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Dr. Bryan Jones, University of Texas Professor and ISTPP Research Fellow, New Member of AAAS

Dr. Bryan D. Jones is a newly elected member to the social sciences class within the political science section of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. [READ MORE]


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Bush School Student Publishes Orbital Debris Governance Research in Space Policy

Michael Migaud, a second-year Master of Public Service and Administration student and a graduate assistant researcher for the Institute for Science, Technology, and Public Policy, recently published a paper on space debris governance in the journal Space Policy. Migaud’s paper is titled “Protecting Earth’s Orbital Environment: Policy Tools for Combating Space Debris.” [READ MORE]


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Hannibal Publishes on Board Networks and Grant Making in Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Quarterly

ISTPP researcher Dr. Bryce Hannibal recently coauthored a paper with Dr. Laurie Paarlberg of Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis and Dr. Jasmine McGinnis Johnson of George Washington University on the influence of board network connections on grant making in public foundations. [READ MORE]


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ISTPP’s Kang Publishes on Land Development Competition in Economic Development Quarterly

ISTPP researcher Dr. Ki-Eun Kang recently published a paper with Dr. George Homsy of the Department of Public Administration at Binghamton University, State University of New York on regional competition and land development in Economic Development Quarterly. [READ MORE]


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Dr. Xinsheng Liu Presented Research at Southern Political Science Association Conference

Dr. Xinsheng Liu, Research Scientist at the Institute for Science, Technology, and Public Policy (ISTPP), presented a paper entitled “Local Air Pollution and Political Trust in China” at the 2020 Annual Conference of the Southern Political Science Association in San Juan, Puerto Rico, January 9-11, 2020. [READ MORE]


ISTPP’s Hannibal and Portney Publish on Water-Energy-Food Nexus in Environmental Science and Policy

ISTPP’s Hannibal and Portney Publish on Water-Energy-Food Nexus in Environmental Science and Policy

Dr. Kent Portney and Dr. Bryce Hannibal published a paper with ISTPP Fellows Dr. Bassel Daher, Department of Biological and Agricultural Engineering at Texas A&M University, and Dr. Rabi Mohtar of American University in Beirut on communication levels between water-energy-food nexus researchers and stakeholders within the Greater San Antonio Area. [READ MORE]


Bush School Student Presents Space Policy Research at NASA Conference

Bush School Student Presents Space Policy Research at NASA Conference

Michael Migaud, a second-year Master of Public Service and Administration student and graduate assistant researcher in the Institute for Science, Technology, and Public Policy, presented his research on policy tools used to combat space debris at the NASA’s First International Orbital Debris Conference. [READ MORE]


ISTPP Welcomes New Research Fellows

ISTPP has named five members to its Fellows program—Dr. Bassel Daher, Dr. Mathew Kurian, Dr. Sara Meerow, Dr. Ren Mu, and Dr. Youlang Zhang. [READ MORE]


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ISTPP’s Dr. Liu visited universities in China, attended international conferences, and conducted field research in Inner Mongolia

During the summer of 2019, Dr. Xinsheng Liu visited several universities in China, including Peking University, Inner Mongolia University, and Sun Yat-Sen University. [READ MORE]



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Hannibal Publishes on Public Foundation Grants in Communities of Colour

ISTPP’s Bryce Hannibal coauthored a paper titled “Race and the Public Foundation Grants Marketplace: The Differential Effect of Network Status in Communities of Colour” published in Public Management Review. [READ MORE]


Dr. Ki Eun Kang Joins ISTPP Research Team

The Institute for Science, Technology, and Public Policy is pleased to announce the addition of Dr. Ki Eun Kang to our staff. [READ MORE]


ISTPP’s Liu Publishes on Public Attitudes toward Economic Reform in China

Dr. Xinsheng Liu of ISTPP recently published the paper “Age Versus Socialization in Understanding Attitudes toward Economic Reforms in China” in Social Sciences Quarterly. [READ MORE]


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Dr. Liu Joins Policy Studies Journal Editorial Board

Dr. Xinsheng Liu, ISTPP research scientist, has joined the editorial board of the Policy Studies Journal (PSJ) for a two-year term. [READ MORE]




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Xinsheng Liu and Kent Portney Publish on Chinese Concern about Climate Change

ISTPP researchers Dr. Xinsheng Liu and Dr. Kent Portney and their coauthors Feng Hao at the University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee and Yinxi Liu at Inner Mongolia University have published their paper, "Examining Public Concern about Global Warming and Climate Change in China," in The China Quarterly. [READ MORE]


