USC Price partners with COMEXUS

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first_imgThe U.S.-Mexico Commission for Educational and Cultural Exchange, has partnered with the Price School of Public Policy to introduce a new Mexican scholar-in-residence program focusing on binational energy policy coordination in Mexico and California. This would allow a selected scholar to conduct research and policy forums in a four-month residency in conjunction with Price in Sacramento.Dean of USC Price and H. C. Erwin and Ione L. Piper Chair Jack Knott said the collaboration will seek to explore renewable energy sources while strengthening the international partnership and leadership, according to a press release.“Historic reforms in the area of energy policy by the government of Mexico and the state of California have created an extraordinary opportunity to explore cross-border collaboration, particularly in the area of renewable energy sources, and strengthen our partnership and global leadership in this area,” Knott told USC News earlier this month.The program will allow for communication on energy policy on a national level and plans to instigate student response.“One of the things we look forward to doing once this person is confirmed: We plan to reach out and do a joint panel, get students involved,” said Mario Enriquez, a representative from the USC Price Latino Student Association.Enriquez praised the program for focusing on these types of policies and stresses how students in his organization can broaden their involvement in and knowledge of binational energy policies.The program primarily seeks to bridge academic researchers in California and Mexico, increase student collaboration and connect these students to policymakers, according to Director of USC Mexico Angela McCracken.“They are going to bring in a Mexican perspective … They are going to bring in someone that has a bilateral perspective on U.S.-Mexico studies, an expertise,” McCracken said.McCracken lauded the strategic location of Price Sacramento while bringing attention to the historical relevance of the California-Mexico relationship.“Sacramento is the perfect place. The Price Center in Sacramento has a long history … of hosting delegations for Mexico in Sacramento in binational policy forum,” McCracken said.Both institutions have collaborated over the years, and McCracken said that the organization recognized what needed to be addressed and created an opportunity to fulfill that need. Improving the relationship between Los Angeles and Mexico has included involvement from people with USC ties in the past, such as Carlos M. Sada, the consul general of Mexico in Los Angeles who has had with extensive experience with Price over the years.Sada was paramount to creating this program, along with Janet Denhardt, director of Price in Sacramento, and Hazel Blackmore, the executive director of COMEXUS.Mexico’s policy shifted in 2013 from state-owned energy sector to allowing private-sector participation.McCracken said that the energy reform being implemented in Mexico parallels the environmentally protective, sustainable energy policy being developed in California.“The idea is both California and Mexico are dealing with the same problems related to energy in different contexts and in a transformative time. So they both can learn, one from the other,” McCracken said.last_img read more


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first_img Published on January 18, 2016 at 11:49 pm Contact Sam: sblum@syr.edu | @SamBlum3 Facebook Twitter Google+ DURHAM, N.C. — Syracuse (13-7, 3-4 Atlantic Coast Conference) shocked Duke (14-5, 3-3), 64-62, on Monday night at Cameron Indoor Arena. Duke has now lost three straight games for the first time in nine seasons, and the Orange held the Blue Devils to under 80 points, the first time Duke has scored less than that number at home this season.Tyler Roberson pulled down 20 rebounds, including 12 on the offensive glass. Michael Gbinije returned to his old team and hit several big shots, finishing with 14 points and a career-high nine assists. Malachi Richardson hit three 3-pointers to give Syracuse a lead and it all resulted in SU’s biggest win of the season.The Blue Devils shot just 10-of-37 from 3, and the Orange made 11-of-23. Syracuse had never beaten Duke at Cameron as members of the ACC, but that all changed on Monday.Here are three things we learned from Syracuse’s win.This team might be as good as people thought it could beAdvertisementThis is placeholder textAfter the Orange won the Battle 4 Atlantis, it took over as the No. 14 team in the country. Players boasted that no one respected them coming into the season, and the first six games of 2015 showed why everyone should have.That rhetoric died down as Syracuse lost to Georgetown, St. John’s and the first four games of conference play. But that same timely defense and prolific 3-point shooting on Monday showed why Syracuse could win a game against any team when it’s playing at its best.“We come into the year, we’re not ranked,” Trevor Cooney said, recapping the season to date. “No one’s talking about us. And then all of a sudden we play well in the Bahamas and we get ranked and everyone’s talking about us. And then we slip up a little bit and then we fall back into no one’s talking about us again.“It shows a lot about us to be able to dig ourselves out.”It’s been up and down for Syracuse. There have been some bad lows, but the Orange has shown that it’s highest highs are tough to beat.Syracuse can win running just one playAfter the game, Jim Boeheim admitted that he ran pretty much just one play the entire second half.“We used the middle ball screen to try and get Mike (Gbinije) into the lane and then when they helped,” Boeheim said, “he got Roberson and he dropped the layups and a couple of times we got the 3.”Syracuse ran a pretty simple offense and it led to clutch shooting. It made seven 3s in the second half and Roberson got a couple of good looks. When the Blue Devils had cut the lead to 61-58, the Orange executed on that pick and roll perfectly, and Gbinije found Roberson cutting to the basket as he rolled in the and-one.After scoring just 26 points in the first half, the Orange basically shot its way to a win with 38 points after the break.Trevor Cooney’s self-reflection has boosted his recent surgeAfter Syracuse lost to Miami on Jan. 2, Cooney sat alone at his locker, uninterested in talking to anyone that wanted a word with him.He said after Monday’s game that he was thinking about what he could do to right the ship, how he could be a better leader.Since then, he’s scored 27 points against then-No. 6 North Carolina and 21 first-half points against Wake Forest on Saturday. During Monday’s win over the Blue Devils, he hit four 3-pointers.When Grayson Allen had scored nine straight for Duke, Cooney pulled up on a 3-pointer at least 3 feet behind the arc and cut the 6-point deficit in half just before halftime.Off a Roberson rebound in which he corralled the ball while being surrounded by four Duke players, a kick out to Cooney ended in the senior draining an open 3. He’s stepped up his output the past couple of games, and he can pinpoint when it happened.“I was just trying to figure out, how can I get these guys going and how can I be a better leader every single day,” Cooney said. “And that’s what I was thinking about in that moment.” Commentslast_img read more