Professor Jonathan Morduch Helps Select Winner of New Global Award for Contributions to International Development
Jonathan Morduch, Professor of Public Policy and Economics at NYU Wagner, participated in January, 2009, on the jury that awarded a new global prize for contributions to international development. The BBVA Foundation Frontiers of Knowledge Award, worth 400,000 euros ($526,000), was given to the Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab (J-PAL) at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. The 2009 award from the foundation arm of the major global bank recognizes efforts to promote randomized evaluations of health, education, and finance interventions.
Bill Gates' Letter to the World
In January, 2009, Bill Gates shared his first "Annual Letter" relating his expanded role at the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, and priorities for the Foundation during the year ahead. In the letter, Gates discusses: why he remains optimistic in the face of the current economic crisis, and the Foundation's work in their focus areas of global development, global health and U.S. programs. Gates specifically details the progress that has been made in the field of global health, and the importance of moving that work forward, with special focus on HIV/AIDS, polio, malaria, and childhood health; the critical need for agricultural improvements in Africa; the state of U.S. education, and the Foundation's new strategic approach; and the role of foundations, and the importance of partnerships between the sectors.
The Gates Foundation's focus on global development resonates strongly at NYU Wagner, where one-third of students are pursuing an International specialization with their MPA. Wagner is also home to the Financial Access Initiative (FAI), a research consortium launched with support from the Gates Foundation in 2006. FAI is a consortium of leading development economists focused on substantially expanding access to quality financial services for low-income individuals. FAI is led by Managing Director Jonathan Morduch (NYU Wagner), Director Dean Karlan (Yale), and Director Sendhil Mullainathan (Harvard).
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Walter Stafford Honored by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Faculty Award Committee
Walter Stafford, the much-beloved NYU Wagner professor of public policy and planning has been honored posthumously by the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Faculty Award Committee at New York University. Professor Stafford was one of four members of the NYU faculty who was heralded at the recognition reception on Jan. 21, 2009, for their classroom and community work exemplifying the spirit of the civil rights leader. Chilli Devadutt accepted the award on behalf of her late husband.
The award is sponsored by The Office of the Vice Provost for Faculty Development and The Office of the Assistant Vice President of Student Diversity. Its purpose is to recognize faculty members who exemplify the spirit of Martin Luther King, Jr. through their positive impact within the classroom and the greater NYU community. NYU students nominate faculty members who are considered and then chosen by the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Faculty Award Committee, which is composed of Tamu Al-Islam, Arlene Davila, Bella Mirabella Pedro Noguera, Jeffrey Sammons, Jack Tchen, and Marc Walters.
In addition to Professor Stafford, the founding director of Wagner's Women of Color Policy Network, the award recipients include Christina Marin, assistant professor of education theatre, Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development; J. Ward Regan, master teacher, Global Liberal Studies, College of Arts and Science; and Ella Turenne, adjunct instructor, Gallatin School of Individualized Study.
Inauguration Watch Draws 200 at NYU Wagner
Wagner community watches inauguration of President Barack Obama
More than 200 NYU Wagner students, faculty, alumni and staff shared in the groundbreaking inauguration of President Barack Obama, collectively taking it in gathered in the school's Rudin Family Forum for Civic Dialogue. Participants enjoyed brunch while sharing their hopes in a "History of the Future" activity. Many offered ideas on what they would like to see accompllished in the President's first 100 days in office.
Professor Jonathan Morduch awarded honorary doctorate from the Universite Libre de Bruxelles
On Tuesday, Dec. 9, 2008, NYU Wagner Professsor Jonathan Morduch spoke before the Centre for European Research on "The Microfinance Promise: Banking the Next Billion," and was also recognized for his work and awarded a Doctorate Honoris Causa from the Universite Libre de Bruxelles.
