1 Department of Public Policy D P P. U C O N N. E D U N E W S L E T T E R Curriculum & Internships Prepare Graduates for Public Financial Management MPA Graduate Hired at Moody s A er Finance Internship with the City of New London, CT Charlie Martin set the bar for interns in New London, CT. Martin, who earned his Master of Public Administration (MPA) degree from UConn in May 2011, served as an intern with the city s finance director during the academic year. Word of Martin s strong performance spread quickly. We had a department heads meeting and one of them said to me, How can I get a Charlie Martin? said James Lathrop, New London s finance director. Charlie handled himself way beyond expectations. The Department of Public Policy s (DPP) Internship and Professional Practice (IPP) program, designed to provide MPA candidates the opportunity to apply coursework outside the classroom, currently awards students a stipend and tuition waiver in return for working 15 hours a week. Host organizations pay a fee to participate. In New London s case, Lathrop needed work on long-term projects that employees did not have time to undertake. Martin analyzed city energy usage, set up a departmental charge-back system for gasoline, and helped solicit and evaluate energy bids. His work resulted in a 15 percent annual energy savings. In addition, he helped us structure the long-term debt and analyze how it affects the budget, said Lathrop. Martin also assisted (See Finance on page 11) To learn about becoming an IPP employer, call the UConn Department of Public Policy at or visit dpp.uconn.edu. Charlie Martin (right), MPA 11, in class during his final semester. UConn Public Finance MPA Concentration or Certificate Sample Course Offerings: Financial Management for Public & Nonprofit Organizations Capital Financing & Budgeting Budgeting in Public Service Organizations Investment Analysis Labor Relations & Public Financial Management Internship & Professional Practice (IPP) DPP partners with organizations to offer qualified graduate students year-long positions that further organizational goals and develop student skills. Placements include: Boards of Education Nonprofit Organizations Foundations State Agencies Town Managers Offices University Administration Offices Department of Public Policy 2011 Newsle er Department Head Message 2 Student Achievements 4 Research: Implicit Racial Bias 5 Student Service: New Orleans 6 Survey Research Goes Online 7 Professional Partnerships 8 Careers: Emergency Planning 9 Faculty Highlights 10 The MPA Capstone 11 Department Welcomes 3 New Faculty Members Teaching & Research Capacity Expands The Department welcomed three new faculty members to its ranks this year, making for a comprehensive roster of 10 full-time and 7 affiliated faculty with a wide range of expertise (see page 10). Beth Neary arrived in January 2011 while completing her PhD in policy analysis and public finance from Indiana University. In August 2011, Edith J. Barrett joined the Department and now leads UConn s Urban and Com- munity Studies program. Erin Melton also arrived in August 2011 after completing her PhD in political science at Texas A&M University. For more information on the new faculty members, see pages 3 and 10 or visit dpp.uconn.edu.
