John D. Graham,Denvil Duncan, Venkata Nadella, Stacey Giroux, and Ashley Clark published an article in Transport Policy entitled “The road mileage user-fee: Level, intensity, and predictors of public support.” The article seeks to expand on existing research into public attitudes and acceptance of user fees for roads. A random sample surveyed of 2,087 U.S. adults found opponents outnumbered supporters by 4:1. Their research also concluded those in opposition felt strongly enough to take political action against adoption of the fees.
Todd Royer published an invited chapter in Stream Ecosystems in a Changing Environment. In his chapter, “Human dominated rivers and river management in the Anthropocene,” Royer discusses the philosophy of sustainable river management in the context of historic and emerging challenges for river management. He is using the chapter as the basis for a new graduate-level topics course called Sustainable River Management.
Dan Preston co-authored the “Blended Finance Transformation Map” unveiled at the World Economic Forum Annual Meeting in Davos, Switzerland. Transformation Maps are a dynamic system of contextual intelligence accessible to global decision makers to visualize, probe, and understand the changes reshaping our world. The goal of Preston and co-authors Philip Moss and James Forsyth of the World Economic Forum is to promote and support informed decision making.
Joanna Woronkowicz published an essay “Cultural Building Projects: Guidelines for Planning” in the National Endowment for the Arts publication, How to do Creative Placemaking. The publication provides insightful essays guiding community development decisions. In her essay, Woronkowicz offers practical advice to communities considering a cultural building project that aims to reduce surprises, headaches, and obstacles.
John Mikesell received one of Indiana’s highest honors: the Sagamore of the Wabash. Mikesell has served on the Revenue Forecast Technical Committee to prepare the forecast of revenue to be used in preparing the state budget for 40 years, helping the House Ways and Means Committee to achieve a record for accuracy admired by other states, and has worked regularly with state lawmakers in development of fiscal policies for the state.
Brad Fulton received the 2016 Outstanding Book Award from the Association for Research on Nonprofit Organizations and Voluntary Action (ARNOVA). With co-author Richard Wood (University of New Mexico), Fulton wrote A Shared Future: Faith-Based Organizing for Racial Equity and Ethical Democracy (University of Chicago Press).
Cheryl Hughes was elected to the board of the Indiana State Council of the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM). The board meets regularly to discuss how to advance the human resource profession in Indiana and best serve the members of the organization.
Claudia Avellaneda has arranged a weeklong conference at SPEA this summer for public officials from Brazil. The conference, arranged through Brazil’s National School of Public Administration (ENAP), will bring about 20 officials to IU from May 21 to May 28 for executive education workshops that will feature SPEA faculty. The conference will be an opportunity to strengthen relations between SPEA and Brazil’s civil servants.
Mark Norrell was appointed to a second term as chairperson of the Monroe County Board of Health. The board oversees the Monroe County Health Department. Accomplishments during Norrell’s first term include implementing Indiana’s second syringe exchange program (SEP), following Scott County’s HIV and hepatitis C epidemic.
Sameeksha Desai published “Measuring entrepreneurship: Type, motivation, and growth” in IZA World of Labor. Entrepreneurs contribute significantly to increasing economic activity, Desai argued. Policymakers seeking to encourage entrepreneurship would benefit from a better understanding of entrepreneurship measures which distinguish between the mode of entry, volume, type, and growth of a new venture. Desai categorized and explained key measures to help policymakers craft programs and policies that will result in desired outcomes.
SPEA faculty member Brian DeLong is coach of the IU Debate Team. The team, which includes several SPEA students, had an outstanding performance at two recent tournaments in California. The Hoosier debaters defeated teams from Harvard, Georgetown, Wake Forest, and other traditional forensics powerhouses. The major achievement and a program first came when IU qualified two teams to the top-32 elimination bracket in a tournament at CSU-Fullerton.
John D. Graham co-authored a recent article in Environmental Law Reporter News & Analysis: “EPA’s New Source Review Program: Time for Reform?” With Art Fraas of Resources for the Future and Jell Holmstead, a partner in Bracewell LLP, Graham examined the Clean Air Act program known as new source review (NSR). It affects virtually every major U.S. manufacturing facility and power plant. The authors concluded NSR provides important health and environmental benefits but has become an impediment to manufacturing growth and modernization. They suggest steps the EPA could take to reform NSR while maintaining its benefits.