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HKS in the News July 18, 2012

1. Energy independence in an interdependent world (Nye) Al Jazeera

2. Mother-to-be CEO rivets the working world (Budson) The Boston Globe

3. The New Complacency About Schools Is Ill-Informed Time Magazine

4. Progress, but no letup (McCarthy) The Harvard Gazette

5. Is That Ad Super PAC Backed? This App Will Tell You (Hollett) Forbes Magazine

Energy independence in an interdependent world

Al Jazeera

July 15

Commentary by: Joseph Nye

Topic: U.S. energy sources

When President Richard Nixon proclaimed in the early 1970s that he wanted to secure national energy independence, the United States imported a quarter of its oil. By the decade’s end, after an Arab oil embargo and the Iranian Revolution, domestic production was in decline, Americans were importing half their petroleum needs at 15 times the price, and it was widely believed that the country was running out of natural gas.

Energy shocks contributed to a lethal combination of stagnant economic growth and inflation, and every US president since Nixon likewise has proclaimed energy independence as a goal. But few people took those promises seriously. …

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Mother-to-be CEO rivets the working world

The Boston Globe

July 18

Quoted: Victoria Budson, Woman and Public Policy

Topic: Marissa Mayer’s appointment as CEO at Yahoo

On Monday, struggling tech giant Yahoo announced it was hiring Marissa Mayer as chief executive, the company’s fifth leader in five years. But there was even more news to come. The 37-year-old Mayer, a highly respected former Google executive, is pregnant — and the board knew all about it when it appointed her. …

“The question isn’t how is [Mayer] going to balance her work-family life, but it’s how do we ensure that companies are fully using the talent pool [including women of child-bearing years] so we can have an economic engine that will deliver a strong economy?” saidVictoria Budson, the founding executive director of the Women and Public Policy Program at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government. …

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The New Complacency About Schools Is Ill-Informed

Time Magazine

July 17

Cited: Program on Education Policy and Governance

Topic: The state of U.S. schools

Just when you thought we’d reached a consensus on the need to dramatically improve America’s schools, a chorus is emerging to suggest all is well. …

To be sure, there’s been some progress. A new Harvard study by the same authors that is being published today in Education Next looks at the pace of improvement on international tests and confirms the NAEP’s findings of modest gains by U.S. students in 4th and 8th grade, which the complacency crowd no doubt will cheer. (I am on the advisory committee of Harvard’s Program of Education Policy and Governance, which is one of the sponsors of Education Next.) But digging deeper into the data, the new study also shows that the pace of improvement in the U.S. has been no better than the median rate for all 49 industrialized and developing countries during the decade that the researchers analyzed. …

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Progress, but no letup

The Harvard Gazette

July 16

Quoted: Tim McCarthy, Carr Center

Topic: Gay rights in America

Tim McCarthy was also quoted in the Harvard Crimson

From the repeal of the military’s “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy, to the expansion of marriage rights in several states, to the passing of a federal hate crimes prevention act, the past several years have been a time of unprecedented progress for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) Americans.

But beyond legal and legislative victories, Tim McCarthy believes, lies a much bigger challenge for the LGBT movement: confronting and eradicating a pervasive stigma against sexual minorities, both in the United States and abroad.

“Equal rights does not necessarily mean equal lives,” McCarthy, an activist and Harvard Kennedy School (HKS) lecturer, told an audience at the Carr Center for Human Rights Policy on July 11. “We always have to keep an eye on the bigger prize.” …

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Is That Ad Super PAC Backed? This App Will Tell You


July 17

Quoted: Jennifer Hollett MPA 2012

Topic: New political app created by HKS alum

In the run-up to Election Day, more than 670 super PACs have spent over $280 million to influence political advertising – and the numbers keep rising. So which super PAC finances certain ads? And which candidate does each super PAC lean towards? Well, there’s an app for that.

The Super PAC App, soon available for free in the iTunes store, will use audio fingerprinting technology employed by apps like Shazam and SoundHound to identify adverts. Users will be able to hold their iPhones up to an advert while it is playing, and the Super PAC App will draw on third-party data to tell the user which super PAC is running the ad. …

Born out of a class project at MIT’s Media Lab, the Super PAC App is the brain child of recent Harvard Kennedy School grad Jennifer Hollett and MIT Sloan grad Dan Siegel. …

“Instead of just sitting there and letting the ads come at you, you have the opportunity to interact with the content,” explained Hollett. …

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