Dean's E-News | November 30, 2016
November 30, 2016
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Awards and Grants

Bernice Liddie-Hamilton was recognized as a mentor of women at the Council on Social Work Education’s (CSWE) annual Women’s Council Networking Breakfast in Atlanta, Nov. 5, 2016. The Mentor Recognition Fund was created to honor those mentors who increased the visibility of women in social work education and made a difference in our lives, as well as to support the Women’s Council’s efforts to further women in social work education.
Paula Stephan has been invited to serve as a member of the Next Generation Researchers Committee for the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine. Her term is from October 2016-September 2018. 

Bruce Kaufman has been reappointed as Senior Research Fellow in the Department of Employment Relations and Human Resources at Griffith University in Brisbane, Australia.



Ann DiGirolamo, Black, M., Walker, S., Fernald, L., Andersen, C. & Lu, C. (2016). Early Childhood Development Coming of Age: Science Through the Life Course. The Lancet.
Gregory B. Lewis (pictured), Ph.D. student Rahul Pathak & Galloway, C.S. (2016). Trends in Public-Private Pay Parity in State and Local Governments. Review of Public Personnel Administration, forthcoming.



Faculty, students and alumni from the Andrew Young School of Policy Studies, along with the Fiscal Research Center and the Center for State and Local Finance, participated in many ways at the National Tax Association’s 109th Annual Conference on Taxation in Baltimore, Nov. 10-12, 2016. AYS participants were as follows:

Kristie Seelman made the following presentations at the Annual Program Meeting of the Council on Social Work Education’s (CSWE) Conference in Atlanta, Nov. 2-5, 2016.
  • Presented a paper with Terri Lewinson, MSW students Lily Engleman & Alex Allen: “Sexual minority seniors: Coping strategies for health needs in late life.” Although not in attendance, one of the co-authors of the paper is BSW student Olivia Maley.
  • Served on a panel, “Religious Freedom Laws: Social work responds to discrimination and oppression.”
  • Presented a paper, “Transgender-inclusive health care and the relationship to mental health among transgender adults.”
  • Presented the discussion, “Nonbinary gender identity across the life course: Educating for a just practice.”
Several Andrew Young School health economics faculty and alumni participated in a session, “Public Health Insurance Programs, Health Care Access, and Medical Expenditures” at the Association for Public Policy and Management (APPAM) conference in Washington, D.C., Nov. 5, 2016. Following are their presentations. 
  • Jim Marton (pictured) presented the paper, “Medicaid Program Choice, Participant Inertia, and Adverse Selection.” The paper is coauthored with Aaron Yelowitz and Jeff Talbert from the University of Kentucky.
  • Chuck Courtemanche presented the paper, “Effects of the Affordable Care Act on Health Insurance Coverage in Medicaid Expansion and Non-Expansion States,” which is coauthored with Jim Marton, Ben Ukert (Ph.D., Economics, ‘16 ), Aaron Yelowitz (U. of Kentucky) and Daniela Zapata (former post doc at the Georgia Health Policy Center). Ukert served as the discussant in the session.
Georgia Health Policy Center researchers made three presentations at the American Evaluation Association annual meeting held in Atlanta, Oct. 24-29, 2016.
  • Colleen Smith and Astrid Prudent (pictured) presented, as part of a panel discussion, “Using Outcome Mapping to Evaluate Behavior Change among Mental Health Providers in Georgia who received Trauma-Informed Care Training.”
  • Colleen Smith, Ann DiGirolamo and James Dills co-authored “Photovoice: Assessing the influence of a Behavioral Health Program on Transition Age Youth” as part of the session, “Empowerment Evaluation: Insights, Reflections, and Implications.”
  • Glenn Landers presented “A Developmental Evaluation of Collective Impact in Colorado.”
The Georgia Health Policy Center had strong participation at the American Public Health Association annual meeting Oct. 29-Nov. 2, 2016, in Denver. Presentations included:


Harvey Newman wrote a guest column, “Andrew Young’s book on the ‘Making of Modern Atlanta’ describes the ‘Atlanta Way,’” in the Saporta Report, Nov. 1, 2016.

