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Numbers Hold Power

"After being in this program, I've learned to look at numbers with a new appreciation. I believe numbers hold power. Now I see how data analysis cuts straight to the core message and efficacy of a policy."
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Early Childcare Policy Explainer

SPA Assistant Professor Taryn Morrissey's work centers on examining and improving public policies for vulnerable children. Ongoing research examines the social determinants of food insecurity and obesity, and the impacts of neighborhood poverty and family instability on children's development. She is one of the authors of the book, Cradle to Kindergarten: A New Plan to Combat Inequality.

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17 books published by SPA faculty in 2015-16

100 published academic journal articles written by SPA faculty in 2015-16

5,000 plus SPA media mentions in 2015-16

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Six months after graduation,

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Results of Graduation Census as of six months after graduation for May graduates from 2015—2017.

Bradley Hardy speaking

Research ·

Research by SPA Associate Professor on Long-Term Impact of Government Assistance Wins "Best Article"

SPA Associate Professor Bradley Hardy has been honored with the Best Article Award from WEAI for his research on the long-term impact of government assistance on Americans who find themselves caught in the cycle of economic expansion and recession.
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Doctor and nursing home residents

Research ·

Paper Finds Nursing Home Staff Skilled in Diversity Provide Better Care

Managers who consider diversity and hire employees skilled in caring for diverse clientele have better facilities with fewer regulatory violations, according to a paper to be published in Public Administration Review by four SPA authors.
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Education ·

New AU Master’s Degree Program Prepares Students for Number One Job in the U.S.

The demand for data scientists is “astronomical and growing,” according to Jeff Gill, distinguished professor at the AU School of Public Affairs (SPA) and the director of the school's new Center for Data Science.
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SPA Faculty in the News

  • Assistant Professor of Public Affairs, Chris Edelson, spoke to the Christian Science Monitor about the 2016 Trump Tower meeting.

  • Capri Cafaro, Executive-in-Residence in the School of Public Affairs, spoke to USA Today about what impact a report on the Russia investigation could have on upcoming elections.

  • Professor of Government, James Thurber, spoke to The Wall Street Journal about the investigations regarding Michael Cohen's business dealings.