February 2013

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CIC logoIn November 2012 Rutgers announced that it would join the CIC (Committee on Institutional Cooperation), an academic consortium of 15 top-tier research universities, including members of the Big Ten Conference and the University of Chicago, on July 1, 2013. Fourteen of the 15 members are AAU institutions. In 2010, the CIC universities conducted more funded research ($7.1 billion) than the Ivy League ($4.2 billion) or the University of California System ($5.2 billion). The Bloustein School will stand atop the CIC in our field, as overall the school is the highest rated public institution in the Planetizen rankings. Four CIC institutions are in the Planetizen Top 25:

Highest Ranked CIC Institutions (2012 Rank)
Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey  (3)
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (5)
University of Michigan (12)
The Ohio State University (21) 

Nancy Mantell, director of the Rutgers Economic Advisory Service, along with University Professor Joseph Seneca, Associate Research Professor Michael Lahr, and Bloustein research associate Will Irving produced the first report in the region on the future economic impact of Superstorm Sandy: Rutgers Regional Report Issue Paper 34—The Economic and Fiscal Impact of Hurricane Sandy in New Jersey.  Read more

EJB teamThe Hult Prize recently announced that a team from the Bloustein School has advanced to the regional finals of the 4th Annual Hult Prize, the world’s largest student competition and crowdsourcing platform for social good, recently named one of the top five ideas changing the world by President Bill Clinton and TIME Magazine. The team is the first-ever to represent the Bloustein School.  Read more

The Alan M. Voorhees Transportation Center (VTC), a national leader in transportation research and education and the nucleus of transportation-related policy research, training and education at the Bloustein School, will join with the New Jersey Travel Independence Program (NJTIP), a not-for-profit organization based in Livingston, N.J. to expand and complement VTC’s current portfolio of expertise to include travel training for individuals with disabilities, the elderly and other transportation-disadvantaged populations on how to use existing public transit services to help achieve independence and self-sufficiency.  Read more

The American Planning Association-New Jersey Chapter (APA-NJ) recently released a documentary created by Brandon Mckoy, 2012 Student Representative and fellow Bloustein School graduate student Susannah Dyen, that compares and contrasts planning issues in New Jersey and the Southern region of the United States (Georgia, Alabama, Mississippi, and Louisiana). It is a collection of interviews with citizens and experts about the problems they face in and around their communities on a daily basis, and how these issues affect their lives. Themes in the documentary revolve around regional perceptions (both inside and outside), physical development, sprawl, transportation, economics, and discrimination. The goal of this documentary is not to propose answers to the many problems that American cities face, but rather to show how these problems are perceived by the citizens who live and interact with them. You can watch the documentary at YouTube (approximately 1 hour).

Sea Bright, NJThe small community of Sea Bright, NJ — along with many others throughout the Northeast United States — was devastated by Sandy. This spring Carlos Rodrigues and Michael Yaffe will lead a graduate planning studio centered around Sea Bright, tackling the difficult questions around "rebuild," "retreat," and "selective retreat." Related to the studio course, Clint Andrews is working with NJIT to develop an Alternate Spring Break service project. Graduates and undergraduates will have the opportunity to assist with clean-up activities and determine community needs in Jersey shore communities hit hardest by Superstorm Sandy. Read more

New Jersey is served by more than 1,500 distinct local government agencies: municipalities, school districts, utilities, counties, and more.  Yet precious little substantive research has been done within the local government environment to inform some of our State’s most pressing policy issues. To respond to this need, Ray Caprio has established the Bloustein Local Government Research Center.  Ray will serve as the center’s director, which we hope will serve as a focal point for interested faculty here and elsewhere, and disseminate through a variety of mechanisms research and analyses useful to New Jersey’s elected and appointed officials, faculty and researchers, policy analysts and practitioners. Ray has brought on board Marc Pfeiffer, recently retired from a 37-year career in New Jersey local government administration, as a Senior Research Fellow. Marc has served as a municipal administrator in several municipalities, and most recently completed 26 years of service (including 14 as Deputy Director) in the Division of Local Government Services, the state’s local government oversight agency. We hope that Bloustein Local will be able to assist the media and other institutions and organizations in understanding New Jersey local government and its environment. At the outset, the center is developing a research project concerning the impact of Superstorm Sandy and the medium to long-term impact its aftermath will have on the capacity of local governments to meet service demands, with particular effort to assess the redistribution of tax liability given changes or elimination of value in the short term as well as longer term potential given the changes that emerging higher standard development regulations will have on property values. 

