Institutional Rep Update
November / 2018
Looking Ahead to #2019APPAM
APPAM's 40 th Fall Research Conference was a rich experience for the professional public policy community, with numerous events allowing institutions to promote their missions at the 2018 conference. Over the course of four festive days and evenings, institutions contributed to the vibrancy of the Exhibit Hall, the Innovation Lounge, the Preconference, our Super Sessions and dining programs, and numerous other events.

As proud as we are of the positive impact of this year's Fall Research Conference on our institutional members, we think #2019APPAM at the Denver Sheraton can and will be an even richer experience for public policy institutions and organizations engaged with public policymakers. To meet that goal, we need your feedback: Please complete our survey of the overall conference this week if you haven't already! Completing the survey gives all conference registrants a chance to win one of three FREE Fall 2019 Research Conference registrations.

A link to the overall conference survey follows below.
Conference Photo Gallery
Our #2018APPAM photo gallery on features photos from our luncheons, receptions, Poster sessions, wellness programs, and other educational and social events held at the Washington Marriott Wardman Park in DC this month. Feel free to browse and link to photos of yourself and your peers.

Based on our institutional reps meeting last week, members would like to vote for a different pattern for the 2019 Spring Conference than were originally offered after our first survey. Generally, the conference is a day and a half long. The conference will take place in Washington, DC.  Please complete the survey below by Friday, November 30th.
Friendly Reminder:
Institutional Membership Renewal Deadline Approaching
Please pay your dues by December 31, 2019 at 11:59 PM PST in order to remain current on your APPAM Institutional Member status! You can e-mail with any questions or to renew your institutional membership.
APPAM Webinar:
The Impact of Student Loan Debt on the Workforce
With student loan debt tripling between 2001 and 2016, hitting the $1.5 trillion milestone in the first quarter of 2018, the Federal Reserve reports that student loan debt now exceeds both auto and credit card debt. How is this debt load affecting their employment choices? What are employers doing to react to this crisis? How is the employment landscape changing?

Host a webinar:
Have a great idea for a webinar, or research you think the APPAM membership would appreciate learning about? APPAM encourages all member interested in hosting a webinar to submit an RFP.
Call for nominations:
Nominations for Student Member Policy Council Seat Currently Being Accepted
The APPAM Policy Council includes two seats for student members. The seats are staggered for two-year terms. APPAM is looking for students to join the board as current Council members complete their terms at the end of this year.

If you know students interested in serving, please nominate them by sending one letter of recommendation and their CV's to Tara Sheehan, by December 31, 2018. 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. The term will run from January 2019 through December 2020.
  • 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 nominations to Tara Sheehan, by 12/31.
Listen to the podcast:
Authors Daniel Gubits and Michelle Wood participated in the latest edition of The Wonk policy podcast. You can find the podcast with the author interview, or listen to more APPAM podcasts and webinars here.
APPAM Members in the News
Mathematica Policy Research recently acquired EDI Group, an international research and data collection organization with extensive survey operations in East Africa and a presence in the United Kingdom.

Carolyn Heinrich, APPAM Immediate Past-President, is working together with experts from Vanderbilt University School of Medicine's Department of Health Policy and Vanderbilt's Peabody College of Education and Human Development to establish a Policies for Action Research Hub at Vanderbilt University. The hub will help policymakers better understand and develop recommendations to address the needs of Tennessee's most vulnerable children, including children in immigrant families and children with prenatal exposure to opioids.

Raphael Bostic, Vice President of APPAM, recently interviewed on CNBC about the neutrality of interest rates. As President and CEO of the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta, Bostic indicated concerns about global growth and fading fiscal stimulus.

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