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Yale Institution for Social and Policy Studies
Vol. 02 • Issue 01 • January 2014

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ISPS welcomed in a new year with a new cohort of Director’s Fellows,
16 Yale College sophomores and juniors who will make up our Domestic Policy Group.  As these young stars start to light up ISPS, our graduate fellows continue to shine, with Nicholas Downing stirring up debate with his fresh research on the FDA approval process. And, as always, we are preparing for a big year of events, with Fareed Zakaria YC’86 kicking things off on February 26.


Jan. 29@12:00 CSAP
Brian Schaffner (U Mass)

Feb. 5 @ 12:00 CSAP
Marc Meredith (U Penn)

Feb. 5 @ 12:00
Quantitative Research
Betsy Sinclair (WUSTL)

Feb. 8: All Day Conf
On Health Exchanges

Feb. 12 @ 12:00 CSAP
Chris Mann (LSU)

Feb. 19 @ 12:00 CSAP
David Hendry (Yale)


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New ISPS Director's Fellows


ISPS inaugurated a new program this month for students interested in American politics and policy.  The Director's Fellows in Domestic Policy is offered to Yale sophomores and juniors of any major, and covers a full calendar starting in the spring semester. Sixteen students were chosen for the first year class from a competitive applicant pool. The undergraduate fellows will partake in seminars, bi-weekly meetings, media training, and also have the opportunity to work with ISPS faculty and graduate Policy Fellows. Director's Fellows are expected to obtain an internship in government over the summer and complete a policy-related project at the end of the fall term.
Read the Yale Daily News article that features some of the students and the leaders. 

CSAP Hosts Special Event with Fareed Zakaria


Mark your calendars for February 26 when the Center for the Study of American Politics and ISPS will host an event with Fareed Zakaria. Mr. Zakaria (YC '86) is a journalist, the host of the CNN show GPS and an author of many books. His most recent book is the updated and expanded edition of The Post-American World :"Release 2.0".  His talk is titled, "Is the American Dream Dead?" and will start at 4:30 in Lewison Auditorium at the Yale Law School. The event is open to the public and registration is not required.

Lux et Data Blogging Corner


Abbe Gluck writes on the the court's first ruling on the Affordable Care Act in "Tax Subsidies Upheld on Obamacare Exchanges."
David Mayhew provides a historical overview on how presidents and their parties fare in the second midterm election in "Is the Six-Year Itch Just a Senate Thing?"
David Mayhew also looks at how we measure Congress's productivity in "The Least Productive Congress in History?"
And Andrew Papachristos and Tracey Meares write on gun violence as a public health issue in "Firearms Violence: A Public Health Issue."

The FDA Study That Is Stirring Up Debate


A paper published in the Journal of American Medical Association (JAMA) that looks at the evidence the FDA requires before giving their stamp-of-approval finds there is wide variation in the process. Nicholas Downing, ISPS Policy Fellow and Yale medical student, is first author on the paper and Joseph Ross is senior author. Other colleagues at the Yale Center for Outcomes Research & Evaluation (CORE) were co-authors. The study has been generating media attention from several outlets.

Publications, Media, and Mentions


Vesla Weaver writes in the New York Times blog Opinionator,
"Is the United States a 'Racial Democracy.'"
Jacob Hacker discusses "America's Shrinking Middle Class" on Minnesota Public Radio.
Research done by Andrew Papachristos on the social contagion of urban violence was listed as one of the top ten breakthrough discoveries by Yale.
An interview with Jacob Hacker on the meaning and politics behind Predistribution in Renewal magazine (UK).

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