Prof. Paul Light Assesses True Size, and Current Effectiveness, of Federal Government
From the resignations of top White House officials to staffing gaps riddling many federal agencies, NYU Wagner Professor Paul Light was frequently called upon during August, 2007, to size up the capability of the national government. Professor Light's expertise appeared in The Wall Street Journal, Christian Science Monitor, USA Today and other national media. "We are not hiring many employees outside of the war on terrorism, which is leaving many agencies under-resourced for their mission," he told Washington Post reporter Henri Cauvin. His research on federal job outsourcing was cited by the Washington Post's John McQuaid in an essay entitled "The Can't-Do Nation: Is America Losing Its Knack for Getting Big Things Done?" To read Professor Light's August, 2006, research brief entitled "The True Size of Government," click on the link below. He is the founding principal investigator of the Organizational Performance Initiative, a research project at Wagner for which the paper was written.
News Media Taps ICIS Insights
The Institute for Civil Infrastructure Systems (ICIS) is a research and education center at NYU Wagner. Infrastructure is a key foundation for quality of life, economy, jobs, and environmental sustainability. In instances when infrastructure fails owing to forces of age, neglect or nature, ICIS Director Rae Zimmerman, Wagner Professor of Planning and Public Administration, is frequently turned to for her knowledge, insight, and perspective. The latest cases were the New York subway flooding Aug. 8, 2007, the Minneapolis bridge failure Aug. 1, and the New York steam pipe explosion July 18. These prompted interviews by such outlets as CNN, National Public Radio, Forbes.com Video Network, and the New York Times. For access to the media coverage, click on the ICIS link below.
ICIS activities support the discovery of new insights and interdisciplinary approaches to planning, building, and managing civil infrastructure systems to meet their social and environmental objectives. Current areas of research include infrastructure security, risk communication and management, and the sustainability of urban areas.
Rudin Center's Director Says New York Subways Need InvestmentAfter heavy rain delayed New York City's subway network on Aug. 8, 2007, Dr. Allison C. de Cerreño, Director of NYU Wagner Rudin Center for Transportation Policy & Management, spoke with Newsweek's Sarah Kliff about the issues facing New York City's public transit system, how to prevent future situations like this, and what this type of event says about the broader, national public transportation system.
Barack Obama at NYU Wagner
Barack Obama visited the Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service at New York University on July 25, 2007 to discuss his ideas about reducing poverty, extending health care coverage widely, and reaching disconnected youth. The event was the Working Cities Forum, a leadership forum on the working poor sponsored by the nonprofit Community Service Society of New York (CSS) and the Service Employees International Union (SEIU). The invitation-only dialogue with a major presidential candidate was the second in three months at NYU Wagner: on April 23, Hillary Rodham Clinton addressed urban issues in the same setting. On behalf of NYU President John Sexton and Wagner Dean Ellen Schall, Obama was introduced by Lynne Brown, NYU's Senior Vice President for University Relations and Public Affairs. A video of the event will be posted in the future at www.cssny.org, where Clinton's appearance can currently be viewed.
Senator Barack Obama at NYU Wagner
Taking the Measure of Business Improvement DistrictsOn July 25, 2007, the Furman Center for Real Estate and Urban Policy issued a report measuring the impact of New York City's Business Improvement Districts on the value of properties within their boundaries. The Benefits of Business Improvement Districts: Evidence from New York City is the first empirical analysis of the effects of BIDs on property values, and can be used to better understand the role these organizations play in local economic development. The study was covered by Crain's upon its release. “BIDs are widely touted as a way to increase business activity and boost the commercial success of a neighborhood,” said Ingrid Gould Ellen, co-director of the Furman Center and a professor at NYU’s Wagner Graduate School of Public Service. “We wanted to test how much of a difference BIDs really make, and whether their investments were being reflected in the property values of the communities they serve. While we expected we might find positive impacts, we did not expect that large BIDs would generate such substantial impacts, nor did we expect to see such a significant difference between the impacts of large and small BIDs.”
