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New and Noteworthy

Lambright’s new book explores NASA’s Mars program
Lambright’s new book explores NASA’s Mars program
In his new book, Why Mars:  NASA and the Politics of Space Exploration, W. Henry Lambright explores the history of the robotic Mars exploration program and examines the politics and policies behind NASA’s multi-decade, billion-dollar quest. Read more.
Sezgin book on human rights wins ASA award
Sezgin book on human rights wins ASA award
Yuksel Sezgin, assistant professor of political science, has won the 2014 American Sociological Association Human Rights Section Gordon Hirabayashi Book Award for “Human Rights Under State-Enforced Religious Family Laws in Israel, Egypt and India.” Read more.
Maxwell Perspective Looks at 90 Years
Maxwell Perspective Looks at 90 Years
In anticipation of the 90th anniversary celebrations this fall, the new magazine explores how certain School values have changed (or not) over nine decades. Read the Perspective.
Schwartz on panel "Addressing America’s Poverty Crisis"
Schwartz on panel "Addressing America’s Poverty Crisis"
At a recent Hamilton Project summit on America’s poverty crisis, Professor Amy Ellen Schwartz participated in a panel discussion of policy options to support disadvantaged youth. There, she specifically discussed her proposal, "Expanding Summer Employment Opportunities for Low-Income Youth." Read more.
Steinberg participates in Aspen Ideas Festival
Steinberg participates in Aspen Ideas Festival
Dean James Steinberg, as a member of the Aspen Ideas Festival's panel of experts on the topic of "America in Decline?," said "talking about decline is a sign of decline. The world does need leadership, and when that withdraws, people start thinking about how they protect themselves." Read more.
Gadarian receives grant
Gadarian receives grant
Shana Gadarian, assistant professor of political science, has received funding from the Norway Research Council for a long-term study of the effect of terrorism on social capital in several countries. Read more.
"Sunday Conversations" features Catherine Bertini
"Sunday Conversations" features Catherine Bertini
Professor Catherine Bertini was interviewed for the Post-Standard's "Sunday Conversations" feature. In the interview, Bertini outlines successful negotiation practices, which she states begins with understanding "what the other party really needs."
"Strategic Reassurance and Resolve"
"Strategic Reassurance and Resolve"
The Wall Street Journal has reviewed Dean James Steinberg's new book and says its recommendations will "inevitably elicit strong debate in Washington and Beijing... But this debate is essential and increasingly urgent; postponing it will only make it harder for the two countries to circumscribe their competition down the road."
Ngee Ann Polytechnic students visiting Maxwell featured in Time Warner Cable News story
Ngee Ann Polytechnic students visiting Maxwell featured in Time Warner Cable News story
A group of twenty students from Ngee Ann Polytechnic (MAP) in Singapore visiting Maxwell as part of an education training program that introduces the students to the American college experience were recently profiled in the story, "Singapore Students Get a Taste of the United States."
"Contracting officers given overly high marks by Army"
"Contracting officers given overly high marks by Army"
Professor David Van Slyke and Nicholas Armstrong, INSCT Research Fellow, were quoted in a recent Washington Times article on above-average job-performance ratings for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.
YALI, visiting students featured in Time Warner Cable News story
YALI, visiting students featured in Time Warner Cable News story
Students visiting Maxwell as part of YALI, the Young African Leadership Initiative, are spotlighted in a story about  the program created by the federal government to aid in shaping young leaders on the African continent.
Keep Hope Alive
Keep Hope Alive
Dean James Steinberg co-authored an essay, "Keep Hope Alive: How to Prevent U.S.-Chinese Relations From Blowing Up," for the latest issue of Foreign Policy. In the article, Steinberg and Michael O'Hanlon investigate the factors undermining trust between the U.S. and China and how to keep potential conflict between the countries at bay.
New Mergel report published
New Mergel report published
Ines Mergel's new report, "A Manager’s Guide to Assessing the Impact of Government Social Media Interactions" was recently published by the IBM Center for the Business of Government. Mergel's report addresses the key question of how government should measure the impact of its social media use.
Maxwell welcomes first YALI class
Maxwell welcomes first YALI class
Beginning June 16, a group of 25 young leaders from across Africa will gather at Maxwell for a six-week program of study focusing on leadership and public administration.  The group, drawn from countries across Sub-Saharan Africa, is part of the Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders. Read more.
Students from Singapore attend training program at Maxwell
Students from Singapore attend training program at Maxwell
Twenty exceptional students from Ngee Ann Polytechnic (MAP) in Singapore will attend an education training program at the Maxwell school from June 16-26.  The program introduces the students to the American college experience and the social sciences, public affairs, and public policy. Read more.
Professor William Stinchcombe dies
Professor William Stinchcombe dies
William C. Stinchcombe, professor emeritus of history, passed away on Wednesday, June 11, 2014. He joined the faculty as an assistant professor in 1967, was named associate professor in 1971, full professor in 1979, and professor emeritus in 2009.  Read more.
Miriam Elman book published
Miriam Elman book published
Miriam Fendius Elman, associate professor of political science, along with anthropologist Madelaine Adelman from Arizona State University, has edited Jerusalem: Conflict and Cooperation in a Contested City (Syracuse University Press). Read more.
New Teaching Simulation and Cases published through E-PARCC
New Teaching Simulation and Cases published through E-PARCC
Three new award-winning teaching resources are available through E-PARCC.org, a collection of online cases and simulations offered by the Program for the Advancement of Research on Conflict and Collaboration (PARCC) at the Maxwell School.
Kurien wins prestigious award
Kurien wins prestigious award
Professor Prema Kurien was recently named the winner of the Award for Contribution to the Field, from the Section on Asia and Asian America. This prestigious national award will be presented to Kurien at the upcoming American Sociological Association conference.
"Between the devil and the deep blue sea"
"Between the devil and the deep blue sea"
An op-ed piece authored by assistant professor Osamah Khalil was published in The Hill. In the article, Khalil discusses the perilous journey many Palestinian refugees are undertaking as they flee war-torn Syria in record-numbers.
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