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ISTPP’s Liu and Vedlitz Publish Article in Public Management Review

ISTPP’s Drs. Xinsheng Liu and Arnold Vedlitz recently published a paper with Dr. Youlang Zhang (ISTPP Fellow and Assistant Professor at Renmin University of China) in Public Management Review. [READ MORE]


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Bush School and ISTPP Researchers Part of Grant to Study Hurricane Harvey Recovery and Community Resilience

Researchers from Texas A&M’s Bush School of Government and Public Service and Institute for Science, Technology, and Public Policy (ISTPP) have joined an interdisciplinary, multi-institutional research team led by Texas OneGulf of Texas A&M Corpus Christi. [READ MORE]


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Dr. Hannibal Presents ISTPP Research on Water-Energy-Food (WEF) Nexus Governance

In the past decade, research on interconnected resource challenges has primarily focused on quantifying physical resource interconnections. More recently, research has expanded into the social, economic, and policy dimensions of resource interconnections. [READ MORE]


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ISTPP’S Hannibal Presents Research on Texans’ Views of Fracking

ISTPP’s Dr. Bryce Hannibal presented a paper coauthored with ISTPP Director, Dr. Kent Portney, on Texans’ opinions on unconventional oil and gas development at the Western Political Science Association’s 2019 conference. [READ MORE]


ISTPP Director Portney Presents Study on Fragmentation of Nexus Resource Decision-Making Processes

ISTPP Director, Dr. Kent Portney, presented a paper he coauthored with Dr. Bryce Hannibal and Dr. Robert Greer on whether governance decision-making processes regarding food, energy, and water resources are fragmented. [READ MORE]


Portney, Hannibal, and Kurian Publish on Water Reuse and the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals

Drs. Kent Portney and Bryce Hannibal of ISTPP and Mathew Kurian of United Nations University recently published a paper they coauthored that addresses water reuse goals established by the United Nations. [READ MORE]


ISTPP Director Portney Presents Water-Energy Nexus Research at TAMU Law School

ISTPP’s Dr. Kent Portney presented research on governance of the food-energy-water nexus, with a focus on the Metropolitan San Antonio Area and the Edwards-Trinity Aquifer System, at the Texas A&M Law School’s 10th Annual Energy Law Symposium. [READ MORE]


ISTPP’s Hannibal and Portney Publish on Public Awareness of the FEW Nexus

Drs. Bryce Hannibal and Kent Portney recently published an article titled “Correlates of Food-Energy-Water Nexus Awareness Among the American Public” in Social Science Quarterly. [READ MORE]


ISTPP Director Portney Presents Research on Nexus Resources and Communication

Dr. Kent Portney presented a paper he coauthored with ISTPP Assistant Research Scientist Dr. Bryce Hannibal and ISTPP Fellow Dr. Robert Greer at the annual conference of the Western Political Science Association. [READ MORE]


Dr. Hannibal Presents Findings on Intersection of Social and Planning Networks

As part of a project funded by the National Science Foundation, ISTPP’s Dr. Bryce Hannibal and his colleagues, Dr. Sierra Woodruff and Matthew Malecha from the College of Architecture at Texas A&M University, are researching the ways in which organizational networks affect the integration of hazard mitigation plans. [READ MORE]


ISTPP’s Hannibal Publishes in Journal of Social Science for Policy Implications

ISTPP’s Dr. Bryce Hannibal recently published a paper titled “Citizens’ Decision-Making Frameworks on Climate Change Policy Preferences” with Dr. Tabitha Morton from Prairie View A&M University in the Journal of Social Science for Policy Implications. [READ MORE]


Dr. Hannibal Named Fellow of the Institute for Sustainable Communities

Dr. Bryce Hannibal of ISTPP has been appointed to a three-year term as a Fellow of the Institute for Sustainable Communities (IfSC) at Texas A&M University. IfSC brings together scholars from across A&M to collaborate on interdisciplinary research, engagement, and high impact service learning. [READ MORE]


ISTPP Researchers Portney and Hannibal Publish Paper on Cooperation of FEW Nexus Stakeholders in San Antonio Region

Drs. Kent Portney and Bryce Hannibal published a paper with Bassel Daher, doctoral candidate in the Department of Biological and Agricultural Engineering at Texas A&M University, and Dr. Rabi Mohtar, Dean of the Faculty of Agricultural and Food Sciences at the American University of Beirut titled “Toward Creating an Environment of Cooperation between Water, Energy, and Food Stakeholders in San Antonio” in Science of the Total Environment. [READ MORE]


