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Numbers Hold Power

"After being in this program, I've learned to look at numbers with a new appreciation. I believe numbers hold power. Now I see how data analysis cuts straight to the core message and efficacy of a policy."
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Early Childcare Policy Explainer

SPA Assistant Professor Taryn Morrissey's work centers on examining and improving public policies for vulnerable children. Ongoing research examines the social determinants of food insecurity and obesity, and the impacts of neighborhood poverty and family instability on children's development. She is one of the authors of the book, Cradle to Kindergarten: A New Plan to Combat Inequality.

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17 books published by SPA faculty in 2015-16

100 published academic journal articles written by SPA faculty in 2015-16

5,000 plus SPA media mentions in 2015-16

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House Speaker Paul Ryan speaks at a memorial service held for Lorenzen in April.

Alumni ·

SPA Alumnus Remembered for Leadership on Capitol Hill

House Speaker Paul Ryan and other Members of Congress spoke recently at a memorial for SPA alumnus Ed Lorenzen, SPA/BA '92, who died tragically in a house fire.
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Carol Laise Bunker and Nicole Nason

Government & Politics ·

Two SPA Women Serve as Assistant Secretary of State, 45 Years Apart

Nicole Nason, SPA/BA ‘92, currently serves as the second SPA alumna and the first woman in more than 40 years to hold the position of Assistant Secretary of State.
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Steven Putansu

In the Community ·

SPA Alumnus and Adjunct Recognized for Outstanding Contributions

Steven Putansu, SPA/PhD ’12, a senior social science analyst with the Government Accountability Office and SPA adjunct professor, was honored on June 6 for improving research methodology at the agency and saving significant taxpayer dollars.
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SPA Faculty in the News

  • Associate Professor of Public Administration and Policy, Taryn Morrissey, appeared on WAMC-FMs Academic Minute to discuss the cost of childcare in America.

  • Professor of Government, David Lublin, discussed the upcoming elections in Maryland's 6th Congressional District on WAMU-FM.

  • Executive-in-Residence at the Center for Congressional and Presidential Studies, Anita McBride, spoke to The Associated Press about the response of First Ladies to the current border enforcement policy.