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Improving Equitable Home Ownership in Iowa

Stephanie Murphy, SPPA alum and Executive Director of the Neighborhood Finance Corporation (NFC), was recently quoted in the Cedar Rapids Gazette in an article about equitable home ownership.
Scott Spak

Spak Selected for EPA Advisory Panel

Associate Professor Scott Spak was recently appointed to the Environmental Protection Agency's Science Advisory Board (SAB).
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Zuhlke Publishes Book on Trust in Government and Drinking Water

Samantha Zuhlke's new book, The Profits of Distrust: Citizen-Consumers, Drinking Water, and the Crisis of Confidence in American Government, has recently been published and is now available from Cambridge University Press.
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Public Affairs Student Receives Human Rights Award

The Iowa City Human Rights Commission has chosen UI public affairs master’s student, Jocelyn Williams, as the Kenneth Cmiel Human Rights Award recipient, based on her strong commitment to housing as a human right.
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Virtual Admissions Info Sessions on Public Affairs and Planning Oct. 27 & Nov. 9

All undergrad majors are welcome!
WHAT: Info. sessions to learn more about our masters degrees in Urban & Regional Planning (URP) and Public Affairs (MPA). Join us to:
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Reconnecting After Pandemic

At the School of Planning and Public Affairs, we are emerging from COVID together! We recently held a Reconnection Reception for students, staff, and faculty to mingle and enjoy togetherness.
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Global Alumni Spotlight: Meembo Changula

UI International Programs recently hosted the sixth installment in their Global Alumni Spotlight Series featuring URP alumna Meembo Changula (class of 2010), a native of Zambia.
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Cities on the front line: Urban approaches to national issues

The School of Planning and Public Affairs and the Department of Political Science recently partnered with the Big Ten Collaboration: Democracy in the 21st Century on a mayors forum, "Cities on the front line: Urban approaches to national issues."
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Meet the New Students

Our new incoming students recently took a moment to follow our tradition and pose for a group picture during their orientation.
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Nguyen Receives Award for Best Paper

Associate Professor Phuong Nguyen recently received Best Paper Award from the Midwest Public Affairs Conference. The paper, “Impact of home rule on municipal boundary and fiscal expansion: Evidence from Texas,” is forthcoming in the Journal of Regional Science.