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Bushouse, Chang Kick Off Spring 2017 Policy "Bootcamp" for STEM Doctoral Students

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The School of Public Policy is collaborating this year with the Institute for Social Science Research, the College of Engineering, the UMass Graduate School, the Department of Political Science, and the National Center for Digital Government to offer a series of workshops on "Science, Technology and Policy" for doctoral students in the natural sciences and engineering.

The series offers a "bootcamp" of sorts for those interested in how scientists' work is shaped by public policy and the roles that scientists, in turn, can play in shaping those policies.

Partial support for the series comes from the National Science Foundation.

The workshop this Thursday, January 19, 2017, from 9 a.m.-3 p.m., is being led by Brenda Bushouse, a joint faculty member in political science and public policy, and Henry Chang, who teaches about the federal budget process each year at SPP.

Thursday's workshop will introduce attendees to important aspects of the policymaking process, including the policy implementation process and how governments fund public programs. A complete agenda for the day is included at this link

The first event in the series was held in December 2016.

Attendance at the December event is NOT required to participate in the January 19 workshop. Graduate students from all disciplines are welcome, although the workshop is most appropriate for those who have not completed previous coursework in public policy.

Those interested can still register here. The workshop meets in N111 Integrative Learning Center (ILC). Lunch will be provided.

Facilitator Bios:

Brenda K. Bushouse, MPA, Ph.D

Professor Bushouse teaches graduate and undergraduate public policy courses in the Political Science Department and the School of Public Policy at UMass. Her research focuses on the role of nonprofit organizations in the policymaking process.  Recent publications can be found in the Policy Studies Journal (2017) and Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Quarterly (2016). Her book Universal Preschool: Policy Change, Stability and the Pew Charitable Trusts won the 2011 Virginia A. Hodgkinson Prize and she is currently completing a book analyzing 115 years of U.S. policymaking for children. 

Henry Chang

Mr. Chang teaches a Federal Budget Process course in the School of Public Policy at UMass.  He is a former Program Examiner with the White House’s Office of Management and Budget in the International Affairs Branch.  His portfolio included programs in the State Department and the U.S. Agency for International Development.  He served as a Peace Corps Volunteer twice; as a health education worker in Sierra Leone and an English teacher in Botswana.



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