2 PAGE 2 A Message From the Department Head In this turbulent but exciting environment, the Department is flourishing. Associate Professor Amy Donahue, Department Head Greetings, alumni and friends of the Department of Public Policy (DPP)! Another year of activity and accomplishment is already behind us and we look forward to new opportunities ahead. As you all know, this is an especially challenging year for Connecticut state agencies, including UConn, which faces a budget cut of $50 million or more. This cut touches all units and means that the Department must be especially frugal and make careful choices about how to use resources that will be lean for some time to come. It is also a time of change at UConn. Most notably, we welcomed Dr. Susan Herbst as the 15th university president on June 1, Also on June 1, Dr. Michael Menard took over leadership of the Greater Hartford Campus, where DPP is located, as interim director for the academic year. And UConn s Graduate School has new leadership in the form of Dr. Charles (Skip) Lowe, formerly head of the Psychology Department. In this turbulent but exciting environment, the Department is flourishing. We spent considerable effort this year on the successful reaccreditation of our Master of Public Administration (MPA) program. In May 2011, the largest cadre of students ever made the service trip to New Orleans for what has become an annual post-katrina rebuilding project. By August 2011, we had three new faculty members join us, a very robust cohort of new MPA students started the program (see table on page 3), and the Graduate Program in Survey Research (GPSR) launched in its fully online configuration. On top of this, two members of our faculty were promoted this year: Dr. Mark Robbins to full professor and Dr. Thomas Craemer to associate professor with tenure. Congratulations to them both! We will tell you more about our latest news in the pages that follow, but let me briefly highlight major news in our two graduate programs. Survey Research Moves Online Our Graduate Program in Survey Research is going strong under the very capable leadership of Program Director Dr. Jennifer Dineen. In January 2010, we announced that the Provost funded our proposal to reconfigure our existing Master of Arts in Survey Research to offer it entirely online, thereby reaching an international market of survey research experts seeking advanced education and graduate credentials. Our intent is to blaze a new trail in the College of Liberal Arts and Science (CLAS) with robust, innovative, high-quality online graduate offerings that have global reach, and which are selfsustaining. We began to pilot test courses in spring 2011 with a limited set of blended-format courses. Already the program has generated substantial interest and is admitting students. We launched a complement of fully online courses in August 2011 to students pursuing individual courses, a graduate certificate, or a master s degree. The courses are led by four DPP faculty members with expert support from Dr. Marie-Pierre Huguet, an experienced instructional designer who joined CLAS in fall MPA Reaccredited Meanwhile, the MPA program spent the academic year undergoing a successful reaccreditation. UConn s MPA program was first accredited by the National Association of Schools of Public Affairs and Administration (NASPAA) in Accreditation must be renewed every seven years but this time there was a twist. As required by the Council for UCONN DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC POLICY
3 DPP.UCONN.EDU PAGE 3 Higher Education Accreditation, NASPAA recently produced a new and very different set of accreditation standards. Notably, UConn was selected as one of five programs to pilot test the new standards and procedures. Professor Bill Simonsen led the Department s reaccreditation process and submitted a self study for NASPAA in fall A NASPAA site visit team arrived at UConn in March 2011 and, after a strongly positive report, the Commission on Peer Review and Accreditation reaccredited the program in July Our sincere thanks to Bill, as well as to the many alumni, employers, and students who participated in our reaccreditation. Three New Faculty Statistics Fall 2011 MPA Class Pro ile 29 Incoming 11 MPA Students 3.55 Average Undergrad GPA 552 Average Verbal GRE 592 Average Quantitative GRE 24 % UConn Bachelor s 52 % Women 72 % Full-Time 27 Average Age 21 Average Class Size 78 Total Enrolled MPA Students include: AmeriCorps Volunteers Community Leaders Consultants JD & MBA Degree Holders Members of the Military Teachers Example Undergraduate Majors: Economics Human Development International Studies Political Science Urban Planning Social Work Finally, an enthusiastic welcome to our new tenured and tenure-track faculty members. Dr. Beth Neary is already at home at UConn, having joined the Department as an instructor in January She came to us from Indiana University, where she completed her doctoral work