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On Thursday, March 8, NYU Wagner will host the 10th annual Public Service Career Expo (3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m., Metropolitan Pavilion South 125 West 18th Street, between 6th & 7th avenues), New York, N.Y.). This year's Expo will provide students and alumni with the opportunity to connect with 125 public-service employers throughout the public, private, and nonprofit sectors.
Examples of participating employers include: U.N.D.P, Deloitte Consulting, Ernst & Young, NYC Health and Hospitals Corporation, NYC Department of Small Business Services, Moody's Investors Service, the William J. Clinton Foundation, MDRC, Synergos Institute, US Dept of Education, Achievement First, MTA NYC Transit, Karbone, Parsons Brinkerhoff and much more. See the full list of participating organizations here.
Please note: The Public Service Career Expo is only for NYU Wagner and consortium school students and alumni. Attendees must bring a current school ID or a resume listing their past or present consortium school graduate education in order to enter the Expo.
The Public Service Career Expo is hosted in partnership with NYU Wagner; Carnegie Mellon Heinz School of Public Policy and Management; Cornell Institute for Public Affairs; Princeton University, Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs; Syracuse University Maxwell School of Citizenship & Public Affairs; and University of Chicago Irving B. Harris School of Public Policy.
A remarkable team featuring a trio of NYU Wagner students has just been notified that the mobile app they invented in 48 hours of inspired collaboration and toil has won the gold medal in the global Mobile App Olympics 2012.
High-fives to Miriam Altman, Barrie Charney-Golden, and Alexandra Meis, as well as their teammate from the Courant Institute at NYU!
Their journey to digital gold in the final, global phase of the competition started at one of the BeMyApp Weekend gatherings (starting Feb. 24) held in Berlin, Paris, London, Dallas, San Francisco, and NYC.
About 40 apps were quick-created that weekend. Six regional finalists -- including the Kinvolved team -- were approved to enter the global phase of the competition. From the start, the unique competition brought together contestants with diverse talents, expertise, and skill sets.
Finally, on Feb. 29, the Kinvolved app came out on top in the global online voting process in which 3,422 people participated.
More details on the final results of the Mobile App Olympics are here.
The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation named NYU's Furman Center for Real Estate and Urban Policy a recipient of the MacArthur Award for Creative and Effective Institutions. This distinguished award recognizes the Furman Center's excellence in providing objective, policy-relevant research to address the challenges facing neighborhoods in New York City and across the nation. The award, announced on February 16, comes with a grant of $1 million, which the Furman Center will use to broaden its research and policy analysis to more national issues.
"We are humbled and honored that the Furman Center was selected for such a prestigious award," said Vicki Been, faculty director of the Furman Center. "The demand for our work has grown dramatically with the housing crisis and the increasing need for sustainable and affordable housing across the country. This award presents a remarkable opportunity for us to expand our research beyond New York City to help policymakers in Washington and across the nation make more effective housing and community development investments and policies."
"Because we are based at New York University, and are a joint project of the NYU School of Law and the Wagner Graduate School of Public Service, we're able to draw on the talents of a diverse team of faculty and students to produce rigorous, interdisciplinary research on urban policy issues," Furman Center Co-Director Ingrid Gould Ellen said. "The MacArthur Award comes at a critical time, allowing us to continue to expand the work we've always done in New York City to cities and neighborhoods across the country, and to address a broader range of national issues and public policy debates."
From analyses of how subsidized housing investments affect neighborhoods, to studies of the impacts the foreclosure crisis has had on local crime, neighboring property values, tenants, and the educational trajectories of children, the Furman Center has been committed to producing objective and empirically rigorous research on pressing policy issues. Its policy breakfasts, roundtable discussions, and conferences bring thought leaders from all sectors and all points of view together to discuss topics ranging from new models for housing extremely low-income households to creative ways of addressing credit needs in a volatile and declining housing market. The Center launched an Institute for Affordable Housing Policy in 2010 to bring research, policy analysis, and debate about promising new ideas and innovative practices to bear on the challenges of creating cost-effective affordable housing programs. Through its annual State of New York City's Housing and Neighborhoods report, Quarterly Housing Updates, and Subsidized Housing Information Project, the Center provides essential data and analysis for the media, government agencies, non-profit housing providers, and affordable housing developers and financiers.
The award is both a recognition of the excellence of the Furman Center's prior research and policy analysis and an investment in the Furman Center's future. The Furman Center will use the grant to build data and research partnerships that will allow it to broaden the geographic scope of its research, strengthen and expand its policy analysis, and improve its communications and data management infrastructure.
More information, including an overview video about the Furman Center, is available here.
