SPPUA e-newsletter  |  Fall 2015
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Dear Friends,
The impact of the School of Public Policy and Urban Affairs continues to grow. Major new research shapes how public policy is taught and implemented. Our students and alumni win prestigious awards with their work and touch the lives of many across the nation and the globe. Our faculty attract significant grants and contracts that allow them to advance knowledge about critical social, economic and environmental issues.

This e-newsletter captures only a select set of these recent developments. More can be found on the School’s website or by following us on Facebook and Twitter. Watch for more news in our next issue of this e-newsletter. Stay connected. See how we grow. Experience the impact we have. Be part of the Northeastern University School of Public Policy and Urban Affairs community.

Matthias Ruth, director, School of Public Policy and Urban Affairs
Student Spotlight
“I’m excited to switch back to law school after being entrenched in public policy. It involves a different kind of writing and other kinds of rigors and routines,” says Jacob Fishman, the first student on track to complete the new, joint Masters of Science in Law and Public Policy (JD-MS) program.

Read the full story here.
Matthias Ruth, the school's new director, has been published again; this time, as co-editor of Place-Based Evaluation for Integrated Land-Use Management, a book on integrating planning projects with related issues such as housing, industry, environment and water.
A paperback edition of American Identity in the Age of Obama (Routledge) was issued in July. Focusing on the impact of President Obama’s election on “rhetorical mythmaking,” the book was co-edited by Amílcar Antonio Barreto, associate professor of Political Science, International Affairs, and Public Policy and Urban Affairs.
Routledge has published Urban Environmental Stewardship and Civic Engagement: How Planting Trees Strengthens the Roots of Democracy, co-edited by assistant professor of Public Policy and Political Science James Connolly.

In the Media

Newly appointed Co-Director of the Northeastern Masters in Security and Resilience Studies program, Daniel Aldrich, has made numerous appearances lately. Hear Aldrich talk about crime prevention on WBUR, Boston's NPR affiliate, and read an article on his new research by Richard Florida at The Atlantic's City Lab.

In addition, Aldrich was featured in an ABC NewsRadio program, “Japan in Focus;” his forthcoming book examines the aftermath of the 2011 nuclear disaster in Japan. He has also co-written an article for the Washington Post on Japan’s efforts to restart its nuclear power program.
The Boston Globe also recently profiled Aldrich. The piece focuses on his family's experience with Hurricane Katrina, both before and after.
Professor of Management, Healthcare Systems and Health Policy Timothy Hoff, also of the D'Amore-McKim School of Business, published a guest expert commentary in the nation's leading healthcare industry trade journal, Modern Healthcare. His piece discusses the evolving role of nurse practitioners in the U.S. healthcare system.
Associate Professor of Political Science Public Policy and Urban Affairs, Thomas J. Vicino, spoke to the Washington Post about the roots of the riots in Baltimore; his remarks were extensively quoted in Post columnist E.J. Dionne’s piece on the subject.
Brian Helmuth, pro­fessor of Envi­ron­mental Sci­ence and Public Policy at the Northeastern Marine Science Center, discussed his work and the review he pub­lished in the November 2014 Climate Change Responses, in a recent Q&A with news@Northeastern.


Nathan Peyton, MURP ’13, was appointed Deputy Chief of Staff to Stephanie Pollack, Secretary and CEO of the Massachusetts Department of Transportation. Pollack herself is a professor of practice in Law, Policy and Society at the School and was recently profiled by the Boston Globe.

2015 MURP grad Stephen Donovan was named a 2015 Fellow of the Kuehn Charitable Foundation.

Timothy Hoff, associate professor of Management, Healthcare Systems and Health Policy, was appointed a Visiting Associate Fellow at Oxford University’s Green Templeton College. Hoff has also been awarded a book contract from Oxford University Press to co-create a volume on changes in the U.S. health workforce.
Swinburne University of Technology in Melbourne, Australia, has launched a new experiential philanthropy course modeled after the Northeastern Students4Giving program. As part of Swinburne's Master of Social Investment and Philanthropy program, students will award $10,000 to nonprofit organizations.

Faculty Focus

Daniel O'Brien: Big Data and Broken Windows
Daniel O’Brien has a fondness for opening public policy students’ eyes to the many ways they can use Big Data to explore the behavioral and social dynamics of urban neighborhoods. “Everyone in urban research really needs to have the skills to engage with Big Data; it’s the new ecosystem we’re living in,” he says.

Read the full story here.
Q&A with Christopher Bosso: Food for Thought
Christopher Bosso’s areas of expertise include food and environmental policy, science and technology policy, and the governance of emerging technologies.

Q: What kinds of questions do you address in your work?
A: I’m interested, broadly, in how we as society try to balance the benefits of technologies and the benefits of producing goods and services with needs to protect public health and the environment. In my work on food systems, I don’t come at it as a nutritionist or an economist. My questions are political. Who decides food policy? How do they get a seat at the table—and who isn’t included?

Grants & Awards

Director Matthias Ruth, professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering Mehrdad Sasani and assistant professors of Civil and Environmental Engineering David Fannon and Matthew Eckelman have been awarded a $1.1 million National Science Foundation grant for “A Decision and Design Framework for Multi-Hazard Resilient and Sustainable Buildings.”
Professor of Management, Healthcare Systems and Health Policy, Timothy Hoff, and Gary Young, professor of Strategic Management and Healthcare Systems at D’Amore-McKim School of Business, have received a grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation to research payment reform in health care. The grant was awarded through the Foundation’s Changes in Health Care Financing and Organization program.
Director Matthias Ruth, with fellow Northeastern faculty professor Guevara Noubir and associate professor Kristian Kloeckl, received a Tier 1 Seed Grant for their proposal, "Institutional Data and Energy Flows: Revealing Drivers of Urban Energy Consumption Through Remote Sensing, Real-Time Systems Data Analysis, Dynamic Modeling and Data Visualization."

New to Our Team

We are thrilled to welcome Daniel Aldrich, who has taken a joint appointment as professor of Political Science and Public Policy and co-director of the Master Program in Resilience Studies. His expertise is in post-disaster recovery, policy and resilience and the interaction between civil society and the state. Aldrich, who earned his doctorate in political science from Harvard University, has been a Fulbright Research Fellow and an Abe Fellow at Tokyo University and as an AAAS Science and Technology Fellow with USAID.

Aldrich has examined post-disaster recovery in communities world­wide, with a focus on the importance of social capital.
Read more about Aldrich and meet the rest of our faculty members.

Upcoming Events

Open Classroom for the Community
This fall’s Myra Kraft Open Classroom series is devoted to examining the transformative decade of the 1960s. It is led by Professor Barry Bluestone, director of the Dukakis Center for Urban and Regional Policy, and Governor of Massachusetts Michael Dukakis of the Northeastern Political Science Department. Each Wednesday evening through December 9, experts will share their insights into this extraordinary decade.
Speaker Series: Lives in Law and Public Policy
The annual Speaker Series, sponsored by the School of Public Policy & Urban Affairs, will return in the fall. This program allows members of the Northeastern community to meet leading figures in the law and policy arena, such as:
• Massachusetts Governor Michael Dukakis, who teaches in the Northeastern Political Science Department
• Michael Goldman, political strategist and advisor to Mayor Walsh
• Joanne Goldstein, Massachusetts Labor Secretary
• Eric Lesser, current Massachusetts State Senator
Get all the details on these events here.

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