co-authors, was quoted in a Think Progress blog about how racism is woven into the structure of the economy.

"Their claims are bolstered by a growing body of research which demonstrates that systemic racism – not a lack of effort, education or family structure – is chiefly to blame for perpetuating the yawning and consistent racial wealth gap in the United States. "

Read the full report.
Cody Tuttle at the University of Maryland published a new report about the impact of Food Stamp access on criminal recidivism.

"An increase in recidivism among drug traffickers is driven by financially motivated crimes, suggesting that the cut in benefits causes ex-convicts to return to crime to make up for the lost transfer income. "
Erin Stumpf from California State University Sacramento was honored by the College of Social Sciences & Interdisciplinary Studies with the 2018 Outstanding Graduate Student Dean’s Award.
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Mark Your Calendars for These Important Dates
May 18 : Public Policy Camp proposals due
May 25: Equity and Inclusion Fellowship applications due
Mid-July: Notifications for Fall Research Conference submissions.

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