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Fall 2012


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The Rutgers Center for State Health Policy, directed by Joel C. Cantor, was awarded a $14.3 million Health Care Innovation Award by the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.  CSHP will partner with the Camden Coalition of Healthcare Providers, Camden, N.J. and the Center for Health Care Strategies, Hamilton, N.J., two of New Jersey’s most highly regarded healthcare organizations, to bring innovative, cost-effective care management programs to four U.S. cities.

Professors Carl Van Horn and Cliff Zukin of the Bloustein School's John J. Heldrich Center for Workforce Development have been prominently features in the news for two recent surveys. In "Left Out? Forgotten? Recent High School Graduates and the Great Recession," Van Horn and Zukin document the problems that young people who graduated from the high school classes of 2006 through 2011 are having as they enter a labor market that plunged into a deep recession in 2008. About half of these graduates have held a full-time job at some point after receiving their diplomas but at the time the survey was conducted in April 2012, less than one-third held full-time jobs, encompassing just 17% of those graduating during the recession-era years of 2009 to 2011. “The vast majority of recent high school graduates who are not attending college have been left out of the workforce or even job training and frankly are struggling to survive...” said Carl Van Horn. In a related study, "Chasing the American Dream: Recent College Graduates and the Great Recession," they discover that recent college graduates from 2006 to 2011 are struggling to find full-time jobs, with just over half working full time and more than half of the struggling to pay off their student loans and many are borrowing to obtain additional education. “The cream of the crop of America’s youth, graduates of four-year colleges and universities, believe the American dream of upward mobility may have stopped with them,” commented Zukin. Both studies have received national media attention with mentions on NPR, Bloomberg, the New York Times, and more.

Since 1998, John J. Heldrich and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation have contributed $5 million to the endowment of the John J. Heldrich Center for Workforce Development.

Due Process — Rutgers University’s critically acclaimed public television series focused on critical issues of justice and public policy — can now claim an unprecedented 21 New York and Mid-Atlantic Emmy Awards. Launched in 1996 as a production of New Jersey Network Public Television with underwriting from The New Jersey State Bar Foundation, might have died along with NJN last year if not co-executive producers John Farmer, Dean of Rutgers Law-Newark, and Rutgers Distinguished Prof. Raphael Caprio, former Vice President for Continuing Studies, who brought the series into the University with a new home at the law school, a new studio at Rutgers iTV in Piscataway and additional institutional support from the Rutgers Division of Continuing Studies and the Bloustein School.

The Center for Energy, Economic, and Environmental Policy (CEEEP), directed by Dr. Frank A. Felder, recently completed a relaunch of the New Jersey Energy Data Center (NJEDC). The NJEDC is funded by the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities and is a data collection and processing tool for New Jersey policy makers, businesses, educators, and citizens. The website includes links to electricity, natural gas, petroleum, energy efficiency and renewable energy data for the State, as well as many other energy-related links. The purpose of the site is to help promote public understanding regarding energy and its interaction with the economy and the environment. CEEEP is currently working with the New Jersey Board of Public utilities to identify the various goals of the 2011 New Jersey Energy Master Plan and to track the State’s progress towards meeting these goals. In the coming months, CEEEP will add these Energy Master Plan tracking indicators to the NJEDC website to keep stakeholders apprised of the State’s progress.CEEEP is also conducting advanced modeling of the costs and benefits of energy efficiency and solar energy in New Jersey, including the quantification of various non-energy benefits such as jobs, health impacts, and environmental externalities.

Under the Broadband Technologies Opportunity Program, the Bloustein Center for Survey Research partnered with Telcordia Technologies, Inc. to conduct an on-going multi-year, multi-level analysis of the impact of broadband on the population and state economy of New Jersey. This project, which includes three components, a household level survey and analysis, a community level analysis, and state level econometric analysis—for which BCSR partnered with R/ECON—informs the development of the State Broadband Initiative through the New Jersey Office of Information Technology.  BCSR also served Rutgers University by conducting a proof of concept business partnership survey for the Office of Research Alliances, a needs assessment, for the Ernest Mario School of Pharmacy, of a graduate program in health economics and outcome research and, beginning in the fall of 2012, a collaborative effort with the Office of University Relations to explore Rutgers University’s nationwide recognition and impact.


