January - February 2011
An insightful television talk show, Breakfast at the Barracks features Rutgers faculty, staff, students, and alumni whose eclectic work impacts the university, the state, and beyond. The show was envisioned to focus on work at Rutgers that helps with New Jersey's and the nation's challenges. The program is hosted by Bil Leipold, Associate Vice President for Academics and Operations, Continuing Studies, and it is recorded in front of a live audience.
Recent Bloustein faculty highlighted on Breakfast at the Barracks:
Watch: Dean James Hughes: Season 2, Episode 1
Professor Roland Anglin and the Institute for Regional and Community Transformation is involved in the development of the New Jersey Youth Development Forum (YDF) a two-year effort to: gather and centralize information on innovative local and national programs serving youth; provide a forum for key stakeholders to meet to discuss innovations in the field of youth development, in addition to addressing the gaps that can be overcome by a better-coordinated system of programs and policies; create a sustainable vehicle to monitor youth development trends in the state and provide a way for key stakeholders to network and share information; and promote the collection and dissemination of applied knowledge on youth development and its role in crime prevention and reentry from incarceration. The YDF is a partnership between the Office of the Attorney General, the ICRT at the Bloustein School, the Rutgers School of Law and Criminal Justice, the Education Research Section at the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton University, and the Juvenile Justice Commission.
Laurie Harrington, a Project Manager at the Heldrich Center, has created a new website for the Central New Jersey Health Care Talent Network (CNJHCTN), a group of individuals representing employers, education, and nonprofit healthcare organizations in the central New Jersey region. The site, www.njhealthjobs.org , provides up-to-date labor market information on 33 specific healthcare occupations in 11 job categories that have been vetted by industry employers themselves. Online information includes detailed job requirements, salary ranges, and videos of workers on-the-job in selected healthcare occupations.
Jeanne Herb, research program coordinator for the National Center for Neighborhood and Brownfields Redevelopment, is providing consulting support to an 11-state Transportation and Climate Initiative that is looking at ways to reduce climate emissions and increase energy efficiency in the transportation sector. She is also working on collaboration with PSEG and the non-profit group Clean Air-Cool Planet to develop a comprehensive initiative to prepare for economically significant impacts of climate change in New Jersey.
Dean James Hughes was presented the Edward J. Bloustein Award for Exemplary Achievement in Civic Leadership and Outstanding Educator of the Year by the Urban Land Institute – Northern New Jersey at the Sixth Annual Land use Awards held on December 8. Dean Hughes was the guest speaker at the Greater Monmouth Chamber of Commerce on January 11, where he gave his analysis of the regional and state economy.
Kathy Krepcio, Executive Director of the NTAR Leadership Center at the Heldrich Center, led a high level roundtable in Washington DC in December, Disability Implications of an Aging Workforce: Developing an Action Strategy. Participants included 50 experts representing federal, state, and local policymakers, the public workforce development system, employers, and aging and disability employment researchers and advocates. The goal of the roundtable was to begin development of an action plan to support the employment of mature workers, especially those at risk of prematurely leaving the labor market due to health and wellness issues.
Professor Michael Lahr was recently awarded a grant of $40,000 from the Port of Long Beach (California) to update their maritime port impact model. He also completed his second full year as co-editor of the journal The Review of Regional Studies. He is also serving as chair of the local organizing committee for the upcoming International Input-Output Conference, which will take place in Alexandria, Virginia, June 13-17.
Robert Lattimer, Senior Fellow for Diversity Studies at the Heldrich Center, has been preparing a program of diversity projects for 2011. In October 2010, he also moderated a discussion on the "Current State of the United States Economy," at the American Society for Competitiveness 21st annual conference in Washington, DC, based on an editorial he had published that month in the Competition Forum Journal (Vol. 8). Members of that panel included Dr. Mark Doms, Chief Economist, U.S. Department of Commerce, on loan from the Federal Reserve Bank, and William R. Hackney, Chief Investment Officer, at Atlanta Capital Management Company, LLC. In November, he spoke at New Jersey 10th annual statewide conference on "Diversity Issues in Higher Education.”
Andrea Lubin, Senior Research Specialist with the Alan M. Voorhees Transportation Center, has been appointed to the Senior Executive Council of the New Jersey Foundation for Aging. The core mission of the Foundation is to improve and expand new and innovative approaches to the delivery of services that enable older adults to live in the community with independence and dignity.
Associate Research Professor and Director of the Center for Planning Practice Stuart Meck has coauthored a new casebook, Planning and Control of Land Development, Eighth Edition. The book, which provides a comprehensive view of land use law integrated with a full review of planning practice and techniques, is published by Lexis/Nexis.
