NYU Wagner Alumni e-News – September 2009

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You're Invited: Fall Harvest Lunch for Wagner Families with Dean Schall on NYU Alumni Day
NYU Alumni Day is coming up on Saturday, October 3rd.  Alumni are invited back to campus for a wonderful array of events from panel discussions to lunch with their school's dean.  Hear fellow alum Lindsay Robbins-Rozan ('07) speak on the politics of climate change, or check out other exciting events on topics from education to universal healthcare.  And be sure to bring your loved ones and join Dean Schall for lunch, pumpkin decorating, and public service activities for all ages - all events are free!  Register online


Work in NYC Government?  Join us for Happy Hour Tomorrow!
It's not too late to RSVP for tomorrow's Wagner Alumni in New York City Government Happy Hour.  Join us at Nelson Blue at 235 Front Street at Peck Slip (near the South Street Seaport) from 5:30-7:30pm tomorrow (Wednesday, September 9th) and catch up with friends and colleagues in the field. 

NYU Wagner Welcomes Largest and Most Competitive Incoming Class Ever
It's the first day of classes for incoming students at NYU and today 382 new students officially join the Wagner student body.  Applications were at an all-time high over the spring and while Wagner's acceptance rate continued it's diminishing trend, this year's incoming class is the largest the school has ever seen.  If life brings you to the Puck Building in the next few weeks, be sure to extend a warm welcome to the newest members of the Wagner community!  

Three New Professors and a Post-Doc Fellow Join Wagner Faculty
NYU Wagner recently appointed three new members to its faculty who have joined the school this fall.  Salo Vinocur Coslovsky, Assistant Professor of International Development, received his M.A. in Law and Diplomacy from Tufts University and Ph.D. in International Development from MIT.  His research bridges international development, legal sociology, and organizational behavior, and asks how developing countries can promote sustainable and equitable growth even when subjected to intense global competition. Maria Damon, Assistant Professor of Public Policy and Assistant Professor of Environmental Studies received her Ph.D. in Economics from UC San Diego.  Her research focuses on environmental policy design, and how understanding decision-making processes can lead to more effective policies. and Karen Grépin, Assistant Professor of Global Health Policy, received her S.M. in Health Policy and Management from Harvard School of Public Health and her Ph.D. in Health Policy and International Health Economics from Harvard University.  Her research focuses on the economics and politics of health service delivery in developing countries, with a focus on sub-Saharan Africa.  Lisette Garcia comes to Wagner as a Postdoctoral Fellow having received her M.S. in Sociology from the Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University and her Ph.D. in Sociology, Ohio State University.  Her research interests include race and ethnic relations, the sociology of education, the sociology of work, inequality, and public policy.


Events, Lectures and Regional Activities
September 2009

For updated listings and event details, as well as RSVP information, click on the links below.


New York:


New York / Abu Dhabi Futures: Common Challenges, Uncommon Cities: Mega-Projects: New York

Conflict Security and Development Series 2009: What Can the UN Do in Response to Extrajudicial Killings?

Climate Change and Water Series 2009: Changing Climate and Water Management: A Perspective on Science and Implementation for Adaptation

The Thinking and Doing Breakfast Series:: The Story of the Highline: A Conversation with Robert Hammond and Professor Ingrid Gould Ellen

Conflict Security and Development Series 2009: Democratic Elections: A tool for peace or catalyst of conflict? 

NYU Alumni Day, including Fall Harvest Lunch with Dean Schall.

Community Organizing Basics: A Social Change Leadership Network Learning Session

Conflict Security and Development Series 2009: Building Refugee Livelihoods: Food Security, the Economic Crisis, and Long Term Development

Conflict Security and Development Series 2009: Climate Change, Financial Crisis and Fragile States: The Imperative of Rethinking New Dimensions in International Security and Development

NYU Reynolds Program Speaker Series: Seth Goldman, President & TeaEO of Honest Tea

Climate Change and Water Series 2009: Watering Egypt: Political Challenges of Water Management in an Arid Land

The Middle East and United States Strategy Series: Beyond al Qaida: National Security in an Age of Globalization, Terror, and the Internet featuring Juan Zarate

Conflict Security and Development Series 2009: Preventing Mass Killing: Moving Educational Theory to Policy Practice

Aging and Global Health: Are We Prepared for the Epidemic of the Aging Baby Boomers?