Dr. Morduch is a Professor of Public Policy and Economics at the Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service at New York University, and the Managing Director/Lead Researcher for the Financial Access Initiative, a consortium of leading development economists focused on substantially expanding access to quality financial services for low-income individuals. Launched with a $5 million grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation in late 2006, the Initiative is housed at NYU Wagner.
Professor Morduch is co-author of the 2005 book The Economics of Microfinance (MIT Press), which was described by Thomas Easton of The Economist as "The single best book on the economics of banking and finance, period..."
Dr. Morduch chairs the United Nations Committee on Poverty Statistics, advises Pro Mujer, and is a member of SafeSave in Dhaka. He is a member of the Editorial Board of the World Bank Economic Review and of the UN Advisors Group on Inclusive Financial Sectors.
His views on finance and development have been reported by the New York Times, The New Yorker, CNN, Wall Street Journal, Los Angeles Times, Washington Post, Associated Press, and other organizations. He holds a BA from Brown and Ph.D. from Harvard, both in Economics.
Guy Scalzi Publishes Book with Prof. Roger KropfNYU Wagner Professor Roger Kropf, who teaches courses on health service organizational management and information services, is the coauthor of a new book, "Making Information Technology Work: Maximizing the Benefits for Health Care Organizations" (Health Forum, AHA Press, 2007). Written with Guy Scalzi, executive vice president of Veloz Global Solutions, the book provides critical information that healthcare executives, managers and clinicians should have before, during and after implementation of information technology designed to improve efficiency and to save money and even lives. "Making Technology Work" arrives as hospitals and other healthcare providers increasingly move to integrate health care information technology into the ways they interact with patients and manage multiple levels of their operations. For further details, click below.
Professor Ospina receives Fulbright GrantSonia Ospina, Associate Professor of Public Management and Policy, has received a Fulbright Senior Specialist Grant from the Council for International Exchange of Scholars. Professor Ospina’s project will take place at the Universidad de Los Andes (Bogota, Colombia), where she will spend three weeks working with faculty to help develop and assess the curriculum for their newly-opened School of Government and Public Policy. Additionally, Professor Ospina will offer guidance regarding the curriculum structure and content of the school’s graduate program in Public Management, which aims to begin classes in 2008. Universidad de Los Andes is widely recognized for its leadership in academic excellence in Colombia and across Latin America.
Annual Leadership in Transportation Awards ReceptionOn February 15, 2007, the NYU Wagner Rudin Center for Transportation Policy & Management and The Council on Transportation will be hosting the 2007 Annual Leadership in Transportation Awards Reception. This year's honorees include David Gunn, former Amtrak President & CEO, and Nassau County Executive Thomas Suozzi for their substantial achievements throughout their careers. Other honorees include Larry Filler, President and CEO of TransitCenter, Inc. for the Civic Leadership Award, and New Jersey Transit for the Public Agency Award, which will be accepted by George Warrington. For the first time, during this year's award ceremony, an award for the best transportation paper will be given by the Region 2 University Transportation Research Center of City College. The reception will be from 6:00 to 8:00pm, and will take place at NYU Kimmel Center, 60 Washington Square South, Rosenthal Pavilion. The reception is by invitation only. For more information, email email@example.com, or call 212-998-7545.
Quality Communities Workshop: Advancing Transportation Land Use Connection (June 13, 2006)This workshop will provide an opportunity to discuss and influence New York�s approach to integrating transportation investment decisions with community land use planning. Invited participants include: municipal officials, regional leaders, professionals, civic and business groups, and academic experts. Allison L. C. de Cerre�o, Ph.D., Co-Director of the Rudin Center will be moderating a plenary session on current transportation � land use planning landscape in New York State as well as facilitating a panel on how NYSDOT can better support NYS communities in linking their transportation-land use decisions. This workshop will be held in Binghamton, NY. For registration information please visit http://utrc2.org/events/index.php?viewid=133.
