Wagner School Alumni eNews – February 2007

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The WAA Invites You To Become a Cheese Impresario!

 

Learn the secrets of pairing unique cheeses with your favorite beer, wine, and spirits from the experts at Murray's Cheese, while supporting NYU Wagner's Alumni Scholarship Fund. The benefit will be held Thursday, March 1st, 6:30 pm at NYU Wagner, The Puck Building, 295 Lafayette Street (at Houston Street). Tickets are a discounted $85 per couple if purchased by February 9th. Regular tickets are $50 per person or $60 at the door. All proceeds will go to the NYU Wagner Alumni Scholarship Fund. For more information and to purchase tickets online, click here.

Prof. Ellen interviewed for PLANYC2030

Wagner's Ingrid Gould Ellen was interviewed for the Bloomberg Administration's PLANYC2030 report about the planning implications arising from rapid population growth, aging infrastructure and environmental pressures anticipated during the next quarter-century. Professor Ellen's remarks focus on the growing demand for housing. Read the full article.

Prof. Zimmerman contributes to 2006 Queens blackout report

NYU Wagner Prof. Rae Zimmerman served on a State Assembly task force that cites deep cuts in public oversight as a key factor in the nine-day blackout that crippled western Queens, N.Y., during a 2006 heat wave. Professor Zimmerman is the director of the Institute for Civil Infrastructure Systems (ICIS) at Wagner. To read an article about the recommendations of the task force by New York Times reporter Sewell Chan, click here.

WHN Symposium to address racial disparities in health care

Despite improved survival rates for cancer in the U.S., death rates for patients with major cancers among African-Americans remain disparate. Limited access to health care services, language and cultural barriers are primary reasons for the low rates of cancer screening and treatment of Hispanic or Latino, American Indian or Alaska Natives, and Asian/Pacific Islander women. These and other related issues will be discussed at the Wagner Health Network's Cancer and Diversity Conference to be held Tuesday, Feb. 27, from 6 to 9 pm. RSVP online.

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Events, Lectures and Regional Activities
February/March 2007

 

Talks, Receptions, Special Events and Seminars

 

For updated listings and event details, as well as RSVP information, click on the links below or see the Wagner Alumni Calendar.

