NYS RISE Storm Preparedness Initiative Taps Prof. Rae Zimmerman
Governor Andrew M. Cuomo has announced the launch of the New York State Resiliency Institute for Storms & Emergencies (NYS RISE), an “applied think tank” led by New York University and Stony Brook University -- and NYU Wagner professor Rae Zimmerman will participate as a researcher. According to the Governor’s announcement, the new Institute “will serve as a hub of research and education on emergency preparedness, as well as a clearinghouse of information regarding extreme weather and natural disasters.”
Rae Zimmerman, Professor of Planning and Public Administration, has been working under the leadership of NYUPoly and other members of NYS RISE as a researcher in infrastructure resiliency and planning-related issues in connection with extreme weather events.
In addition to NYU and Stony Brook University, partners in the research consortium include Columbia University, Cornell University, City University of New York, and Brookhaven National Laboratory.
Professor Zimmerman has been involved in considerable research in the infrastructure and environmental fields, especially in the context of extreme events, and is the Director of the Institute for Civil Infrastructure Systems (ICIS) at NYU Wagner. She currently directs a National Science Foundation-funded “RAPID” grant on infrastructure-related effects of Hurricane Sandy, as well as a University Transportation Research Center (Region 2)-funded study of transportation connectivity, in part covering how connectivity is related to adaptation during extreme events.
For more information, visit http://www.governor.ny.gov/press/11012013-nys-rise.
Environment, Infrastructure, and Transportation
Obama administration officials eye public-private partnering
The public and private sectors are becoming interdependent through technology, globalization, and shared services and customers. Yet historically there has been a significant divide between the public and private sectors--with causes spanning from cultural attitudes to legal and political impediments. How can we advance partnerships in the arena of critical infrastructure?
On March 21, two officials from the Obama administration talked about key avenues to greater public-private partnerships in infrastructure protection and overall catastrophe preparedness. The occasion was a forum at NYU Wagner, with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Douglas Smith, assistant secretary for the private sector, and Todd M. Keil, assistant secretary for infrastructure protection.
Offering reaction to the officials' comments were respondents Carl Weisbrod, partner in the leading policy, economic development and planning consulting firm HR&A, and Wagner professors John Gershman and Rae Zimmerman. The moderator was William Raisch, Director, International Center for Enterprise Preparedness at NYU.
NYU Wagner Participates in Major NYU-Poly Graduate Program on Cyber Security
NYU Wagner Professor Rae Zimmerman is part of Polytechnic Institute of New York University's planning for the launch of a pathbreaking graduate education program to educate scientists and engineers to address the increasingly complex issues surrounding information security and privacy. A $1.079 million award from the National Science Foundation's flagship interdisciplinary training initiative, Integrated Graduate Education and Research Traineeship (IGERT) funds the program for the initial two years.
Reaching beyond a solely technical approach, the program has enlisted faculty from NYU's Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences, Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service, Leonard N. Stern School of Business, and Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development, as well as faculty from CUNYs John Jay College of Criminal Justice.
Called INSPIRE (Information Security and Privacy: An Interdisciplinary Research and Education Program) the program will address the shortage of scientists and engineers versed in the interplay between information security and economics, psychology, public policy and law. INSPIRE graduates -with students receiving degrees from NYU-Poly or NYU - will be able to apply their understanding of these fields to develop technology solutions attuned to an increasing dependency on trustworthy information sources.
"In the context of INSPIRE, faculty and doctoral students will address the balance between what is technologically feasible and what is acceptable within legal, political, economic and society constraints," noted Kurt Becker, NYU-Poly associate provost for research and technology initiatives.
Professor Zimmerman is director of the Institute for Civil Infrastructure Systems (ICIS) at NYU Wagner.
Prof. Zimmerman Explores the Challenges of Climate Change for New York City
Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg has released a report by the New York City Panel on Climate Change that outlines the need for early and ongoing adaptation actions in New York City and identifies best practices in climate change adaptation planning. The report, "Climate Change Adaptation in New York City: Building a Risk Management Response," is one of the most comprehensive studies on climate change adaptation undertaken by a municipality and was published in the latest issue of the Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences. NYU Wagner Professor Rae Zimmerman contributed to the report. The chapter that she prepared is as follows: R. Zimmerman and C. Faris, "Infrastructure Impacts and Adaptation Challenges," Chapter 4 in New York City Panel on Climate Change 2009 Report, Climate Change Adaptation in New York City: Building a Risk Management Response, C. Rosenzweig and W. Solecki, Eds. (Prepared for use by the New York City Climate Change Adaptation Task Force. Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences, Vol. 1187. New York, NY, NY Academy of Sciences, 2010. ISBN 978-1-57331-800-6.) Dr. Zimmerman is Director of the Institute of Civil Infrastructure Systems (ICIS) at Wagner, and a professor of planning and public administration.
Professor Rae Zimmerman and NYU Collaborators Receive NSF Grant
Rae Zimmerman, NYU Wagner Professor of Planning and Public Administration, was awarded along with her fellow researchers at New York University a more-than $2 million grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) based on the Federal Cyber Service: Scholarship For Service (SFS) program for research and teaching of security and privacy issues on the Internet and other critical information infrastructure. Zimmerman is the Director of the Institute for Civil Infrastructure Systems based at Wagner.
The three-year grant was given to Nasir Menon and Ramesh Karri of NYU-Poly, who lead the effort, and several professors from New York University - Anindya Ghose, NYU Stern Assistant Professor of Information, Operations and Management Sciences, Helen Nissenbaum of NYU Steinhardt, and Rae Zimmerman of NYU Wagner - to provide funding for their interdisciplinary program, "ASPIRE: An SFS Program for Interdisciplinary Research and Education." The grant will support faculty research and curriculum innovation. It will also provide scholarships for undergraduate and graduate students participating in the program in order to stimulate the growth of a cadre of scholars with expertise in security and privacy issues.
This NYU-wide collaboration will focus on identifying and providing practical, cost effective solutions to information security and privacy problems from technical, ethical, policy and business perspectives. Zimmerman's focus is on the connection between cyber threats and the public services that infrastructure provides.