in 2011 with concentrations in policy analysis and public finance, coupled with a doctoral minor in decision sciences from the business school. Beth studies the efficacy of anti-poverty programs directed at families with young children. Specifically, she uses econometrics and simulation methodologies to evaluate the ability of social insurance and employer-provided paid family leave programs to reach low income families. We were also lucky to hire Dr. Erin Melton, who recently finished her doctoral work at Texas A&M University. Her research concerns race and ethnic politics in public administration and public policy. She has published work that assesses the ways that organizations contend with contextual differences, such as diversity among the employees or the presence of public managers who are racial or ethnic minorities. Finally, Professor Edith J. Barrett joins UConn from the University of Texas at Arlington to direct the Urban and Community Studies program. Her research is in the area of forced relocation of low-income public housing residents and she studies urban public policy, especially adolescent issues, education, housing, and social welfare. I will leave the balance of the news to the pages that follow. We hope you enjoy reading about our recent accomplishments! If you have questions or ideas, please don t hesitate to be in touch with me. Warm Regards, Amy K. Donahue Department Head
4 PAGE 4 Student Experiences & Accomplishments In the academic year, UConn s public policy graduate students continued to build strong skill sets in management, finance, economics, and a host of other areas through the Department s program offerings. Notably, 17 MPA students participated in the Internship and Professional Practice (IPP) program for competitive year-long opportunities in a variety of fields. The Department was pleased to partner with the following organizations to enhance student learning and advance organizational objectives: The Alford Group; Charter Oak State College; the cities of New Haven, Newington, and New London (see IPP profile on page 1); Fidelco Guide Dog Foundation; Hartford Youth Scholars Foundation; Newington Board of Education; Travelers Foundation; Universal Health Care Foundation of Connecticut; and the University of Connecticut s Human Resources Department, Office of Service Learning, Greater Hartford Dean of Students Office, and the Office of the Chief Operating Officer. MPA students also participated in the Department s Capstone course, completing research projects for a variety of organizations. (see Capstone profile on page 11) Thank you to all our valued partners. Support UConn s Public Policy Students Donate Today: dpp.uconn.edu/giving Albert Ilg Award Sarah Geary, MPA Student Awards Mort Tenzer Fellowship Joseph Antelmi, MPA 12; Vijay Chowdhari, MPA 12; Simon Gumkowski, MPA 12; Jessica Legnos, MPA 12; Kathryn Rock, MPA 11 CT American Society for Public Administration Scholarship Award Linda Hodge, MPA & MSR 12; Jessica Legnos, MPA 12 CT Government Finance Officers Association s John T. Walsh Scholarship Timothy Little, MPA 12 Dean Ross MacKinnon Fellowship Jessica Legnos, MPA 12 Catherine E. Pardee Award Matthew Cole, MPA 12 Karl A. Bosworth Award Kathryn Rock, MPA 11 David B. Walker Outstanding Service Award Chelsea Ross, MPA 11 Survey Research Academic Excellence Award Jake Soffronoff, MPA & MSR 11 Survey Research Outstanding Student Award Beau Anderson, MPA & MSR 11 Best Capstone Award Janice Castle, MPA 11; Amanda Miller, MPA 11; Matthew Robinson, MPA 11 UCONN DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC POLICY
5 DPP.UCONN.EDU Research Focus: Thomas Craemer PAGE 5 Thomas Craemer, Associate Professor, rebuilds homes in New Orleans Lower Ninth Ward (right). Measuring Implicit Racial Bias Have you ever grown tense when approached by someone of another race? After a moment of embarrassment, did you wonder, Am I racist? That is the question DPP Associate Professor Thomas Craemer is investigating using reaction time tasks that tap racial attitudes at the implicit level, even when respondents are unwilling or unable to report them. Race clearly matters, he said. And it may matter in several ways. Measured at the implicit level, problack attitudes appear to coexist with anti-black bias among the same respondents at the same time. To detect anti-black bias, Craemer displays pictures of black and white faces on a computer screen immediately followed by a word unrelated to race, such as joy or funeral. The respondent s task is to indicate as quickly as possible whether the word has a positive or negative meaning. What is more, the faces flash so briefly that the respondent has no idea the pictures are even there. The results are disheartening, Craemer said. Most respondents recognize a positive word more quickly when it follows a white compared to a black face. And they recognize a negative word more quickly when it follows a black compared to a white face. Not only