USC Price School of Public Policy

Dean’s Message

Shaping the World

A Message from SPPD Dean Jack H. Knott

Dean Knott with faculty Dean Knott with professors Tridib Banerjee, left, Juliet Musso, David Sloane at capstone reception
Photo by Daniel George

On behalf of the USC School of Policy, Planning, and Development, I want to welcome you to the May 2010 issue of SPPD News. Amid planning for our approaching commencement ceremonies and all the activities to honor the magnificent achievements of our graduating classes, I am reminded once again of the energy and commitment extended by all SPPD faculty and staff in service to our students.

Each member of SPPD’s staff and faculty cares deeply not only about providing an exceptional education to our students, but also about preparing them for their future, beyond graduation. That requires commitment and the desire to engage with students beyond academic discourse.

SPPD students often express to me their appreciation for the strong sense of community inside our school. It is SPPD’s faculty and staff – who engage with our students every day – that create this strong community. I extend my sincerest thanks for all that they do to make our school a great institution and provide our students a meaningful educational experience.

SPPD faculty, students, and alumni also contribute a great deal to the world outside of our school. I invite you to read about a recent panel that SPPD’s Athenian Society convened to discuss current health care issues, about the impact our Center for Risk and Economic Analysis of Terrorism Events (CREATE) had at a Department of Homeland Security Summit in Washington, D.C., and about a widely covered study conducted by SPPD associate professor Gary Painter, who is director of research at our Lusk Center for Real Estate.

Our Global Reach story this month features SPPD graduate students in Germany working on transit-adjacent redevelopment plans around Berlin’s inner-city rail station. SPPD’s adjunct associate professor Michael Kodama talks about his work developing the new Orangeline High-Speed Rail System in our Knowledge in Action section. Teri Baughton, MHA ’05, senior program officer for state health policy at the California HealthCare Foundation, is the focus of this month’s Alumni Spotlight.

As always, the SPPD Making the News items in this newsletter cannot capture the full impact that our faculty achieve through the news media, but we’ve included a link to many recent media citations from SPPD faculty at the end of that section.

I also draw your attention to more SPPD Research News; faculty sharing their expertise with officials in Washington, D.C. and Sacramento; as well as the distinguished awards and honors bestowed upon our school. In addition, we’ve included a link to a video of a recent SPPD seminar featuring a presentation by Ellen Hanak, of the Public Policy Institute of California, on the state’s water system.

Finally, I want to also thank each and every one of you for your dedication to SPPD, and all that you do to shape our world for the better.


Jack H. Knott
C. Erwin and Ione L. Piper Dean and Professor
USC School of Policy, Planning, and Development