  • Feb. 6, 1 to 2:30 pm - Every Drop Counts: Barefoot Strategies for Clean Water and Sanitation for the Rural Poor. With Bunker Roy, founder of the Barefoot College. The Puck Building, 2nd Fl. Conference Room, 295 Lafayette St. RSVP online.
  • Feb. 7, 6 to 7:30 pm - Donor Reception for Friends of Wagner and Dean's Circle with Rogan Kersh. The Puck Building, 295 Lafayette St. By invitation only.
  • Feb. 7, 6 to 8 pm - Diversity, Conflict Management and Negotiation for Community Development Professionals. Sponsored by UPSA, ALAS, and SADA. The Puck Building, 2nd Fl. Conference Room, 295 Lafayette St. RSVP online.
  • Feb. 8, 12:30 to 1:30 pm - Conflict, Security and Development Series: Aid Coordination in the Sudan. The Puck Building, 2nd Fl. Conference Room, 295 Lafayette St. RSVP online.
  • Feb. 8, 6 to 8 pm - The Next Pandemic: Bird Flu or Fear? Presented by NYU Public Health Alliance and Global Health Alliance. NYU Kimmel Center, Room 406, 60 Washington Square South. RSVP online.
  • Feb. 8, 5:30 to 9 pm - NYU Wagner Town Hall with Ami Dar, Executive Director, Idealist.org/Action Without Borders. The Puck Building, 2nd Fl. Conference Room, 295 Lafayette St. RSVP closed.
  • Feb. 12, 6 to 8:30 pm - Housing and America's Future. With Jonathan Fanton, President of the MacArthur Foundation. Vanderbilt Hall, 40 Washington Square South. RSVP online.
  • Feb. 13, 6:30 to 8 pm - Wagner Gallery Space Art Opening. Featuring work by Mark Johnson of NYU's Steinhardt School. Puck Gallery. 295 Lafayette St., 2nd Floor.
  • Feb. 15, 12:30 to 1:30 pm - Conflict, Security and Development Series - Building a Durable Peace: Transitional Justice in Conflict Situations. The Puck Building, 2nd Fl. Conference Room, 295 Lafayette St. RSVP online.
  • Feb. 15, 4:30 to 6 pm - After the Revolution: The Next Phase of American Foreign Policy. With Strobe Talbott, President of the Brookings Institution. The Puck Building, 2nd Fl. Conference Room, 295 Lafayette St. RSVP online.
  • Feb. 15, 6:30 to 8:30 pm - 2007 Migration and Global Health Conference. Hosted by the Global Health Alliance. The Puck Building, 2nd Fl. Conference Room, 295 Lafayette St. RSVP online.
  • Feb. 21, 6 pm - DC AREA ALUMNI Happy Hour. Ella's Wood Fired Pizza on 9th St. NW between F St. and G St. For more info and to RSVP, email Bryan Day.
  • Feb. 21, 6:30 to 8 pm - WAA Board Meeting. For more info, email Michaella Holden.
  • Feb. 21, 6:30 to 8 pm - Localizing the MDGs Through Innovative Leadership. With Roberston Work, former Principal Policy Advisor on Decentralised Governance, UNDP and current founder and director of the Hillside Institute. The Puck Building, 2nd Fl. Conference Room, 295 Lafayette St. RSVP online.
  • Feb. 22, 12:30 to 1:30 pm - Conflict, Security and Development Series: Health and Humanitarian Crises. The Puck Building, 2nd Fl. Conference Room, 295 Lafayette St. RSVP online.
  • Feb. 22, 5:30 to 7 pm - Hannah Engle Jewish Communal Management Lecture: Changing the Face of Leadership, with Shifra Bronznick. Hosted by the Wagner-Skirball Program in Nonprofit Management and Judaic Studies. The Puck Building, 2nd Fl. Conference Room, 295 Lafayette St. RSVP online.
  • Feb. 27, 6 to 9 pm - Embracing Diversity in Health Care: Improving Cancer Care for Diverse Communities. Sponsored by the WHN and the Asian/Pacific American Institute at NYU, in conjunction with SADA and ALAS. The Puck Building, 2nd Fl. Conference Room, 295 Lafayette St. RSVP online.
  • Mar. 1, 12:30 to 1:30 pm - Conflict, Security and Development Series: Issues, Actors, and Approaches-The Private Sector's Role in Post-Conflict Economic Recovery. The Puck Building, 2nd Fl. Conference Room, 295 Lafayette St. RSVP online.
  • Mar. 1, 3:30 to 6 pm - NYU Wagner Career Fair. The Puck Building, 295 Lafayette St. To register, visit the OCS website
  • Mar. 1, 5 pm - Social Entrepreneurship in the 21st Century Reynolds Speaker Series: Ami Dar, Action Without Borders/Idealist.org. Schimmel Auditorium, 40 W. 4th St. RSVP online.
  • Mar. 1, 5:30 to 8 pm - NYU Alumni Club, West Coast of Florida Chapter Happy Hour. Courtside Grille, 110 Fountain Parkway North, St. Petersberg, FL. Email for more info.
  • Mar. 1, 6:30 pm - Wagner Alumni Association Third Annual Fundraiser: BECOME A CHEESE IMPRESARIO! The Puck Building, 2nd Fl. Conference Room, 295 Lafayette St. RSVP and buy tickets online.
  • Mar. 2, 11 am to 1 pm - What's New in British Health Care Reform? Featuring a panel discussion of the radical changes happening in England's National Health Service. The Puck Building, 2nd Fl. Conference Room, 295 Lafayette St. RSVP online.
  • Mar. 8, 12:30 to 1:30 pm - Conflict, Security and Development Series: Issues, Actors, and Approaches-From Mogadishu to Baghdad: The Failure of Un-Centric Multilateralism. The Puck Building, 2nd Fl. Conference Room, 295 Lafayette St. RSVP online.
  • Mar. 9, 6:30 to 8 pm - NYU in Your Neighborhood: TAMPA. The Tampa Club, 101 East Kennedy Blvd., Suite 2400, Tampa, FL. For more info, email Elizabeth Sanders or call 212-998-6946.
  • Mar. 10, 12 to 2 pm - NYU in Your Neighborhood: LONGBOAT KEY. The Tampa Club, 101 East Kennedy Blvd., Suite 2400, Tampa, FL. For more info, email Elizabeth Sanders or call 212-998-6946.
  • Mar. 21, 6:30 to 8 pm - WAA Board Meeting. For more info, email Michaella Holden.
  • Mar. 22, 8:30 to 10 am - Developing Affordable Meningitis Vaccines for Sub-Saharan Africa. The Puck Building, 2nd Fl. Conference Room, 295 Lafayette St. RSVP online.
  • Mar. 22, 12:30 to 1:30 pm - Conflict, Security and Development Series: Issues, Actors, and Approaches-When Disaster Strikes: Modern Challenges in Disaster Relief Management and Response. The Puck Building, Second Floor Conference Room, 295 Lafayette St. RSVP online.
  • Mar. 22, 6:30 to 8 pm - NYU in Your Neighborhood: PRINCETON. With Wagner Professor Paul Light. Barclay Square, 1900 Barclay Blvd., Princeton, NJ 08540. For more info, call 212-998-6946 or email Elizabeth Sanders.
  • Mar. 29, 12:30 to 1:30 pm - Conflict, Security and Development Series: Issues, Actors, and Approaches-Post-Conflict Social Citizenship in Kosovo. The Puck Building, 2nd Fl. Conference Room, 295 Lafayette St. RSVP online.