ISTPP Director Portney Publishes Research on Governance of Water Reuse

ISTPP Director Kent Portney published a paper with Bush School alumnus Lindsey Aldaco-Manner and ISTPP Fellow Rabi Mohtar, titled “Analysis of Four Governance Factors on Efforts of Water Governing Agencies to Increase Water Reuse in the San Antonio Region” in Science of the Total Environment. [READ MORE]


ISTPP Researchers Partner on $2 Million NSF Grant to Study How Coupled Human-Infrastructure Systems Affect Resilience to Urban Flooding

Dr. Arnold Vedlitz, Dr. Bryce Hannibal, and Ms. Carol Goldsmith of the Institute for Science, Technology and Public Policy (ISTPP) are partnering with other Texas A&M researchers to identify and examine how the dynamics of planning, policies, flood control infrastructures, and the social networks in which these efforts operate affect the capacity of urban communities to quickly recover from major flooding. . [READ MORE]


ISTPP Researchers Hannibal and Vedlitz Publish in Sociological Spectrum

ISTPP researchers Dr. Bryce Hannibal and Dr. Arnold Vedlitz recently published a paper titled “Social Capital, Knowledge, and the Environment: the Effect of Interpersonal Communication on Climate Change Knowledge and Policy Preferences” in Sociological Spectrum. [READ MORE]


Drs. Portney, Mumpower’s Research on Soft Target Terrorism Risk Perceptions Presented at PSAM

ISTPP Director Kent Portney and Research Fellow Jeryl Mumpower coauthored a paper titled “The Dynamics of Risk Perception for Soft Target Terrorism” that was presented at the 14th Probabilistic Safety Assessment and Management Conference held in September in Los Angeles, CA. [READ MORE]


Drs. Liu, Portney, Mumpower, and Vedlitz Published in Risk Analysis

ISTPP researchers, Drs. Xinsheng Liu, Kent Portney, Jeryl Mumpower, and Arnold Vedlitz have published their research, “Terrorism Risk Assessment, Recollection Bias, and Public Support for Counterterrorism Policy and Spending,” in Risk Analysis. [READ MORE]


Dr. Liu Publishes Article in Research and Politics

Dr. Xinsheng Liu, ISTPP Research Scientist, with co-author Dr. Haifeng Huang (University of California, Merced), have published their article, “Historical Knowledge and National Identity: Evidence from China,” in Research and Politics. [READ MORE]


Drs. Liu, Mumpower, Portney, and Vedlitz Publish in Risk, Hazard & Crisis in Public Policy

ISTPP researchers, Drs. Xinsheng Liu, Jeryl Mumpower, Kent Portney, and Arnold Vedlitz, have published their research, “Perceived Risk of Terrorism and Policy Preferences for Government Counterterrorism Spending: Evidence from a U.S. National Panel Survey,” in Risk, Hazard & Crisis in Public Policy. [READ MORE]


Bush School Student Wins ExxonMobil Best Poster Presentation at TAMU Energy Conference

Texas A&M Bush School student Michael Migaud received the ExxonMobil Best Poster Presentation award at the Texas A&M Conference on Energy. His presentation was entitled “State Policies and Individual Action: How State Policy Influences Individual Uses and Opinions of Renewable Energy.” [READ MORE]


Dr. Bryce Hannibal Attends Socio-Environmental Synthesis Center (SESYNC) Workshop

Dr. Bryce Hannibal, ISTPP Assistant Research Scientist, and Dr. Arnold Vedlitz, Director Emeritus and Distinguished ISTPP Research Scholar, published their study on organization food waste in Environmental Science and Policy. [READ MORE]


Drs. Hannibal & Vedlitz Publish Research on Food Waste and the Water-Energy-Food Nexus

Dr. Bryce Hannibal, ISTPP Assistant Research Scientist, and Dr. Arnold Vedlitz, Director Emeritus and Distinguished ISTPP Research Scholar, published their study on organization food waste in Environmental Science and Policy. [READ MORE]


Bush School Researcher Receives NSF Grant to Study Flood Resilience Measures

Dr. Bryce Hannibal, an assistant research scientist at the Texas A&M Bush School of Government and Public Service, is investigating how social network communication and collaboration affect flood resilience. [READ MORE]


Rosowsky, ISTPP Fellow, Publishes in Sustainable and Resilient Infrastructure

Dr. David Rosowsky, ISTPP fellow and professor of civil engineering at the University of Vermont, discusses possible definitions of resiliency in the context of civil engineering projects and their response to natural hazards in his paper, “Defining Resilience.” [READ MORE]


