Paid Internship Opportunity NADA

Ivette Rivera, a member of the Alumni Advisory Board, shared an opportunity for a paid internship at NADA.  Please apply online, mention your JHU affiliation and Ivette's name.  




Public Management's Nomzana Augustin was on the winning team of the 2015 NASPAA Student Simulation Competition. See Below:

The National Winner of the 2015 NASPAA Student Simulation Competition is Team CRAB that competed at the National Capital Region in College Park, Maryland. The team is comprised of:


•             Nomzana Augustin, Graduate Program in Public Management, Krieger School of Arts and Sciences at Johns Hopkins University

•             Zachary Blackburn, Frank Batten School at the University of Virginia

•             Christophe Combemale, Heinz College at Carnegie Mellon University

•             Mark Rucci, School of Public Policy & Administration at the University of Delaware


These teammates showed exemplary understanding of health care challenges and current policy concerns and showed a mastery of the technical simulation and displayed sophisticated reasoning to craft composite policies that substantially benefit health care for the long-term which have maximum potential to be implemented in a politically charged world.


The team understood the technical model, but instead of trying to obtain the highest score on the model, they aligned their thought process with stakeholder concerns and the current policy environment to affect actual change. They made sophisticated tradeoffs that would allow their policies to be organizationally and politically feasible.


To be considered for the national winner, each of the 5 regional winners showed mastery of the technical simulation, but this team combined their understanding of the model, with their knowledge of systems, organizational dynamics, and political will. This confluence of factors created a scenario that fixed bottlenecks in the system, balanced public and private funding and created solvent hospitals. This team used a technical model to view the universe of the health care challenges and identify a realistic and possible solution to the problem.



JHU Panel Addresses "Do Jews Have A Future in Europe"

Fro L to R: Geoffrey Harris, Justin Geist, Benjamin Ginsberg, and Robert GuttmanThe question of whether Jews have a future in Europe is an, unfortunately, timely one, as anti-semitic attacks are increasingly taking place on European soil, most notably in Paris and most recently in Denmark.  A panel convened at JHU this afternoon to discuss what is happening in Europe and, if indeed, European Jewry should considering leaving Europe.  Benjamin Ginsberg, the Chair of the Center and David Bernstein Professor of Political Science at JHU, opened the discussion by reframing the question, noting that it is perhaps better to ask, "do Jews want to have a future in Europe?" because a lot of cities in Europe have become increasingly uncomfortable for Jews. That is, while the situation for Jews is nowhere near the level of say, the days preceding Kristallnacht, it is becoming abundantly clear that it is harder for Jews to be openly Jewish in Europe without being harassed.  Ginsberg offered three reasons behind the growing anti-semitism in Europe:

1) The rise in the Muslim population, the majority of which, as surveys show, dislike Jews.  The root of most of the anti-Jewish violence in Europe is done by Muslims, who are not as well integrated in European countries, as say, immigrants in the United States, thus they highly identify with causes from their home countries.

2)  The emergence of anti-zionist discourse, principally from the Left in Europe.  At the end of WW II, socialists in Europe supported the creation of the state of Israel, seeing it as the embodiment of the socialist vision.  There was a major shift among the European Left after the 1967 War, when Israel emerged as a regional power and as part of the US security empire.  The Left saw the arrival of Muslim immigrants in Europe as a source of power, mobilizing new voters by capitalizing on the one thing they had in common, anti-zionism. 

3) European welfare states have difficulty confronting violence, whereas radicalized Muslim groups make violence their recruiting tool.  Europeans in charge of police and security forces are unable to respond to serious violence.

Dr. Ginsberg concluded that he thinks Jews probably don't want to have a future in a Europe which requires that they hide their Jewishness to stay safe.  

Justin Geist, a professor at George Mason University, believed that you can't address the problem of Jews in Europe without connecting it to a broader question of do immigrants have a future in Europe?  By isolating attacks against Jews as primarily anti-semitic in nature, he argued, Europeans lose sight of the larger problem that they all must face.  For Geist, Europe may be uncomfortable for Jews, but it is also uncomfortable for all minorities, who are not absorbed and assimiliated into the culture.  Similarly, Geoffrey

A full room of over 45 attendees listened to the panel discussion

 Harris, the Deputy Head of the European Parliament Office with the US Congress believed that all minorities are experiencing difficulties in Europe.  He noted that anti-semitism is hardly new but is part of the Jewish experience in Europe.  The inoculation against anti-semitism of the post war years has now worn off, and Jews do have every reason to feel threatened he argued.  That said, he finds anti-semitism in Europe to be part of a larger problem or question:  "Is multiculutural Europe going to survive?" as he put it.  

The panel discussion was followed by a lively question and answer period in a room filled to capacity -- a very good exchange of views took place, led by moderator Robert Guttman, who teaches at both JHU and George Mason University.  


How does the FCC analyze millions of public comments?

The Government Analytics Breakfast Forum welcomed Charles Aaron, Deputy Chief Information Officer for the FCC.  Mr. Aaron spoke about how the FCC has collected millions of public comments related to net neutrality.  In the fall and summer of 2014, the FCC received 3.23 million comments from the web, email, post mail and faxes.  The FCC then partnered with analytics experts to translate this tremendous amount of unstructured textual data into quantitative information that could be analyzed, summarized and acted upon.

Mr. Aaron’s talk highlighted some of the many challenges associated with analyzing textual information.  For example, the FCC received a combination of unique comments and template comments.  Advocacy organizations frequently encourage citizens to send template comments to agencies, and the FCC has received hundreds of thousands of these “bulk comments” on net neutrality.  Should a template comment be treated the same way as a unique comment when calculating sentiment counts and other summary statistics?  Social media has increased the volume of bulk comments received by the FCC and other agencies, but it’s not always clear whether these comments are indicative of the true opinions of the senders (or the American citizenry as a whole).

Beyond addressing these analytical challenges, the FCC is also striving to improve the storage and sharing of public comments.  The FCC would like to make the public comments available in a form such that they can be analyzed by anyone versed in natural language processing.    

You can view the full presentation here.

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Climate Science Denial - MSNBC interview with MA Public Management alum

Tiffany Germain, @Tiffany_Germain, an alumnus of the MA in Public Management Program, was interviewed by MSNBC yesterday on a report she did for CAP on the majority of climate science deniers in Congress. Watch the interview here