Professor Jocelyn Elise Crowley, using a grant from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, has been studying  motherhood and workplace flexibility in the United States.  In numerous peer-reviewed journals, she has explored why mothers organize into groups into order to provide each other with mutual support while working for pay or staying at home, as well as their attitudes toward workplace flexibility.  Her book, Mothers Unite! Organizing for Workplace Flexibility and the Transformation of Family Life, will be published by Cornell University Press in 2013.    

Assitant Professor Andrea Hetling was selected as a 2012 Fahs-Beck Fellow by the Fahs-Beck Fund for Research and Experimentation in the New York Community Trust. She is also the recipient of a grant in support of her project The Effect of State Welfare Rules and Community Circumstances on Disconnected Single Mothers. Dr. Hetling is also involved in two projects, serving as a co-investigator with a team of researchers from the Center on Violence Against Women & Children (VAWC) at Rutgers University, School of Social Work on a project examining if participation in a financial literacy program improves survivors’ lives on a number of outcome variables including all forms of abuse, economic empowerment, and emotional health; and working on a Census Bureau, Center for Economic Studies approved project using restricted-use, confidential, micro-level Census data to examine how state welfare policies and ecological characteristics relate disconnection from work and welfare for economically disconnected women.

Professor Hal Salzman is the principal investigator of a project titled Science and Engineering Educational & Employment PathwaysThe project is being supported by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation and the National Science Foundation. Two current projects include analysis of engineering employment, and a new project examines the educational pathways of science and engineering students, with detailed analysis of course taking and performance by field of study.

Associate Professor Julia Sass Rubin, an expert on developmental venture capital, was asked by the State of Maryland to review InvestMaryland, a program that would raise $100 million in venture capital for the state’s seed and early stage companies and that is the centerpiece of Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley’s jobs and economic development agenda. Professor Rubin subsequently testified about the InvestMaryland program in front of Maryland Senate and House Committees alongside Governor O’Malley, Maryland’s Secretary for Business and Economic Development Christian S. Johansson, University of Maryland System Chancellor Brit Kirwan, and Johns Hopkins University President Ron Daniels.

Associate Professor Stuart Shapiro served as a consultant to the Administrative Conference of the United States (ACUS) on reform of the Paperwork Reduction Act. His work with the conference resulted in a recommendation by ACUS for reform of the Act (read more). Earlier this year he made an appearance on NPR discussing regulatory reform at the state level.

Assistant Professor Amelia Greiner has been assisting the Baltimore City Departments of Planning, Law and Health to evaluate health implications of including new measures in the City's proposed zoning rewrite to address the location, density and existence of alcohol outlets. This analysis is specifically focused on the relationship between alcohol outlets and violent crime.  This work continues Dr. Greiner's involvement in a Health Impact Assessment of Baltimore City's zoning code and furthers her research in the role health considerations play in land use decision-making.

Professor Henry Coleman recently chaired the Presidential Search Committee and the Presidential Compensation Committee for New Jersey City University. The search ended in early June with the selection of Dr. Sue Henderson, a mathematician and educator, and the first woman to hold the presidential title at NJCU. Dr. Coleman was also involved with the submission of a final report on a Rockefeller Foundation grant, "Inclusive City Initiative," although the grant project team continues to work to refine some of the work products of the grant for possible publication. In June hemade a presentation on "State and Local Government Fiscal Issues and Outlook" during the "Blue Cross-Blue Shield Advanced Labor Studies Conference," organized by the Rutgers School of Management and Labor Relations.


2012 marks the 20th anniversary year of the Bloustein School. We hosted many successful events throughout the 2011-12 academic year, including a Symposium on Planning Healthy, Sustainable Communities in April.

The Bloustein School will be hosting a Faculty and Research Center Staff Speaker Series to highlight the work of members of the Bloustein faculty and center staff. The first event was on October 10. Marc Weiner, Assistant Research Professor and Associate Director and Faculty Fellow of the Bloustein Center for Survey Research, spoke on "Technology Adoption and Structural Poverty: Statewide Evidence from the Broadband Technology Opportunities Program."

The Office of Student and Academic Services will be holding career panels for students interested in government, economics, and finance and more. Panelists include alumni from diverse backgrounds and experiences and will offer their perspective and insights on their careers and how current students might prepare for the future.  Career development at the Bloustein School.

In a recent panel discussion featuring Bloustein Dean James W. Hughes and Professor Joseph J. Seneca, industry experts were cautiously optimistic for New Jersey economic, real estate market recovery. Read more.