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New Study Abroad Program in Cuba

Professor McIntyre along with Professor Moakley of the Political Science have developed a new study abroad program in Havana Cuba. Taught in collaboration with the Institute of Philosophy, the program features courses in Latin American Economic and Political Development, the history of the Cuban revolution, and an independent study through which students can pursue their own interests while in Cuba. It will be offered for the first time in Spring 2016. For more information check at the program home page or contact Professor McIntyre.

Active Economics Principles

Professors Anderson, Malloy, and Yang have decided that it is time to break the mythical chains that have bound the large Principles of Economics courses to a place of lecture, test, and hope for the best. The myth that active learning is not for these classes is fueled by the fear of grading 120+ students, concern of free-riders, and, most of all, dimly lit auditoriums with fixed, linear seating arrangements. With support from the URI STEM Gateway Course Innovation program, these faculty have committed to transforming the Principles courses from “large lectures” to “large sections of active learners”.

Economic Effects of Medicaid Expansion

Professor Malloy, jointly with Professor Pearson-Merkowitz from URI’s Political Science Department, contributed a research brief on “The Economic Impact ofExpanding Medicaid” to The Collaborative, a research organization pulling from the colleges and universities in Rhode Island. Malloy and Pearson-Merkowitz’s work focused on the economic effects of Medicaid expansion and was draw from work looking at the economic effects of health insurance coverage in general.

European Refugee Crisis

On October 8 Professor McIntyre participated on an expert panel about the European Refugee Crisis along with faculty from the History, Languages, and Political Science Departments. The panel, held at the URI Alumni Center, was organized by Sigrid Berka, Director of the International Engineering Program, as part of German Campus Week. Co-sponsors included the German Embassy.

The Future of Work

Professor Malloy presented his research with Professor Pearson-Merkowitz of Political Science on “The Future of Work: Bargaining Power, Cooperation and Inequality” to the Social and Political Economy Seminar Series on November 10 at the Alumni Center.

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