Robert Noland presided over the presentation a report and the meeting of a task force at the annual meeting of the Transportation Research Board in Washington, D.C. on January. He presided over “America's Climate Choices Report: Adapting to the Impacts of Climate Change” and oversaw the meeting of the Climate Change and Energy Task Force.
Professor Frank Popper appeared on the New Jersey Council for the Humanities-Farleigh Dickinson University's radio program, "Humanities Connection.” The program was aired on Sunday, January 30 and can also be found as an archive on the Council’s website, www.njch.org. Dr. Popper and Chris Rasmussen of FDU's Department of History discussed the subject of environmental justice with moderator Robert Mann of the Caldwell College Communication Arts Department. In January 2011 he was appointed to the editorial board of Urban Infill.
Dr. William M. Rodgers III, Heldrich Center Professor and Chief Economist, appeared on National Public Radio’s The Takeaway where he described the labor market and reacted to a new study of workers switching jobs. He also offered comments on unemployment and income inequality for the PBS Nightly Business Report, CNN’s The Situation Room, and CNN’s Your Money.
Cornell University Press recently published Transforming the U.S. Workforce Development System: Lessons from Research and Practice, which includes a chapter by Dr. Hal Salzman, Professor and Senior Faculty Fellow at the Heldrich Center, “The Globalization of Technology Development: Implications for U.S. Skills Policy.” The book examines how the U.S. skills system compares with those in other nations and describes in major changes that could better prepare U.S. workers for global competition in the decades ahead.
Judy Shaw, senior research specialist at the National Center for Neighborhood and Brownfields Redevelopment, is serving as a co-chair for the President's Raritan River and Ecological Preserve Task Force. Dr. Shaw is working with the President’s Office to assemble a Raritan River Faculty Advisory Group to identify research opportunities and promote Rutgers research presence in the region. The Task Force also worked with the Office of Major Gifts to prepare a package for the Johnson Family's consideration for an endowment.
Professor Meredeth Turshen is the editor of a new book, African Women: A Political Economy, an anthology that gives a historically aware overview of the political and economic issues facing African women. Later this spring she will be participating in two spring conferences. On March 16, she will be presenting "The UN Millennium Development Goals: A feminist critique" at a high-profile speakers series on international human rights issues at the University of Ottawa Human Rights Centre and the Centre for International Affairs. In May she will be part of the Nobel Women's Initiative conference "Women Forging a New Security: Ending Sexual Violence in Conflict" in Montebello, Quebec, an initiative of six women Nobel Peace Prize laureates. This three-day strategy meeting (May 23-25) will bring together approximately 100 women from around the world including rights activists, corporate and security sector leaders, peacekeepers, academics, and policymakers alongside Nobel Laureates.
The Bloustein School is part of a consortium of Rutgers departments and the National Center for Atmospheric Research that have been awarded a 3-year, $3 million grant from the National Science Foundation to develop an Earth Systems Model of the Northeast Atlantic region. Earth Systems Models seek to couple models of environmental systems (ocean, atmosphere, watershed) with models of human activity (economic, energy use, land use), in order to study the effects of climate variability and change on human systems, and in turn, the feedback of human systems into determining environmental outcomes. The research team is led by Rutgers' Institute of Marine and Coastal Sciences and brings together scholars from the Bloustein School, Rutgers' Department of Economics, Rutgers' Department of Environmental Sciences, Rutgers' Department of Ecology, Evolution and Natural Resources, and the National Center for Atmospheric Research in Boulder, Colorado. Bloustein School faculty and researchers involved in the project are Frank Felder, Joe Seneca, Clint Andrews,Will Irving, Mike Lahr, and Nancy Mantell.
Spotlight on New Faculty Publication: Roland Anglin
In a video interview, Roland Anglin, Faculty Fellow and Executive Director of the Initiative for Regional and Community Transformation, sits down with Bloustein professor Norman J. Glickman to discuss Anglin's new book, Promoting Sustainable Local and Community Economic Development.
Professor Clint Andrews has received multiple grants totaling $668,500. One from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development is supporting work titled Expanding the Definition of Green: Impacts of Green and Active Living Design on Health in Low Income Housing; another, from the New Jersey Association of Realtors®,is supporting Green Building Cost-Benefit Analysis.
