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John M. Horack joins Ohio State as inaugural Neil Armstrong Chair in Aerospace Policy

The John Glenn College of Public Affairs and the College of Engineering at The Ohio State University are delighted to announce that Dr. John M. Horack will hold a joint appointment with both colleges as the inaugural Neil Armstrong Chair in Aerospace Policy. He also will be a tenured professor in the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering.

Horack’s professional experience in aerospace innovation and leadership dates back to 1987. He currently serves as the vice president of the International Astronautical Federation, was vice president for research at the University of Alabama in Huntsville, achieved the level of senior executive service at NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center, and most recently served as vice president of Teledyne Brown Engineering’s Space Systems group. At TBE he had responsibility for overseeing all government and commercial space programs, including science, International Space Station payload operations, test support, flight hardware, launch vehicle and component development, and Earth imaging.

Horack is also a widely published scientist in the field of gamma ray bursts, having authored or co-authored more than 100 papers and conference presentations.


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Professor Rob Greenbaum (first row, second from the left) represented the Glenn College at the Dean’s Forum: School of Public Policy/Public Affairs and Societal Development held at Jiao Tong University in Shanghai, China. The forum was a way for leaders of public affairs schools to exchange ideas on educations and training. This conference was the first time leaders from China’s public affairs institutions have been involved.


Glenn College faculty were all over the news this weekend (5/23/16).

In a Sunday Toledo Blade story, Professor Ned Hill discussed how the recession haunts Ted Strickland’s Senate campaign. In the Akron Beacon Journal, Hill is part of a story on the economic benefit of the Cavaliers playoff games.

Professor Jill Clark’s research into the Hub 55 project, which centralizes in one facility food storage, processing, distribution, marketing, retail and promotes healthy food choices, is the focus of a story by Crain’s Cleveland Business.

And, in a post on the Ohio House of Representatives Majority Caucus blog, Hill, Professor David Landsbergen and former Glenn College faculty member Jason Seligman, are referenced as experts who testified in support of House Bill 130, also known as DataOhio. DataOhio would allow Ohio citizens to more easily find and use public record data online; the bill passed the Ohio House of Representatives by a unanimous 90-0 vote.

Glenn College and the Ohio Department of Public Safety create new internship initiative

The Ohio Department of Public Safety through Ohio Homeland Security is partnering with the John Glenn College of Public Affairs to start a new internship program aimed at harnessing college students' innovative ideas and analytical skills to contribute to a safer Ohio.

The ODPS and the Glenn College have agreed to annually employ and rotate interns, through a highly selective process. Beginning with the 2016 summer semester, Ohio Homeland Security will employ interns specializing in the following areas: Cyber Security Analytical; Information Security; Infrastructure Protection; as well as a track in public-private sector administrative program development. While the interns will be specializing in those specific areas, the focus may change during the course of respective internships as Ohio Homeland Security operations dictate, allowing for maximum experience and opportunities for each student.

The first students to take part in the program are Hannah Diewald, a senior majoring in Public Affairs with an Urban Policy & Management specialization, and David Myerholtz, a junior with double majors in Public Affairs and City and Regional Planning.


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An article by Dr. Trevor Brown, Glenn College alumnus Yong Woon Kim and current Glenn College doctoral student Alex Roberts has been published on Taylor & Francis Online, leading publishers of scholarly journals, books, eBooks, textbooks and reference works. In "Impact of Product Characteristics and Market Conditions on Contract Type: Use of Fixed-Price Versus Cost-Reimbursement Contracts in the U.S. Department of Defense" the researchers looked at five years of data from the Federal Procurement Data System to test the conventional wisdom of when fixed-price vs. cost-reimbursement public-sector contract decisions are made. Their analysis lays the foundation for research on contract outcomes by identifying factors that drive the use of different contract types and producing unique measures of product characteristics that are not currently available in the literature.


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Congratulations to Glenn College alumnus, Paolo DeMaria, MPA ‘96, on his selection as the state’s incoming superintendent of public instruction.

He was among 17 candidates that applied for the chance to succeed former Superintendent Dick Ross, who retired last year.

DeMaria currently works as a consultant for Education First Consulting where he was a founding partner.

He served as executive vice chancellor for the Ohio Department of Higher Education from 2008-2010 and as association superintendent for school options and finance for ODE from 2004-2008.

Other career highlights include stints as chief policy advisor to former governors George Voinovich and Bob Taft between 2000-2004, director of the Office of Budget and Management from 1998-1999, and senior fiscal analyst to the Ohio Senate from 1988-1991.

Glenn College ranked in the top 25 best Public Affairs programs

The John Glenn College of Public Affairs is ranked best in Ohio and 25 nationally among the 272 Public Affairs graduate schools in the 2016 U.S. News & World Report rankings.

In addition, four of the Glenn College’s specialties have been placed among the ranks of the nation’s best. Public Management Administration is positioned at No. 14. Public Policy Analysis moved up four places to No. 16. The Public Finance and Budgeting specialty is No. 21. For the first time, the Glenn College’s specialty in Nonprofit Management has been ranked debuting at No.17.

Ranked No.29 in the last U.S. News rating cycle (2012), the Glenn College has catapulted up 17 points from its founding in 2007. Its current position makes it one of the highest ranked graduate programs at The Ohio State University.


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