NYU Wagner Professors Convene at 10 Downing St. on Technology & Government
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NYU Wagner visiting professor Beth Noveck and clinical professor Shankar Prasad are in 10 Downing St. today, Nov. 9, for the start of a two-day conversation -- co-hosted by Wagner -- on the future of democracy and the impact of technology.
They join about 40 others at a long table in the wood-paneled State Dining Room, a mix of intersecting and influential perspectives from industry, government, development, nonprofits, and universities. The participants also include Wagner MPA students Kevin Hansen and Sean Brooks.
The London gathering represents a planning meeting for a MacArthur Foundation-supported research network that will develop collaborative new strategies for tackling the world’s hardest problems.
In the evening, the group of thought leaders will head to a dinner organized by the World Bank to continue the discussion in an informal setting. They'll resume the conference on Nov. 10.
For more information, visit openinggovernment.org or @openinggov - where Professors Noveck and Prasad will be tweeting on the discussion.
Click here to view the conversations on Storify.
NYU Reynolds R.E.A.L. Workshop Series: Realistic Entrepreneurial Actionable Learning
Are you now or do you hope to play a role in helping to change the world? Looking for practical and tangible skills and know-how to help you do that? NYU Reynolds has answered the call.
Responding to the demand for greater access to social entrepreneurial related content, the NYU Reynolds Program is pleased to launch the NYU Reynolds R.E.A.L Workshop Series: a new series designed to support social entrepreneurs and changemakers with practical skills and knowledge bases critical to success in the field. The series is free, open to the public and to students from across the entire NYU community, with some sessions specifically targeted to undergraduates, graduates or the executive communities. An RSVP is required for each event.
This series digs deep into the NYU Reynolds network of social entrepreneurship professionals to feature a diverse collection of leaders who have honed their know-how through practice. Each presenter will share their knowledge and breadth of experience, leaving participants with a tangible skill or lesson learned to apply to their own projects and changemaking trajectories. All you need to bring is an open mind!
See below for the Fall 2012 schedule, RSVP links, and target audiences. We hope to see you there!
1. November 27, 2012: 12:30pm – 2:00pm
The 29 Mistakes You Are Bound to Make as a Social Entrepreneur
Zack Rosenberg, Founder and CEO, DoGoodBuyUs
Description: Often, presenters attempt to provide audiences with a comprehensive guide to their successes. In this workshop, Zack Rosenberg will present the mistakes he made on the road to building his social enterprise, DoGoodByUs. With the thinking that mistakes can often be more illustrative and instructive than success stories, you will walk away from this workshop with a clearer understanding of some of the specific challenges –and potential pitfalls—of marketing, funding, and partnering decisions. Additionally, you will learn more about #GivingTuesday, which is also on November 27. Pizza will be served!
RSVP at: https://s.zoomerang.com/s/REALrosenberg
Intended Audience: This workshop is designed for all levels of undergraduate students.
2. December 6, 2012: 12:30pm – 2:00pm
Expanding the Philanthropy Footprint: The Challenge of Social Entrepreneurship to Traditional Philanthropy – What’s Fad? What’s Fab?
Richard Marker, Co-Principal, Wise Philanthropy; Founder, NYU Academy for Grantmaking & Funder Education
Description: This session is designed to help attendees understand how philanthropy interacts with the innovation ecosystem and the world of a social entrepreneur. The workshop will cover a vast array of philanthropic topics, from questioning the role of philanthropists and foundations, to discussing what “impact” means, to wondering what organizations, sectors, and people should be solving major societal problems. Using his expertise as a philanthropic advisor, Richard will provide insight into the relationship between a changemaker and his/her funders, along with valuable perspectives on how shareholder activism, varying organizational structures, and evolving scholarship on success, scale, and start-up funding models are changing the game.
Intended Audience: Graduate students and professionals are welcome, particularly those with philanthropic, development and/or grant-writing roles.
3. December 7, 2012: 12:30pm – 2:00pm
Mobile Technology for Social Good Demystified: Demo and Discussion
Kate Otto, Mobile Tech for Development Consultant, World Bank; Founder, Everyday Ambassador; NYU Reynolds Scholar Alumnus
Description: This session will review various ways in which mobile connectivity is changing the world for the better, and provide participants with a tutorial in creating and deploying a free mobile phone based survey tool, manipulatable to a variety of applications. (Note: Android phone required to participate in demo. You don’t need an Android phone to participate in the session.). We will also discuss how and why too much digital connectivity can poison our efforts at meaningful change, and suggest the balance of tech and human connectivities that enable us to produce the highest impact outcome.
