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October 2022

Announcing GT@DC

The School of Public Policy is proud to be a founding partner in GT@DC, a semester-long experience in Washington, D.C., available to Georgia Tech undergraduates. The School is partnering with the Sam Nunn School of International Affairs to offer this “pathways to policy” program of courses, internships, research opportunities, and extra-curricular activities. Read more.

Homecoming & D.M. Smith Farewell

Thanks to everyone who turned out for our Homecoming celebration and farewell to D.M. Smith as we prepare for renovations and the next exciting chapter for this historic building, and for the School of Public Policy. Your support means the world to us!

Mock Trial Wins Season Opener

Congratulations to Georgia Tech's Mock Trial team, coached by the School of Public Policy's own Will Warihay and Andy McNeil, Public Policy 2001, for their season-opening win against the University of Georgia Oct. 22–23. Read more.
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Cybersecurity Policy

Milton Mueller hosted the 7th annual Internet Governance Project conference in The Hague. Officials from the Dutch Ministry of Economic Affairs, the Internet registry for the European region, and the European Commission attended.

Energy and Environmental Policy

Omar Asensio and a research team that included students Camila Z. Apablaza, M. Cade Lawson, Edward W. Chen, and Savannah J. Horner published a study in Nature Energy detailing the impact of scooters on traffic congestion. The study took advantage of Atlanta’s ban on scooters to examine the impact of last-mile mobility solutions on automobile traffic and found that their absence resulted in 784,000 more hours on the road for Atlanta drivers. The research has implications not only for transportation management but also for sustainability policies.

Asensio also published an editorial in the Journal of Engineering Education, co-authored with the NASEM New Voices colleagues and funded by the Moore foundation. “The Climate is Changing. Engineering Education Needs to Change as Well” is a call to arms to reimagine engineering education. Specifically, the authors call for engineers to receive improved education to “(1) understand how climate and sustainability are linked to engineering design; (2) incorporate a wide range of disciplines into engineering solutions; (3) understand the ethics and justice dimensions of engineering; and (4) listen to an collaborate with diverse communities.”

Regents’ Professor Marilyn Brown of the School of Public Policy hosted the launch of the “Tracking (and Activating) Climate Solutions in Georgia” seminar series supported by The Ray C. Anderson Foundation. Brown hosted two seminars, one on electric vehicles and infrastructure, the other on rooftop solar. The next seminar is Nov. 3 at 1 p.m., on “Recycling & the Circular Economy.” For more details, go to the Climate and Energy Policy’s website.

Valerie Thomas, who has a joint appointment in the School with the H. Milton School of Industrial and Systems Engineering, briefed Congress on Oct. 18, the day before the release of a report by the National Academies Committee on Current Methods for Life Cycle Analyses of Low-Carbon Transportation Fuels in the United States. Thomas chaired the committee. “Life cycle assessments are vital tools for environmental public policy design and the development of low-carbon fuel standards, but there is no one-size-fits-all approach for practitioners—it’s a matter of picking the right tool for the job,” the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine news release quoted Thomas as saying.

Health Policy

Jason Borenstein is part of a team that has been awarded a grant from the Atlanta Global Research and Education Collaborative (AGREC) for a project entitled “PROJECT SIMU-VACTION, a type of “Model AI” on Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Health Disparities on a Global Stage.”

Science and Technology Policy

John P. Walsh, professor in the School of Public Policy, has co-authored a chapter on “Non-R&D Innovation” in the “Elgar Encyclopedia on the Economics of Knowledge and Innovation.”


Social and Urban Policy

Georgia Tech will host the inaugural Atlanta Workshop on Public Policy and Child Well-Being on March 10 -11, 2023. This interdisciplinary conference is being organized by Lindsey Bullinger of the School of Public Policy and Daniel Dench of the School of Economics. It is sponsored by the School of Public Policy, the School of Economics, and the Ivan Allen College of Liberal Arts. If you would like more information, please visit the conference website.
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Spanning two and a half days in May, the Atlanta Conference on Science and Innovation Policy will be a showcase for the best scholarship from around the world on the challenges and characteristics of science and innovation policy and processes. Be a part of it! 

We are looking for abstracts, poster submissions from students and postdoctoral fellows, and panel proposals. Topics include:
  • Energy & environmental transitions 
  • Equity & the scientific workforce 
  • Evaluation and metrics 
  • Global science 
  • Innovation policy 
  • Responsible/inclusive innovation 
  • Societal  impact 
  • STI Funding and budgets 
  • Team science/collaboration 
  • University/industry/ government interaction 
If you would like more information on how to submit, please visit the conference website.
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Recycling and the Circular Economy (online)

Thursday, Nov. 3 1–2 p.m.

Heat Pumps and Retrofitting (online)

Thursday, Nov. 17, 11 a.m.–Noon
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