Professor Robert W. Burchell, who is co-director of the Center for Urban Policy Research and director of the Program in Urban Planning and Policy Development, will be working on several joint project grants. Telcordia has awarded CUPR and the Bloustein Survey Research Center a $404,000 grant to work on "The Technology Divide: Broadband, DSL, Cable, Wireless, According to Income Status." The U.S. Department of Transportation has awarded a joint grant of $85,000 to the Bloustein School, the Rutgers School of Engineering, and NJIT to develop a transportation, economic, and land use system (TELUS); and a $21,000 grant to Bloustein and the School of Engineering to work on a redevelopment plan for the city of Bloomfield, N.J. In addition, Professor Burchell will be working with ASW, Inc. Port Specialists on a $15,000 grant from the South Jersey Port Corporation to conduct an economic impact study of southern New Jersey ports.
Professor Stephanie Curenton has received a $42,975 grant from the Foundation for Child Development to develop a lecture series engaging researchers in discussions to explore what families, educational institutions, and communities can do to foster human capital and community social capital that will enhance the likelihood that socioeconomically disadvantaged children will be successful in school. Curenton will also be the principal investigator in the project “Does Hardship Continue After Preschool? Using Propensity Score Matching to Investigate the Effects of Early Child Development Programs on 5th Grade Literacy.” The $20,000 grant was given by the American Educational Research Association.
Dr. Aaron Fichtner, director of Research and Evaluation at the Heldrich Center, was recently appointed Assistant Commissioner for Labor Planning and Analysis at the New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development. In his new role Dr. Fichtner will be responsible for labor market information and demographic research; program planning, analysis, and evaluation; and career information and grants operations (including grants for customized training, apprenticeships, literacy, and green jobs training).
Professor Norman Glickman gave a plenary speech on "The Future of the Texas Economy and What We Can Do About It" to 1,300 community leaders and clergy in San Antonio, Texas on August 28. The Texas Economic Conference, sponsored by the Texas Industrial Areas Foundation and the Texas Interfaith Fund, had as its primary topics education, the economy, and jobs.
Professor Radha Jagannathan of the Bloustein School and Michael Camasso of SEBS have been working on a new program, “Nurture thru Nature,” which aims to introduce pathways to science and health careers to young students. It is designed to increase children's proficiency levels by using language and math skills to study the environment and science, and by creating an urban community park that offers students and their families hands-on learning experiences. Curriculum components include My Changing Neighborhood/My Wildlife Friendly Neighborhood, Partners in Flight, Pond Life, Building Bird Boxes, Urban Gardening, and Health and Nutrition Counseling. The program is holding its kickoff event on October 5 at the Nurture thru Nature program site, on the corner of Pine Street and Jones Avenue (adjacent to New Brunswick Farmer's Market), in New Brunswick.
Paul Larrousse, director of the National Transit Institute, received an additional $500,000 grant from the Federal Transit Administration, bringing a total award of $900,000 to NTI to provide Project and Construction Management courses to transit agencies and professionals throughout the United States.
Stuart Meck, Associate Research Professor and director of the Center for Planning Practice, is heading up a team of consultants who are drafting a new zoning and subdivision code for the U.S. Virgin Islands under a $164,000 grant. Meck spent a week in August on St. Thomas, St. John, and St. Croix, making presentations to the public and six advisory committees on the work
program for the new code, which is being developed in conjunction with Duncan Associates, a Chicago-based firm that specializes in development codes. The project is expected to take 18 months. The new code follows up on a 2009 assessment completed by Meck and Chicago planning consultant Marya Morris of the existing code (dating from 1972). Meck headed up a team drawing on four Rutgers centers and institutes that produced energy plans for 11 New Jersey municipalities with funding from the federal Energy Efficiency and Conservation Act. Other centers involved the Rutgers Center for Green Building (Jennifer Senick), the Center for Energy, Economic, and Environmental Policy (Frank Felder) and the New Jersey Sustainable State Institute (Patricia Ruby). Plans were prepared for Howell Township, Edison Township, the City of Plainfield, Fort Lee Borough, the City of East Orange, the Township of West Orange, Willingboro Township, Middletown Township, the City of Perth Amboy, the Township of Parsippany-Troy Hills, and Montclair Township. The energy plans will be available on the Center for Planning Practice website after their publication.
Professor Frank Popper and his wife, Professor Deborah Popper, a geographer from CUNY, are featured in the documentary Facing the Storm: Story of the American Bison. The world premier of the production will be held at the Kansas International Film Festival on October 2, 2010. From the website: “Facing the Storm is the epic account of our tempestuous relationship with the iconic symbol of wild America. It explores the visionary quest to protect and restore bison and details the inextricable relationship of the Plains Indians with the animal. The film also recounts the harrowing near-destruction of the species in the late nineteenth century— -- from an estimated 30 million bison to a mere 23 individuals by 1885.” Trailers for the film can be found on the High Plains Films YouTube Channel
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Dr. William M. Rodgers III, Chief Economist at the Heldrich Center, appeared on the August 6 broadcast of National Public Radio’s The Takeaway, Fears of Deflation Amidst Falling Prices. He discussed growing fears about deflation in the nation, pointing out that deflation is a risk because employers are less likely to hire new workers.
