Professional Update
November / 2018
Looking Ahead to #2019APPAM
APPAM's 40 th Fall Research Conference was a rich experience for the professional public policy community, with numerous events for working professionals held during the 2018 conference. Over the course of four festive days and evenings, professionals enjoyed the new Innovation Lounge, opportunities to serve as mentors, APPAM's inaugural LGBTQI mixer, Super Sessions, and numerous concurrent sessions, as well as morning wellness programs that offered them much-needed respite.

As proud as we are of the positive impact of this year's Fall Research Conference on our professional members, we think #2019APPAM at the Denver Sheraton can and will be an even richer experience for working professionals in the public policy field. To meet that goal, we need your feedback: Please complete our survey of the overall conference this week if you haven't already! Completing the survey gives all conference registrants a chance to win one of three FREE Fall 2019 Research Conference registrations.
Conference Photo Gallery
Our #2018APPAM photo gallery on features photos from our luncheons, receptions, Poster sessions, wellness programs, and other educational and social events held at the Washington Marriott Wardman Park in DC this month. Feel free to browse and link to photos of yourself and your peers.

APPAM Webinar:
The Impact of Student Loan Debt on the Workforce
With student loan debt tripling between 2001 and 2016, hitting the $1.5 trillion milestone in the first quarter of 2018, the Federal Reserve reports that student loan debt now exceeds both auto and credit card debt. How is this debt load affecting their employment choices? What are employers doing to react to this crisis? How is the employment landscape changing?

#Regional Student Conferences:
Save the Dates for the 2019 DC and California Regional Student Conferences
Save the dates for these spring student conferences! Submissions open November 26, 2018 for DC and December 4, 2018 for California.
JPAM Featured Article:
The Effect of R&D Investment on Graduate Student Productivity: Evidence From the Life Sciences

This study examines the role of graduate training and R&D investments on research productivity by focusing on the effect of federal funding for early‐career graduate students. The authors employ a difference‐in‐differences research design drawing upon a sample of high‐quality life science graduate students who either are award recipients or honorable mentions of the prestigious U.S. National Science Foundation's Graduate Research Fellowship Program. They find that a $91,000 grant over three years has a limited, yet positive impact on the awardee's productivity. These effects are driven by the sample of graduate students without publications prior to applying for the fellowship.

Listen to the podcast:
Authors Daniel Gubits and Michelle Wood participated in the latest edition of The Wonk policy podcast. You can find the podcast with the author interview, or listen to more APPAM podcasts and webinars here.
APPAM Members in the News
Mathematica Policy Research recently acquired EDI Group, an international research and data collection organization with extensive survey operations in East Africa and a presence in the United Kingdom.

Carolyn Heinrich, APPAM Immediate Past-President, is working together with experts from Vanderbilt University School of Medicine's Department of Health Policy and Vanderbilt's Peabody College of Education and Human Development to establish a Policies for Action Research Hub at Vanderbilt University. The hub will help policymakers better understand and develop recommendations to address the needs of Tennessee's most vulnerable children, including children in immigrant families and children with prenatal exposure to opioids.

Raphael Bostic, Vice President of APPAM, recently interviewed on CNBC about the neutrality of interest rates. As President and CEO of the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta, Bostic indicated concerns about global growth and fading fiscal stimulus.

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