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College News Briefs For July 2019


The university’s communications team spotlighted international affairs/psychology dual major Lauren Moran, a presidential scholar who has participated in UROP and Global Scholars and recipient of support from the FSU Moellership program, which afforded her a summer internship in Honduras. Read the full article here.

Master of Public Health students Ellen Claire Newell and Ericha Stewart have spent part of their summer advocating for change in health policy. They have been lobbying on Capitol Hill as representatives of the American Public Health Association and meeting with staff of Florida Senator Marco Rubio on the passage of two important health bills to help the state prepare for and respond to the health effects of climate change, such as those experienced after Hurricane Michael.

The Florida Certified Public Manager (CPM) program honored 381 new graduates, bringing the total number of CPM graduates in Florida to approximately 6,641 — more than in any other state. The CPM program is a nationally-recognized leadership development program, currently delivered in 38 states. The purpose is to develop more effective public managers, thereby improving services to all taxpayers. The program is administered by the Florida Center for Public Management, which is part of the Askew School of Public Administration and Policy. These graduates have completed a rigorous two-year program.


Assistant Professor of Sociology Dawn Carr has been elected to a three-year term as Secretary/Treasurer of the Aging and the Life Course section of the American Sociological Association. She is affiliated with the Pepper Institute on Aging and Public Policy and the Institute for Successful Longevity.

The fifth edition of “Governing Health: The Politics of Health Policy” by Professors of Political Science William Weissert (director of the Master of Public Health program) and Carol Weissert (LeRoy Collins Institute director) has been published to reflect the changes in health policy that have occurred since the first edition was published in 1996. Read about it on our blog, which includes a link to purchase the book.

Associate Professor of Urban and Regional Planning Michael Duncan discussed the benefits and potential problems of e-scooters, which made their debut in Tallahassee this summer in a pilot program, on WFSU public radio. Duncan’s research interests include transportation planning and policy and planning for bikes and pedestrians. Listen to the full story here.

Dennis Smith, planner-in-residence at the Department of Urban and Regional Planning (DURP), addressed the Tallahassee Area Association of Environmental Professionals about activities within the department, recent studio projects, and post-Hurricane Michael efforts to develop long-term disaster recovery plan annexes for Panama City. In early summer, the DURP Summer Studio supported Panama City and Hagerty Consulting with town halls, focus groups and charrettes as part of the city’s recovery planning efforts. The department’s Barnebey Lab, in coordinations with other state agencies, has been providing technical assistance throughout the region, including sharing recent housing strategy development experience with the Gadsden County Housing Stakeholder Workshop.

A 1988 research paper by Professor of Economics Mark Isaac, co-authored with James Walker of Indiana University, has been chosen as one of the top 20 papers ever published in the field of experimental economics. “Group size effects in public goods provision: The voluntary contribution mechanism,” first published in the Quarterly Journal of Economics, investigated different aspects of the commonly asserted idea that large groups have a harder time providing public goods than small groups. The paper found that the supposition to be true when individuals in larger groups have less to gain from joining in providing the public good and more to gain from “free riding.” It is these incentive effects, Isaac and Walker argues, and not the number of people per se, that appear to be the most powerful force. The paper has been cited hundreds of times on Google Scholar and Web of Science.

COSSPP faculty are frequently quoted or referenced in news stories and scholarly articles on key issues of public policy and social science research. Here is a look at some of the most recent pieces to appear on line:
– Associate Professor of Sociology Dawn Carr on early retirement in Forbes
– Carr again, in an article on parents being jealous of their children’s success in Market Watch
– Associate Professor of Geography Christopher Uejio and College of Medicine Chair of Behavioral Sciences and Social Medicine Les Beitsch on their research into the impact of Hurricane Michael on child births in the Panhandle in the Tallahassee Democrat. Their work was also featured on News4 Jacksonville.
– Assistant Professor of Political Science Hans Hassell on “ballot bias” in Florida in the Washington Post
– Assistant Professor of Geography Sarah Lester‘s research on aquaculture cited in an article about offshore mussel farming in Chicago Tribune.
– Professor and Practitioner-in-Residence at the Askew School Gary VanLandingham quoted in an op-ed on evidence-based policy making in Governing