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November 2022

Helping Build a Better, More Resilient Atlanta 

The School of Public Policy is proud to be a founding partner with the city of Atlanta in the Center for Urban Research, a new institution of research and service meant to help address socio-economic inequities, support community resilience, and sustainability, leverage private and philanthropic investment for research and programming, provide policy analysis and recommendations, and increase non-profit capacity. The Center will be housed in the School of Public Policy and includes scholars from numerous metro Atlanta colleges and universities, including Georgia State University, Morehouse College, Emory University, Spellman College, University of Georgia, the Atanta University Center Consortium, and Kennesaw State University. Read more.

Making Our Mark on APPAM

The School of Public Policy made significant contributions to the recently concluded Association for Public Policy Analysis & Management (APPAM) fall meeting in Washington.

Assistant Professor Omar Asensio and Regents’ Professor Marilyn Brown co-chaired the Energy and Environment section, while Ph.D. student Becky Rafter chaired the Student Activities Committee. D. Cale Reeves also chaired the Infrastructure and Climate Change panel, Lindsey Bullinger hosted an APPAM community event, and numerous faculty presented papers or participated in panels. Additionally, APPAM selected Jennifer Kang for the APPAM Entrepreneurship Policy Student Fellowship.
We are looking forward to next year when APPAM comes to Atlanta! You can read more about our APPAM experiences on our website.

Integrating the Social Sciences, Arts, and Humanities with Science and Tech Policy 

Kaye Husbands Fealing, dean and Ivan Allen Jr. Chair in the Ivan Allen College of Liberal Arts — and former chair of the School — co-authored a piece in Issues in Science and Technology calling for better integration of liberal arts into science and technology education. Husbands Fealing co-authored the article with SPP alumna Aubrey Deveny Incorvaia and Richard Utz, senior associate dean in the Ivan Allen College. Read the article.

Finding Solutions

Students in the Master of Sustainable Energy and Environmental Management flexed their problem-solving chops at an event connecting them with corporate representatives to consider how to solve real-world issues. MSEEM is all about teaching students how to make a difference in government, non-profit, and corporate settings, as this event demonstrates. The evening featured 30 students and several companies working on issues such as how to develop a validation study to verify the benefits of statewide adoption of household composting technology or how to help a company reduce what are called “Scope 3,” or indirect, greenhouse gas emissions. Read more.

Advocating for Diversity 

School of Public Policy Ph.D. student Monica Novoa spoke to the Women Economic Forum Caribbean in Puerto Rico on the importance of increasing women’s participation in STEM, including the social and economic benefits of greater diversity. Addressing the challenges of elevating opportunities for women and minorities to participate in STEM education and the STEM workforce is a significant emphasis in the School. 

Evaluating Equity in Science & Technology

Cassidy R. Sugimoto, Tom and Marie Patton Chair in the School of Public Policy, will serve as co-principal investigator on a National Science Foundation (NSF) grant to create a national technology assessment network. The project seeks to help assess U.S. competitiveness in emerging technologies. The $3.9 million grant to Carnegie Mellon University will fund work to identify how to leverage U.S. investments in science and technology to make the nation more competitive globally. Sugimoto is joined on the Georgia Tech team by Kaye Husbands Fealing, dean and Ivan Allen Jr. Chair in the Ivan Allen College of Liberal Arts, and Joe Bozeman, assistant professor in the School of Civil and Environmental Engineering, who holds a courtesy appointment in the School of Public Policy. They will work to evaluate disparities in the tech and innovation ecosystem. The overall research team has one year to complete a proof of concept and present it to the NSF.
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Energy and Environmental Policy

Omar Asensio, Camilia Z. Apablaza, M. Cade Lawson, andSavannah J. Horner published their study on the impact of scooters on traffic congestion in Nature Energy. 
Marilyn Brown and Richard Simmons received funding to focus on energy equity as part of a Georgia Tech team that received a $2.3 million grant from the Department of Energy.
Daniel Matisoff’s book, Ecolabels, Innovation, and Green Market Transformation, was published byCambridge University Press. 

Valerie Thomashas a new piece on “The Relationship Between GDP and Biomass Energy Per Capita in Sub-Saharan Africa.”  

Health Policy

Lindsey Bullinger has a new piece in INQUIRY: The Journal of Health Care Organization, Provision, and Financing titled “Better Late than Never: Effects of Late ACA Medicaid Expansions for Parents on Family Health-Related Financial Well-being.”  

Philosophy and Ethics

Jason Borenstein, Bob Kirkman, and Robert Rosenberger each contributed chapters to Test-Driving the Future: Autonomous Vehicles and the Ethics of Technological Change. Kirkman’s chapter is called “The Ethics of Crossing the Street.” Rosenberger’s chapter is called “Stop Saying Driverless Cars Will Eliminate Diver Distraction.” Borenstein’s chapter discusses “Planes, Trains, and Flying Taxies: Ethics and the Lure of Autonomous Vehicles.
Sherri Conklin has a new publication forthcoming in The European Journal of Analytic Philosophy: “Where are the Women? The Ethnic Representation of Women Authors in Philosophy Journals, by Regional Affiliation and Specialization.” 

Robert Rosenberger presented at the Kosovo Philosophical Society’s annual conference for World Philosophy Day. Rosenberger presented on “The Challenge Posed by Postphenomology,” in which he explored some of the central philosophical commitments of this perspective. 

Policy Analysis

Mathias Zacarias, who is pursuing the Certificate in Energy and Environmental Management, won the Complexity and Policy Studies (CAPS) sponsored award for Exceptional Policy Analysis in a Poster at the Computational Social Science Society of the Americas Conference. Faculty members D. Cale Reeves and Daniel Matisoff also were involved in this project.

Science and Technology Policy

Ph.D. student Sergio Pelaez, along with Jan Youtie and Philip Shapira, has a new piece in the Journal of Nanoparticle Research called Analyzing Research Outcomes and Spillovers at a U.S. Nanotechnology User Facility.” 
Regents’ Professor Emerita Nancy Nersessian has a new book called Interdisciplinarity in the Making: Models and Methods in Frontier Science. 

Ph.D. student Sergio Pelaez's study, Taxation and Innovation: Evidence From Colombia,” was published in Economics of Innovation and New Technology. 
John Walsh gave a keynote at the Asia Pacific Innovation Conference in South Korea and also presented his latest research at the Seoul Journal of Economics conference at Seoul National University. His talk at APIC was called “The Duality of Duality: Generative and Disruptive Tensions of Innovative Cultures in Organization.”

Urban Policy

Brian An spoke at the Investor-Owned Single Family Homes Mini-Symposium at the University of Minnesota’s Humphrey School of Public Affairs. An also presented his paper, “The Influence of Large Corporate Investors on Homeownership: Who Gets Pushed Out of the Local Market,” at an informal research seminar hosted by the Mortgage Bankers Association. The audience included representatives of the chief economist departments at Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac, and CoreLogic. 
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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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SPP Speaker series: Larry Sampler and Barbara Smith

Dec. 1, 4-5:30 p.m.
Price Gilbert Library, 1280 SEN- Theater
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