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Office of Career Services (OCS)

Looking for a new job? Attend the NYU Wagner 2007 Career Fair! March 1st, 3:30 - 6 pm. The annual NYU Wagner Career Fair brings together job seekers and representatives of nonprofit organizations; government agencies; hospitals and health organizations; urban planning agencies; international organizations; and private sector companies that have a public sector component for informal meetings with Wagner students and alumni. For more information or to register, please visit the OCS website.

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Office of Career Services (OCS): Mid- to Senior-Level Job Postings

Wagner's OCS Career Directory is a great resource for alumni looking to take the next step in their career. Here is a sampling of mid- to senior-level postings online right now:

  • Health Education Consultant,
    California Department of Health Services (Sacramento)
  • Senior Land Use Planner - Environmental,
    City of Bellevue, NY
  • Senior Associate - Health Care Services,
    Korn/Ferry International (Philadelphia)
  • Senior Project Manager - Strategic Planning,
    NYC Economic Development Corporation
  • Senior Municipal Financial Analyst,
    NYS Office of the State Comptroller
  • Vice President for Development,
    Partnership for Public Service (Washington, DC)
  • National Director,
    Volunteer Consulting Group/BoardnetUSA

Log on to the OCS Career Directory for full job descriptions and application instructions online. Be sure to check the Career Directory regularly for a job posting perfect for YOU.