white respondents, but also many African Americans and respondents of other backgrounds display this anti-black reaction-time bias. One possible interpretation is that we have been culturally trained in our responses, he said. Craemer also finds pro-black attitudes at the implicit level. He uses a measure of cognitive self-other overlap that indicates how much a respondent identifies with African Americans. While African-American respondents score highest on this implicit measure, many white respondents and respondents of other backgrounds, also appear to identify with African Americans. The ability of people to identify across racial lines gives Craemer reason for optimism, he said, especially since problack identification appears to be among the strongest predictors of policy support. Thomas Craemer Associate Professor PhD in Political Science from Stony Brook University, 2005 Doctorate in Political Science from the University of Tuebingen, 2001 Interests: Political Psychology, Race Relations, Public Opinion, Statistical Methods Courses: Principles and Methods of Survey Research, Attitude Formation, Advanced Quantitative Methods Yet his optimism is qualified by evidence of ingrained cultural bias and remaining structural inequalities. These remaining structural inequalities can be seen in New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina. Every year since 2007, Craemer has led students to the city s Lower Ninth Ward to volunteer and study government responses to the crisis. (See Craemer on page 11)
6 PAGE 6 Graduate Association of Public Policy Students New Orleans Relief and Reconstruction 26 volunteers donated more than 900 labor hours worth an estimated $24, generous donors contributed over $15,000 to help cover volunteer housing and transportation costs GAPPS Executive Board 2011 John Orofino, president Linda Hodge, vice president Kelley Jacobson, vice president Chris Willis, vice president Jessalyn Michaels, secretary Jessica Legnos, treasurer 2010 Beau Anderson, president Sarah Miner, vice president Sarah Geary, secretary Matthew Robinson, treasurer Chelsea Ross, service chair Gregg Gorneault, social chair The Graduate Association of Public Policy Students (GAPPS) provides enriching activities for the Department s students each year. Led by an elected executive student board, GAPPS focuses on providing academic, professional development, and social opportunities outside the classroom. Among many other activities in the year, GAPPS helped send student volunteers to assist in rebuilding New Orleans Lower Ninth Ward, an area still devastated by Hurricane Katrina. The annual trip, begun by DPP Associate Professor Thomas Craemer in 2007, promotes public service and policy lessons for future leaders. Twenty-six volunteers participated including eighteen graduate students, two DPP faculty, and thanks to a new partnership three volunteers from the local public service organization Hands on Hartford. It was the largest effort led by UConn s public policy graduate students to date. Working with LowerNine.org, a Louisiana-based non-profit organization, volunteers assembled daily in small teams to tackle a variety of projects. The groups replaced decaying roofs and porches, painted exterior and interior portions of several homes, and performed mold remediation on a new supply warehouse for Lower- Nine.org. Beyond reconstruction, volunteers worked to revitalize the community by promoting access to fresh produce. At Lamanche Community Farm, an area in development by Lower- Nine.org, volunteers planted vegeta- MPA students Jamie Finley and Matt Cole repair a roof in the Lower Ninth Ward (top). Volunteers assemble before work (bottom). bles, installed irrigation systems, and cleared surrounding lots. The garden s produce is offered free or at low-cost to residents on site and at area farmers markets. This service trip was made possible by the generosity of 180 donors including alumni, faculty, local businesses, friends, and family who provided over $15,000 to support the effort. The year-long GAPPS fundraising drive, included events at Corey s Catsup & Mustard in Manchester, CT and a New Britain Rock Cats baseball game. Students also sold t-shirts, holiday items, and original photography to support the trip. For a full list of donors or to donate to the 2012 service trip, visit gappsservice.com. For information on the May 2012 trip, contact Linda Hodge at gappsservice.com UCONN DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC POLICY