RSVP at: https://s.zoomerang.com/s/REALotto
Intended Audience: Undergraduate and Graduate students are welcome.
NYU Wagner Alumna Earns Prestigious Teaching Award
Wagner alum, Dylan Congor, received the 2012 Leslie Whittington Award for Excellence in Teaching presented by the National Association of Schools of Public Affairs and Administration (NASPAA). The award honors those who make outstanding contributions to public service education and demonstrate teaching excellence over a sustained period of time.
Congor earned her Ph.D. in Public Policy and Public Administration from Wagner in 2004, and is currently the Director of the Masters in Public Policy Program and Associate Professor of Public Policy and Public Administration at the Trachtenberg School at George Washington University.
She was presented the award on October 18, 2012 at NASPAA’s annual conference in Austin, Texas. David H. Rosenbloom of American University was also a recipient. The Whittington Award is named in honor of the 2000 recipient, Leslie A. Whittington, who perished in Flight 77 at the Pentagon on September 11, 2001.
Congor joins Wagner Professor of Urban Planning and Public Policy Ingrid Gould Ellen in this honor, as Professor Ellen received the prestigious award in 2009.
"Code for Change" Honors New Digital Apps with a Public Purpose
Competition expo (Oct. 12).
A digital app that makes it possible for trained citizen responders to work together in teams as soon as a civil disaster strikes is the winner of the Grand Prize awarded by “Code for Change,” a tech competition at the Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service at New York University.
New York City agencies and nonprofit organizations posed technical challenges to self-formed teams of developers, designers, and specialists who participated in the Code for Change competition. The Grand Prize winner is the Community Emergency Response Team (CERT), which needed an easy-to-use app to help facilitate communication and information exchange among volunteer emergency responders in the immediate wake of a disaster.
Code for Change gave the participants two weeks instead of a typical hackathon’s 24 to 36 hours to identify real, sustainable solutions to questions of public importance. The event also marked the first time that a big-city hackathon included challenges from both government agencies and nonprofit organizations.
This was the first time, too, that four major tech nonprofits – Code for America, One Economy, NPower, and Blue Ridge Foundation New York – joined in co-partnering a hackathon, together with NYU Wagner – with sponsorships from Motorola Mobility Foundation, Liquidnet, Centre for Social for Social Innovations, Notable, General Assembly, and Zurb.
A second Code for Change award, the Change Prize, was given to the New York City Campaign Finance Board for an app that provides citizens with information they can use to engage with the democratic process, and fosters higher voter participation in elections.
Code for Change awarded its Promise Prize to the CUNY Institute for Software Design and Development for an app that enables students to exchange, rather than buy, textbooks – and defrays their higher-education costs.
Code for Change’s Popular Choice Prize was awarded to Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship for a new platform enabling middle and high school students to write and share their own book reviews with one another, and creating a space for online reader discussion groups about literature.
The awardees – who were eligible for a total of $10,000 in cash, mentor lunches, General Assembly classes, Zurb’s web design audit, and free workspace at the Center for Social Innovation – were selected by a panel of seven judges.
New Report from NYU Wagner Innovation Labs Eyes Innovations In Five Cities
Just published: the first in a series of policy reports from NYU Wagner Innovation Labs concerning a three-year Bloomberg Philanthropies effort under way to help mayors in five cities design and implement innovative solutions to pressing challenges.
The report, titled “Getting to Innovation: How Cities are Rethinking Municipal Governance,” offers insight into work in the grantee cities, as well as concrete tools for policymakers seeking to foster municipal innovation in their own cities.
NYU Wagner, RCLA Help Launch The Ghana Wins! Project
New York University, in collaboration with Fundación Mujeres Por África, the University of Ghana, and Banco Santander has launched The Ghana Wins! Project, a major initiative designed to develop and promote leadership skills in Ghanaian women. A select number of Ghanian women will receive training and assistance from the NYU College of Nursing (NYUCN), the Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development, and the Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service to help address Ghana’s critical needs in healthcare, education, and strengthening of its civil society.
