Dean's E-News | November 1, 2016
November 1, 2016
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Sam Williams. (2016). The CEO as Urban Statesman: Unique Solutions to Fix Economic Development Problems that Defy Elected Officials. International Development Journal.
Gregory B. Lewis, Risa Palm (GSU Provost), & Bo Feng (Ph.D student, Public Policy). "What Causes People to Change Their Opinion About Climate Change? Annals of the American Association of Geographers, forthcoming.

Neven Valev & Berrak Bahadir. Catching Up or Drifting Apart: Convergence of Household and Business Credit in Europe. International Review of Economics and Finance, forthcoming.

Cathy Yang Liu & Xi Huang (Ph.D. student, Public Policy). Welcoming Cities: Immigration Policy at the Local Government Level. Urban Affairs Review, forthcoming.
Rosen,I. (2016). [Review of the book 28 Letters – the Short Life of Renée (Baba) Friedmann on Not So Calm Waters, by Robbie Friedmann]. Hungarian Cultural Studies, An English, Hungarian and Hebrew Edition, 9, 300-303.


Michael Shapiro attended and, in his first year as president, presided over the 2016 Criminal Justice Association of Georgia (CJAG) Conference at the Georgia Archives Building in Morrow, Ga., Oct.13-14, 2016. He and Peter Fenton, assistant professor of Criminal Justice at Kennesaw State University, presented "United States Supreme Court Update, 2015-2016 Term." Shapiro moderated the panel discussions: "Matters of Court," "Controversies in Criminal Justice" and "Programming and Treatment." 

Paula Stephan presented “The Decline in Basic/Risky Research at Universities” to the Committee on Science, Technology and Law, National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine, in Washington, D.C., Oct. 18, 2016.

Bruce Kaufman  made the following presentations:
  • Participated in a debate on the minimum wage held at Murray State University in Murray, Ky., on Oct. 4, 2016..   
  • Spoke on the minimum wage at a panel discussion sponsored by the GSU Economics Club, Atlanta, Oct. 19, 2016.
Joseph Hacker moderated a Transportation and Economic Development panel at the Andrew Young School, Oct. 19, 2016.  Pictured here (left to right) are Hacker, Morgan Simmons (M.P.A., ’14),  Jonathan Gelber  (MSRE, J. Mack Robinson College of Business, ‘10 ), Kara Cooper  (M.P.P., Planning and Economic Development, ‘14 ), and Jonathan Lewis.

The following Georgia Health Policy Center staff presented at the 2016 State of Public Health Conference in Athens, Ga., Oct. 18, 2016.
Several Georgia Health Policy Center researchers participated in four sessions at the Georgia Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities’ (DBHDD’s) Division of Behavioral Health Annual Behavioral Health Symposium 2016: Change and Opportunity: Sharpening the Vision at Lake Lanier, Ga., October 6-7, 2016.
  • Angela Snyder (pictured) copresented with Linda McCall (Georgia Department of Community Health) and Wendy White Tiegreen (DBHDD),  “From Data to Practice Change: Bringing Youth ADHD Evidence-Based Practice to Scale,”
  • Ann DiGirolamo and Susan McLaren presented “Center of Excellence for Children’s Behavioral Health: Translating Evidence into Policy and Practice”
  • Brandon Attell and Julia Martin participated in a LIGHT-ETP (Listening, Inspiring and Guiding Healthy Transitions - Early Treatment Program) panel discussion, “Outcomes Associated with Participating in a Coordinated Specialty Care Program for First-Episode Psychosis”
  • Jana Pruett moderated the panel discussion, “Establishing School-Based Mental Health Partnerships: A Guide for Schools and Providers”



Alberto Chong had the following media hits:

Thomas A. Mroz and his fellow researchers’ study, “Socioeconomic and Demographic Determinants of the Nutritional Content of National School Lunch Program Entrée Selections,” had the following media hits:
Jim Marton (pictured) and Charles Courtemanche’s paper, “Impacts of the Affordable Care Act on Health Insurance Coverage in Medicaid Expansion and Non-Expansion States,” was featured in The Conversation article, “Love It or Hate it, Obamacare Has Expanded Coverage for Millions,” Oct. 11, 2016.  Download a copy of the report at:

Dean Dabney was quoted in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution article, “Some Welcome Police Chief’s Apology for Past Mistreatment of Minorities,” Oct. 19, 2016.

Bart Hildreth was quoted in the Topeka Capital Journal article, “Kansas Has Racked up Billions in Debt Over the Past 20 Years, More Than Tripling Late 90s Level,” Oct. 19, 2016.

Tim Sass’s research on “The Long‐Run Effects of Teacher Cheating on Student Outcomes” was cited in the NPR story, “Educators Went to Jail for Cheating. What Happened To The Students?”, Oct. 20, 2016.

Spencer Banzhaf was featured as an expert in the Wallet Hub article, “2016’s Greenest States,” April 19, 2016.

Ann DiGirolamo (pictured), and Deana Farmer’s article, “Reading, Writing and Mental Health Care: Why Schools Need Added Services,” was published in The Conversation, Oct. 12, 2016.

