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Communications Training Leads to Better Medical Student Performance

Communications Training Leads to Better Medical Student Performance

Comprehensive 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."

Conference on Social Theory, Politics and the Arts, Oct. 11-13

Conference on Social Theory, Politics and the Arts, Oct. 11-13

On October 11th, 12th and 13th, the Conference on Social Theory, Politics and the Arts (STP&A) -- the premier arts and cultural policy conference - will be conducted for the first time in more than a decade in New York City, and the first time ever at NYU. The 33rd annual conference, which was held last year in Vienna, Austria, will be chaired by NYU Wagner Professor Ruth Ann Stewart. It begins Thursday evening, Oct. 11, 2007, with an opening reception in the Puck Building in Manhattan, the landmark home of the Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service. About 200 scholars, artists, and cultural-organization leaders from 26 countries and 22 states throughout the U.S. are expected to attend the conference and share their professional experience and research findings through papers and panels. The six conference themes are: Artists, Activism, and Social Change; Leadership in, of, and through the Arts; Sustaining Cultural Industries and Organizations; Role of the Arts in Bridging Ethnic, Cultural, and Regional Differences; Cultural Planning, Development, and Economics; Urban Revitalization and the Arts.

The online conference schedule can be found at http://stpa.culture.info. Anyone interested in attending this exciting event may contact the Conference Coordinator, Darren Flusche, at stpa2007@gmail.co.

Congress, Defense Issues, and the Future

Congress, Defense Issues, and the Future

NYU Wagner's Brademas Center for the Study of Congress held a well-attended and timely forum Dec. 14, 2007, on how the U.S. Congress can come to grips with looming defense issues such as the War on Terror, changes in force structure, Department of Defense reform, and base closings. The question addressed by the panel convened by Paul C. Light, Paulette Goddard Professor of Public Service at Wagner, was, "How can Congress address these defense issues before they become intractable?" Part of a series of Brademas Center discussions on Congressional decision making titled "Legislating for the Future," the forum took place in the Rayburn Building in Washington, D.C., and included leading scholars on defense: Paul K. Davis, Principal Researcher, The Rand Corporation; Kenneth R. Mayer, Professor of Political Science, University of Wisconsin-Madison; and Michael O'Hanlon, Senior Fellow, The Brookings Institution.

Click the link below to view C-SPAN's coverage of the forum.

Through forums such as this, the John Brademas Center for the Study of Congress - at the Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service - seeks to advance understanding of the powers, processes and political character of the U.S. Congress among scholars, students pursuing careers in public service, those working on Capitol Hill, and the public. It is named for its founder, the former U.S. Representative from Indiana (1959-81) and President Emeritus of New York University (1981-1992).

Dean Sherry Glied Writes on Data Access @ APPAM.org

Dean Sherry Glied Writes on Data Access @ APPAM.org

Sherry Glied, Dean and Professor of Public Service at NYU Wagner, has published an essay entitled "Data and the Quest for Available Access" on the website of APPAM, the Association for Public Policy Analysis & Management.

As she writes, "Making data more readily available, so that researchers can better evaluate and assess programs, will require governments spend time and money." Read on.

Dear Senators McCain and Obama

Dear Senators McCain and Obama

In a letter dated June 23, 2008, the noted government reform expert Paul Light — a professor at NYU Wagner — has urged John McCain and Barack Obama to use their influence and unique position as sitting senators running for president to pass bi-partisan legislation that would reform the appointment process and improve government performance. The McCain-Obama Government for the 21st Century Act recommended by Professor Light would cut the number of presidential appointees next year, accelerate the nomination and confirmation process, and help fix a broken federal government. A strong focus on governance during the campaign, Dr. Light contends in the letter sent to the two senators, will ensure that the next president is truly "Ready on Day One."

The release of the letter (below) coincides with the publication of Professor Light's op-ed in The Washington Post, entitled "Can't-Do Government" (also below).

 

 

Denison Published in the <i>Municipal Finance Journal</i>

Denison Published in the Municipal Finance Journal

Assistant Professor Dwight Denison�s paper, �How Conservative Are Municipal Investment Practices in Large Cities?� was published in the Municipal Finance Journal [(2002) Vol. 23, (#1 Spring) pp 35-51] based on his research findings about the investment practices of urban cities which found that the array of investments that are permissible for the investment of idle cash balances has expanded in the last decade as a result of strained fiscal resources, and that within the expanded array the investments most frequently utilized are those generally perceived as low-risk.

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