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"Rise in Globalism Doesn't Mean the End for Nationalists" by Burcu Bayram Published in The Conversation

Burcu BayramExcerpt: "Recent events suggest that a nationalist backlash is on the rise. The United Kingdom's decision to leave the European Union, Donald Trump's win in the U.S. presidential election and the growing popularity of right-wing parties in France, Austria and Germany attest to this. 

Liberals in particular are puzzled by the spike in nationalism on a global scale. Some may wonder where have all the global citizens gone? The answer, I argue, is nowhere. The confusion comes in because the ideal of a selfless global citizen, someone who puts global issues above national interests, does not really exist."

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PLSC Alum, Autumn Lewis, Joins the College of Engineering Development Team

Autumn Lewis, Ethan Hayman Engineering Dev TeamAutumn Lewis  began working as the assistant director of development at the College of Engineering June 19, 2017. She is responsible for relationships with alumni and donors and assists the director of development and external relations in the management of alumni gifts and fundraising efforts. 

Previously, Lewis has worked for the National Council on Teacher Quality in D.C. and as a staff assistant in the Office of Senator Mark Pryor after graduating summa cum laude from the U of A political science department. 

Lewis is one of two new development officers joining the engineering team. She is joined by Ethan Hayman, formerly a development officer in the College of Science and Health Professions at Northeastern state University.


 Pearl Dowe and Brinck Kerr Receive 2017 Rodney Higgins Faculty Paper Award

Best Faculty Paper Award WinnersDr. Dowe and Dr. Kerr received the award from the National Conference of Black Political Scientists.  Their paper, co-authored with Grace Kerr and Will Miller, entitled "What are the Determinants of Interethnic Competition for Principal Positions in Multiethnic U.S. School Districts?" explores the limitations of previous research on interethnic competition for public sector jobs.

Pearl K. Dowe is an associate professor, vice chair and graduate coordinator in the PLSC department. She has published extensively on African American political behavior and has served as director of the African & African American Studies program. 

Brinck Kerr is a professor in the PLSC department and director of the interdisciplinary Public Policy Ph.D. program. His work has appeared in many political science and public administration journals. 


PLSC Honors Student Named Harry S. Truman Scholar

Alonso Truman AwardHonors Political Science undergraduate, Ryann Alonso, was recently named as a 2017 Harry S. Truman Scholar. Alonso is double majoring in political science and communications and plans to study for a Juris Doctor degree with a concentration in constitutional law when she graduates. She is a Silas Hunt Distinguished Scholar and was named a National Forensics League All-American Debater. She is a member of the U of A Associated Student Government, the Razorback Action Group, is the chapter president of University of Arkansas Young Democrats and chief of staff for Young Democrats of Arkansas. In 2015, she spearheaded a student-led initiative to create a voting center on campus that was voted down by the Washington County Election Commission but was able to register hundreds of students to vote. 

While in law school, Alonso plans to work for the Equal Justice Initiative, and when she has completed her studies hopes to push for reform in the criminal justice system, and eventually run for office in the Arkansas House of Representatives. 

The University of Arkansas has produced 21 Truman scholars and, in 2002, was named a Truman Scholarship Honor Institution for student commitment to service and its record with the Truman Scholarship Program. 


Two Political Science Faculty Members Chosen for Arkansas Civil Rights Committee

xaviermedinavidalvhuntPolitical Science faculty members Dr. Valerie Hunt and Dr. Xavier Medina Vidal were selected along with three other university faculty members by the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights to serve on its Arkansas Advisory Committee.

The purpose of the committee is to improve the enforcement of federal civil rights laws and advise the development of national civil rights policy through widespread investigation, research and analysis of issues that concern the federal government and the public. The committee will also conduct reviews and make recommendations concerning local civil rights issues including voting, discrimination, education and many others. 

Dr. Medina Vidal is a Diane D. Blair Professor of Latino Studies and Assistant Professor of Political Science.

Dr. Hunt is an Associate Professor in the PLSC department and also serves as the Associate Director of the Public Policy doctoral program in the Graduate School and International Education. 



M.P.A Student Creates Guide for the Reduction of Food Waste in Cafeterias

TerryFoodWasteProjectMaster of Public Administration and Nonprofit Studies student, Melissa Terry, has been working with the USDA and the EPA for the last two years to create a guide aimed at reducing food waste in school cafeterias. Terry began creating the guide after approaching the agencies looking for set protocols for her study of food waste in a local elementary school cafeteria and finding that they didn't exist. She teamed up with the agency representatives from both groups and created the user-friendly guide which features simple language that leads organizers and volunteers through the steps of conducting a post-consumer food waste audit in their school cafeterias. The guide helps participating schools identify which types of foods are being wasted and why, and then implements strategies to reduce that waste. 

Terry worked with Washington County elementary schools throughout 2016 to implement some of her new solutions. Her solutions include reducing milk waste through substituting reusable cups for water for those students who do not want milk and designating a "share table" where children can return unopened, unwanted food. The pilot program has been so successful in the test schools that many other elementary schools in Fayetteville are employing her solutions as well. 

Terry continues to work with the EPA and the USDA on several of their sustainable materials, nutrition, and food waste teams to study the affects her work will have on the reduction of food waste nationally.