The Furman Center is one of only 15 organizations from six countries to be recognized today with the MacArthur Award for Creative and Effective Institutions. "From Chicago to Kampala, these extraordinary organizations demonstrate exceptional creativity and effectiveness," said MacArthur President Robert Gallucci. "They provide new ways to address old problems. They generate provocative ideas and they reframe well-worn debates. And their impact is altogether disproportionate to their size."
The MacArthur Foundation does not seek or accept nominations for its Creative and Effective Institutions awards. To qualify, organizations must demonstrate exceptional creativity and effectiveness; have reached a critical or strategic point in their development; show strong leadership and stable financial management; have previously received MacArthur support; and engage in work central to one of MacArthur's core programs.
NYU Wagner's Professor Paul Light goes before Congress on Wednesday, February 15, to make the case for top-to-bottom reform of the federal government.
"Evidence is all around us," he says, "of dwindling confidence in government and its ability to respond effectively to evident challenges, national and international, economomic and political....The United States desperately needs more accountable, efficient and productive government at every level."
Dr. Light is the Paulette Goddard Professor of Public Service at NYU Wagner. He received the 2010 Herbert Simon Award from the American Political Science Association for his book "A Government Ill Executed: The Decline of the Federal Service and How to Reverse It."
A distinguished pair of NYU Wagner professors have been named as recipients of New York University's 2012 Martin Luther King Jr. Faculty Award.
The faculty award recognizes University professors who exemplify the spirit of the late civil rights leader through their scholarship, research, and teaching by making a positive contribution to their students in the classroom and to the greater NYU community.
Professors Prasad and Royster and three other honorees were recognized at the Martin Luther King, Jr. Faculty Award Reception on February 8 in Pless Hall Lounge. Prasad's research focuses on political learning within immigrant communities across the United States. Royster is the author of "Race and the Invisible Hand: How White Networks Exclude Black Men From Blue-Collar Jobs" (2003).
Don't miss a highlight of New York University's weeklong commemoration of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., when Dr. Cornel West talks about activism at NYU's Kimmel Center on Thursday, Feb. 9, and is joined by Mitchell Moss, the Henry Hart Rice professor of urban policy at NYU Wagner, who will talk about cities.
This University-wide event, which runs from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m., showcases "7 Issues, 7 Leaders, 7 Minutes." NYU's Kimmel Center for University Life is located at the corner of Washington Square South and LaGuardia Place, and the event is in its Eisner & Lubin Auditorium. Professors West and Moss are among the seven featured presenters.
The theme of this year's MLK Week at NYU (Feb. 6-11) is: "The Future of Diversity: Here & Now."
John White, a recent graduate of NYU Wagner and the featured speaker at the upcoming Henry Hart Rice Urban Policy Forum in April, has been named to a top leadership position in public education.
Louisiana's Board of Elementary and Secondary Education this month (January, 2011) selected White as the State Superintendent of Education.
White began his career in public service as a high school English teacher. Honing his skills at Wagner in education finance, management, and policy, he went on to work for the New York City Department of Education's senior leadership team and as a Deputy Chancellor.
Since May, 2011, he has been the Superintendent of the Louisiana Recovery School District, overseeing 79 of the state's most challenged schools.
His most recent promotion has attracted praise from U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan, who said, "John is a visionary leader who has done great things in New York City and New Orleans, and I'm confident he'll do the same for the whole state of Louisiana."
White will be returning to NYU Wagner to discuss his successful career as a leader in public service: He is slated to be the guest speaker at the annual Henry Hart Rice Urban Policy Forum on April 23. Don't miss it!
President Barack Obama's new White House chief of staff - Jacob "Jack" Lew - comes to his powerful post by way of NYU Wagner.
After serving as director of the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) in the Clinton administration, Lew left Washington to become, until 2006, executive vice president for operations at New York University and a clinical professor of public administration at NYU's Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service.
He is a New York City native who has worked effectively in and across sectors, as an article posted January 11 on AllGov.com notes.
NYU Wagner Professor Jonathan Morduch and Public Service Fellow Barbara Kiviat have written a fascinating paper on financial literacy for the McGraw-Hill Research Foundation, entitled "From Financial Literacy to Financial Action."
The paper examines how financial know-how, seen as a tool important to the success of micro-lending strategies in developing countries, can be utilized to help people "turn financial aspirations into meaningful actions" and "develop and stick to concrete financial plans."
Morduch is a professor of public policy and economics at NYU Wagner and the managing director of the Financial Access Initiative (FAI), where Kiviat offers a blog post about the full white paper. She is a David Bohnett Public Service Fellow at Wagner and a research associate at the Financial Access Initiative.