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Collins Institute Releases Report on Local Governments and Retiree Health Benefits

The Leroy Collins Institute released its newest report on the "Tough Choices Facing Florida's Governments" in February 2015.

The seventh installment of the institute's series of policy papers on government pensions, "Beyond Pensions: Florida Local Governments and Retiree Health Benefits," was authored by David Matkin, formerly of FSU and now at the University of Albany.

The paper's introduction says:

Planning Student Gets Externship with Aviation Expert

The Florida State University Career Center has partnered with Woodie Woodward, the former associate administrator of airports for the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), to provide an externship experience to a current FSU student.

Jackson Harris, a second-year graduate student in the urban and regional planning program, was selected by Woodward for this inaugural externship, lasting from January to December 2015. Jackson has previously completed two internships in airport management and hopes to build his career in Florida’s aviation and airport management industry.

Social Enterprise takes aim at migrant worker housing

Nearly 200,000 migrant and seasonal workers travel to work in Florida every year, and finding high quality, affordable housing is one of their chief challenges. The college’s DeVoe L. Moore Center is stepping into this difficult problem with an innovative, private sector solution that could help workers and growers in 33 Florida counties.

Career Center Liaisons Offer Drop-In Advising

Do you need help with your resume, cover letter, applying to graduate school, internship and job searching? If so, come to Drop-In Career Advising hours (no appointment necessary) with Charlie Ricker and Erin Keenan. We can help you with your career related needs.

Charlie Ricker:
Career Liaison to Political Science, Economics, and Sociology
Drop-In Career Advising Hours: Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays from 2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Sociology Prof Has New Book, Radio Interview

Deana Rohlinger (associate professor of sociology, research associate at the Pepper Institute of Aging and Public Policy) published a book in December 2014, Abortion Politics, Mass Media, and Social Movements in America (Cambridge University Press). Weaving together analyses of archival material, news coverage, and interviews conducted with journalists from mainstream and partisan outlets as well as with activists, this book reimagines how activists use a variety of media, sometimes simultaneously, to agitate for—and against—legal abortion.

5 Students Named to Garnet and Gold Society

Five students from the College of Social Sciences and Public Policy are among the 33 who were inducted into the Garnet and Gold Scholar Society for Fall 2014. The society recognizes the engaged, well-rounded student who excels within and beyond the classroom in leadership, professional, citizenship and/or research skills while building collaborative relationships in the academic, local, or global community.

ISS Course Preps Way for New Concentrations

The Interdisciplinary Social Science program will roll out two new areas of concentration in Fall 2015: Social Entrepreneurship and Public Policy. To support these new programs, we are introducing a new course, "Making Public Policy," which will be offered for the first time in the Spring 2015 semester.

18 Named as 2015 Social Science Scholars

Congratulations to the students selected for the 2015 Social Science Scholars cohort. We look forward to great things from these outstanding scholars.

Center Deploys Unmanned Aircraft in Jamaica

Our Center for Disaster Risk Policy (CDRP) undertook a project in Jamaica November 9-10, 2014, on the request of The Florida Association for Volunteer Action in the Caribbean and the Americas, Inc. (FAVACA) to provide aerial mapping assistance to several agricultural communities in the country's rural areas. These farms and communities are building resiliency and capacity to better support their populations before and after a disaster.

XS/FS Hosts National Conference

XS/FS, the Experimental Social Science Cluster at Florida State University, hosted the 2014 Economic Science Association (ESA) conference in Fort Lauderdale, FL, October 16-18, 2014.

ESA is a professional organization devoted to economics as an observational science, using controlled experiments to learn about economic behavior. The conference featured 220 papers presented by economists from across the U.S. engaged in the experimental field.