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Beth Gazley received Indiana University’s W. George Pinnell Award for Outstanding Service. The award was established in 1988 to honor faculty considered shining examples of dedication and excellence in service to others. Gazley was selected from more than 4,000 faculty members on all eight campuses based on nominations.

Jim Perry received the 2018 Routledge Prize for Outstanding Contributions to Public Management Research. The award is bestowed by the International Research Society for Public Management (IRSPM) to a scholar for career-long achievement in public management and public administration. Perry joins an illustrious and influential list of Routledge recipients and has been invited to the IRSPM conference in Edinburgh, Scotland in April to receive the prize in person.

Kosali Simon co-authored an article in Economics Letters. In “Demand for Health Insurance Marketplace Plans Was Highly Elastic in 2014-2015,” the authors analyze changes within Health Insurance Marketplaces, which began operating for the 2014 Affordable Care Act plan year. Although enrollment initially grew in these markets, enrollment has fallen recently amid insurer exits and rising premiums.

Brad Fulton published an article in the Journal of Muslim Philanthropy and Civil Society. Fulton’s article, “Fostering Muslim Civic Engagement through Faith-Based Community Organizing,” addresses a topic rarely researched – Muslim American civic engagement. His analysis of data from a national study indicates that faith-based community organizing is becoming a viable pathway for promoting civic engagement among Muslim Americans.

Public Policy Institute Director Tom Guevara was appointed to the Innovation Policy Forum at the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. The Forum brings together representatives of government, industry, national laboratories, research institutes and universities – foreign and domestic – to exchange views on current challenges and opportunities for U.S. innovation policy, and its potential impact on the composition of the U.S. economy.

Chris Craft published an article, “Enhancing protection of vulnerable waters,” in Nature Geoscience. The 2015 Clean Water Rule was intended to extend federal protections to freshwater streams and wetlands, especially impermanent streams and wetlands outside floodplains, but has yet to be implemented. In the article, Craft and 24 co-authors from many institutions discuss three approaches to protecting these ecologically important aquatic systems.

Doctoral student Stefan Carpenter and David Konisky co-authored an article in Oryxthe International Journal of Conservation: “The killing of Cecil the Lion as an impetus for policy change.” Cecil was shot and killed in Zimbabwe in 2015, sparking international media attention and causing outrage among conservationists. Carpenter and Konisky measured public interest in Cecil’s death to determine if it was the type of focusing event that leads to policy change. They found that interest in lion conservation throughout the world spiked in the weeks following the incident but it had only a limited impact on policy changes to restrict trophy hunting in the United States and abroad.

Anthony Liu co-authored an article published in the Journal of Environmental Economics and Management: “The Effect of Subway Expansions on Vehicle Congestion: Evidence from Beijing.” The authors used a regression-discontinuity framework to determine if public transportation reduces vehicle congestion. They examined the effect of six subway openings on short-run congestion in Beijing between 2009 and 2015 and determined that vehicle congestion drops sharply immediately after new subway openings.

Justin Ross authored an article in Public Administration Review: “Unfunded Mandates and Fiscal Structure: Empirical Evidence from a Synthetic Control Model.” Ross examines a Florida constitutional amendment that limited unfunded state mandates on municipal and county governments. Using the synthetic control model, a technique for drawing causal inferences from case studies, Ross estimates the effect of the amendment.

Shahzeen Attari co-authored an article in Sustainability: “Farmer perceptions of water related to conflict in Zambia.” Attari and her co-authors studied the relationship between climate change, water scarcity, and conflict. By surveying farmers in Zambia, the authors learned how farmers define and perceive conflict and how they perceive rainfall and water availability.

Sameeksha Desai published an article in Geography Compass: “Economic effects of terrorism: Local and city considerations, priorities for research and policy.” Desai notes that the economic effects of terrorist attacks are difficult to assess because terrorism is highly local. She says policymakers are increasingly interested in economic resilience to terrorism but have little scholarship to guide decisions in local and urban economies.

Allison Schnable received the 2017 RGK-ARNOVA President’s Award for her proposed research “Balancing the Professional with the Expressive: Organizational Learning and Grassroots International NGOs.” The $10,000 prize supports basic research and theory building in the field of philanthropic, nonprofit and voluntary action studies.

Amanda Rutherford and Tom Rabovsky published an article in Public Administration Review. “Does the Motivation for Market-Based Reform Matter? The Case of ResponsibilityCentered Management (RCM)” focuses on a higher education funding model used by many doctorate-granting private and public institutions. Rutherford and Rabovsky analyze factors that make an organization more likely to adopt RCM and whether this type of system has implications for organizational performance.

Amina Salamova received a $490,400 award from the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (National Institutes of Health). With several other researchers, Salamova will investigate exposures, endocrine effects, and mechanisms of developmental disruption associated with legacy contaminants and emerging flame retardant chemicals in children of two Yupik communities on St. Lawrence Island in arctic Alaska. The Arctic is subject to atmospheric deposition of persistent organic pollutants and contains some of the most highly contaminated animals and people in the world.

Doctoral student Gabriel Piña and Claudia Avellaneda published an article in Public Management Review: “Municipal isomorphism: testing the effects of vertical and horizontal collaboration.” Piña and Avellaneda used neo-institutional theory to explore whether local governments in Chile emulate their peers when bound through collaborative agreements and/ or scrutinized by central government with top-down pressure.

Dawne DiOrio co-authored an article in Sexually Transmitted Diseases: “Social Vulnerability in Congenital Syphilis Case Mothers: Qualitative Assessment of Cases in Indiana.” With co-authors, DiOrio examined socioeconomic and behavioral factors among women giving birth to an infant with syphilis. The article recommends that high-risk pregnant women receive additional social and material support to prevent a congenital syphilis case.

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