NYU Wagner Alumni e-News – March 2008

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Signature April Events: Kovner/Behrman Healthcare Forum and Henry Hart Rice Urban Policy Forum
NYU Wagner's annual forums on Healthcare and Urban Policy are coming up for 2008. This year's Kovner/Behrman Forum - an annual dialogue between researchers and practitioners to improve the healthcare delivery system - entitled "Evidence-Based Management: A Business Case?" and featuring David Fine, President/CEO of St. Luke's Episcopal Health System, and Michael Dowling, President/CEO of North Shore/LIJ Hospital Systems will be on Wednesday, April 2nd. This year's Rice Forum, Monday, April 14th, will feature Anthony Shorris of The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey. For more info and to RSVP, visit NYU Wagner's events page.

Faculty Honored for Research on Racial Test Score Gap
NYU Wagner Professors Leanna Stiefel, Amy Ellen Schwartz, and Ingrid Gould Ellen have won the first annual L. Douglas Wilder Award for Scholarship in Social Equity and Public Policy. The award was given for their recent article in the Journal of Policy Analysis and Management entitled "Disentangling the Racial Test Score Gap: Proving the Evidence in a Large Urban School District." Read more.

NYU Wagner and RCLA Welcome Irshad Manji, Director of the Moral Courage Project
NYU Wagner's Research Center for Leadership in Action (RCLA) welcomes Irshad Manji as the Director of the Moral Courage Project and RCLA Visiting Scholar. The Moral Courage Project aims to develop leaders who will challenge political correctness, intellectual conformity and self-censorship. In the best spirit of liberal education, the Project teaches that rights come with responsibilities, that we are citizens rather than members of mere tribes, and that meaningful diversity embraces different ideas and not just identities. Beginning on March 11th, Manji will host a series of dialogues at Wagner entitled "Conversations with Champions of Moral Courage." She will also be featured at the next NYU Women's Initiative event on March 29th, speaking on "Faith Without Fear." See event listings below for more info.

Living Abroad? Be Sure to Register to Vote Absentee
The Government Accountability Office estimates that there are 6 million Americans living abroad. If you are one of them, make sure you register in time to vote in the upcoming presidential election. While most primaries have already passed, citizens overseas should register for the general election as soon as possible. NYU Wagner alumna Jodi Ekelchick (MPA '95) recommends visiting VoteFromAbroad.org, a website that provides an easy and efficient way to register for an absentee ballot. Although the site is administered by Democrats Abroad, members of any party may use it to request a ballot.

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Events, Lectures and Regional Activities
March 2008 / April 2008

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

New York:

