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Jennifer Poulakidas
Jennifer Poulakidas Comments on NIH Funding Increase, Federal Research Investment
Jennifer T. Poulakidas
Vice President, Congressional & Governmental Affairs

Jennifer Poulakidas, APLU's Vice President for Congressional and Governmental Affairs and Co-President of the United for Medical Research, said the NIH budget increase is "overwhelmingly good news," in an interview with The Atlantic.  Yet she cautioned that "this one year alone is not going to turn everything on its head."

Samantha Alvis Recognized by AIARD
Samantha Alvis, Ph.D.
Director, International Development and Programs

Samantha Alvis, International Development and Programs Specialist with the Office of International Programs and a Mickey Leland International Hunger Fellow was recognized on June 1 by the Association for International Agriculture and Rural Development (AIARD) as their 2015 Young Professional Award Winner. This award recognizes early career contributions to the field of international agriculture development.

Anne-Claire Hervy
Anne-Claire Hervy Chairs Session at NAFSA Conference
Anne-Claire Hervy
Associate Vice-President for International Development and Programs

Anne-Claire Hervy chaired a session on “Role of Higher Education in the Post-2015 Development Agenda” on May 29 at the upcoming NAFSA Conference in Boston, MA. In the session, Anne-Claire presented recommendations from the APLU Knowledge Center Report on African Higher Education and facilitated discussion with panelists from  UNESCO and Arizona State University on how they are creating mutually beneficial relationships with universities in developing countries to uniquely contribute to development.

Wendy Fink
Wendy Fink at STEMConnector
Wendy Fink
Director of Food, Agriculture & Natural Resources and Executive Director of the BAA Academic Programs Section

Wendy Fink presented as part of a panel at the March 25th STEM Council meeting of STEMconnector. The panel's focus was "The STEM Food and Ag Council: Cultivating Talent to Solve a Global Challenge."

Barbara Couture to Speak at Conference on College Composition and Communication (CCCC)
Barbara Couture, D.A.
Senior Advisor for Advancement

Barbara Couture will present a session on "Balancing Risks & Rewards as Research Expectations Change" during the Conference on College Composition and Communication (CCCC) annual convention in Tampa, FL on March 20, 2015.

Christine M. Keller
Christine M. Keller to Testify on Capitol Hill
Christine M. Keller, Ph.D.
Vice President, Research and Policy Analysis, and Executive Director, Voluntary System of Accountability and Student Achievement Measure

APLU Vice President Christine M. Keller testifies before the House Subcommittee on Higher Education and Workforce Training on Tuesday, March 17. Keller will discuss how lessons from the Student Achievement Measure (SAM) and the Voluntary System of Accountability (VSA) can improve higher education policies for students, families, and taxpayers.

Howard Gobstein discusses the MTE-Partnership
Howard Gobstein
Executive Vice President and Co-Project Director, Science & Mathematics Teaching Imperative

Howard Gobstein discusses the MTE-Partnership on the panel:  Launching Improvement Networks:  A Framework for Getting Started at the 2nd Carnegie Foundation Summit on Improvement in Education March 3 in San Francisco, CA.