It is my pleasure to present the Public Policy Center's Annual Report for academic year 2017-18. All of the work we do is in the name of creating new knowledge about issues that advance the public good and sharing this information with policymakers and the public. At the same time, the Public Policy Center (PPC) increases student success by training and employing over 100 students in research related activities, and supports interdisciplinary research activities on campus. This report highlights some of the accomplishments of our team at the Public Policy Center this past year. I hope you'll take some time to look through the report and explore the great work of folks associated with the Center.
In fulfilling our mission of being in the UI Central Administration as part of the Office of the Vice President for Research, we had the pleasure of working with colleagues in over 50 units on campus. These collaborations involved the conduct of interdisciplinary research; the sharing of research through engagement activities; and grant development, data collection and methods workshops through our Iowa Social Science Research Center.
Of particular note, we broadened our research programs to include the Crime and Justice Policy Research program this past year. In addition to our traditional research of national and international significance, both our Crime and Justice Policy Research Program and our Social and Education Policy Research Programs had productive local research-related community partnerships: our Crime and Justice Program worked in both Johnson and Linn counties, and our Social & Education program furthered its work with the Iowa City Community School District in its Equity Implemented Partnership, funded by the Spencer Foundation's Research-Practice Partnership Program.
The academic rigor of our applied research programs was again evident with the many publications in top journals, including an article from our health policy team that was selected as one of the ten best in the top health policy journal, Health Affairs.
To fulfill our community engagement mission, the PPC hosted events ranging from lectures, to symposiums, panel discussions, and an immersive, mock UN negotiation on climate change. We supported the Equality, Opportunity, and Public Policy in America class for undergraduates as a Big Ideas course. The PPC co-sponsored numerous events with other campus colleagues, including Ellen Stofan's (NASA) lecture, Climate Change: Keeping the Earth Green, Clean and Habitable, and held fundraising events for the UI Veterans Association and the Johnson County Crisis Center.
I especially look forward to this next year, 2018-19, as it is the PPC's 30th anniversary year. It is exciting to think of how much the Center has grown and how integrated the PPC's activities are all across campus. This cross-fertilization from interdisciplinary activities is what makes the Public Policy Center such a vibrant and fulfilling hub on campus.
I feel privileged to lead the Center's dedicated staff and faculty and am grateful for all their hard work and creativity that leads to our success in generating new knowledge and sharing it with the campus and beyond. On behalf of all of us, thank you for your support, and we look forward to working with you in 2018-19.