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Sanford Professors Ranked Among Most Influential in Education

For the fourth year in a row, Sanford professors Charles Clotfelter and Helen F. Ladd were in the top 100 of the most influential scholars in education in the list released by Education Week on Jan. 11. The 2017 RHSU Edu-Scholar Public Influence list was created by Frederick M. Hess, a member of the American Enterprise Institute ( ...


Two Articles by Sanford Professors Top 10 in 2016 for Health Affairs

Two articles by Sanford professors, Peter Ubel and Manoj Mohanan, were picked by the editor-in-chief of the journal Health Affairs as top 10 articles of 2016. Study Of Physician And Patient Communication Identifies Missed Opportunities To Help Reduce Patients’ Out-Of-Pocket Spending by Peter Ubel et. al, was published in April. The authors studied audio recordings of patient visits to examine whether doctors helped patients consider out-of-pocket spending in making medical decisions.  ...


Amb. Joseph Gives Keynote at MLK Leadership Award Ceremony

Amb. James Joseph, professor emeritus of public policy, will give the keynote speech at the Martin Luther King Leadership Award ceremony in Pittsburgh on Jan. 28. The awards are bestowed by the Coro Center for Civic Leadership, and recognize leaders who set a positive example in building strong, inclusive communities.The awards are given in four categories: Distinguished Individual Leadership Awards, Distinguished Coro Alumni Leadership Awards, Distinguished Organizational Leadership Awards, and Distinguished Emerging Leadership Awards (ages 16-20).


Taylor Appointed to National Academies Committee

Donald H. Taylor, Jr. professor of public policy, assistant professor of community and family medicine and associate professor of nursing, and Kevin A. Schulman, professor of medicine, business administration and global health, have been appointed to the National Academies Committee on Health Care Utilization and Adults with Disabilities.

The ad hoc committee will analyze how health care utilization may be used as an indicator of impairment under the Social Security Administration’s definition of disability. ...


Sanford Professors Teach New Spring Breakthrough Courses

Three Sanford professors will teach in the first session of Spring Breakthrough next March.  The pilot program offers a five-day course over spring break.  Noah Pickus is examining music, history and politics through the hit musical “Hamilton.” In Free Beer and Other Forces That Get Us to Misbehave, Dan Ariely leads students in experiments in behavioral ...


Michael Pelle Wins Holsti Prize for Honors Thesis

Michael Pelle

Sanford alumus Michael Pelle PPS’16 won the Ole Holsti Prize, the Duke University Libraries award for excellence in undergraduate research using primary sources for political science or public policy. He received the award and the $1,000 cash prize for the best undergraduate thesis written for Graduation for Distinction at a ceremony on Nov. 4. His public policy honors thesis, “Racial Framing and Public Support for Ex-Felon Disenfranchisement” examined the influence of ...


Sanford PhD Candidate Receives Grant

PhD Candidate Laura Bellows received a grant from the Educational Opportunity Monitoring Project, established by the Russell Sage Foundation and the William T. Grant Foundation to address educational opportunity in the U.S.  Bellows will use the $6,200 grant to study the effects of immigration enforcement policy on the Hispanic-white achievement gaps.  Using data from the Stanford Education Data Archive and the Secure Communities Program, she ...


Judith Kelley Receives First Brownell-Whetten Diversity and Inclusion Award

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Sanford Senior Associate Dean Judith Kelley has received the first Brownell-Whetten Diversity and Inclusion Award for outstanding commitment to inclusive excellence. She has been an active support of the school’s Committee on Diversity and Inclusion and has worked to ensure that the faculty recruitment process incorporates efforts to consider diverse candidates. She also facilitated a faculty discussion of Claude Steele’s book, Whistling Vivaldi: and Other Clues to How Stereotypes Affect Us. Sanford faculty, students and staff are eligible to be nominated. The award was presented by ...


Brownell to Give Keynote Speech at Obesity Week Conference

Kelly Brownell, dean of the Sanford School, is the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS) Integrated Health Keynote Speaker at the ObesityWeek 2016 conference in New Orleans, Oct. 31-Nov. 4.  It is the largest international conference on obesity, and will showcase more than 1,000 research abstracts on obesity treatments, the science of weight loss, and public policy.  The fourth annual conference is hosted by The Obesity Society and ASMBS and more than ...


APSA Names Barnes as Stone Scholar

Carolyn Barnes.

Assistant Professor Carolyn Barnes has been named a Clarence Stone Scholar by the Urban and Local Politics Section of the American Political Science Association. The award recognizes up to two post-PhD scholars who are early in their careers for significant contribution to the study of urban politics. The winners were recognized at the Stone Scholar dinner and the business meeting of the section at the annual ASPA conference on Friday, September 2. Barnes' research explores the social and political implications of social policy focused on childcare policy, family services, and supports for ...


Schanzer to Take Part in Congressional Briefing on Violence and Violence Prevention

On Sept. 27, Sanford Professor David Schanzer will take part in a Congressional briefing on violence in the Rayburn House Building in Washington, D.C. He will be one of eight panelists of researchers, policy experts, and educators discussing current research about violence, and present cutting-edge approaches ...


PhD Candidate Andrew Heiss Receives Award

PhD candidate Andrew Heiss has received a 2016 Staats Emerging Scholars Award from NASPAA.  Given to three PhD candidates entering the job market in the coming year, the winners will present a paper at the annual conference before leaders in the field. The award includes a cash prize, complimentary conference registration and travel funds. He researches the restrictions placed on international NGOs by authoritarian regimes.