University of Michigan professor joining Biden administration in Department of Transportation
Hampshire was appointed to principal deputy assistant secretary for research and technology within the Department of Transportation, according to a news release. He will be responsible for research, development and technology activities across the department and the 40 University Transportation Centers, the release states. “Robert’s expertise and his deep commitment to equity, access and justice will improve transportation policy for all Americans.”Hampshire declined to comment for this story. He has served as a research associate professor in the UM Transportation Research Institute’s Human Factors group and Michigan Institute for Data Science, according to the release. READ MORE:Citing ‘purposeful contact to head,’ University of Michigan revokes club boxing sponsorshipCrime declines on University of Michigan campus, but sexual harassment reports are upPressure increases on University of Michigan regent Ron Weiser to resign after Capitol violencemlive.com
U-M associate professor joins Biden administration to work in Transportation Dept.
ANN ARBOR – Robert Hampshire, associate professor at the University of Michigan’s Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy, has been appointed to work in the U.S. Transportation Department under the Biden administration, it was announced Thursday. He was appointed principal deputy assistant secretary for research and technology at the Transportation Department. The office, which receives an annual investment of $1 billion for transportation research and development, coordinates technology and research programs. He will oversee the Bureau of Transportation Statistics, the Transportation Safety Institute in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma and the Volpe National Transportation Systems Center in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Hampshire was a research associate professor at U-M’s Michigan Institute for Data Science and Transportation Research Institute’s Human Factors group.
Sen. Gary Peters discusses a bailout for the live music biz
click to enlarge The Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy, Flickr Creative CommonsSen. Gary Peters. When Sen. Gary Peters joined a small coterie of Detroit-affiliated members of the music business on Oct. 19 for an election-season Zoom call, the conversation began with topics like climate change, protecting the Great Lakes, and criminal justice reform. And they’re all struggling to make ends meet, and I see it firsthand,” Was said.Peters acknowledged the importance of providing assistance to the live music industry. Peters wrote the Pandemic Unemployment Assistance Act, which extended unemployment assistance to workers in the gig economy. In our music and in our art is where we connect, where we form our communities,” Kramer said.metrotimes.com
Republican megadonor died after getting COVID-19
Peter Secchia — a Grand Rapids-area businessman and Republican megadonor who once said, "If you don't want to support Donald Trump: Shut up!" — died Wednesday after getting COVID-19. His political involvement led him to roles as vice chair of the Republican National Commitee and U.S. Ambassador to Italy during George H. W. Bush's presidency.At a 2016 Trump rally, Secchia criticized Republicans who were slow to embrace Trump. His presence in all will be deeply missed," his wife, Joan Secchia, said in a statement.metrotimes.com
University of Michigan to host free virtual event with Trevor Noah
ANN ARBOR – The University of Michigan’s University Musical Society and Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy will be hosting a free, interactive event with Trevor Noah, host of The Daily Show, on Tuesday. The event is open to members of the U-M community as well as supporters and event attendees of UMS and the Ford School. The discussion with the outspoken comedian and author will be moderated by Michael Barr, Dean of the Ford School of Public Policy, with questions from U-M students. “U-M and Ford School students care deeply about our democracy and about the urgent work of building a racially just society,” Dean Barr said in a statement. “I’m excited to host this conversation between our students and the brilliant Trevor Noah, who speaks with such honesty and clarity about racism, social movements, and public policy.
University of Michigan study: Ban facial recognition technology in schools
ANN ARBOR, Mich. Facial recognition technology should not be in schools, according to a new study out of the University of Michigan. Conducted at the University of Michigans Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy, authors of the Cameras in the Classroom report recommend that the technology be banned from use in schools. The report states that use of facial recognition in schools would potentially exacerbate existing racial bias as facial recognition algorithms have higher inaccuracy rates with people of color. The study noted the marginalization of nonconforming students, commodifying data and a lack of regulation were additional factors in banning facial recognition in schools. Cameras in the Classroom: Facial Recognition Technology in Schools is a part of the U-M Ford Schools Science, Technology, and Public Policy Program Technology Assessment Project, a think-tank that works to understand the implications of emerging technology and provide evidence-based insight for policy development.
Watch Now: Communities of Interest and Michigans New Redistricting Process
What Are Communities of Interest and How Will They Affect Redistricting in Michigan? Detroit Public TV and the Ford School of Public Policy at the University of Michigan provided live coverage of the panel on a key component of that commission Communities of Interest (COIs). However, COIs are a new concept for Michigan redistricting and are defined broadly in the amendment. The panel took place in the Annenberg Auditorium of the Ford School of Public Policy. This event is sponsored by the Center for Local, State, and Urban Policy (CLOSUP) and the Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy.detroitpbs.org
University of Michigan receives $5M gift to help disadvantaged youth in Detroit
ANN ARBOR - The Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy at the University of Michigan has announced a new $5 million gift from Joan and Sanford Weill's Family Foundation to help boost education and introduce disadvantaged and underrepresented youth in Detroit to workforce opportunities. The Youth Fund will support summer camps and activities that provide academic opportunities for NAF and other Detroit-area students in the fields of science and technology. "We look forward to this partnership making a positive difference in the lives of many deserving students in Detroit and the surrounding communities, and supporting the future public policy leaders at the Ford School." "We are also thankful to U-M for using this opportunity to provide transformative experiences for NAF and other students." Previously, the Weills, who have enjoyed a long friendship with President Gerald Ford and Betty Ford, have given to establish Weill Hallhome of the Ford School of Public Policyand its deanship.
Congresswoman Dingell: Head Start in Washtenaw County to receive nearly $4.5 million
Debbie Dingell speaks at the Ford School of Public Policy on April 12, 2017 (Credit: Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy / University of Michigan)ANN ARBOR - U.S. Rep. Debbie Dingell, D-Mich., announced Wednesday that nearly $4.5 million in U.S. Department of Health and Human Services grants will go toward Head Start projects in the Washtenaw Intermediate School District. The money will provide services in Ann Arbor Public Schools, Whitemore Lake Public Schools and Ypsilanti Community Schools, including an early Head Start home-based program for families with infants and toddlers, and training. "Head Start helps prepare children to succeed in school and in life," Dingell said in a statement. Head Start has a stellar track record of providing equal access to quality education that prepares young people for success." WISD Superintendent Scott Menzel said the most important aspect of the grant is that it will provide young children with opportunities they otherwise might not have.