Dean's E-News | July 13, 2016
July 29, 2016
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Awards and Grants

Angela Snyder has been selected to chair the State Health Research and Policy Interest Group of AcademyHealth for the next two years. The national group provides a forum for health policy analysts, researchers and policymakers to interact and discuss state-level research, research related to state health policy and health services research through a state health policy perspective. 


The following working paper was cited in President Barack Obama’s article on the Affordable Care Act in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA):

David Sjoquist (pictured) & Robert Buschman. An Exploration of Discretionary Tax Changes in Fiscal Conditions. Public Budgeting and Finance, forthcoming.


Bruce Kaufman presented a paper, “The Impossibility of a Perfectly Competitive Labor Market: The Role of Sympathy in Adam Smith's Economics,” at the International Association for Research on Economic Psychology (IAREP) in Wageningen, The Netherlands, July 9, 2016.  Kaufman is pictured visiting the birthplace of Karl Marx in Trier, Germany.
Bill Rencher presented “The ACA: Where Are We Now?” at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Policy Academy in Atlanta on June 30, 2016.
Michelle Rushing presented "Health Impact Assessment. What? Why? How?" in a Healthy Communities session at the Georgia Municipal Association annual conference in Savannah, Ga., June 26, 2016. Rushing’s co-presenters included Mayor Vince Williams from Union City, Ga., and Mayor Annette Mormon from Baconton, Ga.
John O’Kane was a guest speaker for the Masters of Art in Philanthropy and Development inaugural class at LaGrange College in LaGrange, Ga., July 19, 2016. 


Harvey Newman was interviewed in the WABE-90.1 FM radio broadcast, “Atlanta Olympics Helped GSU Shake Off Commuter School Image,” July 13, 2016.
Paula Stephan was quoted in the Arkansas Online article, “Higher-Ed Looking at New-Rule Upshot,” July 3, 2016.
Kenneth Heaghney was quoted in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution article, “Georgia Ends Fiscal Year with a Revenue Boost of Nearly 10 Percent,” July 12, 2016.
Tim Sass and his research, “The Performance of State Charter Schools in Georgia, 2014-2015” was cited in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution article, “Georgia’s Largest Online School Contests Performance Measurement,” July 25, 2016.  Download a copy of Sass’ research at
Michael Price was featured in the Ask the Experts section in the Wallet Hub article, “2016’s Most & Least Energy-Expensive States,” July 19, 2016.
Greg Streib was featured in the Ask the Experts section in the WalletHub article, “2016’s Best-Run Cities in America,” July 26, 2016.
Dean Dabney was interviewed live for the WABE-90.1 FM radio broadcast, “Closer Look with Rose Scott and Jim Burress,” July 22, 2016.
The Center for State and Local Finance’s report on Georgia’s Community Improvement Districts was featured in the Saporta Report column, “GSU Report Outlines Wide Autonomy, Authority in Popular Tool to Fund Urban Renewal ,” July 11, 2016. Download a copy of the report at
The Georgia International Law Enforcement Exchange (GILEE) and the delegates who were part of its annual counterterrorism training in Israel were featured in the following media:


Congratulations to Shiferaw Gurmu, who was appointed chair of the Department of Economics effective June 21, 2016. An econometrics expert and former World Bank consultant who joined the Andrew Young School in 1998, Gurmu’s applied research focuses on welfare-to-work transition, health care utilization, fertility, human capital, and the economics of innovation and technology. He has served on the Board of Editors of the Atlantic Economic Journal since 2003 and The Open Economics Journal, and as referee for over 40 academic journals. He has previously taught at Addis Ababa University and the University of Virginia. A Fulbright Scholar, Gurmu holds a Ph.D. in Economics from Indiana University-Bloomington, an M.A. in Econometrics from the University of Manchester and a B.Sc. in Statistics from Addis Ababa University.
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