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December 2022

Georgia Tech Students Led by Public Policy’s Omar Asensio Win ‘Jump into STEM,’ Again!

“We’re excited and proud that Georgia Tech teams have continued to successfully compete against top universities nationally in this important competition,” Asensio said of the students from PUBP 3042 — Data Science & Policy course.

Mark Your Calendar for the Atlanta Workshop on Public Policy & Child Well-Being

The Atlanta Workshop on Public Policy and Child Well-Being is scheduled for March 10 — 11, 2033.

Organized by Assistant Professor Lindsey Bullinger and Daniel Dench, assistant professor in the School of Economics, this conference will focus on research related to the health and well-being of children, including prevention of adverse childhood experiences, child health and welfare, parenting, pregnancy-related and birth outcomes, food and housing insecurity, education, immigration, and juvenile justice.

Limited funds are available to assist in travel for Ph.D. students.

For more information, visit the conference website.
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Energy and Environmental Policy

An article by Gordon Kingsley, “When Cities Take Control: Explaining the Diversity of Complex Local Climate Actions,” was published in the Review of Policy Research.

School of Public Policy researchers are part of a team that won funding from the U.S. Department of Energy to imagine a new planning paradigm for electric power infrastructure. The hope is to help shape new models that are better suited to community needs and include input and decision-making at the local level. Marilyn Brown, Regents’ Professor and Brook Byers Professor of Sustainable Systems in the School of Public Policy, has conducted pioneering work on energy burdens in the Southeast and contributed substantially to the proposal’s diversity, equity, and inclusion vision. “The goal is balanced growth and shared prosperity in the Atlanta metropolitan area by helping local communities and neighborhoods,” Brown said. Read more.

Health Policy

Aaron Levine will be a co-investigator on a new project seeking to increase diversity in cell and tissue manufacturing protocols. The multi-institutional AI-Assisted Social Justice in Tissue and Organ Biomanufacturing project aims to optimize cell and tissue manufacturing protocols on a deliberately diverse set of samples and then use the findings to train artificial intelligence/machine learning algorithms to effectively produce differentiated cells and tissues from diverse starting populations. Currently, such protocols are optimized on small numbers of samples, usually from white men.

Science and Technology Policy

Mary Frank Fox has been named member-at-large for the Section on Social, Economic, and Political Sciences of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). This follows her position as Chair of the Section.

A book by Nancy Nersessian, Interdisciplinarity in the Making: Models and Methods in Frontier Science, was published by MIT Press.

An article by Sergio Pelaez,  Jan Youtie, and Phil Shapira, titled  “Analyzing Research Outcomes and Spillovers at a U.S. Nanotechnology User Facility,” was published in the Journal of Nanoparticle Research.

Social and Urban Policy


Assistant Professor Lindsey Bullinger recently published research finding that not only did Medicaid expansions under the Affordable Care Act help families financially, but it also helped increase children's reading scores. Read the papers here and here.
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Hey, alumni! Do you have news you’d like to share with the SPP alumni community? We’d love to celebrate your successes, so share your updates!
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IAC Graduate Student Research Conference

January 13, 2023, 11 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Crosland Tower 7130

Law, Science, & Technology 20th Anniversary Celebration

January 24, 2023, 6 p.m. - 8 p.m.
GT Alumni House | 190 North Avenue NW
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