7 DPP.UCONN.EDU PAGE 7 Survey Research Program Now Online Online Program Among First in Nation More than thirty years ago, UConn became one of the first universities in the nation to offer coursework in survey research. In fall 2011, it became one of the first to offer a survey research program entirely online. The Department is proud to spearhead this effort, which is also one of the first online programs offered within UConn s College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. This new program will benefit professionals from around the world. Jennifer Dineen Program Director Courses are designed for students and professionals interested in advancing their knowledge and expanding their skill sets as they pursue careers in the fields of survey research, market research, or public policy. Jennifer Dineen Program Director Marie-Pierre Huguet Instructional Designer UConn Graduate Program in Survey Research Staff Four courses are being offered in fall 2011: Applied Statistics, Principles & Methods of Survey Research, Attitude Formation, and Qualitative Methods for Survey Research. Instructional Designer Dr. Marie- Pierre Huguet will be working with faculty throughout the year to turn additional courses into dynamic multimedia experiences. Courses will be added each successive semester until all 24 credits for the master s degree are available. To learn more, call or visit dpp.uconn.edu/gpsr. Diane Clokey Program Assistant UConn s Online Graduate Program in Survey Research (GPSR) Master of Arts in Survey Research Certificate in Survey Research Stand Alone Graduate Courses Skills include: Questionnaire Design Sampling Statistical Analysis & Data Presentation Project Management dpp.uconn.edu/gpsr Speaker Series The Department hosted six events during the academic year to present leading public policy research and perspectives while encouraging engagement with policy leaders. The series attracts a diverse audience of students, faculty, and community members to UConn s Greater Hartford Campus and features public policy experts, academics, and practitioners from both the public and private sectors. For information on the Speaker Series, please visit dpp.uconn.edu Guest Speakers State Borrowing, Disguised Borrowing, & Budget Gimmicks Dr. Robert Bifulco, Syracuse University How National Health Care Reform Might Affect State & Local Government Mr. Alan Desmarais, Milliman Inc. Implicit Closeness to Blacks, Support for Affirmative Action, Slavery Reparations, and Vote Intentions for Obama in the 08 Elections Dr. Thomas Craemer, UConn How Individual Prejudice and Legitimizing Myths Contribute to Policy Preferences Dr. Felicia Pratto, UConn Mobile Trust, Enacted Relationships: Social Capital in a State-Level Policy Network Dr. Deneen Hatmaker, UConn IPO Research in Accounting with an Application to the Internet Bubble Dr. Michael Willenborg, UConn
8 PAGE 8 Professional Partnerships 2011 Inductees Beau Anderson Laura DeMaio Sarah Geary Charlie Martin Sarah Miner Shawn Morris Kathryn Rock Chelsea Ross Jake Soffronoff Christopher Willis The year continued our traditional Pi Alpha Alpha (PAA) chapter activities. Our last event, held at the Town and County Club in Hartford, inducted ten new Class of 2011 members (listed at left). We also inducted two MPA alumni, Lauren Miller (MPA 06) and Emily Shepard Perillo (MPA 05). They both are outstanding professional ambassadors of DPP and the MPA program. Congratulations to all! A few years ago we established the DPP Meet and Greet. It provides a good opportunity each fall for students, faculty, and alumni to socialize, far away from the classroom! The event was held at Grant s in West Hartford. Pi Alpha Alpha The national honor society that recognizes and promotes excellence in the study and practice of public affairs and administration. We also held our second Mock Interview Night to prepare students for internships and postgraduation employment. All participants agreed it was invaluable to improving their interview skills. Thank you to all DPP PAA alumni who send an annual contribution it makes a huge difference in our ability to sponsor student enrichment activities. Finally, it has been my great honor to serve as president since I hope that you will continue to support our new Board: Sarah Bourne Perillo (President), Jeff Hallin (Vice President), Sarah Arlinghaus (Secretary), and Binu Chandy (Treasurer). Pi Alpha Alpha CT President, Candace Fitzpatrick 2011 Distinguished Alumni Awards MPA Alumni Council The alumni body that supports UConn s MPA program and students, as well as encourages alumni engagement and success. Brad Fay COO, Keller Fay Group MSR 88 Christopher Johnson CFO, West Hartford, CT MPA 82 Julie Savin Real Estate Development Director, NeighborWorks New Horizons MPA 04 In the year, the Alumni Council played an active role in supporting DPP students, faculty, and staff. In summer 2011, the Alumni Council developed long-term goals and an action plan for the next several years, focusing on generating additional support for DPP while offering programs to assist current students. In the year, students can expect opportunities to connect with alumni through career development events. The Alumni Council welcomes feedback on ways we can better assist students. We have a great affinity for what the program has done for each of us and want to provide this same experience for students well into the future. The Council and I will be working hard on these and several new initiatives in the coming years. We also welcome all alumni participation, so if you can help or have ideas, contact me at anytime: or (860) MPA Alumni Council President, Jason Giulietti UCONN DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC POLICY