“The needs in developing countries are great, but the more health resources that are developed, the better off the country will be,” says NYUCN’s Yvonne Wesley, co-director of the project. The project’s director, NYUCN’s Mattia Gilmartin, added, “Ghana is dealing with increases in diabetes and cardiovascular disease, as we are here. One goal of our program is to teach the participating nurses skills to improve the quality of care in their local settings.”
Each school has been awarded a grant from Banco Santander to implement its portion of the project. The College of Nursing is the first to begin, launching the four-year Ghanaian Nurse Leaders Program, which addresses a fundamental need of the Ghanaian nursing profession—the development of a corps of nurses that can improve health system management and clinical practice —in Ghana.
The Research Center for Leadership in Action (RCLA) at NYU Wagner will offer a one-year cohort-based leadership development program for mid- to senior-level women leaders from government and civil society organizations in Ghana. RCLA will select two cohorts of 15-20 women each working in public service across the nation. Women leaders will identify a pressing organizational or community need and design a public service action-learning project to address it. They will spend the following year working in small groups to implement their projects, aided by ongoing expert coaching via regular videoconferences and support from peers.
“In the half century since gaining its independence, Ghana has developed a strong and vibrant civil society to support its social, political, and economic growth,” noted RCLA Executive Director Bethany Godsoe. “As Ghana enters this next phase in its history, the continued strengthening of democratic institutions will be crucial to realizing greater prosperity, and NYU Wagner is honored to be identifying, nurturing, and equipping visionary women leaders as central to that effort.”
The Ghana Wins! Project builds on the collaborative relationship between NYU and the University of Ghana, which includes NYU’s study abroad site on the university’s campus in Accra, the country’s capital and largest city. For more than three years, the two universities and two medical centers—Korle Bu in Accra and Bellevue in New York City—have been working together and learning from each other.
Plastics in Foods Associated with Childhood Obesity, Find Two Wagner Professors
In a nationally representative sample of nearly 3,000 children and adolescents, those who had higher concentrations of urinary bisphenol A (BPA), a manufactured chemical found in consumer products, had significantly increased odds of being obese, according to a groundbreaking study in the September 19 issue of Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) by NYU Wagner professors Leonardo Trasande and Jan Blustein.
Leonardo Trasande, M.D., M.P.P., who is co-affiliated with the NYU School of Medicine, presented the findings of the study at a JAMA media briefing announcing the Journal's new issue devoted to the question of obesity. The research, which has drawn national media coverage, is co-authored by Dr. Jan Blustein, M.D., P.h.D, professor of health policy and professor of medicine at Wagner and the School of Medicine. A third author, Teresa M. Attina, is affiliated with the School of Medicine, Department of Pediatrics.
Calling All Coders (and Lots of Others): NYU Wagner's "Code for Change" Wants You!
Calling all coders, designers, data scientists and other technologists to participate in new kind of civic technology competition in New York this Fall! Want to win $10,000 and additional prizes helping solve some of New York City’s most pressing social problems? We invite you to join us as we remix hacking for good at NYU Wagner's upcoming Code for Change.
Unlike a weekend hack, Code for Change will feature a two-week collaboration period, September 28 - October 12, giving you a chance to really dive in, get to know the challenge, and build a lasting relationship with your team. We spent the summer working with nonprofits and local government to bring you well-defined, game-changing challenges that call for applications with the potential to vastly improve lives of people in New York and beyond. In addition to doing good work, we will have prizes for the best apps.
Register and join us on Friday, September 28 at NYU Wagner, when we kick off the competition with an afternoon and evening of team matching, giving you a chance to meet face to face, pitch ideas and form working groups. Over the course of two weeks, teams will meet on their own time to work collaboratively on their solutions. Then on Friday, October 12th all participants will reconvene at NYU Wagner for a “demo day,” when they present their solutions for judging at our exposition. Judges will include: Rachel Sterne, NYC’s Chief Digital Officer, Seth Pinsky, President of the NYC Economic Development Corporation; Charlie O'Donnell, Partner, Brooklyn Bridge Ventures; and Andrew Rasiej, Chairman of NY Tech MeetUp. For more details, please go here now.
Grand Prize $10,000, Social Innovation Prize $6,000 value (including 6 months of free workspace access at the Centre for Social Innovation, a shared workspace and incubator for social ventures, opening in New York City in January 2013. Additional cash, in-kind and mentorship prizes are being announced weekly.
Reserve your spot @ Code for Change launch (Eventbrite).
