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How Freedom of Information Act Requests Are Managed

Khaldoun AbouAssi, assistant professor in the AU School of Public Affairs, co-conducted an analysis of the Freedom of Information Act that reveals trends in how public administrators are managing compliance with the federal law.
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SPA Assistant Professor Receives Award for Research on Ethnic and Racial Disparities

Nathan Favero, SPA assistant professor, received an important award from the American Political Science Association for his work ethnic and racial disparities in the U.S.
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SPA Graduate Students Polish Research Skills in First-Ever Capstone Competition

A research project that analyzed K-12 public school funding formulas recently won the first-ever SPA Master of Public Administration poster competition this spring.
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New Book Examines How Terrorist Groups Become Allies

A new book, Why Terrorist Groups Form International Alliances, by SPA Assistant Professor Tricia Bacon, examines why some terrorist groups choose to work together.
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Nuclear explosion mushroom cloud. Yellow and orange fireball. Sharon Weiner will embark on a two-year fellowship to study deterrence and US nuclear weapons policy.

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Doomsday Scenarios: SIS Prof Sharon Weiner Talks Nuclear Weapons and Choices

With a prestigious fellowship, Weiner will examine why the US maintains a massive nuclear arsenal.
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Gene Discovery Boosts Understanding of Zebra Finch Biology

Using sophisticated genome-sequencing techniques, American University researchers identified a gene in the zebra finch that could pave the way for further research into what makes a bird male or female.
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Visiting Researcher Shares Latest on Efforts to Regulate Genetic Resources

Nicolas Pauchard of the University of Lausanne recently shared findings from his research on governing genetic resources at an SPA event.
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Aaron Torop, SPA/BA ’18, presenting research

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SPA Sponsors Six Undergraduate Students to Present Research at National Conference

For the third year in a row, SPA sponsored six students to attend the National Conference on Undergraduate Research.
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SPA to Host American Journal of Political Science, Among Other Top Research Journals

The American Journal of Political Science joins two other quarterly, peer-reviewed research publications that moved to SPA this year. SPA will host AJPS for one year.
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Mantled howler monkey on a tree branch in Costa Rica. To understand habitat quality, Dorian Russell observes mantled howler monkeys in the Costa Rican rainforest. Credit: Aspen Russell.

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In the Rainforest: Grad Student Found Costa Rica and a Passion

Dorian Russell is finishing her master’s in environmental science.
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