Dean's E-News | November 30, 2016
January 31, 2017
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Awards and Grants

Karen Minyard was unanimously selected by the AcademyHealth Board of Directors to serve as chair-elect for the Committee on Advocacy and Public Policy for 2017.


Brandon Attell. (2016). Disparities in health insurance coverage among children and young adults in Georgia and the U.S.  Journal of the Georgia Public Health Association,  6(2), 155-57.



Several Andrew Young School faculty and Ph.D. students made the following presentations at the 45th Annual Association for Research on Nonprofit Organizations and Voluntary Action (ARNOVA) Conference in Washington, D.C., Nov. 16-18, 2016. 

Janelle A. Kerlin (pictured), did the following:

  • Served as a panelist in the Pre-Conference Session, "Civil Society Associations, Civil Discourse and the Public Good," Values, Religion, Altruism, and Drawbacks Section (VRADS).”
  • Presented with Tracy Shicun Cui (Ph.D. student, Public Management & Policy) and Shuyang Peng, “Social Enterprise and Institutional Innovation in China: Challenges to Institutional Isomorphism?”
  • Presented with Emre Muhammet Coskun (Ph.D. student, Public Management & Policy) and Jon Durnford, “An Analysis of U.S. INGOs' Program Allocations: Is Poverty a Priority?”
  • Presented with Sandy Zook (Ph.D. student, Public Management & Policy), "An International View on the State of Social Enterprise in the U.S.: Findings from the ICSEM U.S. Project," at the Social Enterprise and Entrepreneurship Section (SEES) Colloquy.
  • Presented with Joannie Tremblay-Boire, Emre Muhammet Coskun and Jon Durnford, "The INGO-Government Relationship: What Does it Mean for International Aid?” 
Tracy Shicun Cui presented "Social Enterprise Development in China: Assessing Kerlin's Macro-Institutional Social Enterprise Framework." 
Joannie Tremblay-Boire presented "Do Philanthropic Foundations Follow their Country’s Foreign Policy Priorities? A Comparative Analysis." 
Sandy Zook presented "Level of the Playing Field: Funding Arts Organizations at the Federal, State, and Local Levels," co-authored with Jung-In Soh (Ph.D. student, Public Management & Policy).
Jung-In Soh presented "Collaboration and the Financial Health of Arts Nonprofit Organizations during the Great Recession." 

School of Social Work faculty members presented the following at the 19th Annual Meeting of the Society for Social Work and Research in New Orleans, Jan. 13-18, 2017: 

Robin Hartinger-Saunders (pictured), Susan Snyder and colleagues made a poster presentation, “An Examination of Mediators Between Victimization and Offending Among Young Men: The Application of General Strain Theory.”
Susan Snyder also presented the following papers with Darcey Merritt (New York University’s Silver School of Social Work):
  • “Is Inhalant Use Influenced by Youths' Perceptions of How Well Their Caseworkers Listen?
  • “Risk Factors for Inhalant Use Among Child Welfare System Involved Adolescents”
Kristie Seelman and Terri Lewinson presented the paper, “Sexual Minority Seniors: Coping Strategies for Health Needs in Late Life.”
Kristie Seelman also presented with other authors the paper, “Physical, Mental, and Sexual Health Among Transgender Adults: Domestic and Global Implications for Research and Practice.”
Susan Snyder made the following presentations:
  • With Darcey Merritt presented a poster, “Contextual Factors Related to the CRAFFT Scale: Correlates of Adolescent Risky Behaviors,” at the American Public Health 2016 Annual Meeting & Expo, in Denver, Oct. 31, 2016.  
  • With Robin Hartinger-Saunders presented a paper, “Factors Influencing High-Risk Substance Use Behaviors among Child Welfare-Involved Runaway Youth,” at the Council on Social Work Education’s 62nd Annual Program Meeting, in Atlanta, Nov. 3-6, 2016.
Debra Kibbe served on the “Education: Early Childhood Education and School-based Physical Activity" panel with Christi Kay from HealthMPowers and Mike Tenoschok from the Georgia Department of Education Health & PE at the Association of State and Territorial Health Official’s State Health Leadership Initiative Winter Meeting in Phoenix, Ariz., Dec. 5, 2016.
James Dills (pictured) and Michelle Rushing presented “Affordable Housing and Health: Using HIA to Enhance Georgia's Qualified Allocation Plan for Low Income Housing Tax Credits” at the Healthy Places Research Group Meeting at Georgia Tech’s Center for Quality Growth and Regional Development in Atlanta, Nov. 15, 2016.

Andrea Young was featured in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution article, “Andrea Young Takes Over ACLU Georgia: ‘A Dream Job for Me’,” Jan. 23, 2017.

Paula Stephan was interviewed on the Science for the People podcast—“STEM Pipeline #405,” Jan. 20, 2017.
James Marton was quoted in the Undark article, “Trump Warms to Health Insurance for All,” Jan. 19, 2017.
Ross Rubenstein was quoted in The Signal article, “Georgia Students Pay High Fees for Public Colleges’ Funding Cuts,” Jan. 17, 2017.
Kenneth Heaghney was quoted in the Atlanta Business Chronicle article, “State Economist: Georgia's Economic Outlook Positive in 2017,” Jan. 17, 2017.
Bruce Seaman was quoted in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution article, “Casinos in Georgia could be Burden on Local Governments, Study Says,” Jan. 11, 2017.
Neven Valev and his research team’s latest data on retail fuel prices around the world was featured on in the following international media:
Kristi Fuller was mentioned in the winter 2017 issue of the Georgia Council on Developmental Disabilities’ magazine, Making a Difference, (page 4), regarding the Money Follows the Person PhotoVoice Exhibit the Georgia Health Policy Center hosted in November.
Kathryn Lawler discussed regional health transformation in Atlanta on WABE’s Closer Look (3:07) on Jan. 19, 2017.
Community and Special Events

During Sally Wallace’s annual visit to Pretoria, South Africa, she caught up with two Summer 2016 YALI alums, Molatelo Isabella Motsepe (left) and Sibongile Abigail Dhlamini (right). Wallace teaches a master’s course and advises doctoral students in the African Tax Institute of the University of Pretoria, where she holds an appointment as an “extraordinary professor.” Wallace also followed up on the Andrew Young School’s joint global cities research project on municipal government finance.

It was AYSPS Day at GSU's Men's and Women's Basketball games on January 21st.  
AYS Dean Mary Beth Walker (pictured center) is enjoying the festivities with AYS faculty, staff and friends.
AYS senior Criminal Justice & Criminology major and GSU football player, Wil Lutz, was featured on the monitors during the game.

Student News

Wil Lutz (B.S., Criminal Justice & Criminology, ’17) was named to the Pro Football Writers Association’s All-Rookie Team. 

Alumni News

Rebecca Richard (M.S.W., ‘14) was recently named vice president of development and marketing of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Georgia.

Upcoming Spring Events

The Dan Sweat Lecture Series

“Can Online Higher Education Replace Traditional Instruction”
WHO:            David N. Figlio, Northwestern University
WHEN:          Feb. 21, 2017
WHERE:       Andrew Young School of Policy Studies
                      14 Marietta St., NW, 7th Floor
                       Atlanta, GA  30303
COST:            Free
CONTACT: or 404-413-0115


Congratulations to Andrew Young, Harvey Newman and Andrea Young on having their book, Andrew Young and the Making of Modern Atlanta, nominated for the 53rd Georgia Author of the Year Award in the History category. 

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