View and comment on challenge briefs.
Enter your solution idea in response to any challenge.
For "MillionTrees" Leadership, NYU Wagner Student Wins NYC's Frederick Hayes Prize
Citing her ongoing work to bring about the planting of one million trees, the City of New York has awarded NYU Wagner student Morgan Monaco its prestigious Frederick O’Reilly Hayes Prize, which honors aspiring and emerging leaders in the municipal government.
In addition to working currently toward her MPA at Wagner, Ms. Monaco serves as the Director of MillionTreesNYC in the Department of Parks and Recreation, where she leads all elements of the initiative to plant and care for one million new trees citywide.
It is for this job – managing internal staff and coordinating with dozens of outside organizations – that she drew the recognition of the Hayes Prize committee of nine distinguished public service professionals.
“I am deeply honored to be the recipient of this prestigious award and look forward to preserving Hayes’ legacy through my work in public service,” Ms. Monaco said. “I am particularly proud to receive this award on behalf of open space preservation and environmental sustainability. In my work at Wagner, I always look for ways to apply management best practices of people to managing the urban forest. It is my ultimate goal that New Yorkers foster a better connection to their local trees. I am inspired by Hayes’ ability to deliver innovative public programs and look forward to continuing to address open space challenges through my work at Wagner and beyond."
Ms. Monaco has been in City service for five years after several summers with the Parks Department, and holds a bachelor’s degree in international studies from Vassar College.
In addition to recognizing Ms. Monaco, the prize committee honored two researchers in the Chief Medical Examiner’s Department of Forensic Biology as recipients of the 2012 award. The team developed a statistical tool to describe the results of complex DNA analysis undertaken at crime scenes.
Individual winners of the Hayes Prize receive up to $7,500, while team efforts are eligible for up to $15,000. The winners are chosen from an array of candidates sent by City agencies. This is the seventh year of the prize, whose winnings may be used by the recipients to further develop their public service careers.
The prize was created to memorialize Frederick O’R. Hayes, who was New York City’s star budget director for four years in the administration of Mayor John Lindsay. In that role, Hayes attracted talented and experienced idealists from around the country who wanted to solve the problems of urban poverty.
Before Mayor Lindsay tapped him in 1966, Mr. Hayes started out his career in public finance positions for New York State government, and went on to work for 10 years in Washington as an economist at the Bureau of the Budget, now the Office of Management and Budget. Hayes in 1964 oined President Lyndon B. Jonson’s task force on the War on Poverty, where he was a senior member of the group that developed the Community Action Program. He later joined the newly created Office of Economic Opportunity under Sergeant Striver.
“He had complete integrity. He understood the delicate connection between professional standards and the political system. He attracted and inspired talent. He was a polymath with a wry sense of humor. His imagination was limitless and his analytical powers incisive,” the prize committee stated of Mr. Hayes, who died in 2002.
The award is organized by New York City and Mayor Michael Bloomberg; the Department of Citywide Administrative Services and Commissioner Edna Wells Handy; and the Citywide Organizational and Executive Development Programs
Irshad Manji Testifies at House Subcommittee Hearing on Fort Hood Terrorist Attack
Irshad Manji, director of the Moral Courage Project at NYU Wagner, testified today before the House Homeland Security Subcommittee on Oversight, Investigations and Management . The hearing examined military base security and lessons learned from the 2009 terrorist attack at Fort Hood, Texas.
In addition to Manji, who teaches at the Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service, witnesses included Douglas Winter, deputy chairman and editor-in-chief, William Webster Commission; Michael Leiter, former director, National Counterterrorism Center; and Kshemendra Paul, program manager, Information Sharing Environment, Office of Director of National Intelligence.
Professor Dennis Smith Appointed to NASPAA's Accreditation Commission
Dennis C. Smith
Dennis C. Smith, associate professor of public policy at NYU Wagner, has been appointed to serve as a member of the Commission on Peer Review and Accreditation (COPRA) of the National Association of Schools of Public Affairs and Administration (NASPAA).
NASPAA is a professional education association dedicated to the advancement of education, training, and research in public affairs/policy/administration. The association is a specialized accrediting agency for master’s degree. COPRA has independent decision-making and policy autonomy for purposes of accreditation review of master’s programs.