Dean's Council Spotlight on
Renay Blumenthal

Renay Blumenthal is president of the Grady Health Foundation   In a career spanning over 30 years, Blumenthal has forged a reputation as one of Atlanta’s most respected community leaders -- with deep ties to Atlanta’s civic, foundation, business and political sectors.
As president of the Grady Health Foundation, she leads and manages all aspects of the foundation, including setting the foundation’s strategic direction, coordinating all fundraising activities and providing community outreach to increase support for Grady. The foundation brings together philanthropists, corporate leaders and civic activists to increase public awareness, raise critical dollars and improve the quality of healthcare services for metro Atlanta and the state.
Blumenthal’s career spans a rare mix of both public and private sector experience. For nearly 10 years, she served as senior vice president of public policy for the Metro Atlanta Chamber, where she directed initiatives to strengthen the region and city. Blumenthal has been a trusted adviser to Georgia’s top elected officials, serving as policy director to former Gov. Roy Barnes, budget and policy director to former Gov. Zell Miller and budget chief to former Atlanta Mayor Shirley Franklin. She was also instrumental to former Gov. Sonny Perdue’s transition team.
In the private sector, Blumenthal worked as a program development and lending officer for Trust Company Bank in Savannah, Georgia, and as a controller for Aratex Services, Inc.
Throughout her career, Blumenthal has used her positions of authority to help strengthen Grady. The Greater Grady Task Force, led by A.D. “Pete” Correll and run by the chamber under Blumenthal’s guidance, helped galvanize public support for Grady Hospital that led to a $318 million infusion.
During her tenure with Gov. Barnes, she was part of a team that secured state and federal funding for Grady and helped form the Georgia Cancer Coalition, which created Grady’s Cancer Center for Excellence.
A native Atlantan, Blumenthal is a cum laude graduate of Georgia Tech and holds a M.B.A. from Georgia State University. She was a Georgia Trend “40 under 40″ honoree in 2001 and a member of the Leadership Georgia class in 2000 and Leadership Atlanta class in 2006. She has been named one of the 50 most “Influential Nonprofit Leaders” by the Atlanta Business Chronicle and a “Notable Georgian” by Georgia Trend. She was also recognized as a Woman of Achievement by the YWCA in 2009 and as one of the Atlanta Business Chronicle’s “Women Who Mean Business” in 2015. She also received an Impact Leader award from Business to Business magazine in 2010.
Blumenthal serves on several community boards. She is past chair of Leadership Atlanta and the Clean Air Campaign and currently serves as a member of the American Jewish Committee, YWCA, Central Atlanta Progress and Georgia Chamber boards and the Women’s Forum of Georgia.

Student News

Antonios Koumpias (Ph.D. candidate, Economics, ‘17) presented “The Effects of Compliance Reminders on Personal Income Tax payments in Greece: Evidence from a Regression Discontinuity Approach” at the 1st Empirics and Methods in Economics Conference- EMCON 2016, the first UChicago/Northwestern student conference. Koumpias was one of only 16 selected among hundreds of applications for a presentation of his dissertation work.

Twenty-four students from the Department of Criminal Justice and Criminology participated in the Law School Admissions Test (LSAT) preparatory courses co-sponsored by the undergraduate Criminal Justice Student Association (CJSA) and TestMasters on Oct. 7, 2016.  This is the fourth year that CJSA and TestMasters have offered these free LSAT preparatory sessions. Pictured here are some of the student participants with Amelia Brasher from TestMasters.   (Photo courtesy of Blaine Allen).

Criminal justice majors and members of the Criminal Justice Student Associations, both undergraduate and graduate, toured the Georgia Diagnostic and Classification Prison (GDCP) at Jackson, Ga., Oct. 25, 2016. The students were escorted on the tour by Tina Phillips (pictured far left).

Upcoming Fall Events

Mark Your Calendars for Andrew Young School of Policy Studies’ Night at the GSU Football Game, November 3, 2016, 7:30 PM 
Dave Cohen (Voice of the Panthers) interviews Dean Mary Beth Walker about the Andrew Young School for Georgia State Sports Update, a co-production between Georgia State Athletics and GSU TV.
The Center for State and Local Finance will host a state budget presentation, “Georgia’s Budget: The Big Picture.” Carolyn Bourdeaux, former director of the Georgia Senate Budget and Evaluation Office, will provide a high-level overview of Georgia’s budget by addressing structural revenue dilemmas, current economic constraints, areas of concern in the state’s expenditures, and other forces affecting the state budget. She’ll also discuss revenue and expenditure trends, as well as highlight how Georgia stacks up against surrounding states. K-12 education, higher education, Medicaid and transportation also will be covered. Coffee and pastries will be provided.
WHEN:  Tuesday, Nov. 15, 2016; 8 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.
WHERE:    Andrew Young School of Policy Studies, Seminar Room 749
COST:  Free
Please RSVP by Nov. 7, 2016 at
The Georgia Health Policy Center cordially invites you to a photography exhibition that showcases the journeys of five individuals moving from long-term care facilities back into the community. “Money Follows the Person” is a national program funded by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. In Georgia, the Department of Community Health administers the program, and the Georgia Health Policy Center at Georgia State University has been the program’s evaluator since 2009.
Program participants were invited to evaluate the program by using an approach called photovoice, which encourages participants to record, reflect, and share their experiences through photography. We are honored to invite the photographers, our partners, policymakers, and community members to attend, learn more, and have a rich dialogue about the participants’ experiences with the program
WHEN:  November 16, 2016
WHERE:  Georgia State University, Centennial Hall, 100 Auburn Ave., NE.
 Atlanta, GA  30303
Please RSVP at http://event.pingg.ccom/MFPPhotovoice
Parking is available in the Loudermilk Conference Center, 40 Courtland St NE, Atlanta. Bring your parking ticket to the event for validation.
A Future AYS Student Speaks Out...
Dave Sjoquist’s grandson, Matthew, admires his grandfather’s picture and article in the recent issue of the Andrew Young School Magazine.  His mother wrote to Sjoquist:  “I asked Matt about the article and he was telling me all the things you have done and how great you are for the state of Georgia.  He did say the article would be better if you had given a shout out to him!”   It looks like Matthew is ready to follow in his grandfather’s footsteps. 
Did you know? In 1999, the International Study Program Helped create the Fiscal Policy Center in Moscow.
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