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Healthcare panel discusses controversial Berger Commission report

On January 8th, nearly 100 people attended a panel discussion at Wagner entitled "Healthcare Facilities in the 21st Century: Implementation of the Berger Commission's Report." The panel, presented by the WAA, featured key players grappling with the far reaching plan, including the Berger Commission's Executive Director and Wagner alum, David Sandman (PHD '02). Sandman and other healthcare leaders discussed the implications of the recently released, controversial report as well as what hospitals and other healthcare organizations are doing to meet the changing healthcare needs of New York. Sandman pointed out that planned reductions are preferable to the haphazard loss of hospital and nursing home beds driven by market forces. Some 28 hospitals have closed since 1985 as a result of economic pressures, an indication of a troubled health care system, he said. While Robert Wild, an attorney with Garfunkel, Wild & Travis, agreed that "the margins of hospitals are awful and getting worse," he noted that legal questions threaten the implementation of the recommendations. Five different courts around the state will decide whether the recommendations are in keeping state and federal laws. For those interested in learning more, an audio file of the event, which was featured in an article in NYU Today, will be available soon on the EventCast webpage.

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Conflict, Security, and Development series announces spring semester lineup

Last fall, Wagner's Office of International Programs, along with NYU's Center for Global Affairs, felt it would be beneficial to collaborate on global public service programming that would appeal to all international programs across NYU as well as to the broader New York community. They instituted a lunch-time series for students and working professionals alike that examines new research, opens a discussion for creative policy approaches, and highlights recent analytical and practical innovations in responding to the challenges of security and development in the context of conflict and post-conflict situations. The popular series will begin again this Thursday, February 8th. Discussions for the spring semester will focus on "Issues, Actors, and Approaches." For a schedule of upcoming topics to be discussed, visit the RSVP form for the weekly events.

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Celebrate Valentine's Day and show your love for Wagner

This Valentine's Day, show how much you love Wagner by making a contribution to the Wagner Annual Fund. You can donate to Wagner in a variety of ways: online, through the return envelopes that come in Wagner mailings, or by mailing a check (made out to NYU Wagner) to 295 Lafayette St., 2nd Fl., New York, NY 10012-9604. Remember to indicate that your gift should go to support the Wagner Annual Fund.

THANK YOU for the difference you make by supporting NYU Wagner.

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Did You Know...?

Alisha Cowan-Vieira (MPA-PNP '04) recently joined MTV's Strategic Partnerships and Public Affairs department where she will be creating and producing MTV's pro-social campaigns and programming. Alisha has also founded a nonprofit media arts organization called Project SET www.projectset.org. Project SET is designed to give New York City 's most underserved youth the opportunity to take part in major film and television productions while learning to be critical and socially responsible media consumers.

Racahamim Elitzur (PHD '88) is one of four professors who will share the 2006 Roger Martin and Nancy Lang Awards for Excellence in Research and Teaching at the University of Toronto's Rotman School of Management. Dr. Elitzur is the Edward J. Kernaghan Professor of Financial Analysis and is also an associate professor of accounting. Congratulations, Racahamim.

Thomas Gelozin (MPA-HPM '78) is currently serving as the CFO for the Virginia State Attorney General.

Leanne (Drogin) Negron (MPA-HPM '99) is the Director of Services at Mid-Peninsula Housing Coalition, which provides social services to 14,000+ residents (pre-natal to senior citizens) in 7 counties in Northern California. Leanne leads a staff of 50, manages all fiscal aspects of Services Corporation, and oversees a 501 (c)(3) affiliate that provides supportive social services to low-income residents of affordable housing.

Joel Rubenstein (MPA-PNP '97) has left the New York City area and is now a Global Marketing Director at CibaVision, a division of Novartis, based in Atlanta.

Dennis Schoeller (MPA-PNP '01) currently works as a research consultant and investigator for the Justice Research Center in the Central and South Florida area. He is also a Ph. D. student (Criminology) at the University of South Florida, Tampa.

Iris Weinshall (MPA-PNP '77) is leaving her post as New York City's transportation commissioner to become Vice Chancellor for Facilities Planning, Construction and Management at the City University of New York. Congratulations, Iris.

Be in the next "Did you Know..."

In each Wagner School Alumni eNews issue, we highlight alumni who are doing interesting work in the public sector. Please share your professional comings and goings with us at wagner.alumni@nyu.edu, and perhaps you'll be the next alumni "Did you know..."!

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