Professor Smith is among five new COPRA members appointed by incoming NASPAA president Jack Knott. The other new members include: Lisa Bingham, Indiana University;
Jo Ann Ewalt, College of Charleston; Jocelyn Johnston, American University, and
Andrew Whitford, University of Georgia.
NYU Wagner Participates in White House Forum on Urban Innovation
NYU Wagner is among 16 distinguished public service and educational organizations attending today’s White House Forum on Urban Innovation with an array of Federal agencies, aimed at surfacing new partnerships and models to solve problems of concentrated poverty and economic immobility in our fast-growing cities.
The public / nonprofit conference is part of a new series of conversations the White House is hosting “to spotlight stories of social innovation on the ground,” according to the briefing packet, which adds: “We seek to learn from pioneers who are driving change in challenging times and to explore new ways federal policy making can support their endeavors.”
Among the participating organizations are the National Urban League, the National League of Cities, 100,000 Homes, Cesar Chavez Public Charter Schools for Public Policy, NCB Capital Impact, and the Center for Sustainable Infrastructure Systems. Federal agency representation includes HUD, the Department of Health and Human Services, the Department of Transportation, Treasury, the Small Business Administration, and the Environmental Protection Agency.
In conjunction with the Forum, the White House launched a new tool, Innovation of the Day, to collect and share innovative practices in affordable housing, community development and urban planning. It is accessible here.
'Code For Change' Tech Competition Launched to Design New Apps for the Public Good
In partnership with the largest organizations supporting technological development in the nonprofit sector, the Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service at New York University will launch a new competition in September, challenging tech developers to design new applications to address some of the most pressing public issues facing New Yorkers.
The school and its partners—One Economy, Code for America, NPower and Blue Ridge Foundation—have begun evaluating major challenges from government agencies and nonprofits seeking to enter the “Code For Change” competition. Team formation begins on September 28, and prizes include $10,000 in cash to support application development, VC and mentor lunches and potential support from local foundations.
Code for Change will be a twist on the traditional 24- or 36-hour hackathon, because participating developers will spend two weeks working on their concepts, culminating in the judging at NYU Wagner on Friday, October 12.
Code for Change will look for tech applications that will lead to improvements with a broad public purpose, be they in education, emergency readiness, voting, social services, or other areas of public interest and public service.
Code for Change is made possible by generous support from Motorola Mobility Foundation and Liquidnet.
Anyone interested in entering the contest can create challenges, join teams, and view rules and other details at www.applicationsforgood.org, a platform for designers created by the global nonprofit One Economy.
Prof. Paul Light Makes the Case for a Strong Central Government in New Book
Paul Light, the Paulette Goddard Professor of Public Service at NYU Wagner, has written an essay for a newly published book. In the piece he contends that, for all the low levels of trust the federal government inspires in contemporary public-opinion surveys, it has played a helpful role in American life, ranging from transportation and housing to the environment and the arts.
In the book To Promote the General Welfare: The Case for Big Government, edited by Professor Steven Conn of Ohio State (published by Oxford University Press), Light's chapter is titled “From Endeavor to Achievement and Back Again: Government’s Greatest Hits in Peril.” The essay recounts 50 pieces of legislation that reveal what he calls “a good-faith effort to identify the problems that the federal government tried hardest to solve over the past half century.”
“These efforts are extraordinarily wide-ranging—from advancing human rights to helping veterans readjust to civilian life; from protecting the consumers to protecting the environment,” writes Light. “All but a handful of the 50 endeavors involve closely related sets of laws organized around a consistent strategy for addressing a focused problem, such as crime, water quality, or arms control and disarmament.”
Fellowship for Emerging Leaders in Public Service Now Accepting Applications
The Fellowship for Emerging Leaders in Public Service sponsored by NYU Wagner's Research Center for Leadership in Action is now accepting applications for the 2013 Class.
Each year a diverse group of approximately 30 early career professionals working full-time in public service in the New York City area is selected to participate.
The program runs from November 2012 through May 2013, and Fellows come together for professional development and speaker sessions twice a month on evenings and weekends. The fellowship includes a robust curriculum to help Fellows reflect on how they can take up leadership in their roles, and they receive ongoing mentorship from Career and Alumni Guides. At the program’s conclusion, Fellows join an active alumni network of more than 200 people making a difference in New York City and beyond. The program is heavily subsidized by NYU Wagner and RCLA, and the program fee for each participant is $500.
