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Friday, August 28, 2015

Tuesday, September 1st is Augsburg College River Semester Day

Governor Dayton has proclaimed next Tuesday, Sept. 1, 2015, as Augsburg College River Semester Day. The semester long canoe trip down the Mississipi river will be lead by Professor Joe Underhill, a Political Science professor at Augsburg college who conceived the idea when he was a Humphrey Policy Fellow. He believes that the mounting disruptive effects of climate change and increasing carbon footprints have not been addressed in colleges and communities as they should be, and that "the disconnect between rhetoric and action mirrors a general tendency to disconnect and separate ourselves from the world around us. And we need schools that reconnect us to our local communities and environment, instead of isolating and separating us from them." 

On September 1st, 16 students, two guides, and two faculty will depart from Minneapolis in canoes, headed to New Orleans. The group will use a little propane for cooking, some gas for shuttles and buses along the way, and diesel for the train ride back but otherwise, reduce overall carbon use during the semester. Most nights the group will camp along the river and make occasional stops at hostels and motels along the way for showers and laundry. 
Read Professor Joe Underhill's full post about the program here, and read more about the River Semester here.   

Thursday, August 20, 2015

New report from Humphrey School professor identifies significant discrimination in home mortgage and small business lending

A new study conducted by Dr. Samuel Myers Jr., professor at the University of Minnesota’s Humphrey School of Public Affairs and chair of the Roy Wilkins Center for Human Relations and Social Justice, and a team of University of Minnesota and The New School for Social Research (New York) finds that people who identify and lower income and minorities feel the blunt of the "mortgage meltdown" more severely than non-minorities.

Their report, "Responsible Banking in the Twin Cities," was presented  August 20, 2015 to the Minneapolis City Council. Dr. Myers and his team of researchers have found that identified significant discrimination exists in home mortgage and small business lending.

“The surprising result is that some of the largest and most prominent local lenders in the Twin Cities area received low overall grades while some of the large market participants without offices in Minnesota had impressive scores,” says Dr. Myers. practices. 

Read the full release and report here.

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Humphrey School Professor Anu Ramaswami to lead a $12M research network to build sustainable, healthy, and livable cities

The University of Minnesota has received a $12 million dollar award from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to bring together a unique network of scientists, industry leaders, and policy partners committed to building better cities of the future.

The project is directed by Anu Ramaswami, professor at the Humphrey School of Public Affairs at the University of Minnesota, with co-directors Patricia Culligan at Columbia University and Armistead Russell at Georgia Institute of Technology. The network will connect across nine research universities, major metropolitan cities in the U.S. and India, as well as infrastructure firms, and policy groups.

The project includes 25 faculty members across the nine universities, and will involve more than 40 graduate students conducting research in cross-university interdisciplinary teams. Ten faculty members in the network are from the University of Minnesota, including six from the Humphrey School, three from the College of Science and Engineering, and one from the School of Public Health.

Read more.

Monday, August 10, 2015

Senator Patrick Leahy references op-ed written by current and former Deans on support for Iran nuclear agreement

Senator calls on U.S. history of negotiation efforts with Iran, voicing support and providing facts as to why he supports the Iran Nuclear Agreement. His statements reference an op-ed co-written by current Humphrey School Dean Schwartz and former Dean Brian Atwood, who have both previously served as Assistant Secretary of State.

Read Senator Leahy's commentary here.
Read op-ed by Dean Eric Schwartz and former Dean Brian Atwood here.

Thursday, July 30, 2015

HHH Faculty Carrie Oelberger gets an international shout out

Humphrey School faculty member Carrie Oelberger published an article in openGlobalRights about the impact of professionalization on international human rights organizations which received important discussion and a direct response from former Director of Human Resources at The International Committee of the Red Cross, Jacques Stroun. Read her article here.

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Swimming a 'luxury' to many minorities, immigrants - program aims to help

Professor Samuel Myers provides some valuable insight on the myth that "minorities don't swim" in this Pioneer Press article. Read more.

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Humphrey Alumna Joins Center for a New American Security

The Center for New American Security (CNAS) announced that Humphrey School Alumna Loren DeJonge Schulman (MPP '05) has joined the Center as the Leon E. Panetta Senior Fellow and Deputy Director of Studies. Loren was former Senior Advisor to National Security Advisor Susan Rice. In this new role she will be responsible for ensuring CNAS continues to produce rigorous and innovative policy research, and as the Panetta Senior Fellow, she will produce her own work on national defense strategy and reform. Read more.

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