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Associate Professor of Political Science Dean Robinson has been selected as a 2010 Marion and Jasper Whiting Fellow.  The fellowship will enable Professor Robinson to conduct research this summer in Australia and New Zealand on health disparities in those countries and the policies pursued by their governments to address the disparities.

Like Barack Obama, Billy Kenoi ’93 is a native Hawaiian who ran against an older, more experienced candidate for office last November. And, like Obama, Kenoi triumphed. “Seeing the newspaper with the headlines ‘Obama Wins; Kenoi Wins’, gave me goose bumps,” he says.

Professor Fountain’s keynote, “E-Government: Institutional Challenges and Building Regional Knowledge Sharing” addressed the major institutional hurdles to and developments in e-government in the United States over the last decade. It also outlined steps taken by the current administration to use new technologies to bring about openness in government.

Gerard Braunthal (Prof. Emeritus, Political Science) is the author of the recently published book "Right-Wing Extremism in Contemporary Germany" (Palgrave/Macmillan, 2009). This volume surveys the right-extremist scene in Germany primarily since unification in 1990. It covers the three major rightist parties, the neo-Nazi groups, and the skinhead gangs that are challenging the political status quo.

This past summer Evan Brassard ’10  participated in an internship at Rehabilitative Resources Inc. (RRI), a nonprofit agency in Sturbridge, Mass. RRI specializes in providing services and support to the developmentally disabled. Brassard’s work focused on the agency’s human rights training manuals, the implementation of a teaching aid to help site supervisors relay human rights lessons to individuals served by the programs, and writing a guide to aid in understanding of the state regulations.

Jane Fountain, Professor of Political Science and Public Policy, Director of the National Center for Digital Government, and Director of the Science, Technology and Society Initiative has been appointed for a second year to the World Economic Forum’s Global Agenda Council on the Future of Government.