9 DPP.UCONN.EDU PAGE 9 Career Spotlight: Emergency Planning Three Perspectives MPA Student Updates Preparedness Plans Turek at New Britain EMS mobile command center. Patrick Turek Furthers EMT Experience with Internship Patrick Turek, MPA 12, is participating in the Department s Internship & Professional Practice program with New Britain Emergency Medical Services (EMS) and the New Britain Health Department. DPP Department Head Amy K. Donahue is an expert in disaster policy and emergency management who routinely contributes to the intellectual debate on these issues. Read about Donahue s insights on emergency planning in a question and answer piece at dpp.uconn.edu under News. Donahue is principal investigator on federally funded research focused on improving emergency preparedness. She had As part of his internship, Turek works on the federally funded Public Health Emergency Preparedness, which aims to bolster emergency preparedness at local health departments. One of the grant s goals is preparing mass dispensing medication plans for anthrax and small pox, said Turek, We have to ask How do we get medication to the public if there is a health disaster? Turek has already assisted in updating mass dispensing medication plans, participated in emergency drills and exercises, and created security plans for New Britain High School and The Hospital at Central Connecticut s New Britain General campus. These activities, he said, tie directly to his MPA coursework at UConn. From stakeholder participation and agency interaction to the economics of why people act the way they do, everything we talk about in class relates to the programs I deal with in New Britain, said Turek. Department Head Shares Expertise in Emergency Preparedness Amy K. Donahue Answers Questions on Safety Investment & Planning Read Donahue s Q&A at: dpp.uconn.edu in News For other recent work by Donahue, see page 10. a central role in directing the recovery operation following the Columbia space shuttle crash and was an adviser to the Chancellor of Louisiana State University immediately following Hurricane Katrina. Alumnus Oversees 911 Call Center in Cincinnati Joel Estes Utilizes MPA Management Skill Set to Advance 911 Consolidation Efforts Joel Estes, MPA 10, knew he could not be a police officer forever. So a few years before he retired, he began working on his MPA degree with a goal of building on his experience with 911 communications as a police lieutenant in Bristol, CT. I knew that I had a specialized skill set and that there were opportunities out there, he said. I had gut instincts, but not a scientific approach. I knew that I needed to get a better understanding of the management side, especially financial management. Estes weighed getting a degree in business against earning an MPA. All my experience was in the public sector, so the MPA was more appropriate. And UConn s MPA program is exceptional. Estes said the program provided what he needed. All the professors were great but Amy Donahue, in particular, was a very valuable resource. She had also managed a 911 center. In Bristol, Estes had helped the city convert to consolidated police and fire 911 systems. Now he is working to accomplish the same task in Cincinnati a city six times larger. Story by CLAS Today (clas.uconn.edu).
10 PAGE 10 Faculty Research & Publications Edith J. Barrett Thomas Craemer Ken Dautrich Jennifer Dineen Amy K. Donahue Deneen Hatmaker Erin Melton Beth Neary Mark Robbins Bill Simonsen Faculty Expertise Altruism Attitude Formation Capital Financing Citizen Participation Civic Engagement Civic Literacy Collective Bargaining Debt Management Emergency Management Ethnic Politics Financial Management Focus Group Methods Gender & Diversity Homeland Security Human Resources Identity Construction Labor Economics Nonprofit Management Policy Analysis Program Evaluation Public Finance Public Opinion Race & Policy Social Insurance Social Networks Survey Research Methods Urban Public Policy Voting Behavior The Department s 10 full-time (pictured above) and 7 affiliated faculty contributed significantly to scholarship in a number of public policy areas in the academic year. Faculty produced journal articles, working papers, and conference papers, and also gave presentations, lectures, and addresses. They contributed to the intellectual conversation about serious domestic and international policy issues. For example, Mark Robbins spoke on a panel for state legislators on the fiscal challenges for the state s municipalities, Amy K. Donahue continued to spearhead two federally funded projects for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, and Thomas Craemer traveled