Indian Country And Climate Change After DAPL Law360, New York (February 27, 2017, 12:01 PM EST) —

In the chaos of the early weeks of the Trump administration, the president managed to highlight his support for the natural resources extraction industry by strongly encouraging the imminent approval of the Dakota Access pipeline and the Keystone XL pipeline, circumventing additional environmental review. The U.S. Department of the Army quickly issued a notice of intent to grant an easement …

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MSU Students Do Microfinance

Several years ago, I found out about Kiva.org, an online “microfinance” site where individuals can make small loans ($25 is the standard increment at Kiva) to entrepreneurs in low income settings. The entrepreneurs actually apply for larger amounts, which they typically receive from third-party “field partners”. The entrepreneurs repay the loans with interest to the …

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Opportunity Investments: The Struggle to Increase Political Will

  As reported in previous articles in this blog, early childhood education and development are worthwhile investments (see here and here). Research has shown positive impacts of early childhood education throughout an individual’s life-span, including, but not limited to, increased lifetime earnings, lower rates of special education needs, higher educational achievement, better health, and benefits …

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Review – Trade Journal Articles on Food Fraud Compliance Requirements for GFSI, FSMA, and Sarbanes-Oxley

Are you compliant with the current and pending regulatory and standards requirements to address “all” types of food fraud and “all” products?  Probably not… but there are fairly simple steps to get started.  Our MSU FFI team just published two trade journal articles that summarize numerous peer-reviewed, refereed scholarly journal articles. MSU’s Dr. Doug Moyer …

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Another Absolute Value Question

Someone asked whether it is possible to eliminate the absolute value from the constraint \(Lx\le |y| \le Ux\) (where \(L\ge 0\) and \(U>0\) are constants, \(x\) is a binary variable, and \(y\) is a continuous variable). The answer is yes, but what it takes depends on whether \(L=0\) or \(L>0\). The easy case is when …

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A Professor meets the Alt-Right

A Professor meets the Alt-Right Thomas Main, Professor in the School of Public Affairs at Baruch College, is working on a book about the Alt-Right, to be published by Brookings. Below you can listen to a conversation between Main and prominent Alt-Right figure Mike Enoch (pseudonym). It’s an interesting encounter between academic political theory and …

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I Stand With Smokers

One of the earliest models of the policymaking process was known as the Rational Planning Model, in which policymakers behave as rational actors and proceed through a series of logical steps to produce public policy. First, policymakers identify a social problem. Then they search for solutions and, after weighing all possible alternatives and available evidence …

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Independent Streams (week of February 20)

Problems How The Fed Can Maintain Its Independence (link is external) IPPSR Affiliate Lisa Cook discusses the future of the Federal Reserve System’s independence. $94 Million Millage Proposal May Be A Tough Sell (link is external) IPPSR Affiliate Josh Cowen comments on school of choice and school competitiveness. Michigan Expert Urges Continued Education Advocacy Following …

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R.I.P. Coalition of Essential Schools

When was the last time you heard anything about the Coalition of Essential Schools (CES)? Have you ever? According to the headline of an Education Week article posted January 20, 2017, “Iconic School-Reform Group Ends 33-Year Run.” The article lead identifies the CES as “a progressively oriented school reform network” that “will cease its national …

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Heroes

Heroes play a crucial role by showing us what we, individually and collectively, can accomplish and demonstrating that we can do great things despite long odds. Heroes play a crucial role by showing us what we, individually and collectively, can accomplish and demonstrating that we can do great things despite long odds. For many Americans …

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Independent Streams (week of February 13)

Our weekly roundup of policy-relevant reads and IPPSR-connected research Problems ‘Children Are Not Blueberries’ What A Trump/DeVos Administration Would Mean For Local Schools (link is external) IPPSR Affiliate David Arsen discusses the potential impact of a DeVos nomination on school funding. Black History Month: MSU Scholar Explores Impacts Of Oppression On U.S. Innovation (link is …

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On the military balance of power in the Western Pacific

Some observations concerning the military balance of power in Asia. Even “experts” I have spoken to over the years seem to be confused about basic realities that are fundamental to strategic considerations. 1. Modern missile and targeting technology make the survivability of surface ships (especially carriers) questionable. Satellites can easily image surface ships and missiles …

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Empty Seats

What might the travel ban mean for university campuses? The last several weeks have been very busy in the world of immigration policy. The anxiety on campus, especially for graduate students making summer research plans, is palpable. The new travel ban, although suspended at the moment, could mean that international graduate students from the seven …

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Ratchets Within Rachets

For those interested in political philosophy, or Trump’s travel ban, I recommend this discussion on Scott Aaronson’s blog, which features a commenter calling himself Boldmug (see also Bannon and Moldbug in the news recently ;-) Both Scott and Boldmug seem to agree that scientific/technological progress is a positive ratchet caught within a negative ratchet of societal and …

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Asking for a Skeptic Friend

I sometimes get email from people asking, in one way or another, whether our long-term evolution experiment (LTEE) with E. coli provides evidence of evolution writ large – new species, new information, or something of that sort. I try to answer these questions by providing some examples of what we’ve seen change, and by putting …

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Independent Streams (Week of February 6)

Our weekly roundup of policy-relevant reads and IPPSR-connected research Problems Republican-Led Michigan Grapples With Uncertainty About Medicaid Expansion (link is external) IPPSR policy forum panelist and former Michigan Medicaid Director Steve Fitton talks Medicaid Expansion’s uncertain future. In Bid To Eliminate Michigan Income Tax, Fears Of Another Kansas (link is external) IPPSR Affiliate Charles Ballard …

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