Dave Sjoquist and Lucia Smeal (J. Mack Robinson College of Business) were interviewed on The Biz/11Alive News after their presentations on “Grading the Candidates’ Tax Plans: What Will Clinton and Trump Do for You?”
Tom Mroz was interviewed on the WABE-Radio program, “Closer Look with Rose Scott and Jim Burress,” about his recent study on whether 2012 guidelines for federal school lunches are improving the nutrition of children in school, Nov. 2, 2016.
Joseph Hacker was interviewed for the WABE-Radio broadcast, “Survey: Traffic Still Top Anxiety for Atlanta Residents,” Oct. 28, 2016.

Eric Sevigny was quoted in The Verge article, “What Does Marijuana Legalization Mean for Stoned Driving,” Nov. 3, 2016.

Robbie Friedmann had the following media hits:

Paula Stephan was quoted in The Scientist article, “2016 Life Sciences Salary Survey,” Nov. 1, 2016.
The Georgia International Law Enforcement Exchange (GILEE) was referenced and Steven Heaton was quoted in the Rome News Tribune article, “More Than Dozen Israel Police Members Meet with Counterparts in Rome,” Nov. 2, 2016.

Dean's Council Spotlight on
Bill Bolling

Bill Bolling is founder of the Atlanta Community Food Bank (ACFB).  He served as ACFB’s executive director from 1979 until June 2015. Over the span of 36 years, he led the Food Bank's distribution of more than half a billion pounds of food and grocery products through a network of more than 600 local and regional partner nonprofit organizations that feed the hungry across 29 Georgia counties.
A charter member of Feeding America, the national network of food banks, Bolling was instrumental in the start-up of food banks across the country. He is a frequent speaker on topics related to hunger, poverty, regionalism, affordable housing and public policy reform. His skills in bridging various public sectors have made him a leader in strengthening the community to serve those most in need.
Prior to his association with ACFB, he served as director of community ministries for St. Luke's Episcopal Church in Atlanta.
Georgia Trend Magazine named Bolling their 2012 Georgian of the Year, and in 2015 he joined Georgia Trend’s Most Influential Hall of Fame. His awards include the 2015 Dan Sweat Award presented by Central Atlanta Progress, the 2015 Heroes, Saints and Legends Award presented by the Foundation of Wesley Woods, the 2014 Award for Distinguished Service presented by the Atlanta Business League, the 2009 Shining Light Award presented by Atlanta Gas Light and News/Talk 750 WSB, and the 2009 Beacon of Light Award presented by BoardWalk Consulting.

Student News

Congratulations to MPA students Anna Sexton and John Gunnells for their roles on Team 13, which won Georgia State’s uVenture Social Challenge on Oct. 21, 2016. This year’s uVenture Challenge – held by the Andrew Young School and Robinson College of Business – engaged students, along with faculty and nonprofit industry professionals as mentors and judges, in a social entrepreneurship challenge to benefit a nonprofit organization. The subject of their innovative social solutions this year was the Star-C nonprofit, which provides after-school care, wellness services and affordable housing for refugee families in Clarkston, Ga. Members of the winning team were mentored by Joseph Hacker.

Pictured in the photo (left to right) are: Joshua Morton, Tosin Olagunju, John Gunnells, Anna Sexton and Joseph Hacker.
Ph.D. student Christopher K. Wyczalkowski was quoted in The Christian Science Monitor article, “Atlanta, Where Cars Are King, Considers a New Transit Future,” Oct. 28, 2016. 


Congratulations to Renanda Dear who will receive her doctorate degree in Higher Education Administration from Georgia Southern University, Dec. 9, 2016.  
Did you know? In 1997, the school started offering the joint MPA/JD degree program; more than 30 students enrolled that year.
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