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Holding pattern

There are sixty-three days left to final proposal submission. As a group, we are trying to mitigate against the fact that this is not a lot of time. And of course, to make matters a bit more dynamic, there are three major barriers to us beginning our proposal in earnest as of my writing this…
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Published On: February 4, 2016 |
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Reaching new heights with philanthropy education

Note: Some of the questions in this interview have been edited for brevity and clarity.   A Northeastern University professor has partnered with folks in Saudi Arabia to develop an experiential philanthropy education program in Saudi universities. Rebecca Riccio, director of Northeastern’s Social Impact Lab, is sharing her knowledge of philanthropy education to develop a…
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Published On: February 3, 2016 |
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Meet SPPUA’s Advisory Committee: Steve Farrell

Steve Farrell was searching for a way to become more active with Northeastern University when he was invited last fall to join the School of Public Policy and Urban Affairs Advisory Committee. The decision, Farrell said, made sense professionally and personally since he graduated from Northeastern in 1994 with a degree in political science and…
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Published On: February 1, 2016 |
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Guest Column: 5 reasons I ditched the private sector for public service

By Robin Blatt-Eisengart MURP Alum, Financial Analyst/Program Manager, MassDOT To address the most pressing challenges of our day. We are living in a time of great transition and many of the great public institutions of the 20th century no longer fit the needs of the 21st century. The recent Great Recession exposed how delicate our…
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Faculty in the Media: January 2016

  The faculty and staff at the School of Public Policy and Urban Affairs continue to be reliable sources of expertise on current pressing issues. Here’s a list of articles during the month of January that reference our knowledgeable staff and their research.   Name Title Publication   International Affairs   Valen­tine Moghadam Professor, Sociology…
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Urban Informatics student joins Boston Area Research Initiative

  Antonio Vazquez Brust, a student in our new M.S. in Urban Informatics, has been invited to join the Boston Area Research Initiative where he will use Big Data to identify indicators of gentrification, track them across time, and assess their impact with the goal of capturing insights that might shed light on the gentrification process,…
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Professor Ruth receives National Academy of Sciences grant

  SPPUA Director Matthias Ruth, affiliate faculty Jon Grabowski, and Steven Scyphers, postdoctoral researcher at Northeastern’s Marine Science Center, are co-principal investigators of a $469,374 grant from the National Academy of Sciences, working with Dottie Byrons (principal investigator) of the Dauphin Island Sea Lab and her colleagues. The grant, titled “Living Shorelines: Synthesizing the Results…
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Professor Hoff presents at Oxford University

  Timothy Hoff, professor of Management, Health Care Systems, and Health Policy, gave two lectures at Oxford University in December. Hoff, a visiting associate fellow at Oxford’s Green-Templeton College, spoke to faculty, staff, and community health care personnel associated with Green-Templeton College about how Obamacare is working for Americans. In the second lecture, Hoff addressed…
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Get to Know: Matt Gardner, MURP Alumnus

  Matt Gardner, MURP Alumnus, Research Analyst, Metropolitan Area Planning Council When Matt Gardner moved to Boston from Oklahoma, it was like coming home. He fell in love with the city, its liberal-skewed politics and stance on urban policy. “I hadn’t realized in Oklahoma how policies can be crafted to address social issues,” he said….
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Faculty Research: Using Big Data to shed light on the dynamics of urban neighborhoods

  Assistant Professor Dan O’Brien has a fondness for opening public policy students’ eyes to the many ways they can use Big Data to explore the behavioral and social dynamics of urban neighborhoods. “Being able to engage with Big Data is rapidly becoming a critical skill for those in urban research and policy; it’s the…
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