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Lauren Bush, an NYU Wagner MPA-PNP second-year student and Wagner Review staff writer, is set to testify at a public meeting of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration today (2/28/13) as the FDA considers draft regulations for implementing the landmark Food Safety and Modernization Act. Her appearance arises in part from her research for an op-ed for the Review. Lauren is the Events Chair on the Wagner Food Policy Alliance board. Beyond her involvement with the Alliance, she has spent the last three years as an advocate for food safety reform.
Higher education professionals know they need to use social media. But what about the analytics? Does one need fancy software? Is it necessary to pay the big bucks for a company to get this done?
Amanda Alampi, an MPA student at NYU Wagner who also works as a social media strategist at Sunshine, Sachs & Associates, is heading to the SXSW Edu Conference in Austin, Texas, to address these questions and lead a March 4th workshop on the new data landscape for higher education professionals.
It will be titled “Big Data, Big Problems? Beginner Guide to Analytics.”
Amanda’s also planning to deliver a TEDx talk in the spring. More details to come!
A regionally diverse team of Wagner students — David Margolis (West Bloomfield, MI), Jacqueline Burton (Saratoga Springs, N.Y.), Laura Manley (Westfield, MA), and Ellen Nadeau (Clearwater, FL) — has been selected to advance to the prestigious Hult Prize regional finals on March 1st and 2nd.
The Hult Prize, in its fourth year, is the world’s largest student competition and crowdsourcing platform for social good. Recently, it was recognized by former President Bill Clinton and TIME magazine as one of the top five new ideas for changing the world. In partnership with the Clinton Global Initiative, the Hult’s crowd-sourcing platform identifies and launches social ventures aimed at some of the most pressing global challenges. Student teams compete for the chance to secure $1 million in start-up funding to launch a sustainable social venture.
The 2013 Hult Prize focuses on global food security, and how to get safe, sufficient, affordable, and easily accessible food to the more than 200 million people who live in urban slums. This focus was personally selected by President Clinton, and it has inspired the Wagner team.
The Wagner students are developing an initiative called Rootstock -- a digital service-learning platform that unites students from various disciplines and countries to collaborate on global food security issues, and implement their learning directly in the field. The pilot curriculum is about urban agriculture.
The regional competitions take place in Boston, San Francisco, London, Dubai, and Shanghai. The Wagner team will compete in San Francisco.
If selected, the students will attend a summer business incubator for their project. A final round of competition will be hosted by the Clinton Global Initiative at its annual meeting in September, where the winning team will be selected and awarded the grand prize by President Clinton.
Get ready, get set: NYU Wagner is looking to make it two-wins-in-a-row at the upcoming National Invitational Public Policy Challenge hosted annually by the Fels Institute of Government at the University of Pennsylvania and presented by Governing magazine. The Challenge invites students to develop creative policy proposals and civic engagement solutions to pressing social problems.
Last year, a team of Wagner students won the inaugural Fels Challenge with their pattern-busting proposal "Kinvolved," a project involving a new app to help New York City teachers keep track of student attendance and communicate with parents. Upon winning, the team received $15,000 to bring the project to life.
This year’s Fels Challenge is annother exciting opportunity for future leaders in public service to make a difference on issues that matter. Modeled after MBA business plan competitions, the Challenge asks student teams from policy schools around the country to develop a policy that can bring about significant change in their community.
In all, nine student teams at Wagner have drafted proposals. From these promising submissions, three semi-finalists will be selected, and one will go on to the nationals on March 17 at the National Constitution Center in Philadelphia.
To attend the event, please RSVP here.
The plans submitted by the Wagner students offer fresh thinking and solutions to challenges such as gun violence, food waste, childhood obesity, and gestational diabetes.
Wagner competed in the nationals against three other policy schools across the country in 2012. This year, nine schools have joined the competition. Good luck to all the participants!