Dean's E-News | November 30, 2016
February 10, 2017
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Awards and Grants

RePEc/IDEAS, the world’s largest economics bibliographic database, ranked the Andrew Young School sixth internationally and fourth domestically – among the world’s top public policy schools for economic research productivity in December 2016.

The school’s Department of Economics held a No. 73 position in December. Month-to-month, as the rankings are updated, the Andrew Young School of Policy Studies sits among the world’s top one percent of the world’s 7,310 economic institutions for the volume of downloads and citations its research generates.

The Andrew Young School ranked highly among all global institutions in several fields:
  • Experimental: No. 11 (Top 1% in field)
  • Public Finance: No. 24 (Top 1.5% in field)
  • Education: No. 24 (Top 1.1% in field)
  • Urban/Regional: No. 47 (Top 1.5% in field)
  • Labor: No. 53 (Top 1.8% in field)
  • Environmental: No. 57 (Top 2.5% in field)
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The Georgia Division of Family and Children Services (DFCS), in partnership with the School of Social Work’s Professional Excellence Program, has been awarded $2 million by the Joseph B. Whitehead Foundation to develop the Child Welfare Training Collaborative (CWTC).
Ann-Margaret Esnard has agreed to serve on a National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine Committee for Measuring Community Resilience. Her term on the committee will continue through January 2019.
Ursula Davis was accepted into the National Council for Behavioral Health’s 2017 Addressing Health Disparities Leadership Program. She was one of 35 participants chosen for the program out of more than 120 applicants.


Barry Hirsch was a Hyatt panel participant in the forum, “The Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act and the Future of the Gender Wage Gap,” at the Vanderbilt Law School’s Program in Law and Economics in Nashville, Tenn., Jan. 23-23, 2017. In addition to the forum, he participated in Q&A in an Employment Discrimination Law class.


Carla Willis, William Rencher &  Melissa Haberlen (pictured), along with Sara Redd (doctoral student at Emory University, formerly with GHPC) and Suzanne Staebler (Emory University), presented "Healthcare Finance and Systems Thinking Learning Series" at the 2017 AcademyHealth National Health Policy Conference in Washington, D.C., on Jan. 31, 2017.

Glenn Landers participated in a panel discussion, “The Infrastructure of Health,” at the Health Means Business Forum in Columbus, Ga, Feb. 2, 2017. The plenary session was moderated by Richard Crespin from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation.

The Andrew Young School’s economics department and research centers were featured in the following media about its recent rankings:

Bruce Seaman was quoted in the Bisnow article, “Experts: Economic Impact Doesn’t 'Hinge' On Falcons, Braves Performance,” Feb. 3, 2017.


The Nonprofit Studies Program was referenced in the University of  Georgia’s Public Service and Outreach news article, “Leadership Training Helps Georgia Non-Profits Run More Efficiently and Effectively,” Feb. 6, 2017.

Alumni News

Salvatore Alaimo’s (M.S., Urban Studies/Nonprofit Management, ‘99) documentary, “What is Philanthropy,” is now available on DVD and Blu-Ray from the Indiana University Press website at:  Use the code FMG3XX to receive a special introductory 30% discount.

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



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