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ICIS Team to Develop Homeland Security Center of Excellence

ICIS Team to Develop Homeland Security Center of Excellence

Following September 11th, ICIS collaborated with dozens of institutions to support research on the implications of the attacks on public infrastructure services and the built environment to protect human welfare. Because of the ICIS partnership network (CMS 9728805) with the University of Southern California (USC) and Cornell University, public agency partners, and internationally known infrastructure professionals, ICIS contributed a team on critical infrastructure systems for the proposal for the first Homeland Security Center of Excellence, called the Homeland Security Center for Risk & Economic Analysis of Terrorism Events. The team won the competition against over 70 other applicants. USC, a long-time ICIS partner, is the lead institution, and NYU Wagner/ICIS will lead the critical infrastructure assessments under the direction of Professor Rae Zimmerman, ICIS Director. The entire center is expected to receive $12 million in funding over the next 3 years, and will develop risk and economic modeling tools for terrorist events, using critical infrastructure as a major application area for those tools.

IESP Study: Funding for After-School Programs Has Grown

IESP Study: Funding for After-School Programs Has Grown

The Institute for Education and Social Policy (IESP), a joint initiative of New York University's Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service at the Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development at NYU, has released a new study showing that a New York City initiative to create after-school programs expanded public funding of such programs from $23 million in 1998 to $300 million in 2008. Participants also rose -- from fewer than 20,000 children to about 160,000. The state and federal share of the cost has increased to about one-third, from 20 percent.

The Institute for Education and Social Policy conducts non-partisan scientific research about U.S. education and related social policy issues to help inform educational institutions and policymakers about the effectiveness of instructional programs, the impact of school reform initiatives and the relationships between academic achievement, school finance and socio-economic and demographic factors such as poverty, ethnicity and immigration status. Its Director is Professor Amy Ellen Schwartz, a professor at Steinhardt and Wagner, and its Associate Director for Education Finance is Leanna Stiefel, of Wagner.

To read the report, which was featured in the October 23, 2008, edition of Education Week, please click the link below.

Ingrid Gould Ellen named Faculty Director of the NYU Furman Center

Ingrid Gould Ellen named Faculty Director of the NYU Furman Center

Ingrid Gould Ellen has been named Faculty Director of the NYU Furman Center. Professor Ellen, who is the Paulette Goddard Professor of Urban Policy and Planning at NYU Wagner, has been serving as the Furman Center's Co-Director for the past 10 years.

Professor Ellen succeeds Boxer Family Professor of Law Vicki Been, who was recently appointed Commissioner of New York City's Department of Housing Preservation and Development by Mayor Bill de Blasio.

The Furman Center is a joint research center of NYU Wagner and NYU School of Law. During Professor Ellen's tenure as Co-Director, along with Vicki Been as Director, the Furman Center nearly tripled in size and received national recognition for its work on housing, neighborhoods, and urban policy, including a 2012 MacArthur Award for Creative and Effective Institutions and the National Housing Conference's 2013 Empire Award for Leadership in Affordable Housing. A New York City native, Professor Ellen has held visiting positions at the Brookings Institution and the Urban Institute. She attended Harvard University, where she received a B.A. in applied mathematics, an M.P.P., and a Ph.D. in public policy. She specializes in housing and urban policy research.

"It has been an honor to contribute to the Furman Center's research mission," said Ellen. "I look forward to continuing to work with our talented team of students and researchers on studies that can help improve the effectiveness of urban policy and programs."

For more information, see the Furman Center's April 3 announcement.

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