Applications, including a recommendation from a direct supervisor, are due by noon EST on August 29, 2012.
Karen Grepin's New Paper Explores the Impact of HIV-Focused Donor Aid
A research investigation by NYU Wagner Assistant Professor of Global Health Policy Karen Grépin on the impact of international HIV-focused donor funding on health service delivery will appear in a special issue of the journal Health Affairs. The July thematic issue is devoted to analysis of the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief, a nine-year-old program of bilateral U.S. assistance to support countries in their battle against HIV/AIDS (and one that has been described as the largest program of U.S. aid since the Marshall Plan). The Health Affairs volume and its dissemination are funded, in part, by the Office of the U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator; Merck & Co, Inc.; BD; and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Professor Grépin’s paper is titled “HIV Donor Funding Has Both Boosted And Curbed The Delivery Of Different Non-HIV Health Services In Sub-Saharan Africa." She will join contributors, thought leaders, and policy makers at a morning briefing in Washington, D.C., on July 10 to mark the issue’s release.
Leadership Institute Equips Top Hispanic Physicians to Reform Health Policy
From treating sick children to directing urgent care clinics, physicians see firsthand how health policies affect patients’ lives. Ten leading Hispanic physicians have a unique opportunity to apply this medical expertise to shaping health policy at the local, state and national levels. From July 15-20, 2012, they will participate in a leadership institute hosted by the National Hispanic Medical Association and NYU Wagner's Research Center for Leadership in Action to build the knowledge and skills to take leadership roles in advancing policy reform.
The institute is part of a year-long National Hispanic Medical Association Leadership Fellowship, through which Hispanic physicians receive support to enhance their leadership capability, increase their understanding of current key national and state health policy issues, and draft and present innovative policy proposals to improve health care – particularly in Hispanic communities. In addition, Fellows have the opportunity to develop a national network of public service and health policy experts and to participate in the development of future NHMA initiatives. The fellowship is directed by NHMA President and CEO Elena Rios.
The institute at RCLA includes symposia with senior health officials and a reception co-hosted by the National Hispanic Medical Association, the New York Academy of Medicine, and NYU’s Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service.
Sessions draw on the expertise of NYU Wagner’s health faculty, including Professor Brian Elbel, the faculty liaison for the Institute, and Professors John Billings and Allen Zerkin. Topics include timely leadership, health and policy issues including:
- Key health indicators and emerging health issues for the Hispanic community in the US
- Current regional and federal initiatives to eliminate health disparities
- Emerging approaches to leadership
- Healthcare reform and implications for Hispanic populations in four areas: access, quality, prevention and workforce
- Changes in financing and access included in healthcare reform, with an emphasis on Medicare and Medicaid
- Important features of the federal, state and local policymaking processes and how they manifest in health policy decisions
- Establishing and sustaining intra- and inter-organizational cooperation
- Communications skills and principles for effective negotiation
- Stakeholder analysis and advocacy efforts
The fellowship kicked off with an orientation during NHMA’s National Conference. Fellows will participate in the RCLA institute in the summer and an institute in Washington, DC in the fall in which they will meet with leaders from the White House, US Department of Health and Human Services, Congress, think tanks and national organizations with interests in health policy. Fellows will present their policy recommendations at the NHMA National Conference in 2013.
The National Hispanic Medical Association Leadership Fellowship Program Class of 2012 includes:
Christian Arbalaez, MD, MPH
Assistant Residency Director, Department of Emergency Medicine and Associate Director, Office for Multicultural Faculty Careers, Brigham and Women’s Hospital
Capt. Magda Barini-Garcia, MD, MPH
Senior Medical Advisor, Learning and Diffusion Group, Center for Medicare & Medicaid Innovation, Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services
Luis M. DiBernardo, MD, MPH
Medical Director, Gateway Medical Center & Urgent Care
Fausto Meza, MD, MPA
Chief Medical Officer/Medical Director and Chief Information Officer, Doctors Hospital at Renaissance
Rolf Montalvo, MD
Assistant Professor and Residency Program Director, Department of Family and Community Medicine, University of Texas Health Science Center-Houston
Maria Fernanda Nota, MD
Children and Youth Project
Joseph Perez, CDR, MD, FAAP
Director, USCG Health, Safety, Work-Life Field Office – New London
Eyda Samuels, MD, FAAP
Physician; Pediatric & Adolescent Medicine, Albert Einstein Medical Center
Victoria Elena Sorlie-Aguilar, MD
Family Physician, Department of Family Medicine, Magnolia Family Health Clinic
Laura A. Williams, MD, MPH
President/CEO, L. Williams, MD A Medical Corp
NYU Wagner's 2012 Convocation Ceremony Rocks the Beacon Theatre!