Drs. Liu, Mumpower, Portney, and Vedlitz Publish in Risk, Hazard & Crisis in Public Policy

ISTPP researchers, Drs. Xinsheng Liu, Jeryl Mumpower, Kent Portney, and Arnold Vedlitz, have published their research, “Perceived Risk of Terrorism and Policy Preferences for Government Counterterrorism Spending: Evidence from a U.S. National Panel Survey,” in Risk, Hazard & Crisis in Public Policy. [READ MORE]


Dr. Bryce Hannibal Named LINKS Center Fellow

Dr. Hannibal, ISTPP Assistant Research Scientist, has been named a Fellow of the LINKS Center for Social Network Analysis, Gatton College of Business and Economics, University of Kentucky. [READ MORE]


Dr. Bryce Hannibal Gives Invited Talk at BYU Research

Dr. Bryce Hannibal, ISTPP Assistant Research Scientist, gave an invited talk, “Examining the Mediating influence of Interlocking Board Networks on Grant Making in Public Foundations,” to the MPA faculty at Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah on April 5, 2018. [READ MORE]


Dr. Xinsheng Liu Presents Research at MPSA Conference

Dr. Xinsheng Liu, ISTPP Research Scientist and Assistant Director, presented the research paper “Bureaucratic Influence in National Policy Agenda Setting Process: Evidence from Congressional Hearings on Global Warming and Climate Change” at the Annual Meeting of the Midwest Political Science Association, Chicago, April 5-8, 2018. [READ MORE]


Researchers Receive Grant to Study Social Implications of Developing Gene Drive Technologies

Researchers at Texas A&M University are among four research teams awarded a total of $2 million to study gene drive and gene editing technologies. The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) made the awards. Other institutions participating in the NIFA program are the University of Florida, Iowa State University, and the Santa Fe Institute of Science. [READ MORE]


Dr. Xinsheng Liu Named Changjiang Scholar

Dr. Xinsheng Liu, Research Scientist and Assistant Director of the Institute for Science, Technology and Public Policy at the Bush School of Government and Public Service at Texas A&M University, was recently named a Changjiang Scholar by the Ministry of Education of the People’s Republic of China and the Li Ka Shing Foundation through a highly competitive process. [READ MORE]


Dr. Portney and Colleagues Publish in Sustainability

Kent Portney, ISTPP Director, and his co-authors, doctoral student Bassel Daher and Drs. Mohtar, Pistikopoulos, Kaiser and Saad, published their article on STEP solutions to water-energy-food (WEF) Nexus Hotspots in the journal Sustainability. [READ MORE]


ISTPP Collaborates with TAMU Law School & TWRI for Texas-Mexico Groundwater Governance Report

ISTPP collaborated with the Program in Natural Resources Systems in the Texas A&M University School of Law and the Texas Water Resources Institute to study the complexity of the governance structure that oversees the up to 15 transboundary aquifers along the Texas-Mexico border. [READ MORE]


Bush School Professors Awarded University T3 Grant

Dr. Kent E. Portney and Dr. Ann Bowman have been awarded one of the first “Texas A&M Triads for Transformation,” or T3 grants, along with Dr. Sierra Woodruff in the Department of Landscape Architecture and Urban Planning. [READ MORE]


Dr. Vedlitz, Distinguished ISTPP Research Scholar, and Co-authors Publish in British Journal of Political Science

Drs. Paul Kellstedt, Mark Ramirez, Arnold Vedlitz, and Sammy Zahran published their research on value conflict in public opinion related to mitigating climate change. [READ MORE]


ISTPP Fellow Teodoro Evaluates Public Agency Branding on Public Perception

Dr. Manuel Teodoro, an ISTPP Research Fellow and Associate Professor in the Department of Political Science, and Seung-Ho An, a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Political Science, recently published a paper titled “Citizen-Based Brand Equity: A Model and Experimental Evaluation” in the Journal of Public Administration Research and Theory. [READ MORE]


Dr. Kent Portney Named to Bullock Chair

Professor Kent Portney has been named to the Bob Bullock Chair in Government and Public Policy at the Bush School of Government and Public Service at Texas A&M University. [READ MORE]


ISTPP Fellows Bullock and Bowman Explore Support of Food, Energy, Water Nexus

Drs. Bullock and Bowman recently published an article in Environmental Progress & Sustainable Energy titled, “FEW: Exploring Citizens’ Support for Policy Tools at the Food, Energy, Water Nexus,” where they seek to understand public preferences on food, energy, water nexus policy actions, and the factors that go into such preferences. [READ MORE]