  • Mar. 4, 12 to 1pm - NYU Wagner Health Program Brown Bag: Race, Gender, and Adolescent Obesity. Mulberry Conference Room, Puck Building, 295 Lafayette St., 3rd Fl. RSVP online.
  • Mar. 4, 5:30 to 7pm - Hannah Engle Memorial Lecture. Rudin Forum, Puck Building, 295 Lafayette St., 2nd Fl. RSVP online.
  • Mar. 5, 12 to 1:30pm - NYU Reynolds Program Speaker Series: Karen Tse, Founder & CEO, International Bridges to Justice. Rudin Forum, Puck Building, 295 Lafayette St., 2nd Fl. RSVP online.
  • Mar. 6, 12:30 to 1:30pm - Conflict, Security and Development Series - Delivering Critical Care in Developing Nations: A New Approach. Rudin Forum, The Puck Building, 295 Lafayette St., 2nd Fl. RSVP online.
  • Mar. 6, 6 to 8pm - Organizing for Racial Justice: Report Back from Geneva. Sponsored by the Women of Color Policy Network. Rudin Forum, Puck Building, 295 Lafayette St., 2nd Fl. RSVP online.
  • Mar. 7, 1 to 2:30pm - Philanthropy and Politics Series: Funding Advocacy at the Local and International Levels. Rudin Forum, Puck Building, 295 Lafayette St., 2nd Fl. RSVP online.
  • Mar. 7, 7 to 9pm - International Women's Day Celebration - Money and Empowerment: Financing Gender Equity. Rudin Forum, Puck Building, 295 Lafayette St., 2nd Fl. RSVP online.
  • Mar. 10, 6:00 to 7:30pm - Navigating the Politics of Healthcare: Election 2008. Rudin Forum, Puck Building, 295 Lafayette St., 2nd Fl. RSVP online.
  • Mar. 10, 6:30 to 8:30pm - WAA Board Meeting. Puck Building, 295 Lafayette St. For more info, email Michaella Holden.
  • Mar. 11, 12 to 1pm - NYU Wagner Health Program Brown Bag: Unpacking Ethnic Disparities: The Prevalence of Childhood Asthma Among Hispanic Subgroups. Mulberry Conference Room, Puck Building, 295 Lafayette St., 3rd Fl. RSVP online.
  • Mar. 11, 12 to 1:30pm - Voting on the Issues: Analysis of Latino, Immigrant and African American Voting Trends. Rudin Forum, Puck Building, 295 Lafayette St., 2nd Fl. RSVP online.
  • Mar. 11, 6:30 to 8pm - Conversations with Champions of Moral Courage. With Irshad Manji. Rudin Forum, Puck Building, 295 Lafayette St., 2nd Fl. RSVP online.
  • Mar. 12, 11am to 12pm - Blueprint for American Prosperity. With Bruce Katz, Director of the Brookings Metropolitan Policy Program. NYU Law School, Vanderbilt Hall, Rm 202, 40 Washington Square South. RSVP online.
  • Mar. 12, 12 to 1:15pm - Denationalization of Knowledge and Globalization of the Mind. With Jean-Marc Coicaud, United Nations University. Rudin Forum, Puck Building, 295 Lafayette St., 2nd Fl. RSVP online.
  • Mar. 13, 3 to 6pm - Public Service Career Fair. Puck Building, Grand Ballroom, 293 Lafayette Street. More info on the OCS events page.
  • Mar. 25, 8:30 to 10am - Public Private Partnerships: National and International Experience, Local Possibilities. Rudin Forum, Puck Building, 295 Lafayette St., 2nd Fl. RSVP online.
  • Mar. 26, 6 to 8pm - Faith Without Fear. With acclaimed author and activist Irshad Manji. Sponsored by the NYU Women's Initiative. Kimmel Center, Eisner and Lubin Auditorium, 60 Washington Sq. S. RSVP online.
  • Mar. 28, 1 to 2:30pm - Philanthropy and Politics Series: Conservative Funders and the War of Ideas. Location TBA. RSVP online.
  • Mar. 31, 6:30 to 8pm - Advocacy and Social Change Series - Voter Engagement for Social Change. Rudin Forum, Puck Building, 295 Lafayette St., 2nd Fl. RSVP online.
  • Apr. 1, 6 to 8pm - Realize Your Passion: How to Be a Part of the Social Entrepreneurship Movement. Rudin Forum, Puck Building, 295 Lafayette St., 2nd Fl. RSVP online.
  • Apr. 2, 5:30pm - The 12th Annual Kovner/Behrman Health Forum: Evidence-Based-Management - A Business Case? Rudin Forum, Puck Building, 295 Lafayette St., 2nd Fl. RSVP online.
  • Apr. 8, 7 to 8:30pm - Restructuring NJ's Debt & Corzine's Toll Plan. Rudin Forum, Puck Building, 295 Lafayette St., 2nd Fl. RSVP online.
  • Apr. 9, 6 to 7:30pm - State of the Congressional Elections. Hosted by WPA. Rudin Forum, Puck Building, 295 Lafayette St., 2nd Fl. RSVP online.
  • Apr. 10, 6:30 to 8:30pm - WeSpeak: Community Voices in Art and Activism. Rudin Forum, Puck Building, 295 Lafayette St., 2nd Fl. RSVP online.
  • Apr. 11, 6 to 8pm - Female Genital Mutilation/Cutting: "Rites of Passage or Human Rights Violation?" Rudin Forum, Puck Building, 295 Lafayette St., 2nd Fl. RSVP online.
  • Apr. 14, 5:30pm - Henry Hart Rice Urban Policy Forum with Anthony Shorris, The Port Authority of NY & NJ. Rudin Forum, Puck Building, 295 Lafayette St., 2nd Fl. RSVP online.
  • Apr. 14, 6:30 to 8:30pm - WAA Board Meeting. Puck Building, 295 Lafayette St. For more info, email Michaella Holden.
  • Apr. 17, 6 to 8pm - Prisons, Police, Race and the War on Drugs. Rudin Forum, Puck Building, 295 Lafayette St., 2nd Fl. RSVP online.
  • Apr. 18, 1 to 2:30pm - Philanthropy and Politics Series: Progressive Philanthropy and Grassroots Social Justice Organizing. Rudin Forum, Puck Building, 295 Lafayette St., 2nd Fl. RSVP online.
  • Apr. 21, 6:30 to 8pm - Advocacy and Social Change Series - Looking Back, Looking Forward: 40 years after 1968. Rudin Forum, Puck Building, 295 Lafayette St., 2nd Fl. RSVP online.
  • Apr. 30, 6 to 9pm - WAA Fundraiser: Viewing & Panel Discussion of "On the Merits." Rudin Forum, Puck Building, 295 Lafayette St., 2nd Fl. More info coming soon.

New York: Alumni/Student/Faculty Networking Happy Hours by Program. Save the dates for these opportunities to reconnect with old professors, network with fellow alumni in your field, and share your expertise with students while you're at it! More info coming soon.