A study led by the Bloustein School’s John Pucher has found that communities with more walkers and cyclists are healthier than those in which people must rely on cars to get around. The article, “Walking and Cycling to Health: A Comparative Analysis of City, State, and International Data,” will appear in the October 2010 issue of the American Journal of Public Health. (AJPH website article in press). Collaborators on the project included Ralph Buehler of Virginia Tech, David Bassett of the University of Tennessee, and Andrew Dannenberg of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The research has received national media coverage (The Record, U.S. News and World Report Health, Tennessee Today) and has been quoted and discussed widely on health, cycling, and news-related blogs. Pucher was also featured on NJN’s HealthWatch Report.
University Professor Joseph J. Seneca and project manager Will Irving are working on several project grants in the state. The projects include a pending $34,075 research contract with the Medical Society of New Jersey to estimate the contribution of private practice physicians' offices to the New Jersey economy; a $48,000 research contract to estimate the contribution of the rental apartment industry to the New Jersey economy for the New Jersey Apartment Association; a $55,620 research contract to estimate the economic impact of New Jersey American Water's capital investments and operating expenditures on the New Jersey economy, and to examine a broad range of economic topics surrounding water supply, regulation, pricing and other issues; a $29,355 research contract to measure the economic impact of the construction of additions to the Transco natural gas pipeline in New Jersey by the Williams Pipeline Company; a $67,483 research contract from ExxonMobil/BlueOcean Energy to estimate the economic impacts of the construction and operation of BlueOcean Energy's proposed offshore natural gas terminal on New Jersey; and a $96,563 research contract to estimate the economic impacts of proposed upgrades to PSE&G's electric power transmission network in New Jersey.
On September 19, Professor Carl Van Horn, director of the John J. Heldrich Center for Workforce Development, discussed the plight of older unemployed workers and their difficult search for reemployment, in an article in the New York Times. The article, For the Unemployed Over 50, Fears of Never Working Again, has received national play, noting that of the 14.9 million unemployed workers in the United States more than 2.2 million are 55 or older and nearly half of them have been unemployed six months or longer. Dr. Van Horn notes that this is a severe policy problem affecting the country, as forced early retirement imposes not only financial strain but is also pushing an already vulnerable group into a greater poverty rate. In early August he appeared on WHYY's Radio Timesto discuss long-term joblessness and its consequences with Don Peck, Deputy Managing Editor of The Atlantic.
American Workers Assess an Economic Disaster, a nationwide Work Trends survey released by the Heldrich Center in September, surveyed over 800 employed and unemployed Americans. Co-authored by Heldrich Center director Carl Van Horn, Senior Faculty Fellow Cliff Zukin, and graduate student researcher Jessica Godofsky, it is the latest in a series of troubling profiles of workers facing an economy characterized by bleak job prospects, falling incomes, and dwindling savings. The report documents the heavy toll the Great Recession is taking on the financial health of Americans and the pessimistic view they have of the nation’s economic future. Among its findings:
• Nearly three in four (73%) Americans have either lost their job, or know a close relative or friend who was laid off during the recession.
• More than one-third of those who are working (37%) say the recession had a major impact on them; more than half (51%) rate their personal financial situation as only fair or poor.
• More than half (56%) think the U.S. economy has undergone a fundamental
and lasting change as opposed to a temporary downturn (43%).
• Fully 41 percent anticipate that the United States will be experiencing similar
economic conditions a year from now while another quarter (27%) believe the economy will get worse before it gets better.
The report was featured on NPR’s “All Things Considered,” on BBC, and in the New York Times, the Philadelphia Inquirer, the Star-Ledger, the Cleveland Plain-Dealer, Industry Week, and on numerous websites.
Professor Lyna Wiggins was a panelist at an educational session, “Digital Tax Mapping – The Key to Municipal Financial Success,” at the New Jersey County Tax Board Association’s 38th Annual Educational Conference in early September, held in Cape May, N.J. She recently published A Geospatial Statistical Analysis of the Density of Lottery Outlets within Ethnically Concentrated Neighborhoods, with L. Nower and R. Sanchez Mayers, in the Journal of Community Psychology. Prof. Wiggins is also serving as a member of the 12-person Digital Tax Map Committee by the New Jersey Department of Finance. The mission of the committee is to help New Jersey governments create a digital parcel foundation that is reliable, available, and current to support government operations and facilitate the sharing of core land information.