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Federal Fellows Seminars

Science Diplomacy class field trip to White House Office of Science and Technology PolicyDuring the fall semester, students learn about the policy-making process and discuss subject-based issues in a seminar course led by an industry expert. Site visits to federal agencies, guest speakers, and round table sessions ensure that students receive a variety of real-world perspectives on their chosen policy area. If you are interested in Foreign Policy go to Global Fellows in Washington, D.C., our sister program, which has three terrific options!

All FGSM courses are cross-listed with Honors courses.

Students select from the following three concentrations (Course dates/times are for Fall Semester 2017):

Energy and Environmental Policy (FGSM340) –»

Course Description: Classes will be held 3:30-6:30pm, Tuesday, Biology Psychology Building - BPS 1236. This course will explore issues of environmental sustainability through an investigation of federal policymaking in energy, climate change, and sustainable development. Students will examine efforts of the U.S. government to respond to linked challenges of increasing energy demand, climate change, growing population, and poverty alleviation. Guest speakers from Congress, federal agencies, and the non-governmental sector will highlight domestic initiatives as well as the role of the U.S. government in international agreements related to climate change and sustainable development.

Please note that this course is cross-listed as HONR378J.

Instructor Information: Ed Fendley has served in the Federal government for 30 years, specializing in climate change and sustainable development. He has worked as a Foreign Service Officer, as a negotiator dealing with the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change, and as a White House staffer. Mr. Fendley now serves in the Environmental Protection Agency's Office of Sustainable Communities, where he helps people build walkable, healthy and economically vibrant neighborhoods. Mr. Fendley also served as an elected member of the School Board in his home town of Arlington, Virginia. But what he really wants to do full-time is ride his bike around the country sampling local food and drink.

Tom Carter is an expert in international, federal, and state government affairs in Washington, DC, with an emphasis on climate change, clean energy, and environmental regulation and legislation. In over two decades of public policy work in the nation’s capital, he has served in executive positions for clean energy companies and for the cement and concrete industries. He is also an adjunct professor at George Mason University and at the University of Maryland, teaching classes on environmental law and policy, sustainability, environmental justice, and related topics. Mr. Carter’s non-professional interests include cycling and music. While earning his Juris Doctor degree from the University of North Carolina, Mr. Carter founded a music management company and record label and toured nationally with an indie rock band. Mr. Carter is also an avid cyclist.

Homeland and National Security Policy (FGSM330) –»

Course Information: Classes will be held 6:30-9:30pm, Monday, Plant Science Building - PLS 1117. This course will examine the concept of U.S. homeland and national security in the context of recent history. It will supply students with an understanding about the nature of threats and major vulnerabilities that are the focus of homeland and national security efforts, with emphasis on events since the 9/11 terrorist attacks. The course will pay special attention to implications of policies and strategies regarding the threats of terrorism. Expert practitioners from the government or private sector, responsible for homeland security and counterterrorism operations, will often visit class, address topics, and participate in seminar discussion. Students will also learn and practice fundamental skills of analysis, communication, and collaboration that are necessary for success in the professional workplace.

Please note that this course is cross-listed as HONR378G.

Instructor Information: Magdalena A. Bajll is a senior manager at the National Counterterrorism Center, and an adjunct professor at the University of Maryland, College Park. Until January 2010, Ms. Bajll worked as a senior policy analyst at the U.S. Department of Homeland (DHS). She joined DHS when it was first established in March 2003, and held various leadership, policy, planning, and operational positions throughout the Department. Prior to her work at DHS, Ms. Bajll served at the Department of Justice in the Office for Domestic Preparedness. She started her career as a consultant at Research Planning, Inc., where she worked on counterterrorism, national preparedness, and defense projects for the U.S. government. Ms. Bajll has an extensive background in domestic and global security issues. She holds a B.A. in History from Rutgers University, a M.S. in Foreign Service from Georgetown University, and a M.S. in National Security Strategy from the National War College, where she was recognized as a Distinguished Graduate.

Public Health Policy (FGSM320) –»

Course Information: Classes will be held 3:30-6:30pm, Tuesday, School of Public Health - SPH 1302. Health care policies determine who receives health benefits, what type of care is available, who administers care, how frequently care is provided, and how much care will cost. These policy decisions are critical in influencing the health and well-being of our society. This course examines the formulation, implementation and evaluation of health policy. The course also explores the complexities and challenges facing the American health care system. Students will formulate a policy brief and conduct an impact analysis to better understand the potential benefits and costs of health policies addressing issues such as child health, health reform, infant mortality, teen pregnancy, smoking cessation or injury prevention.

Please note that this course is cross-listed as HONR378E.

Instructor Information: Woodie Kessel, MD, MPH, is a community pediatrician and child advocate with experience in bioengineering, medicine, public health, community-based programming, and public policy. Dr. Kessel is the Senior Child Health Scholar in Residence at the C E Koop Institute, Dartmouth College and Medical School, and Professor of the Practice at the University of Maryland’s School of Public Health. Dr. Kessel is actively involved in projects focused on eliminating child poverty, advocacy and science related the care and cure of rare diseases, community-based strategies to prevent gun violence aimed at children, community data systems, and standards of care for newborns and children requiring cardio-thoracic surgery. Previously, Dr. Kessel served in the US Public Health Service as an Assistant Surgeon General and senior advisor on child and family health matters to the White House, Cabinet Secretaries, Surgeons General, and Health and Human Services officials spanning eight administrations. Dr. Kessel has been involved in setting child health policy, including the Children’s Health Insurance Program, guidelines for health supervision of children and adolescents; preventing childhood obesity through federal initiatives and community-based research helping grandparents help their grandchildren make health choices; and the Healthy Start Initiative to reduce infant mortality in the US. Dr. Kessel serves on several boards including the National Healthy Mothers, Healthy Babies Coalition Board; the Sesame Workshop Health and Nutrition workgroup; PBS KIDS Health Council; Myotonic Dystrophy Foundation; Healthy Children, Healthy Futures Organization; the Fischell Bioengineering Advisory Committee, UMD; and others. He has received the USPHS Distinguished Service Medal the highest USPHS recognition award, the Drexel 100 Distinguished Alumni Award, the Einstein College of Medicine Lifetime Achievement Award, and the American Academy of Pediatrics Excellence in Public Service Award, and others. Dr. Kessel studied electrical engineering at Drexel University; medicine at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine; and, public health at the Johns Hopkins University. He completed his pediatric residency and primary care fellowship at Boston City Hospital. He was a RWJF Clinical Scholar and an ambulatory pediatrics fellow at the George Washington University’s Children’s Hospital National Medical Center

Elaine Anderson, Ph.D. chairs the Department of Family Science in the School of Public Health. She is a member of the State of Maryland Governor's Fatherhood Advisory Council and holds Fellow Status for the National Council on Family Relations. Dr. Anderson is a former Congressional Science Fellow (1985-86) and has conducted policy analysis and research for the U.S. Senate, the Minnesota and Connecticut State Legislatures and two presidential campaigns.