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SPEA’s global reach is growing. I want to tell you about recent trips and new partnerships that will strengthen those connections.

I’ve just returned from a SPEA-sponsored event in Brussels, Belgium where I was part of a SPEA team that included Prof. Todd Royer, doctoral student Adam Abelkop and researcher Mallory Mueller. We presented the results of research into the international regulation of chemicals. You can read about the findings in the newsletter below. The well-attended forum also designed to increase the impact of SPEA policy research by stimulating dialogue among European leaders in government, industry and non-government organizations. It had the side benefit of raising the profile of SPEA in the capital of the European Union, where EU policy is made. In the course of doing the workshop, we also identified new organizations in Europe that may serve as hosts for SPEA internships.

Earlier in the semester, I traveled to Germany for meetings concerning the German Helmholtz Society, a scientific organization that funds applied research centers on science and technology throughout Germany. I am a member of the Society’s international advisory board. One outgrowth of this role has been participation by SPEA doctoral students in a week-long seminar on energy and the environment held near Munich. Scholars also travel west across the Atlantic. A post-doctoral fellow from the Helmholtz network, Olga Schenk, joins us here in Bloomington in the next few days. Olga is a political scientist with an interest in collaborative government, and we welcome her for a year of study with us.

Also in Germany, I represented SPEA at a ceremony with the President of the University of Augsburg during which we signed an agreement to launch a new partnership to encourage student and faculty exchanges. It is the culmination of several years of cultivation by SPEA Professor David Audretsch and his staff and student colleagues in the SPEA Office of Overseas Study.

Another new partnership, with Seoul National University in Korea, is enhancing SPEA IUB’s already sizeable footprint in the Pacific Rim. You can read about the benefits of our partnership with SNU below. SPEA IUB Executive Associate Dean David Reingold signed the agreement with SNU at a conference in Washington, DC. Then IUB Provost Lauren Robel underscored the importance of the partnership to IU with another signing ceremony in Seoul earlier this month.

In November, SPEA IUPUI Executive Associate Dean Lilliard Richardson traveled with a group to Asia to explore partnerships with several universities as well as meet with IU alumni groups. Lilliard was joined by Gene Tempel, Dean of the Lilly Family School of Philanthropy; Phil Cochran, Executive Associate Dean of the Kelley School of Business at IUPUI; Paul Halverson, Dean of the Richard M. Fairbanks School of Public Health at IUPUI; and Gil Latz, IUPUI Associate Vice Chancellor for International Affairs. The delegation visited universities in Beijing and Guangzhou, China; Bangkok, Thailand; and Singapore. Lilliard met with his counterparts in public affairs schools and programs to explore the possibilities of student and faculty exchanges, as well as consider new destinations for SPEA’s Study Abroad program.

One result of these and similar efforts is that SPEA was one of several schools lauded in a recent and glowing report on IU's overseas engagement that covered both the Bloomington and Indianapolis campuses. We expect that trend to continue as SPEA students are showing strong interest in our expanding Study Abroad offerings.

Right now, though, many of us are turning our globetrotting attention to the holiday season and the opportunity it provides to visit far-away families. If you’ll be traveling, I wish you a safe and pleasant journey. And I wish all of you a joyous holiday.

As always, I welcome your thoughts on this newsletter or anything concerning SPEA. I can be contacted at 812-855-1432 or

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