Prof. Rae Zimmerman Illuminates New York's Subterranean InfrastructureThe fearsome steam pipe blast beneath Lexington Avenue on Wednesday, July 19, 2007, provoked a rapid emergency response -- and a surfeit of questions. NYU Wagner Professor Rae Zimmerman stood ready to answer them, fielding inquiries from nearly two dozen local and national media outlets, both TV and print, in the ensuing days. "It's a hostile environment underneath the streets of New York," Professor Zimmerman told The New York Sun. "It's a very dense, crowded area with leaking water, people digging under the streets, and vibration." Professor Zimmerman is Professor of Planning and Public Administration at the Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service, and since 1998, has been the Director of the Institute for Civil Infrastructure Systems (ICIS), a center initially funded by the National Science Foundation for collaborative, interdisciplinary activities on infrastructure research, education and outreach. She teaches and conducts research that cuts across planning, management, and policy in the areas of environmental quality, environmental health risk management, urban infrastructure to support the quality of life in cities, and urban conditions.
Michael Moore Film 'Sicko' Draws Attention to Prof. Victor Rodwin's Expertise on French Health CareMichael Moore's current documentary "Sicko" is drawing attention to NYU Wagner Professor Victor Rodwin's extensive work on the French health care system. The French system is a complicated blend of private and public financing which, according to a Business Week article in which he is quoted, provides a model that might work in the U.S. In the New Republic, meanwhile, senior editor Jonathan Cohn turns to Prof. Rodwin for a better understanding of the French system. Rodwin's book, "Universal Health Insurance in France How Sustainable" -- a collection of essays he organized and which are written by himself and other experts -- was published earlier this year by the Embassy of France in Washington, D.C. Aimed at policymakers in the U.S. and France, the volume grew out of a health care roundtable convened at the Wagner School. Rodwin is Professor of Health Policy and Management at Wagner.
NYU Wagner Rudin Center Weighs in On Proposed Alternatives to NYC Congestion Pricing PlanIn a new report, NYU Wagner Rudin Center’s Director, Allison C. de Cerreño, along with Jeffrey Zupan of the Regional Plan Association and Robert Paaswell of Region 2 University Transportation Research Center at City University of New York, weigh in on Mayor Bloomberg’s proposed congestion pricing pilot program in a paper critiquing several proposed alternatives. Among the ideas evaluated are license-plate rationing, truck reduction strategies, and a variety of incremental traffic management proposals. While several of these alternatives meet one or two of the Mayor’s goals of congestion reduction, improved air quality, and revenue generation for transit, none of them addresses all three as effectively as the pilot could. The report concludes that without congestion pricing, “none of the proposed alternatives can achieve the gains in public health, economic prosperity and quality of life that all sides desire.”
Wagner's Diana Beck Wins State Academy's Teaching Award
The State Academy for Public Administration has chosen NYU Wagner’s Diana Beck as the recipient of its 2007 Arnold L. Steigman Excellence in Teach Public Administration Award.
Nominated by Wagner for the honor, Professor Beck is a Lecturer on Public Administration. She also works on several projects analyzing data relating to performance of the health care system as Associate Research Scientist with the Center for Health and Public Service Research (CHPSR) at the Wagner School.
This is the third time in three years that the award has been given by the State Academy. Based in Albany, the academy exists to provide a forum for dialogue on critical public administration issues in New York State, to sponsor and stimulate research on public policy issues, to sponsor professional conferences and in-service education, and to provide advice and guidance on management to not for profit and governmental organizations. Arnold Steigman, Ph.D., dedicated his life to the practice of, and education in, public administration. He retired in 1995 after a 40-year career devoted to the practice of public administration in the state.
The selection of Professor Beck was announced by Leo A. Kellogg, co-chair of the Steigman Award Committee. She received the award on June 13, 2007.
NYU Wagner Rudin Center's Director to Chair Freight Policy Research ProjectNYU Wagner Rudin Center for Transportation Policy and Management's Director, Dr. Allison C. de Cerreño, has been named Panel Chair of the National Cooperative Freight Research Program's (NCFRP) project on the impact of public policy on the freight transportation system. For more information on the project, click below.
