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Mission of the Institute

Universities conduct a great deal of research that seeks to both advance our knowledge and to enable us to make a positive difference in our world. Too often, however, this knowledge remains in the academy and does not find its way into the hands of those who could use it to improve public policies and programs and the lives of people they affect.

The mission of the Mosakowski Institute for Public Enterprise is to improve the effectiveness of government and other institutions in addressing social concerns through the successful mobilization of use-inspired research. Learn more about use-inspired research.

Current Activities

Irwin "Land Change Modeling for Sustainability Analysis"
Albert, Norma and Howard '77 Geller Endowed Lecture, co-sponsored by the Department of Economics and the Mosakowski Institute for Public Enterprise

Elena G. Irwin, Professor, Department of Agricultural, Environmental, and Development Economics, Ohio State University

Thursday, September 30, 2014
4 pm – 5:15 pm

University Center Grace Conference Room


Marsh-Mosakowski NOAA Fellows to Embark on Summer Research

The Mosakowski Institute for Public Enterprise and the George Perkins Marsh Institute, in partnership with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, have announced their NOAA Fellows for 2014. Scientists and managers with NOAA are partnering for a third year with Clark University to offer qualified undergraduate students paid summer field internships in NOAA labs and offices nationwide, working in fields such as applied ocean and atmospheric science, policy, and science communication. Each student's summer activities are overseen by a NOAA scientist or manager, and advised by a Clark faculty mentor.

Receiving fellowships for the summer are:

MurphyJulianne Murphy '17 is an intended Biology or Biochemistry major who will work in New Jersey on the project, Diet Effects on Growth and Survival of Deep Sea Red Crab Larvae. Her Clark faculty mentor is Professor Luis Smith from the Carlson School of Chemistry and Biochemistry Department.

HisabayashiMichino Hisabayashi '15 is a Geography major, Economics minor whose NOAA Project will be in Hawaii working on NOAA's Sentinel Site Program and Habitat Blueprint - From Observation to Stewardship. Professor Deborah Martin of the Graduate School of Geography will serve as Michino's faculty mentor.

CarrascoSilvana "Vanessa" Carrasco '15 is majoring in Biology and will spend the summer in Seattle studying Impacts of Storage on Bacterial Levels and Product Quality of Farm-raised Macroalgae. Her faculty mentor is Professor David Hibbett of Clark's Biology Department.

The Fellows were feted at a luncheon at the Mosakowski Institute on April 29th. This is the third year that the Marsh and Mosakowski Institutes have partnered with NOAA to offer fellowships to Clark University students. Three of four 2013 Marsh-Mosakowski NOAA Fellows shared their experiences with the students and guests at the luncheon. Faye Harwell '15 a biology major whose NOAA project involved coastal ecology in Maine, talked about the deep sense of community she felt: "I was invited into a real research family." Lucas Earl '14, a geography major who worked in Puget Sound said he'd "gained a lot by participating in research at a high academic level." Economics major Desiree Jerome '14 shared her reflections on working at NOAA headquarters in Washington, DC, on socio-economic policy and analysis projects. Johnston noted her success in a rigorous and demanding internship


The Imperative of SUCCESSFUL AGING:Implications for Policy

Monday April 21, 2014 | 4 p.m.
Grace Conference Room, Higgins University Center

Dr. Roger Landry has seen the future, and it is good. It is a future of tens of millions
of Americans living long, healthy, and satisfying lives after retirement, one where
we avoid squandering hundreds of billions of dollars on health care and lost productivity.
This future will only come to pass, however, if Americans embrace and practice what
Landry calls successful aging, a combination of individual behaviors and societal choices
that promote health, well-being, and independence. A former Air Force flight
surgeon and the author of Live Long, Die Short, Dr. Landry will address one of the
fundamental social and public policy issues of our time, one that will ultimately affect
all of us.

Reception and book signing immediately
following Dr. Landry’s lecture.



Clark University's Mosakowski Institute's Massachusetts Family Impact Seminars

Presents Our Fifth Annual Seminar


Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Boston's State House, Room 437

Legislators, legislative staff, executive branch members, and others interested in the health and well-being of our citizens are invited to hear three of the country’s leading experts discuss:

Cardiovascular Disease: How Did it Become Such a Problem, Risk Factors, and the Role of Public Policy
By Ira S. Ockene, M.D., David and Barbara Milliken Professor of Preventive Cardiology, Director of the Preventive Cardiology Progra.m., University of Massachusetts Medical School

Child and Adolescent Obesity in Massachusetts: Opportunities for Effective Policy Interventions at the State Level
By Christina D. Economos, Ph.D., Associate Director of the John Hancock Research Center on Physical Activity, Nutrition, and Obesity Prevention; the New Balance Chair in Childhood Nutrition; Associate Professor at the Gerald J. and Dorothy R. Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy and the School of Medicine, Tufts University

