In Memoriam: Professor Dennis C. Smith
It is with the greatest sadness and regret that we note the passing of Dennis Smith, longtime NYU Wagner faculty member, colleague, and friend.
Dennis, who died July 27 after a lengthy bout with cancer, was a leading, beloved citizen of the Wagner community for more than four decades, devoting himself tirelessly to students, fellow scholars, alumni, and school staff. He was a ready and effective collaborator, and maintained extremely strong ties to his students, long after they had left his classroom and gone on to important roles in public agencies and nonprofit organizations around the world. He offered valued feedback, connections, and encouragement to many.
He himself was influential as a noted criminal justice scholar, and worked alongside the NYPD and its commissioners. In both his own scholarship and in research undertaken for the City and the Police Department, he became a herald for the rigorous use of an agency’s data to shape decisions on how it uses its resources, and showed that performance-based management could be transplanted to other government agencies and nonprofits to improve outcomes in education, public health, and poverty alleviation.
Dennis earned his Ph.D. in political science from Indiana University and began teaching shortly afterward at NYU Wagner. He received tenure in 1980. He taught classes in public policy and management of government and nonprofit agencies to generations of students.
He directed NYU Wagner’s Public Administration program for nine years and served two years as associate dean. He also served as Chair of the NYU Faculty Senators Council during the 1983-’83 academic year.
Through a flourishing partnership with Accenture, he oversaw a well-attended series of management meetings with leading City officials. This “Leading Large-Scale Change” program began during the Bloomberg administration and continues strongly under Mayor Bill de Blasio.
Our mission at NYU Wagner is to give students the skills they need to make a difference and bring about enduring change on issues that matter. Dennis most certainly did meet and exceed that standard for the issues, and people, he so deeply cared about.
NYU Wagner is planning a memorial event later this summer; details will be announced shortly. For now, we extend our heartfelt condolences to Dennis’s wife, his two daughters, and the other members of his family.
In Review: 'Jonas & Kovner's Health Delivery in the United States'
" 'Jonas & Kovner's Health Care Delivery in the United States' is one of the best-known and longest-standing (first edition, 1977) compendiums on the unique problems of US health care policy. And with good reason -- like other grand textbooks such as Harrison's for internal medicine, Guyton's for psychology, or Robbins' for pathology, this text authoritatively demonstrates the breadth and depth of current foundational knowledge of its field."
So begins a complimentary Journal of the American Medical Association online review of the now classic textbook (New York: Springer, 2008, 9th ed.) edited by NYU Wagner Professor Anthony Kovner and Wagner alumnus James R. Knickman. The book has sold has sold more than 300,000 copies since its publication in 1977.
"[D]espite the considerable expertise presented," according to the review written by S. Ryan Greysen, MD, Department of Health Policy, George Washington University, "the text remains approachable for professionals in health care delivery or policy, whether novices or masters in the field."
To read the review, click below.
Join FAI for a Virtual Conference on Reimagining Microfinance around the World
On June 8 and 9, MicroSave and the Financial Access Initiative are hosting the virtual conference "Reimagining Microfinance around the World: Implementing Lessons from Portfolios of the Poor" to share their findings from more than of a year of in-depth research in Bangladesh, India and South Africa and discuss how use this research to create practical solutions for improving the lives of the poor. The virtual conference will be moderated by Portfolios of the Poor coauthors Daryl Collins, Jonathan Morduch, Stuart Rutherford and Orlanda Ruthven, and MicroSave's Graham Wright. Find out more here.
Karen Grepin's New Paper Explores the Impact of HIV-Focused Donor Aid
A research investigation by NYU Wagner Assistant Professor of Global Health Policy Karen Grépin on the impact of international HIV-focused donor funding on health service delivery will appear in a special issue of the journal Health Affairs. The July thematic issue is devoted to analysis of the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief, a nine-year-old program of bilateral U.S. assistance to support countries in their battle against HIV/AIDS (and one that has been described as the largest program of U.S. aid since the Marshall Plan). The Health Affairs volume and its dissemination are funded, in part, by the Office of the U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator; Merck & Co, Inc.; BD; and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Professor Grépin’s paper is titled “HIV Donor Funding Has Both Boosted And Curbed The Delivery Of Different Non-HIV Health Services In Sub-Saharan Africa." She will join contributors, thought leaders, and policy makers at a morning briefing in Washington, D.C., on July 10 to mark the issue’s release.
Katherine O'Regan Receives NYU 2010-11 Distinguished Teaching Award
Congratulations to Katherine M. O'Regan, associate professor of public policy extraordinaire here at NYU Wagner! She has been selected as a recipient of the 2010-2011 Distinguished Teaching Award.
The award recipients include a total of six professors from across the university.
Professor O'Regan will be donating half of her esteemed award to the Wagner Experience Fund, established for the first time this year to fund 50 internships for Wagner students this summer.