June 3 on NBC's 'Meet the Press': Bob Shrum Gives First Q&A on His New Book, 'No Excuses'
On Sunday, June 3, Bob Shrum, Senior Fellow at NYU Wagner, gives his first interview on his much-anticipated book, "No Excuses: Concessions of a Serial Campaigner." Remember to tune in, or check in soon with Wagner's home page, at www.wagner.nyu.edu, for access to a complete transcript. Tim Russert is moderator of "Meet the Press" on NBC. The show is seen from 9-10 a.m. in most markets. In Washington, D.C. and New York City, however, the broadcast is seen from 10:30-11:30 a.m.
On Tuesday, June 12, Wagner will present a public forum on the book, featuring the author. Professor Shrum is a veteran poltical consultant who began his career as a speechwriter for John Lindsay and most recently worked as a campaign strategist for John Kerry in the 2004 presidential election. RSVP at http://www.nyu.edu/wagner/events/noexcuses.php or call 212.998.7546.
Prof. Rodwin's Work on World Cities and Population Aging is Highlighted
"What do New York, London, Paris, and Tokyo have in common? A lot, it turns out." So begins the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation's new profile of NYU Wagner Prof. Victor Rodwin's research on world cities, titled "How Are World Cities Responding to the Challenges of Population Aging?" Prof. Rodwin is their featured researcher in their "Research in Profile" series for May, 2007.
Meanwhile, Prof. Rodwin was the subject of a full-page interview in Le Monde on May 19 in connection with Michael Moore's much-anticipated film on health care.
Prof. Rodwin is the author and editor of several books. His most recent: "Universal Health Insurance in France: How Sustainable." He is the director of the World Cities Project (WCP) a joint venture of the International Longevity Center (ILC-USA), Columbia University's Mailman School, and New York University's Wagner School.
Capstone Study in the News
A Captone study by a team of NYU Wagner students concerning the proposed Sing Sing Historic Prison Museum drew front-page attention in the Westchester weekly section of the New York Times on May 20, 2007. The article, written by Kate Stone Lombardi, reported that the main findings of the study were presented at a community meeting on May 8 by Ossining Mayor William R. Hanauer. The Capstone team's economic analysis found that a museum, if approved for construction, would be "a strong tourist attraction with real economic benefits for the Village of Ossining, the Hudson Valley, and New York State."
The Capstone program is a rigorous part of the core curriculum of the Master�s Program at NYU Wagner. It provides students with both a critical learning experience and an opportunity to work in a team over the course of an academic year to perform a vital public service.
Wagner Faculty Op-EdsProfessors Dall Forsythe and Dennis Smith weighed in with recent op-ed essays in the Albany Times-Union and New York Post, respectively. Prof. Forsythe, who served as budget director under Gov. Mario Cuomo, co-authored an opinion piece May 17 arguing for a change in the state government's fiscal year. He said a July 1 fiscal year, which 46 states already have, would create more time for legislative participation, better information about revenues, and an opportunity to produce a completed budget on time. Prof. Smith, meanwhile, co-wrote an essay May 9 that underscores the risks of paying newly hired New York City police officers just $25,100 a year, a 40-percent drop compared to the previous contractual starting pay for rookie officers.
NYU Wagner Rudin Center's Director Named to Eno Board of AdvisorsNYU Wagner Rudin Center for Transportation Policy & Management's Director, Dr. Allison C. de Cerreño, is named to the Eno Transportation Foundation Board of Advisors. The Board of Advisors is made up of distinguished leaders from across the transportation field who provide advice and counsel to the Eno Foundation's Board of Directors. Elected to overlapping three-year terms, the Advisory Board Members meet annually for informal discussions of problems and issues.
NYU Wagner Convenes Race Dialogue
More than 50 Wagner students, faculty, and administrators gathered at the Puck Building on Sunday, April 22, to work on deepening the community�s capacity to talk about and listen � across racial lines � to experiences of race.
� Public service work requires the ability to work across multiple boundaries, including those of race. Dean Ellen Schall is committed to creating a community where highly charged issues are discussable, and where people with varying experiences and perspectives can talk to and learn from each other. The �Race Dialogue� framework views the ability to engage in these types of conversations as a competency that people frequently have to work at in order to master. The recent session serves as a positive foundation from which to add and similar dialogues may be held in the coming months.
