Robert M. La Follette School of Public Affairs

News: Alumni News

Sam Austin (MIPA ’08) joined the Evidence-Based Health Policy Project at the University of Wisconsin–Madison as its director in mid-October. Austin previously served as a budget analyst with the Wisconsin Legislative Fiscal Bureau (LFB).

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

2013 grad helping bridge science, policy

The interdisciplinary Neuroscience Training Program (NTP) drew C.P. Frost to the University of Wisconsin–Madison. The NTP’s joint graduate program with the La Follette School of Public Affairs – Neuroscience & Public Policy – sealed the deal.

Distinguished scholars Ron Haskins, Isabel Sawhill, and C. Eugene Steuerle (MA ’72, MS ’73, PhD ‘75) will discuss Improving Opportunities for Children during the 2016 Paul Offner Lecture on Thursday, November 3.

Serving others is a high priority for students at the La Follette School of Public Affairs. So it should come as no surprise that alumni eagerly volunteer with their alma mater.

Dan Leopold (MPA ’03) recently was promoted to the chief intelligence officer for U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) in Chicago.

Christopher Russell (MIPA/JD ’16) has been awarded a Fulbright Program grant to work in Ukraine’s Ministry of Justice through the Clinton Public Policy Fellowship.

In a recent article on Madison’s diverse 13th Aldermanic District, The Cap Times highlighted the work of Sara Eskrich (MPA/MPH ’15), who has represented the district since April 2015.

Austin Frerick (MPA ’14) co-authored a paper about how the corporate tax base has changed during recent years. Frerick and Laura Power, both in the U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Office of Tax Analysis, used micro-economic tax return data from 1992 to 2013 to compute the first time-series on the normal return fraction for all nonfinancial C corporations, for multinationals, and for industries.

Seven La Follette School students learned the intricacies of federal program evaluation and auditing at the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) this summer. They also experienced the tight group of La Follette School alumni in and around the nation’s capital – known as the DC Bobs.

Wisconsin Attorney General Brad Schimel named Peter Tempelis (MPA, JD ’06) an assistant attorney general in the Medicaid Fraud Control & Elder Abuse Unit of the Wisconsin Department of Justice.

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