Best Practices for Major Gifts and Planned Giving

The Thinking and Doing Breakfast Series: Funding Mass Transit: A Conversation with Richard Ravitch and Professor Charles Brecher

The Middle East and United States Strategy Series: Fred Wehrey, Senior Policy Analyst, RAND

Conflict Security and Development Series 2009: Women and Girls at War: Wives, Mothers and Fighters


NYU Alumni Events:
University-wide Alumni Calendar




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:

  • GIS Specialist,
    ARD, Inc. (Vermont)
  • Director of Finance,
    Bronx Charter School for Children
  • Senior Coordinator, AIM
    Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition (Amsterdam / Geneva)
  • Director of Research & Evaluation,
    Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship
  • Policy Advisor, Office of Deputy Mayor for Operations,
    NYC Office of the Mayor
  • Administrative Manager,
    NYU School of Medicine
  • Research Analyst
    Social Compact (Washington, DC)

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.


Alumni In Action - Public Service Spotlight

“After having visited many charter schools that break the mold of what’s expected,” says Nora Abramson (MPA 2008), “it doesn’t seem as complicated to fix the problems with urban education.” In her opinion, the “kids aren’t all that different [at public, private, and charter schools], it’s how they are treated.” Abramson is the Manager for Charter School Development at Lincoln Center’s Institute for the Arts in Education (LCI), which is in the process of developing a middle and high school with an integrated arts curriculum that will open in the Bronx in September, 2011. Read more.


Alumni Insights: New York City tips for Newcomers

You share your insights with us!

With 382 new students joining us on campus, many of them are new to the city.  What are some of the things about New York and NYU you wish you had known right off the bat?  We'd love to share your thoughts with our newcomers.  Let us know what you think at wagner.alumni@nyu.edu.  


Start the School Year Off Right!

Thank you very much to all of those who contributed to last year's annual fund.  With your help we reached 96% of our goal - not a bad feat for year with many economic challenges.  Didn't make the August 31st deadline?  You can help us get this year's fund to a strong start by making an online contribution today. 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.  Please indicate that your gift should go to support the Wagner Annual Fund.

Thank you for the difference you make by supporting NYU Wagner.


Did You Know...?

Karen Brown (MPA '98) has recently been appointed to the Support Center for Nonprofit Management's Board.

Joe Chan (MUP '98) has been appointed to the Panel for Educational Policy by Mayor Bloomberg.

David Dax (MUP '70) recently returned from Guatemala with his wife Betty where they worked with a team to build a water purification system in Santiago Atitlan.


Stella Iwuagwu (MS '05) just received her PhD in Health Education from Southern Illinois Carbondale University.  She is featured in an article here for overcoming paralysis to complete her doctorate.  Congratulations, Stella.

Melissa Kushner (MPA-PNP '06) and her organization, Goods for Good were featured recently on NBC's "Making a Difference."  She was also featured for her work in GAP's "Born to do Good" campaign Congratulations, Melissa.

Diana Mao (MPA-PNP '08) was recently featured on a blog where she was interviewed regarding her start-up anti-trafficking organization in Cambodia, the Nomi Network

Padmini Murthy (MS '00) will speak at the NY Academy of Medicine in October to discuss her recently published book, Women's Global Health and Human Rights Padmini is Assistant Professor and Global Health Program Director at New York Medical College School of Public Health. 

Michael Patrick Summers (MPA-PNP '08) has been promoted to Director of Administration for NYU Chemistry.  He will also be starting his Doctor of Education studies at NYU Steinhardt this fall. Congratulations, Michael.


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In each issue of the Wagner Alumni e-News, we highlight alumni who are doing interesting work in the public sector. Please share your news with us at wagner.alumni@nyu.edu!