to Haiti to assist in post-earthquake reconstruction. Faculty members serve on editorial boards including Public Budgeting & Finance, Municipal Finance Journal, Journal of Public Administration Research and Theory, Journal of Emergency Management, and Journal of Humanitarian Logistics and Supply Chain Management, among others. They also serve as members of the National Association of Schools of Public Affairs and Administration, the Commission on Peer Review and Accreditation, the Governmental Accounting Standards Board, and the American Association for Public Opinion Research, among others. Examples of Recent & Forthcoming Faculty Research Possible Implicit Mechanisms of Minority Representation. Political Psychology. December Thomas Craemer Do Debt Levels Influence State Borrowing Costs? Public Administration Review Mark Robbins & Bill Simonsen (forthcoming) Do Shocks Change Organization Culture? The Case of NASA. Journal of Public Administration Research and Theory Amy K. Donahue & Rosemary O Leary Implementation of Homeland Security Technologies: Differences in Willingness to Pay Across Jurisdictions. Public Performance and Management Review Amy K. Donahue, Mark Robbins, & Bill Simonsen dpp.uconn.edu/faculty UCONN DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC POLICY
11 DPP.UCONN.EDU PAGE 11 MPA Capstone Course Applies Learning Client-Based Learning Promotes Student Development UConn MPA students complete their graduate studies with the Department of Public Policy s Capstone experience, a unique opportunity for students to put theory into practice. Students work in teams to assist a local public or nonprofit organization in addressing an organizational or managerial challenge, perform a program or process evaluation, or conduct a financial or budget analysis. Their work culminates in a formal, professional report and presentation of findings and recommendations. During the year, student teams worked with the Colchester Fire Department, Horizons, Manchester Community College, the Mansfield Housing Authority, the Suffield Fire Department, the Towns of Mansfield and Windham, and the West Hartford Public Library. Deneen Hatmaker (above), the student-elected 2011 DPP Distinguished Professor, guides students during a spring 2011 MPA Capstone session. To learn about becoming a Capstone organiza on, contact Deneen Hatmaker at (Finance from page 1) with a bond issue. Lathrop said he took advantage of Martin s interest in finance. Martin has a bachelor s degree in business from Arizona State University and worked for three years as a marketing analyst in California for a company that made Geographic Information Systems mapping software. Raised in Ellington, CT, Martin says he chose the UConn MPA program because it is ranked 7 th nationally for public finance and budgeting by U.S. News & World Report. I wanted a program that was finance focused. I have always been drawn toward numbers and knew UConn was strong in government finance, he said. Martin now works in Manhattan at Moody s Investors Service as part of a surveillance team looking at state and local government bond ratings. I definitely learned a lot in the program and at the internship, he said. As for New London, Lathrop has hired another MPA student to intern for the academic year. Story by CLAS Today (clas.uconn.edu). (Craemer from page 5) What he and his students have found is curious significantly fewer Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) trailers in predominantly black areas versus white areas with the same level of devastation. Distribution of FEMA trailers was, at least in part, influenced by local decisions about water and electricity restoration. These decisions were made by a majority African-American city government. It was well within the jurisdiction of local government to return services to the Lower Ninth Ward earlier, Craemer said. Yet the city government restored services to this severely affected neighborhood home to mostly African Americans last. Read more in the May/June 2010 Public Administration Review: Evaluating Racial Disparities in Hurricane Katrina Relief Using Direct Trailer Counts in New Orleans and FEMA Records, by Thomas Craemer. Structural factors dating back to the eras of slavery and Jim Crow can explain why poor African Americans were concentrated in low lying areas with higher risk of flooding, he said. But what explains racial disparities in government response to a natural disaster? One possibility is that culturally shared racial biases may interact with other structural and political factors to create the observed discrepancies. While structural legacies of slavery and segregation are still with us, and racial stereotypes still influence our thinking, there are also signs of progress, Craemer said. In my lifetime, I never expected to see a president elected who identifies as African American. Story by CLAS Today (clas.uconn.edu).
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