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The Heller School once again named a top 10 graduate school

Heller News Release
March 29, 2022

For its 2023 rankings, U.S. News & World Report ranked the Heller School for Social Policy and Management among the top 10 public affairs graduate schools in two specialty categories: social policy (where Heller has been top-ranked for over a decade) and health policy and management.

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A flare to burn methane from oil production is seen on a well pad near Watford City, North Dakota, August 26, 2021.

Heller in the News
August 16, 2022

A Methane Fee Won’t Work If It Doesn’t Count All the Methane

Robert Hitt, MPP'23, wrote a piece for The American Prospect in which he questions the effectivity of the Inflation Reduction Act’s energy measures because it only covers 40 percent of the methane emissions produced by the oil and gas industry, and the companies that are covered report their own emissions.

A drawing of the Planet Earth

Heller in the News
August 08, 2022

TechTank Podcast Episode 50: How does tech policy fall short in protecting people with disabilities?

Henry Claypool, Technology Policy Consultant for the American Association for People with Disabilities and National Policy Expert at the Brandeis University Heller School for Social Policy and Management’s Community Living Policy Center, is a guest on Brookings' The TechTank Podcast, where he discussed how people with disabilities are affected by existing technology, while looking into necessary legislation and protection to rectify these wrongs.

A girl practicing calligraphy

Heller in the News
August 05, 2022

This Simple Habit Is the Biggest Predictor of Your Child’s Chances for Success

According to SciTech Daily, a study presented at SLEEP 2022 found that a community’s sleep health is the most important health predictor of children’s chances for success and positive growth. Researchers combined data from the Child Opportunity Index, which provides indices for education, health, and environment, as well as social and economic resources and conditions that affect children’s development, with neighborhood sleep health data gathered by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Graphic that says "Nancy Pelosi, Speaker of the House"

Heller in the News
August 02, 2022

126 Top Economists: Inflation Reduction Act “Will Fight Inflation and Lower Costs”

In a blog post on the Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi's website, David Weil and Lisa Lynch are listed as two top economists who sent a letter to Congressional leaders urging swift passage of the Inflation Reduction Act.

Solar panels

Heller in the News
August 01, 2022

The Dark Side of Solar: The Story Behind The Solar Panel

Abigail Despres, MPP/MBA'23, wrote a blog post for the Solstice Initiative where she explained the downsides of the usage of solar panels. She elucidates that since the cost of solar panels has dropped nearly 70% since 2014, production and use of solar energy have become increasingly popular, with the solar market projected to be valued at $202.5 billion by 2026.

A hand holding the feminism symbol

Heller in the News
August 01, 2022

The Pioneering Feminist Who Won Glamour's Woman Of The Year Lifetime Achievement Award

For over 30 years, Glamour has been honoring role-model-worthy women in its Women of the Year awards. The List shares that Anita Hill was responsible for presenting the award. Hill had also been honored by the magazine 20 years earlier, when her addition to Glamour's "Women of the Year" issue literally stopped the presses. But this time, Hill was honoring Gloria Steinem, saying, "A new generation is discovering this remarkable woman."

Mark Cuban, entrepreneur and owner of the Dallas Mavericks, speaks at the WSJTECH live conference in Laguna Beach, California, October 21, 2019

Heller in the News
July 28, 2022

Mark Cuban’s pharmacy startup is actually making drugs less expensive—but experts say it's solving the wrong problem

Cindy Thomas, a health policy professor at Brandeis University, says she's "pleased" to see what the pharmacy is doing, according to CNBC. It serves a large swath of Americans who still need generic drugs, and it's particularly helpful to people who are uninsured, underinsured or on high-deductible insurance plans, she says.

Children running kites

Heller in the News
July 28, 2022

Public education advocates want Nashville to be known as a great place for kids, not just tourists

WPLN shares that, in Nashville, with rising housing costs, many families lack access to a sustainable place to live and good wages. Kids who do grow up in communities with access to those things are more likely to grow into healthy and productive adults, according to children’s research program

Jessica Looman

Heller in the News
July 28, 2022

Biden Puts Forward New Wage Chief Nominee

David Weil, who Biden had initially nominated to lead the U.S. Department of Labor's Wage and Hour Division, called Jessica Looman "a highly qualified nominee," reports Law360.

Kamala Harris describing herself

Heller in the News
July 27, 2022

Right-wingers are upset because Kamala Harris described what she was wearing

Robyn Powell, PhD'20, had a tweet quoted in an article by Indy100 where she expresses her validation and support towards the vice president for describing herself and promote inclusion.

Karen Kaiser had an abortion in 2008, in part because medication she was taking could have had serious side effects on the fetus

Heller in the News
July 25, 2022

People with disabilities weigh medication, pregnancy in post-Roe world

After the Supreme Court struck down federal abortion protections, people with disabilities are considering the risks of pregnancy while taking medications that could harm a fetus, according to The Washington Post. Some states with abortion bans make exceptions if the mother’s life is at stake. But Robyn Powell, the legal scholar, said she anticipates that physicians will be “very hesitant” to perform abortions where they are criminalized or restricted.

John Heagney, 72, holds a portrait of his sister, Mary Heagney, left, with their mother Marjorie Heagney (1958) at his home in East Lake

Heller in the News
July 25, 2022

‘Never just black and white’: End of Roe a health risk for disabled, advocates warn

Blanket bans on abortion would be another loss of bodily autonomy for the sexually active disabled population, which faces higher health risks from pregnancy, according to Tampa Bay Times. That population has a higher rate of unplanned pregnancies and less access to contraception, sex education and reproductive health care, said Monika Mitra, an associate professor at Brandeis University and director of the Lurie Institute for Disability Policy.

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