Dr. Vedlitz and Co-authors Publish Study on US Perceptions of Climate Change Risk and Policy Support

Drs. Arnold Vedlitz, Samuel Brody, and Himanshu Grover have recently published their study on the US public’s perceptions of climate change risk and how these perceptions are influenced through a risk-stress-capacity model that combines of individual and local environmental factors. In this way, their study provides a deeper understanding of risk perception and its implications for climate change policy. [READ MORE]


Institute for Science, Technology and Public Policy Team Presents Research at SPSA Annual Conference

Research by members of the ISTPP team, Drs. Portney, Hannibal, and Liu, was presented at the annual Southern Political Science Association Conference held in New Orleans, LA, January 4-6, 2018. [READ MORE]


Researchers Awarded NSF Grant to Study Hurricane Harvey Infrastructure and Planning Vulnerabilities

In August 2017, Houston suffered catastrophic flooding from Hurricane Harvey. The National Science Foundation has funded a study by an interdisciplinary team of Texas A&M University researchers led by Dr. Ali Mostafavidarani in the Department of Civil Engineering. [READ MORE]


Dr. Xinsheng Liu Participated in Asia-Pacific Forum on Low Carbon Technology

Invited by Asian Development Bank and Hunan Innovative Low Carbon Center, Dr. Xinsheng Liu, ISTPP Research Scientist and Assistant Director, attended the Asia-Pacific Forum on Low Carbon Technology in Changsha, China on November 29-30, 2017. [READ MORE]


Paper by Dr. Xinsheng Liu and Dr. Arnold Vedlitz Accepted for Publication in Policy Studies Journal

“A Micro Model of Problem Definition and Policy Choice: Issue Image, Issue Association, and Policy Support of Power Plants,” a paper by ISTPP researchers Dr. Xinsheng Liu and Dr. Arnold Vedlitz and ISTPP Research Fellow Dr. Scott Robinson has been accepted for publication by Policy Studies Journal. [READ MORE]


Vedlitz and Other ISTPP Researchers Compare Experimental and Attitudinal Measures of Policy Support

Dr. Arnold Vedlitz and his co-authors, Dr. Scott Robinson and Dr. James Stoutenborough, published their comparison of experimental and attitudinal approaches for measuring public policy support in a book devoted to experiments in public administration research. [READ MORE]


ISTPP’s Dr. Hannibal Presents Research on Public Opinion on Fracking at the 2017 American Sociological Association Conference

For this project, “Public Concern and Support for Regulation of UOGD: Individual and Contextual Influences on Texas Residents,” Hannibal and his ISTPP research partners examine the effect of county-level characteristics on individuals’ opinions and policy preferences about hydraulic fracturing in Texas. [READ MORE]


Bush School provides important “human dimensions” in new PATHS-UP Center

The Bush School of Government and Public Service has recently partnered with the Texas A&M University College of Engineering and the Texas A&M Engineering Experiment Station (TEES) on a new National Science Foundation funded Engineering Research Center (ERC) on Texas A&M’s campus. [READ MORE]


Dr. Portney Gives Invited Talk at Ostrom Workshop

Dr. Portney, ISTPP Director, shared his research, “Governing the Water-Energy-Food Nexus: Solving a Common-Pool Resource Challenge?” with participants of the Ostrom Workshop Colloquium Series at Indiana University. As the invited speaker for the November 13, 2017 workshop, Dr. Portney discussed how emerging natural system research has documented connections between water, energy, and food with an eye toward prescribing how to achieve greater efficiencies and to reduce resource depletion. [READ MORE]


ISTPP Fellow Bowman and ISTPP Director Portney Present at APSA

Drs. Bowman and Portney presented their research, co-authored with Dr. Jeffrey Berry, at the Annual Meeting of the American Political Science Association in San Francisco, CA, September 3, 2017. [READ MORE]


ISTPP Director, Dr. Portney, Leads Study of Water-Energy-Food Nexus Governance

Led by ISTPP Director Dr. Portney, co-authors Dr. Vedlitz, Dr. Sansom, Dr. Berke, and doctoral candidate Mr. Daher delineate their article, “Governance of the Water-Energy-Food Nexus: the Conceptual and Methodological Foundations for the San Antonio Region Case Study,” a strategy for conducting both applied and proof-of-concept research related to resource governance and policy systems and their influence on the water-food-energy nexus. [READ MORE]


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