UNC Public Policy Professors Seek a Safer Way to Cook in Developing Countries
Smoke from burning fuels like wood and charcoal is the largest risk factor for disease and death in Rwanda, UNC Professors Handa and Jagger hope to change that with a $2.5 million grant from the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences. Handa and Jagger teamed up with public policy aluma Megan Strickland to assess Inyenyeri's work to lease energy-efficient cook stoves at an affordable cost. PhD student Ipsita Das will also assist the team in Rwanda.
UNC Public Policy Major Receives Eve Carson Scholarship
Michael Adams, a Junior Public Policy major, was one of three recipients of the Eve Carson Memorial Scholarship. Adams is the founder of the Carolina Association of Parliamentary Debate, an organization that is currently creating a national debate tournament including over 15 schools. Adam is hoping to use the scholarship fund to start a free debate camp for middle school students of low socioeconomic status.
UNC Public Policy Professor: Child Poverty in the U.S. is among the Worst in the Developed World
Dr. Ashu Handa is currently serving as the chief of social and economic policies for the UNICEF Office of Research-Innocenti. This office just produced the Innocenti Report Card 12, "Children of the Recession: The impact of the economic crisis on child well-being in rich countries." The report shows that since 2008, 2.6 million more children have fallen below the poverty line in the world's most affluent countries.
PLCY Professor Provides Guidance on Social Safeguards
Assistant Professor Pam Jagger has been collaborating with the Center for International Forestry Research to study how the global community and key stakeholders will ensure that policies and projects focused on reducing greenhouse gas emissions from deforestation and forest degradation (REDD+) will do no harm to local communities. Dr. Jagger, in collaboration with colleagues at CIFOR have put together a series of policy briefs to provide information on key aspects of REDD+ social safeguards to negotiators and other key stakeholders. To view the briefs, visit http://www1.cifor.org/gcs/publications/redd-safeguards.html.
Public Policy Major Received Phillips Ambassadors Award
Blair Burnett of Cary, a public policy and journalism and mass communication double major, has been selected as a UNC Phillips Ambassador for study abroad in Asia. Blair will study abroad in Delhi, India, through the School for International Training: Public Health, Policy Advocacy & Community Program. Phillips Ambassadors are selected twice a year and receive $5,000 each to defray the cost of a UNC-approved study abroad program in Asia. Recipients are selected based on academic achievement, strong communications skills, intellectual curiosity and ambition, evidence of generous service to campus and community, and a previous record of leadership.
UNC Roosevelt Institute & Public Policy Students Meet with Former U.S. Labor Secretary
UNC Roosevelt Institute and Public Policy students met with Former U.S. Secretary of Labor Hilda Solis on Friday, October 3rd. Solis led a discussion on policy issues she faced while leading the Department of Labor from 2009 to 2013. She engaged the students with questions and answers on topics including unemployment and labor relations.
UNC Public Policy and Honors Carolina: Knowledge, Skills & Experience in Washington, D.C.
The Burch Field Research Seminar on Domestic and International Affairs offers Carolina undergraduates a unique learning, living, and internship opportunity in our nation’s capital. The seminar offers students first-hand engagement with the actors and organizations that influence domestic and international affairs in Washington, D.C.
UNC Public Policy Professor on Increasing Healthcare Enrollment for N.C. Immigrants
Krista Perreira, professor of Public Policy and Associate Dean for Undergraduate Research in UNC’s College of Arts and Sciences and a Carolina Population Center fellow, has co-authored a study on how to increase health care enrollment for North Carolina's immigrants. The study showed that 61% of immigrants in North Carolina have no health insurance, even though the average premium for the Affordable Care Act falls within the price range many immigrants said they could afford.
UNC Public Policy Alumni Spotlight: Calyssa Lawyer '13, Challenge Detroit Fellow
UNC Publlic Policy alumna Calyssa Lawyer joined Challenge Detroit as a fellow in August of 2013, where she works for her host company, The Detroit Lions. Challenge Detroit is a leadership and professional development program that invites approximately 30 of tomorrow's leaders to live, work, play, and give in and around the greater Detroit area for one year. By uniting a group of innovative, entrepreneurial thinkers, Challenge Detroit takes a significant step towards energizing the city's creative and professional core.
Public Policy is an interdisciplinary social science major designed to provide students with the theoretical perspective, analytical skill, and substantive knowledge needed to respond to major domestic and international policy problems. A double major in Public Policy and a related social science or professional school is common.
The 11th president of the United States, James K. Polk, graduated from UNC in 1818. Think you could be the next Tar Heel president? You might want to consider a major in public policy, which provides students with theoretical perspective, analytical skill, and substantive knowledge needed to respond to major domestic and global policy problems.