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Increasing the sustainability and resilience of coastal communities by improving tide gate operation

Improving the operation of tide gates to better protect people and ecosystems is the focus of a three-year project recently funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF). Global Resilience Institute (GRI) Associate Director Mark Patterson will work alongside Northeastern professors Brian Helmuth and Loretta Fernandez on the tide gate management study, in the town of Revere, at tide gates in Marshfield and at a control site, in Plum Island…
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Published On: July 25, 2017 |
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From program evaluation to outreach and engagement

Working on and completing the program evaluation assignment for Emerge MA was an incredible way to gain an extensive understanding of the organization’s operations and its direct impact on participants. For the organization, this assignment exposed areas for improvement, mainly in logistics and planning of trainings (some participants felt the trainings were too long and…
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Published On: July 20, 2017 |
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On Strategy

Strategy. In the legal and policy worlds, it’s something we talk about a lot. This past spring, I even had an entire class dedicated to it in “Strategizing Public Policy.” In law—especially constitutional law, although this isn’t an issue limited to that subject—we talk about litigation strategy, which has nearly as much to do with…
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Published On: July 17, 2017 |
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The work goes on

Thursday, June 29, last class of “Immigration and Urban America,” was a night to reflect on our semester. This is the last post of AlieNation… When the Boston Pops Orchestra’s commanding melody of the “Star Spangled Banner” and fireworks illuminated the Esplanade last week on Tuesday, July 4, we celebrated the 241st year of our…
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Published On: July 11, 2017 |
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It’s not about cultural competence

I would like to preface this entry by saying that education/training/messaging is absolutely an important part of passing and sustaining LGBT-supportive policies. Cultural competence—being able to understand the roles certain identities play in people’s lives—is something we should strive for across all identity categories. However, I can’t count the number of times I’ve been in…
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Published On: July 10, 2017 |
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The ins and outs of program evaluation

From the day I started my internship, I instantly felt like I was contributing to Emerge Massachusetts. Let me tell you why. Ryanne Olsen, executive director of Emerge MA, and a Northeastern graduate, wasted no time on my first day, immediately assigning me to a program evaluation project. Before I delve into the project, a…
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Published On: July 6, 2017 |
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Building a ‘thriving civic data ecosystem’ in Boston

Last month, about 20 researchers and community stakeholders convened at Northeastern to talk data—specifically, newly published data from surveys with Boston residents on topics ranging from demographics to perceptions of community safety. The Boston Area Research Initiative, or BARI—which is based at Northeastern’s School of Public Policy and Urban Affairs—led the meeting…
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Students receive 2017 Beal, Fishman Fellowships

Three graduate students in the School of Public Policy and Urban Affairs (SPPUA) have received internal fellowships, allowing them to complete unpaid summer internships. The awards are given annually by Robert Beal and Robert Fishman, longtime members of the School’s Advisory Committee.   Beal Fellowship John Millerick, a student in the Master of Public Administration,…
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Published On: July 5, 2017 |
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Faculty in the Media: June 2017

The faculty at the School of Public Policy and Urban Affairs continue to be reliable sources of expertise on current pressing issues. Below is a list of articles during the month of June that reference our knowledgeable staff and their research.  

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Guest Column: How an internship turned into a full-time job

From left: Jenna DeAngelo, Lincoln Institute; Thomas James, Government Accountability Office; Natalie Keegan, Congressional Research Service; and Betsy Gardner, Northeastern University. Courtesy photo   By Jenna DeAngelo It was a little difficult to find an internship while I was a student because I worked full time (in an unrelated field) and needed a flexible internship…
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Published On: July 3, 2017 |
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