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.
Clark University's Mosakowski Institute's Massachusetts Fa.m.ily Impact Seminars
Presents Our Fifth Annual Seminar
A LOT ON OUR PLATE: CHRONIC HEALTH THREATS IN MASSACHUSETTS
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or at 508-793-7458.
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.
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.
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