Archive for 2013

Price alum Jan Perry gives students a lesson in leadership

They have all seen homeless people, and some have even volunteered at soup kitchens or homeless shelters. But a group of students from USC and Kennesaw State University wanted to see the issue of homelessness through the eyes of city government. On Jan. 25, City Councilwoman Jan Perry — a graduate of the USC Price School of Public Policy’s MPA program — spoke to these students about her 11-year quest to find funding for homeless services.

USC expert supports better tracking – and training – for firearms

The streak of shootings and mass killings in the United States in recent years should encourage the nation to consider better tracking gun ownership, according to national security expert Erroll Southers MPA ’98. “There’s at least a minimal expectation of control in regards to who owns a firearm,” said Southers, associate director of USC’s CREATE Homeland Security Center and a former law enforcement official. Southers spoke at a recent “Students Talk Back” event at USC about gun policies, transportation safety and national security.

Leonard Schaeffer profiled in Chronicle of Philanthropy

The Chronicle of Philanthropy profiled Leonard D. Schaeffer, Judge Robert Maclay Widney Chair and Professor at USC, who with wife Pamela Schaeffer is a benefactor of the USC Schaeffer Center for Health Policy and Economics. In 2012, they donated $25 million to support the center. Leonard Schaeffer, who teaches health care leadership and management, is also a member of the USC Price School Board of Councilors. “Our nation faces grave health and fiscal challenges,” he said. “The time was right to support this center because its rigorous, independent, and interdisciplinary research provides the foundation for designing effective policies to address these issues in both the public and private sectors.”

USC Price salutes David Dollinger

The USC Price School of Public Policy hosted a special reception on Feb. 1 at Town & Gown to honor David Dollinger ’87, who recently gave $10 million to the school’s Master of Real Estate Development (MRED) degree program. “David has not only helped secure the continued success of our graduate real estate program, but he has made a significant investment to help advance opportunities for our students — better preparing them to be the innovators and industry leaders of tomorrow,” said Dean Jack Knott.

Not Enough Young Workers to Replace Retiring Boomers, Myers Says

KQED-FM featured research by Professor Dowell Myers of the USC Sol Price School of Public Policy finding that California’s child population is declining. As a result, there won’t be enough young workers to replace retiring baby boomers, Myers said. “It’s been sneaking up on us gradually, and it has finally arrived,” he added. He said that the trend has wide policy implications, creating a need for more education initiatives.

Center for Sustainable Cities

The USC Center for Sustainable Cities conducts multidisciplinary research, education and planning and policy outreach efforts on the environmental, social and economic sustainability challenges facing metropolitan regions, and contributes to the development of public policy and planning that improves the natural and human environment of cities.

Schaeffer Center for Health Policy and Economics

Schaeffer Center aims to promote health and value in health care delivery through innovative research and policy in the United States and internationally. The center brings together policy experts and health economists from the USC Sol Price School of Public Policy and the School of Pharmacy.

Schwarzenegger Institute for State and Global Policy

The Institute focuses on the responsibility of leaders to implement policies that most benefit the people they serve. Its five priority areas: education, energy and environment, fiscal and economic policy, health and human wellness, and political reform.

Bostic Spotlights Lack of Affordable Rental Housing in LA Times

The Los Angeles Times ran an op-ed co-authored by Raphael Bostic, USC Price professor and director of the Bedrosian Center on Governance, about L.A.’s housing crunch. Bostic and colleague made several suggestions for addressing a lack of affordable rental housing. “Los Angeles is an expensive place to live,” they wrote. “This won’t change. The next mayor must take an assertive approach and deal with the affordability challenges directly.”