Thursday, May 11, 2017

STEP at APPAM Student Conference 2017
Haley Bloomquist, Brianna Denk, Ally Hillstrom

Over the weekend of April 7th-8th, we attended the APPAM Student Conference held by George Mason University, Schar School of Policy and Government in Arlington, VA. APPAM, Association for Public Policy Analysis and Management, is a non-profit organization committed to improving public policy and management by promoting excellence in research, analysis and education. At this conference, we gained valuable research presentation experience by presenting our research in panel format, allowing us to receive important feedback from academics, practitioners, and other students.

We started our day off by presenting our research as a part of the Clean Energy and Responsible Sourcing Practices panel. Dr. Eliane Catilina was chosen to be our discussant and chair of the panel. She is a regulatory economist and works for the Office of Pollution Prevention and Toxics at the U.S. EPA, and is a professor at the McCourt School of Public Policy, Georgetown University. Unfortunately, Dr. Catilina was unable to make the conference, however Brianna, assumed the role of the discussant and successfully facilitated the program and discussion.

During the panel, we presented on The Political Economy of Carbon Offsets: A Comparative Analysis of Post-2020 Sustainable Development Mechanism Architectures. Two other Humphrey School of Public Affairs graduate students, Jill Rook and Ashfaqul H Chowdhury, presented on the Gains from Collaborative R&D: A Patent Analysis of U.S.-China Co-Invention. The third panel participant, Nicholas Mastron, from the George Washington University, presented on the Gusher and Roughneck Economies. After the presentations, Brianna facilitated the discussion between our panel participants and the audience. Several audience members asked questions about the presentation and offered insightful feedback. Afterwards, we were each able to talk one-on-one with audience members for further discussion.

One of our favorite parts of the conference was the opportunity to attend the session called Policy Career Paths WorkshopPresenters gave background information on how they began their public service careers and how they have achieved their current positions. The workshop session speakers included Kimberly Arnold, Johns Hopkins University; Katrina Hubbard Dunlap, George Mason University; David Johnson, University of Michigan; Roberto Amorosino, The World Bank; Tom Barnett, Fairfax County Government; and Peter Reuter, University of Maryland. Later in the conference, we were able to continue further discussion of policy career paths with the panelist Kimberly Arnold at one of the poster and networking events. 
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