  • Apr. 10, 6 to 7:30pm - NYC Government
  • Apr. 16, 6 to 7:30pm - Health
  • Apr. 17, 6 to 7:30pm - Public and Nonprofit
  • Apr. 28, 5:30 to 7pm - Urban Planning
  • Date TBA, 6 to 7:30pm - International

National:

  • Mar. 18, 6 to 7:30pm - NYU Wagner Reception for Admitted Students and Alumni - SAN FRANCISCO. Location TBA. For more info, email Michaella Holden.
  • Mar. 20, 6:30 to 8pm - NYU Wagner Reception for Admitted Students and Alumni - LOS ANGELES. Location TBA. For more info, email Michaella Holden.
  • Mar. 27, 6:30 to 8pm - NYU in Your Neighborhood: TAMPA. Valencia Garden, 811 West Kennedy Blvd., Tampa FL. For more info, contact Elizabeth Hamilton by email or at (212) 998-6973.
  • Mar. 29, 12 to 2pm - NYU in Your Neighborhood: LONGBOAT KEY. "Social Influences on Emotional Learning and Decision Making." Hilton Longboat Key, 4711 Gulf of Mexico Drive, Longboat Key, FL. For more info, contact Elizabeth Hamilton by email or at (212) 998-6973.
  • Apr. 3, 6 to 7:30pm - NYU Wagner Reception for Admitted Students and Alumni - WASHINGTON D.C. Location TBA. For more info, email Michaella Holden.
  • Apr. 16, 6:30 to 8pm - NYU in Your Neighborhood: SEATTLE. "Developing Science at NYU: Could a Plant Save Your Life?" Pacific Science Center, 200 Second Ave., N., Seattle, WA. For more info, contact Elizabeth Hamilton by email or at (212) 998-6973.
  • Apr. 17, 6:30 to 8pm - NYU in Your Neighborhood: SAN FRANCISCO. "Developing Science at NYU: Could a Plant Save Your Life?" Exploratorium, 3601 Lyon Street, San Francisco, CA. For more info, contact Elizabeth Hamilton by email or at (212) 998-6973.

 

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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:

  • Director, Programs,
    Cultural Leadership (Missouri)
  • Healthcare Engagement Manager,
    Gallup Organization (District of Columbia)
  • Executive Director - Africa Division,
    Human Rights Watch (NYC or abroad)
  • Assistant Commissioner for Research and Evaluation,
    NYC Administration for Children's Services
  • Sr. Financial Analyst,
    NYU School of Medicine
  • Principal Planner, Regional Transportation Planning,
    North Jersey Transportation Planning Authority
  • Conservation Director - Mexico City,
    World Wildlife Fund United States (D.C., New Mexico)

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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Alumni In Action - Public Service Spotlight

When Erik Korolev was graduating from Wagner, he applied to only one job on the west coast. Having grown up in New York, he focused the majority of his job applications towards organizations in New York and Connecticut. But the chance to take a project manager position at Blue Shield of California in San Francisco, offered him the opportunity to work at a nonprofit, where the organization’s mission is lived everyday. Read the full profile.

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Show Your Artwork at the Gallery Space at Wagner

Are you an artist? Would you like to share your work with the Wagner community? NYU Wagner's Gallery Committee is issuing an open call for alumni artwork. A spring alumni show is planned for June of 2008. If you would like to show your work, follow the Gallery Space guidelines for applying to show. Please also email wagner.gallery@nyu.edu to inform the committee of your intent by March 24th. All applications must be received by March 31st.

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Winter 2008 Global Public Service Update Published

The Winter 2008 edition of the Global Public Service Update has been published online. Read about new international focused courses at Wagner, recent faculty publications, international student updates and alumni working overseas. To view, follow the link under the Newsletters section of NYU Wagner's Global Public Service page.

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Alumni Insights: Professional Associations

Share your insights with us!

Are you a member of APPAM, ASPA, APA, AAHAM or other professional organizations? With what associations should Wagner work to strengthen its relationships? We want to know what member organizations are most important to you. Let us know by emailing wagner.alumni@nyu.edu with "Alumni Insights" in the subject line.

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Give a Little Green

This St. Patrick’s Day give a little green back to your favorite school of public service! Your support makes a big difference and donating is easy with NYU's online contribution page. Donations can also be sent by mailing a check (made out to NYU Wagner) to 295 Lafayette St., 2nd Fl., New York, NY 10012-9604, Attn: Development Dept. Please indicate that your gift is meant for the Wagner Annual Fund.

Thank you for the difference you make through your commitment to Wagner. And remember it’s not how much you give, but that you give!

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Did You Know...?

 

Margo Amgott (MPA-Health '84) was appointed Executive Director, a newly created position, at Chief Operating Officer and the NYU Child Study Center. Congratulations, Margo.

 

Jennifer Jones Austin (MS '97) has recently been appointed Senior Vice President for Community Investment at United Way of New York City. Congratulations, Jennifer.

Courtney Smith (MPA-Health '05) has left GE Healthcare and is now working as an Advance Team Lead at Partners Healthcare in Boston, MA. She is working on a project to implement common administrative system and processes across Partners that will set a new standard in healthcare by making scheduling, registration and billing easier for patients and staff to navigate. Congratulations, Courtney.

Alisa Zelman Finsten (MPA-PNP '03) recently accepted a position as Grant Specialist with Los Angeles Mayor Antonio R. Villaraigosa's Office of Homeland Security and Public Safety. She will be working on the public safety side, writing and managing grants to support gang suppression and gang reduction initiatives. Congratulations, Alisa.

 

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

 

In each Wagner School Alumni e-News 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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