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

Sally Wallace has been appointed associate editor of International Tax and Public Finance, a journal which “serves as an outlet for, and seeks to stimulate, first-rate research on both theoretical and empirical aspects of tax policy, broadly interpreted to include expenditure and financial policies.” Check out this journal at:

Cathy Yang Liu has been appointed managing editor for the Journal of Urban Affairs, the official journal of the Urban Affairs Association that focuses on urban research and policy analysis. Liu is also editing a special issue:  â€œUrban Transformation in Asia and the Pacific Rim: Economic Transitions, Institutions, and Development Policies.” Check out this journal at:

Janelle A. Kerlin received the 2016 Outstanding Reviewer Award for the Social Enterprise Journal.

Grace O (pictured) and Shelby Frost are leading the Department of Economics’ participation in a $515,000 grant received by Georgia State University through the Association of Public and Land Grant Universities. The grant, funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, will be used over a three-year period to personalize learning and improve undergraduate education through adoption of high-quality adaptive courseware. GSU was one of seven public universities across the nation to receive the grant. Learn more at


Andrew Feltenstein & Plassman, F. (2016). How Large Do Multi-Region Models Need To Be? Journal of Policy Modeling. 38(1), 138-155.



Bill Rencher (right) and Kristi Fuller (left) presented, “The New Medicaid Home and Community Based Services Settings Rule: What You Need to Know,” at the Georgia Gerontology Society annual meeting on Jekyll Island, Ga., on August 10, 2016.
Janelle A. Kerlin  and Shicun (Tracy) Cui (PhD student, Public Policy) presented, "Social Enterprise Development in China: A Macro Institutional & Diffusion of Innovation Perspective," on June 29, 2016, at the12th International Conference of the International Society for Third-Sector Research in Stockholm, Sweden.

Community and Special Events

Sharon Hill (second row on the right) is pictured below with President Barack Obama and university participants from around the country at the Presidential Summit for the Mandela Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders Initiative (MWF-YALI). The Summit is the culminating event where President Obama thanked the program directors from the 40 participating universities.  This summer, for the second year in a row, the Andrew Young School hosted 25 MWF-YALI participants. Hill served as the program director for this year’s program.  The Initiative is a program started by President Barack Obama in 2015.


Bruce Seaman was quoted in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution article, “A Tale of Two Atlanta Stadiums: Political Fortunes, Fall in Deals,” August 13, 2016.

Paula Stephan was quoted in the Chemistry World article, “The Human Element,” August 17, 2016.
Bart Hildreth was quoted in The Bond Buyer article, “Why Dealers and Academics Are Clashing Over MSRB Trade Data Proposal,” August 11, 2016.

Tim Sass was quoted in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution article, “Online Schools Not Yet Making Grade,” August 22, 2016.

Sri Mulyani Indrawati, who served as a visiting professor in the Andrew Young School between 2000 and 2002, was featured in The Financial article, “Minister of Finance of Indonesia, Sri Mulyani Indrawati, Becomes Development Committee Chair [for World Bank],” August 17, 2016.

The Georgia International Law Enforcement Exchange (GILEE) was cited in an Atlanta Police Department news release, “Atlanta Police Share Best Practices with International Law Enforcement: Host officials from the Bahamas and Israel,” August 24, 2016.


The Office of Academic Assistance welcomed three new staffers:
  The Georgia Health Policy Center welcomed two new staffers:
  • Coleman Tanner is a research associate II on the Community Health Systems Development team.
  • Teri Wheaton is a marketing manager.

Student News

Jane Daquin , pictured, (Ph.D. candidate, Criminal Justice & Criminology, ‘17) and Samantha Donovan (B.S., Criminal Justice & Criminology, ’16), respectively received Outstanding Graduate Student and Outstanding Undergraduate Student Awards from the Southern Criminal Justice Association.

Alumni News

Lorenzo Almada, pictured center, (Ph.D., Economics, ’14) organized and directed the Fragile Families Summer Data Workshop at the School of Social work at Columbia University.  Fernando Rios Avila, right, (Ph.D., Economics, '13), & Qihua Qiu, left, (Ph.D. candidate, Economics), also participated in the workshop. 
Ashley Long (B.S., Criminal Justice & Criminology, ’16) is now working for the Henry County Magistrate Court.
Did you know? In 2001, Professor Ronald Cummings was named a Georgia Research Alliance Eminent Scholar
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