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NYU President Emeritus John Brademas Named to American Association of Museums Centennial Honor RollNew York University President Emeritus John Brademas has been selected for induction into the American Association of Museums (AAM) Centennial Honor Roll as �a pioneer in the museum field.� Dr. Brademas said, �My own major project now is the John Brademas Center for the Study of Congress, in NYU�s Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service. In our separation-of-powers constitutional system, not only the President but Senators and Congressmen also have the critical capacity to initiate public policy. The Museum Services Act, the Library Services and Construction Act and the Arts and Artifacts Indemnity Act are all examples of national policy initiated not by the White House but by Congress.�
Rudin Center to Host Symposium on Critical Issues Facing Aviation and the New York/New Jersey Regions AirportsWith the region�s airports already operating at or exceeding capacity in some areas, the continued growth in air passenger demand places increasing stress on the system. The resulting �bottlenecks� caused by increased air traffic not only affect airspace and airport operations but have a spillover effect beyond the tarmac. Roadways and transit networks that support the transportation needs of travelers and air cargo businesses also face increased demand and capacity constraints. How will this region address these issues? Can it increase capacity and how? What are the ramifications if such challenges are not resolved?
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Director of NYU's Rudin Center Interviewed On Cost Overruns for Tappan Zee BridgeDirector of the NYU Wagner Rudin Center For Transportation Policy and Management, Elliot Sander, was cited in a recent article in The Journal News newspaper. Describing cost overruns for repair work on the Tappan Zee Bridge, Sander said, �There are times where cost overruns can be justified. On the other hand, there are times when you have a bad contractor or engineering plans have not been done right, where you should not be having a cost overrun.� Sander, former Commissioner of the New York City Department of Transportation, noted that repair work on the Tappan Zee would be more complicated than building an entirely new bridge as the officials have to coordinate repair work and traffic flow patterns.
Elliot G. Sander Appointed to National Surface Transportation Infrastructure Finance CommissionOn February 13, 2006, NYU Wagner Rudin Center for Transportation Policy & Management Director Elliot Sander was appointed to the National Surface Transportation Infrastructure Finance Commission, a United States Congressional Commission. This commission was created by the Safe, Accountable, Flexible, Efficient Transportation Equity Act: A Legacy for Users and enacted into law as Public Law 109-59.
47th Annual Forum of the Transportation Research Forum (TRF)NYU Wagner Rudin Center for Transportation Policy & Management is co-sponsoring the 47th Annual Forum of the Transportation Research Forum (TRF) on March 23rd, 24th, and 25th at NYU Kimmel Center. The Annual Forum showcases a diverse set of papers and presentations that provide a unique perspective on the issues facing the transportation system today. Major themes of the conference includes breaking down institutional barriers to better transportation policies, making more efficient use of our transportation system, the public/private choice in the ownership and operation of transportation systems, and accommodating the explosive growth in global trade. Registration is required, day-of event registration also available. For additional information on registration, individual sessions and forums, please visit http://www.trforum.org/forum/2006/schedule.php.
Partnerships for New York Innovative Transportation Financing and Contracting Strategies: Opportunities for New York State (March 8, 2006)Across the U.S., many states and transportation authorities are exploring innovative financing and contracting mechanisms that can improve the efficiency, flexibility, and accountability of capital project management. This conference, sponsored by the New York State Department of Transportation, examined �Transportation Development Partnerships� around the country, and the issues and best practices New York State should keep in mind as it considers how it might authorize similar partnerships. The conference was intended to inform key policymakers and stakeholders on the use of Transportation Development Partnerships, their value, when and where they are appropriate, where they have been successful, and how they can be structured to protect the public interest. The conference featured expert speakers from universities, civic organizations, consulting firms, financial institutions, and federal and state agencies. It was attended by approximately 275 people. For additional information on this event please visit http://utrc2.org/events/past.php?viewid=125.
