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Influential Chinese Delegation Visits NYU Wagner on U.S. Study Tour

Influential Chinese Delegation Visits NYU Wagner on U.S. Study Tour

An influential Chinese delegation made NYU Wagner an extended stop on its U.S. study tour on Sept. 25, spending more than two hours at the school and hearing faculty discuss their research world cities, aging populations, and healthcare.

The 20 delegates of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC) listened as Professor Victor Rodwin explained his comparative studies focused on the health of older adults in some of the world’s biggest cities. Professor Zhan Guo described his research on the built landscape and walkability in fast-growing Chinese urban areas.

Both research presentations drew a lively question-and-answer period, with some delegates asking about the role of the family in taking care of aging relatives, and taking part in a discussion of cultural differences between cities such as Tokyo, Hong Kong, and New York.

The CPPCC delegates left with a host of printed materials about NYU Wagner, and some promised to spread the word about the school’s vital role in educating the next generation of global public service leaders in the nonprofit, governmental, and private sectors.

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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