Type 2 Diabetes in Massachusetts: A Population Perspective and Its Implications for Public Policy
By Barbara Goldoftas, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Environmental Science and Policy, International Develop.m.ent, Community, and Environment Progra.m. at Clark University

Complimentary continental breakfast begins at 9:30 a.m. in Room 437

Seminar 10a.m. to 12:00p.m. in Room 437

Complimentary Round Table Luncheon, Noon to 1:00 p.m., Room 437

The Massachusetts Fa.m.ily Impact Seminars are a series of seminars, briefing reports, and discussion sessions for state policymakers. The seminars provide non-partisan, solution-oriented research on fa.m.ily issues. For further information, contact the Director of the Fa.m.ily Impact Seminars, Denise A. Hines, Ph.D., at or at 508-793-7458.

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Partners for Housing Conference

Monday, April 7, 2014
Government officials, leaders of non-profit housing and community develop.m.ent organizations, private developers, and heads of private, quasi-public, and philanthropic organizations will discuss the efforts partnerships make to increase and preserve the supply of affordable housing; the challenges they encounter; and the changes they deem necessary to increase their impact.

The conference is co-sponsored by the Mosakowski Institute and is open to Clark students, alumni, faculty and staff, as well as to people involved in policy-making, implementation, financing and advocacy for affordable housing in the New England region.

For more information and to register please visit the conference web site

NOAA Internship Opportunities

The George Perkins Marsh Institute announces a competitive internship progra.m. for Clark University undergraduate students interested in ocean, coastal and atmospheric research. This progra.m. is sponsored by the Mosakowski Institute for Public Enterprise and the George Perkins Marsh Institute, in partnership with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science.

Through this progra.m., scientists and managers with NOAA are partnering with Clark University to offer qualified undergraduate students paid summer field internships for summer 2014. Opportunities will be available in NOAA labs and offices nationwide, working in fields such as applied ocean and atmospheric science, policy, and science communication. Each student's summer activities will be overseen by a NOAA scientist or manager, an advised by a Clark faculty mentor. Internships will be offered in natural and social sciences, and are for a period of approximately 10 weeks. Starting dates are flexible, but most internships will begin in June and end in August. Interns will be selected on a competitive basis, and will receive a summer stipend of $4000.

The job listings and application will be posted no later than January 22, 2014. Student applications are due on February 24th. We anticipate placing three interns from Clark during summer 2014. Any questions should be directed to Robert J. Johnston, Director of the George Perkins Marsh Institute.

New Report on Redistricting

Associate Professor of Political Science Rob Boatright and Mosakowski Institute Director Jim Gomes have just released Every Picture Tells a Story: The 2010 Round of Congressional Redistricting in New England, a collection of five papers on the region’s recent experience with the decennial rite of redrawing the boundaries of U.S. House of Representatives districts. (Why only five papers, since there are six New England states? Because Vermont’s population is small enough that it has only one Representative in Congress and thus does not need to re-draw district lines.) Two of the papers (on Massachusetts and Rhode Island) are co-authored by Clark faculty and students. This project grew out of the 2012 New England Political Science Association panel on “Redistricting in New England” that Boatright and Gomes co-chaired and their nationally recognized 2011 tea.m.-taught “Geography of Politics” course. 

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Boston, Massachusetts

The Working Cities Challenge

The Mosakowski Institute is working with the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston on its initiative to advance collaborative leadership in Massachusetts smaller cities and to support a.m.bitious work to improve the lives of low-income people in those cities.

The Institute recently prepared “data dashboards” for twenty Massachusetts cities, compiling information about such subjects as demographics, income, employment, educational attainment, and health.

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Data Dashboard Methodology and Sources

NOAA Fellows

The second year class of our Marsh-Mosakowski Fellows is completing their summer placements at NOAA facilities around the country. Undergraduates selected for this progra.m. receive a summer stipend for their work under the supervision of marine science and policy experts at NOAA facilities from Puget Sound to the coast of Maine. Learn more

Understanding Chronic Disease in Nicaragua.

The Institute has invested in IDCE Professor Barbara Goldoftas' work on poverty, diet, medical care, and population health. Barbara has made two research trips to Nicaragua in an attempt to understand that impoverished country's very high rate of Type II Diabetes. Her goal is to find ways to improve the health of people suffering from chronic disease both in the developing world and here in the United States.

Improving Math and Science Education

STEM Education—science, technology, engineering, and math—seems to be on everyone's mind these days. Clark Education Department Chair Sarah Michaels is leading a Mosakowski-supported project to improve the training and professional develop.m.ent of those who teach these subjects at the K-12 levels. Sarah's work has also received support from a National Science Foundation RAPID grant. Learn More

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