Less Traffic, More Life, A Visiting Scholar Seminar with Enrique PeñalosaOn March 22, 2006, the Rudin Center for Transportation Policy & Management at New York University (NYU) Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service, Transportation Alternatives and The New York City Streets Renaissance Campaign will be hosting a visiting scholar seminar with Enrique Pe�alosa, renowned urban planner, economist and former Mayor of Bogot�, Colombia. Pe�alosa will discuss why he chose to improve the streets to make wonderful spaces for pedestrians and bicyclists. He will explain how these changes led to less traffic and more productivity and human happiness. The event is from 8:30 am to 10:00 am, and will take place at NYU Kimmel Center, 60 Washington Square South, Rosenthal Pavillion, 10th Floor. Admission is free and RSVPs are requested by March 20th to: firstname.lastname@example.org or 212-629-8080.
Annual Leadership in Transportation Awards ReceptionOn February 28, 2006, the NYU Wagner Rudin Center for Transportation Policy and Management and The Council on Transportation will be hosting the Annual Leadership in Transportation Awards Reception. This year�s honorees include Michael Ascher, former President of the Triborough Bridge and Tunnel Authority, and Transportation Consultant Robert Olmsted for their substantial achievements throughout their careers. Other honorees include Mark Muriello, Assistant Director of Operations Support for Tunnels, Bridges & Terminals of the Port Authority of New York & New Jersey for the Public Servant Award, and New York Metropolitan Transportation Council for the Public Agency Award, which will be accepted by Joel Ettinger and Gerry Bogacz. The reception will be from 6:00 to 8:00pm, and will take place at NYU Kimmel Center, 60 Washington Square South, Rosenthal Pavilion. The reception is by invitation only. For more information, email email@example.com, or call 212-998-7545.
Well-Measured Transportation Planning, a seminar with Todd Litman, Founder and Executive Director of Victoria Transport Policy InstituteOn February 23, 2006, the NYU Wagner Rudin Center for Transportation Policy & Management and Transportation Alternatives will be hosting �Well-Measured Transportation Planning,� a seminar with Todd Litman, Founder and Executive Director of the Victoria Transport Policy Institute. Mr. Litman will discuss several approaches to measuring and targeting transportation system performance. To what degree are walking, cycling, and public transit travel undercounted in travel surveys and undervalued in economic analysis? And how can the accessibility benefits of smart growth land use reforms be evaluated? The event is from 2:30 to 4:00 p.m. and will take place at NYU Kimmel Center, 60 Washington Square South, Room 914. Seating is limited. To register, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call My Linh H. Nguyen-Novotny at (212)998-7545 by February 17, 2006.
Elements of Success for High-Speed Rail Projects in the United StatesOn February 21, 2006, Dr. C. de Cerre�o will be giving a presentation on Elements of Success for High-Speed Rail Projects in the United States at the University of Delaware�s Public Policy Forum, �Building Inter-Metropolitan Rail Corridors.� Attendees to the forum will include individuals from the private and public sectors related to rail corridor planning, operations, policymaking, research, and advocacy. Other speakers include Bruce Agnew of the Cascadia Center in the Pacific Northwest, Gene Skoropowski of the Capital Corridor Joint Powers Authority in California, James RePass, President & CEO of the National Corridor Initiative, and David Gunn, former President of Amtrak.
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High Speed Rail in Florida: Lessons and Themes for Consideration for Other High Speed EffortsOn January 24, 2006, Allison L. C. de Cerre�o, Ph.D., Co-Director of the NYU Wagner Rudin Center and Research Scientist and Assistant Research Professor at NYU Wagner, presented a peer-reviewed paper, High Speed Rail in Florida: Lessons and Themes for Consideration for Other High Speed Efforts, at the Annual Meeting of the Transportation Research Board in Washington, D.C. The Annual Meeting draws roughly 10,000 professionals in all fields of transportation, from academe and research, consulting and other transportation business firms, and from federal, state, and local agencies both nationally and internationally. For further information, please visit the Transportation Research Board�s website.