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Holder, Lynn and the Politics of Change

Holder, Lynn and the Politics of Change

The Department of Justice, under the Obama administration, has been quite active and many of its activities have garnered much attention, as well as much opposition. If confirmed by the…

Political Work (It’s Not What We Think)

Political Work (It’s Not What We Think)

In theory, elected officials of government perform, for the public sector, the same functions that boards of directors and top managers perform in the private sector. In practice, however, elected…

How Prepared Are We for the Next Catastrophic Disaster?

How Prepared Are We for the Next Catastrophic Disaster?

The Ebola episode in the United States suggests that we are somewhat prepared for public health disasters. Yet, we need to shore up our defenses and take a more active…

Social Media and Seattle’s Large-Urban Reforestation

Social Media and Seattle’s Large-Urban Reforestation

In 1994, the City of Seattle began to notice something wrong with trees in its urban forests. Research found that Seattle’s 2,500 acres of forested city parks were at risk…

Social Media as a Tool to Improve Health

Social Media as a Tool to Improve Health

The health information technology field has grown tremendously in recent years, driven primarily by the HITECH Act which provides federal funding to hospitals to adopt and meaningfully use electronic health…

Zone of Uncertainty: The Case of Mammograms and PSA Tests

Zone of Uncertainty: The Case of Mammograms and PSA Tests

Last month, I discussed some of the issues associated with screening tests. Because there has been so much controversy about mammography (for breast cancer) and prostate specific antigen (for prostate…

Before the Advent of Social Media

Before the Advent of Social Media

Social media can be any of the popular websites or those sponsored by very large organizations. The notion of social media takes the conversation to Abraham Maslow’s hierarchy of needs…

Ebola and Public Policy: Weighing the Options

Ebola and Public Policy: Weighing the Options

Since the first reported case in the United States, the Ebola virus has consumed the attention of medical and public policymakers to address the concerns of the general public. When…

The State of the Law in American Democracy

The views expressed are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of ASPA as an organization. By David Schultz December 9, 2014 Something is wrong with…

Emotional Intelligence and Law Enforcement: An Overdue Conversation

Emotional Intelligence and Law Enforcement: An Overdue Conversation

The views expressed are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of ASPA as an organization. By Matt Selker December 9, 2014 My article this month…

Building Ethical Cultures in Public Service Agencies

Building Ethical Cultures in Public Service Agencies

The views expressed are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of ASPA as an organization. By Richard Jacobs December 5, 2014 Three tenets of the…

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