The Coming Democracy: New Rules for Running a New WorldBoth the war against terrorism and the war in Iraq have spotlighted, and in some ways exacerbated, serious weaknesses in the existing systems for managing global issues. Yet the need for effective global governance has never been greater. In addition to the perils posed by terrorism and proliferation, there is a vast array of serious threats to human well-being: environmental degradation, new and resurgent infectious diseases, dire poverty, and economic instability. How can we both meet these threats and ensure that the systems of global decision-making legitimately reflect the wishes and interests of the people affected by those decisions?
United Nations Under-Secretary General for Economic and Social Affairs to address WagnerJos� Antonio Ocampo, the United Nations Under-Secretary General for Economic and Social Affairs, will be coming to Wagner on Monday, Oct. 27, to discuss globalization, development, and inequality. The talk will be held at 6:30pm at the Lillian Vernon Center for International Affairs, at 58 W. 10th Street.
NYU President John Sexton Addresses NASPAA ConferenceNYU President John Sexton addressed the annual conference of the National Association of Schools and Public Affairs Administration (NASPAA) last week in Pittsburgh, PA.
NYU Wagner Professor Releases New Report on the True Size of GovernmentNYU Wagner Professor Releases New Report on the True Size of Government! Even as Democrats and federal employee unions battle the Bush Administration's proposal to put thousands of federal jobs up for competition with the private sector, the number of jobs created through contracts and grants has reached its highest level since before the end of the Cold War, according to a new report authored by Paul C. Light, of New York University's Wagner Graduate School of Public Service.
Communications Training Leads to Better Medical Student PerformanceComprehensive training in doctor-patient communications significantly improved the ability of medical students to understand and address patients' needs, according to a study in the September 3rd issue of The Journal of the American Medical Association. "We believe this study establishes that the systematic teaching of communication skills is critical to effective and humane healthcare delivery," said Michael Yedidia, Ph.D, of NYU Wagner, the study's senior author. "We're hopeful that our tools for measuring communications competence will be useful to other schools for teaching as well as evaluation purposes."
Rae Zimmerman in NewsdayIn an opinion piece in the August 27 edition of Newsday, NYU Wagner Professor Rae Zimmerman argues that while New York City officials will understandably spend time and effort debating how to avoid future blackouts, developing a plan to minimize the effect of future power outages is at least as important. "New York has to continue to devise ways to manage the spread and severity of the consequences and to keep essentials such as subways operating, at least on a limited basis," writes Zimmerman.
New Effort to Attract Hip-Hop Artists and Athletes to Promote Community GrowthRush Communications, Westin Rinehart and NYU Wagner School launch The Hip-Hop Artists and Athletes Community Development program.
Jonathan Morduch Joins U.N. Committee to Design Systems of Poverty MeasurementNYU Wagner Professor Jonathan Morduch has been appointed to an expert steering committee of a multi-year United Nations project that will focus on designing and implementing systems of poverty measurement. Morduch was also recently interviewed at length about prospects and tensions in microfinance by the director of the United Nations Commission on the Private Sector and Development. The commission aims to identify innovative ways to foster private sector activity that enhances the well-being of low-income households.
Jonathan Morduch Lectures at Asian Development Bank InstituteNYU Wagner Professor Jonathan Morduch was the invited lecturer at the Asian Development Bank Institute in Tokyo. Morduch presented new research on financial markets in Indonesia completed in 2002-3 while Morduch was an Abe Fellow and visiting professor at the University of Tokyo. The research finds that a substantial number of very poor households in Indonesia have economic returns to investments that make them viable as bank borrowers. The new findings contrast with arguments made by microfinance experts who have argued that the very poor are inappropriate targets for bank loans. While in Tokyo, Morduch also presented new research at Hitotsubashi University, FASID/GRIPS Institute, The University of Tokyo, and JICA, the Japanese foreign aid agency.
NYU Wagner Alumnus Hector Batista featured in New York Times"I want to make sure when my daughter looks at junk food, she looks at it the same way she looks at tobacco, totally turned off by it," says NYU Wagner alumnus Hector Batista, an executive of the American Cancer Society,commenting on links between obesity and cancer in an article in The New York Times, "Telling Children Not to Inhale Junk Food, Either" by Lynda Richardson.
Paul Light on National Public RadioNYU Wagner Professor Paul Light was interviewed on National Public Radio's Talk of the Nation regarding legislation to promote secretary of Homeland Security to eighth in line to succeed the president. Light was also interviewed on NPR's Morning Edition with Bob Edwards to discuss the Presidential Appointee Initiative, a project intended to shorten the time it takes the Senate to move a presidential nominee into the executive branch.
Paul Light on Resignation of White House Counterterrorism Adviser"He's not just declaring that he's a Democrat. He's declaring that he's a Kerry Democrat, and the way he wants to make a difference in the world is to get his former boss out of office," says NYU Wagner Professor Paul Light, commenting on the resignation of National Security Adviser in an article in The Washington Post, "Former Aide Takes Aim at War on Terror" by Laura Blumenfeld.
Paul Light on Plans to Overhaul the Federal Service System"The lineup of agencies for these kinds of authorities is going to be equal to that of a summer blockbuster movie," says NYU Wagner Professor Paul C. Light, commenting on Bush Administration proposals to revise pay and personnel rules governing employees of the Department of Defense in an article in The Washington Post, "Overhaul of Federal Workforce Sought" by Christopher Lee.
Michael Schill on Disputes in Co-Ops"Any successful cooperative is going to have residents who are willing to pitch in and give their own time and effort for the common good," says NYU Wagner Professor Michael Schill, commenting on a dispute in a co-op in an article in the The New York Times, "Sleepless, and Litigious, in the Apartment Below" by Dan Barry.
Rudin Center Report on Federal Transportation Funds Featured in The New York Times and The Boston GlobeThe Rudin Center for Transportation Policy and Management has released a study of Federal transportation funding that looks at the distribution of dollars to the States from a number of perspectives. The analysis reveals relative winners and losers at the regional and state level based on various criteria, and highlights the impact of the SHARE coalition's proposed funding formulas on New York and other States like Minnesota and Pennsylvania. The report shows that in many respects, New York receives a very low or at best, average apportionment of Federal transportation dollars.
Mitchell Moss on Bank Deal Near Times Square"You can't be a major banker and not be in New York," says NYU Wagner Professor Mitchell Moss,commenting on plans for Bank of America's new headquarters in New York in an article in The New York Times, "Bank Is Close to a Deal for a Tower Off Times Square" by Charles V. Bagli.
Mitchell Moss On Queens Post-Modern Life"Once you've proven you can get people to come there, now you've got to get people to stay there," says NYU Wagner Professor Mitchell Moss,commenting on MOMA�s brief tenure in Long Island City in an article in The New York Times, "Queens Ponders Post-Modern Life" by Joseph Berger.
New Research: An Empirical Examination of the Determinants of Insured Municipal Bond IssuesDwight V. Denison, Assistant Professor of Public and Nonprofit Finance at NYU Wagner, examines the theoretical determinants of bond insurance in this paper published in Public Budgeting and Finance (March 2003).
Emanuel Tobier, Professor Emeritus of Economics and Planning, dies at 73Emanuel Tobier, Professor Emeritus of Economics and Planning, dies at 73.
Architect Rafael Viñoly to Speak at NYU (Tuesday, April 8)
Architect Rafael Viñoly will deliver this year's Henry Hart Rice Urban Policy lecture at New York University's Wagner Graduate School of Public Service. Mr. Viñoly is a member of the design team THINK that submitted plans for rebuilding Ground Zero.