Melody C. Barnes (center).
The world-class Beacon Theatre, the breakthrough stage for rock ‘n’ roll, cast its bright lights May 17 on the top-ranked NYU Wagner as 357 graduating students – the Class of 2012 – were heralded for earning their Master in Public Administration (MPA) or Master in
Urban Planning (MUP).
As the ceremony began, the capacity crowd of soon-to-be graduates and their families and friends received words of welcome in 27 different languages from Class of '12 emissaries Emma Taya Darch, Hanying Peng and Luis Guillermo Schloeter Garcia – symbolizing Wagner’s strong national and global reach as well as its home in one of the most exciting and diverse cities of the world.
Wagner’s Dean, Ellen Schall, urged the graduating class to deeply think and explore their feelings as they transition from graduate work to an exciting new chapter in their lives as dedicated public-service professionals. While this interim phase may include trepidations, it offers a moment when innovation is perhaps most possible, she said.
“I have three very important words,” Diane Yu, chief of staff for NYU, told the audience enthusiastically when she next spoke to the graduates: “You made it!”
And the magestic music hall erupted in cheers.
Maggie Raife (MPA ’12) introduced the eagerly anticipated keynote speaker, Melody C. Barnes, the former Assistant to the President of the United States and Director of the White House Domestic Policy Council.
Barnes invoked the inspirational example of Nanny Helen Boroughs, the founder of a school for African American women and girls in Washington, D.C. in the early 1900's. The school motto, she noted emphatically, was “We Specialize In The Wholly Impossible.”
“The question for you is not whether, but how, can I be of service – how can I lead,” Barnes said, noting that her mentors included the late Senator Ted Kennedy, with whom she worked, as well as a close friend who dedicated herself to schools in her community
of High Point, N.C., and was a "fiercely determined" catalyst for civic engagement and progress.
“If you have a head, and a heart, for public service, it is deeply, deeply rewarding,” said Barnes, who will soon be joining Wagner as a Senior Fellow.
In addition to the presentation of the Masters as well as PhD recipients, the Convocation featured several honors for outstanding student achievement:
* The Martin Dworkis Memorial Award (for academic achievement, participation in Wagner activities and public service) was given to: Sarah Lieber Church, Susan L. Hayes, and Carlyn Maksymuk.
* The Robert F. Wagner Award for Public Service (for leadership capacity and exceptional contribution to public service) was award to Christopher Faris and Olukemi Ilesanmi.
* The Hammad Fund International Leadership Award (for contribution to the global Wagner experience, academic success, and exceptional capacity for international leadership) was given to Rebecca Bavinger.
* The Sterling D. Spero Prize (for exceptional written work) was awarded to Barbara Kiviat and Jacob Leos-Urbel.
* The Robert Berne Award for Leadership (for significant contribution to the Wagner community) was given to Zakiya Devine, Aaron Meyerson and Zawadi Rucks-Ahidiana.
* The Jo Ivey Boufford Award (for innovative solutions to public service challenges) was awarded to Sabelo Narasimhan.
* The Howard Newman Award (for exemplary work by a Capstone team) was given to Nora Anderson, Nadia Cureton, Ashley Jenson and Asher Pacht.
All of the graduates stood in ovation for Associate Dean of Academic Affairs and Professor of Public Policy Rogan Kersh, who was chosen as “Professor of the Year” at Wagner.
At the same time, Adjunct Associate Professor of Public Administration Shankar Prasad was named “Distinguished Adjunct of the Year.”
Will Carlin, adjunct assistant professor of project management and communication, won special recognition as “Coach of the Year.”
Dean Schall, closing the ceremony, told the graduates, “You are now official Wagner alumni – signed on to the task of ‘achieving the wholly impossible.’ ”
Congratulations to all!
Prof. Daniel L. Smith is Named NYU Faculty Fellow-in-Residence of the Year
Daniel L. Smith
Daniel L. Smith, assistant professor of public budgeting and financial management at NYU Wagner, has been named the 2012 recipient of the University’s Faculty Fellow-in-Residence Of the Year Award.
