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100th Graduate of SPA's MPAP Program

Nicole Laible completed her online Master of Public Administration and Policy degree with the AU School of Public Affairs (SPA) in August 2018. She is the 100th graduate of the program. The 28-year-old received her bachelor’s degree in marine science and coastal environmental studies in 2012 from Stony Brook University and serves as the environmental project manager in the Division of Environmental Resources for the County of Rockland in Pomona, New York. She talked with SPA recently about her experience.
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SPA Assistant Professor Claudia Persico is currently studying the social and biological mechanisms underlying the relationships between poverty, the environment, and children’s cognitive development and health. The time between conception and birth is perhaps one of the most vulnerable life stages, during which the environment may have tremendous immediate and lasting effects on health. The fetus undergoes rapid growth and organ development and the maternal environment helps direct these processes, for better or for worse.

22 books published by SPA faculty in 2017-18

131 published academic journal articles written by SPA faculty in 2017-18

7,000 plus SPA media mentions in 2017-18

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Constitution Freedom of Speech

On Campus ·

Project on Civil Discourse Guest Lecture Examines First Amendment

Addressing an audience at AU as part of a lecture series on Oct. 17 sponsored by the AU SPA Project on Civil Discourse, Garrett Epps explained that he is a big believer in free speech — even when it’s difficult at times to tolerate.
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How Nations Attempt to Influence U.S. Members of Congress

A new book co-edited by AU School of Public Affairs Distinguished Professor James Thurber is perhaps the most timely and detailed study ever conducted of how other nations attempt to influence U.S. Members of Congress.
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Research Shows Deeper Knowledge Not Necessarily Motivating for Voters

Results from a new study by AU SPA Professor David Barker suggest the more people are encouraged to think deeper about issues, the worse democracy functions.
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A Closer Look

A Closer Look at SPA

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