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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.

JAMA essay by Prof. Leonardo Trasande eyes TSCA reform legislation

JAMA essay by Prof. Leonardo Trasande eyes TSCA reform legislation

NYU Wagner Professor Leonardo Trasande, (MPP, MD) writes in an upcoming issue of JAMA about the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) reform legislation. The legislation has been passed by both the House and the Senate in somewhat different forms, and the differences are being sorted out. In his JAMA viewpoint piece, “Updating the Toxic Substances Control Act to Protect Human Health” (March 14, 2016) Dr. Trasande explains flaws in the bills that have dampened enthusiasm by medical and public health organizations. The piece explores how and whether the process for arriving at a final bill for passage could reduce chemical hazards, and help prevent disease and disability.

Dr. Trasande is Associate Professor in Pediatrics, Environmental Medicine and Health Policy. His research focuses on identifying the role of environmental exposures in childhood obesity and cardiovascular risks, and documenting the economic costs for policy makers of failing to prevent diseases of environmental origin in children proactively. In addition to his Wagner appointment, he is on the faculty of the NYU School of Medicine.

Jonathan Morduch Joins U.N. Committee to Design Systems of Poverty Measurement

Jonathan Morduch Joins U.N. Committee to Design Systems of Poverty Measurement

NYU 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.

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