“It’s a real honor to win this award, especially in my first year as an FFiR,” he said.
We couldn't agree more.
The position of Faculty Fellow-In-Residence is part of a continuing University effort to create intimate "learning communities" for students within the residence halls, and integrate their academic experiences with their residential lives. A key aspect of this effort is the creation of a meaningful and active faculty presence in the residence halls.
Faculty Fellows work closely with one another and with residence hall staff to set an intellectual tone, and to design and implement a wide range of programmatic and other opportunities for students to interact with faculty members and with one another. By bringing cultural and intellectual experiences more directly into student life in a lively and often informal fashion, the program offers students the benefits of “small college” life within the larger contexts of both the University and the City of New York.
Professor Smith was nominated by two Res Life staff in his building (Greenwich Hotel): the Residence Hall director and one of the Resident Assistants. They noted in their nominating comments that Smith has taken the time to foster individual relationships with all of the RA’s and many of the residents.
The award selection was made by student members of the NYU (“Torch”) Chapter of the National Residence Hall Honorary (NRHH).
Evidence-Based Management is the Road Less Traveled, Says Prof. Anthony Kovner
When organizations or businesses stumble, the search for an explanation often leads back to the quality of the evidence-gathering process. It is that process, known as Evidence-based Management (EBM), that fascinates Anthony R. Kovner, who has spent more than a decade trying to get managers to employ it when they seek ways to improve their organization’s performance and results.
Professor Kovner teaches EBM to students at the Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service, where he is a professor of public and health management and the director of the Executive MPA Program for Nurse Leaders. He is also the author of several books on healthcare management. Shortly before the publication of a chapter he recently wrote, entitled “Adventures in the Evidence-based Management Trade,” for the forthcoming Oxford Handbook of Evidence-Based Management (Oxford University Press), he sat down with NYU Research Digest (Spring 2012) to discuss Evidence-based Management.
What’s the theory behind EBM?
Evidence-based Management comes out of medicine—the idea that if you make a medical intervention, it should have a predictable and positive outcome. We said, “Why can’t we apply this in management?” Well, the truth is, it’s not a simple matter. We know a lot less about management than medicine, for which there’s a huge medical research establishment, the randomized clinical trial, and an established process for scientific review.
What professional sector does EBM most lend itself to?
To every sector. So for example, when two large health organizations decide to merge, we say, “Wouldn’t it make sense to look at the best available evidence before making a decision to merge?” Instead, a very common managerial response is: “We want to merge—let’s find the evidence that justifies it.” So these managers need to do more than just type “hospital merger” in Google? Keep in mind that all managers make decisions based on evidence. The point is, what is the quality of the evidence? It can be pretty shabby.
What’s wrong with the process as it works now?
When, for instance, two large institutions decide to merge, to what extent do they ask in advance, “What do we know about successful and unsuccessful mergers?” Generally speaking, what they do is ask the consultants, and the consultants say, “This would work in Akron.” But of course that doesn’t mean that it would work in Brooklyn. Are the merging institutions’ two geographies compatible? What about their respective cultures? It’s not that you get to a solution—these kinds of problems are too messy, too wicked, and the causation is not as clear as in randomized clinical trials. But it informs your thinking so you can see and avoid the worst consequences of what might happen.
How should the evidence gathering begin?
Three basic steps: search and locate the best available evidence, learn from best practices, and try doing your own management research. If you are studying why nurses turn over so much in your hospital, it’s important for you to understand the differences between the 12-hour day shift and the 12-hour night shift. The most important step, though, is to ask the right question, and translate your management challenge into an answerable one.
If EBM is so effective, why don’t more organizations engage in it?
That’s the $64,000 question, and it’s not an easy question to deal with. What it really is about is power and hierarchy and organizations. Let’s say an employee comes up with a better way of doing something and tells the boss about it. You’d expect the boss to say it’s a great idea, let’s do it. But in practice the boss says, “You’re insulting the way I’m managing this place,” or “If you thought of it, then how good can it be, if I didn’t think of it,” or “Go ahead and present your ideas to the higher-ups, and if they like it I’ll take credit for it, and, if they don’t we’ll blame you. “
That sounds almost insurmountable.
The trick of it is to make the politics work for you. To get it implemented, you have to get the managers to see that it’s in their political interest to practice evidence-based management. And I believe it is.”