Hillary Clinton Speaks at NYU Wagner
Senator Hillary Clinton at Wagner
U.S. Senator Hillary Clinton visited NYU Wagner on April 23 to speak about urban poverty. The audience of invited guests included current and former government officials, educators, and the heads of labor unions, businesses, and not-for-profit organizations. Introduced by Wagner Professor Rogan Kersh, the senator explored such issues as the growth of the prison population, unemployment, education, family, health care, and middle class security. Entitled the 'Working Cities Forum', and moderated by WNBC-TV political correspondent Jay DeDapper, the event was one of an ongoing series of conversations with presidential candidates cosponsored by the Community Service Society of New York and 32BJ Service Employees International Union. A transcript of the senator's comments is to be posted on the organizations' web sites.
Wagner students receive six 2007 President's Service AwardsOn Tuesday, Apr. 17, 2007, NYU President John Sexton recognized students who have had an "extraordinary and positive impact" on the New York University community. At a spirited ceremony attended by Dean Ellen Schall, Wagner students were accorded an impressive total of six awards. The recipients, nominated by students, faculty and staff, include:
For his strong leadership in Queers in Public Service and the Wagner Policy Alliance, for his role in two outstanding events this year "Beyond Marriage: Towards a New Policy Agenda for the LGBT Movement" and "Development or Gentrification" and for being an outstanding Wagner citizen all around who is always willing to step up and contribute to making the school community stronger.
Wagner Health Network and NYU Public Health Alliance:
Nyisha Hohn, Shannon Kostrowski, and Sarah Dannan
For raising the level of graduate student engagement through developing outstanding programs, networks, and community-building activities and for investing their time and energy into making Wagner�s health programs stronger and creating a more well-rounded education for all health students.
For his deep understanding of the importance of community; his omnipresence and supportive participation in many events and discussions; and his quiet leadership in multiple facets of the Wagner School.
For her vision, leadership, dedication, and service in developing the Black History Month event "Lifting As We Climb: Discovering The Power of Emerging Black Leadership" in partnership with students at NYU School of Law, the Stern School of Business, and NYU Medical School.
Students of African Descent Alliance and Alliance of Latino and Latin American Students:
Tonya Plear, Thalia Theodore, and Jenny Vazquez-Akim
For exemplifying leadership, community development and the encouragement of diversity through innovative programming, outreach to Wagner administrators and partnerships with the larger NYU and New York City community.
Wagner Student Association:
John Medina, President and J-P Anderson, Ombudsperson
For their responsible, organized, and conscientious approach to providing leadership for the whole student body at Wagner, for their work on developing a code of professional conduct for Wagner students, and for their effective and productive communication of issues of concern both to and from students.
Bequests to Wagner: A Common Link Across Generations
Wagner alumna Christine Toes (MPA '05) and Professor Emeritus Dick Netzer share a common experience: they've both made bequests to the Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service. Christine is a recent graduate who is just starting her real estate career in New York. Dick Netzer, on the other hand, joined Wagner as a professor in 1961 and served as Dean for 13 years. These two people came to Wagner 42 years apart but are tied together by their commitment to supporting the school through bequests.
Dine with Dean Ellen Schall at the Annual Dean's Day LuncheonFor the first time in its 66-year history, the Wagner School will be under a single roof. Join Dean Ellen Schall and your fellow alumni in exploring how the school is taking up the challenge of rethinking its future in our new consolidated home in the Puck Building. Following a presentation on the Puck, complete with photos and floor plans, Dean Schall will lead a discussion on how this move is significant to alumni. NYU Wagner is also pleased to present the 2004 NYU Wagner Alumni Torch Award to New York State Assemblyman Felix W. Ortiz (MPA 1986), in honor of his significant work in public service. RSVP online at NYU Alumni Reunion Weekend or via the Alumni Reunion Weekend events hotline at 212-998-6763. Cost for the luncheon is $25. 1pm to 3pm, Fifth Avenue Ballroom, 24 5th Ave. at 9th St.