Copyright Carlton ReidCity Cycling, John Pucher’s recently released book co-edited with Ralph Buehler, was featured in "Get Britain Cycling," a special session of the British Parliament's House of Commons on January 23, 2013. The book was cited as evidence in support of the session's goal of increasing cycling in the UK, providing comprehensive information from across the globe about the necessary infrastructure and policies to make cycling safer and more convenient for all segments of society, but especially for women, children, and seniors.  Visit the House of Commons website to read the official motion online.

A new book by Carl Van Horn, professor and director of the John J. Heldrich Center for Workforce Development, titled Working Scared (Or not at All): The Lost Decade, Great Recession, and Restoring the Shattered American Dream, will be published by Rowman & Littlefield in March. Drawing upon nearly 25,000 interviews with employed and unemployed Americans conducted from 1998 to 2012, these “voices” of American workers tell a compelling story about wrenching structural changes and recessions during one of the most volatile periods in U.S economic history. The U.S. economy was booming and unemployment was at historic lows at the end of the 20th century. In the first decade of the new millennium the economy was at its worst point in 70 years, as the Great Recession crushed the lives of tens of millions of workers and their families, forestalled careers, scrapped hopes for a college education, delayed retirements, and foreclosed family homes. The book also describes the essential national priorities and policies that will assist frustrated, angry and scared American workers, as well as the reforms that will help restore the American dream of secure employment and intergenerational progress. Download the flyer for more information.

The Mineta Transportation Institute and eight other leading university transportation centers—including the Voorhees Transportation Center — functioning together as the Mineta National Transit Research Consortium (NTRC), received an additional $201,000 award from the Federal Transit Administration, bringing the total award to $400K for two years. The focus of the new award will be to advance transportation expertise and technology in the many disciplines that comprise transportation through research, education and workforce development, and technology transfer. The five strategic goals of NTRC will be the examination of pedestrian at bus stops in order to establish guidelines for improving how bus stops are designed and to reduce pedestrian casualties associated with bus usage; an evaluation of transit system financing to determine linkages to service provision and maintaining assets; determining how transit systems can contribute to economic productivity of urban areas to assist the FTA on how best to allocate resources for New Start transit projects; development of a methodology that will provide a means to evaluate the benefits of transit-oriented development and livable communities; and evaluating the environmental impacts of transit as a component of the NJ Global Warming Solutions plan.

The New Jersey Climate Adaptation Alliance, a collaboration of the Bloustein School’s National Center for Neighborhood and Brownfields Redevelopment and SEBS, is the recipient of a two-year award in the amount of $400,000 from The Kresge Foundation. The funding from The Kresge Foundation will help NJCAA develop a set of state and local climate change preparedness public policy recommendations and establish a model process for development of state-level climate change policy that may be replicable outside of New Jersey. The development of these recommendations will also facilitate emerging innovative projects and partnerships with a focus on developing and implementing projects that address key gaps in climate change preparedness. Scientists and subject area experts from throughout New Jersey will be asked to review written materials for public distribution and forums will be established to consult with stakeholders to better understand their needs and potential effective strategies for climate change preparedness. More about the award

The Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, awarded a $14.3 million Health Care Innovation Award to a New Jersey consortium directed by Joel C. Cantor, director of the Rutgers Center for State Health Policy. 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.

It was recently announced that the National Transit Institute (NTI) is the recipient of an additional $4 million in federal funding to continue to provide training, education, and clearinghouse services in support of public transportation and quality of life for the entire nation.  NTI’s total funding to date now exceeds $80 million in its 20-year history.

Bloustein PhD grad and adjunct faculty member Wansoo Im, currently the principal at Vertices, LLC, a company which does GIS consulting and interactive mapping, was instrumental in the founding of IMSOCIO, a group created to encourage the academic progress of Hispanic high school students in the Franklin Township area by providing support and resources needed to progress to higher education. With Dr. Im’s assistance, the IMSOCIO students created an interactive community map that pinpointed the location of gas stations in the northern New Jersey and New York areas during the gasoline shortage immediately following Hurricane Sandy that alerted residents to their status. The project was featured in The Huffington Post.

Peter Norton, a historian of technology at the University of Virginia, presented the 2012 Alan M. Voorhees Distinguished Lecture, Fighting Traffic: The Dawn of the Motor Age in the American City, noting that the motor age came to the city only after a tumultuous struggle between pedestrians, parents, auto clubs, street railways and other groups that competed over different ideas about what streets are for.

Dean James Hughes and University Professor Joseph Seneca, along with Gil Medina, executive managing director of Cushman & Wakefield and Jose Cruz, Senior Managing Director for Holliday Fenoglio Fowler, LP, expressed cautious optimism for a continued modest economic and real estate market and investment recovery at the Real Estate Development and Economic Summit presented at the start of the academic year.  While noting that slow growth will be the global norm and that this will have profound implications on the state’s tax revenues, we also discussed how the shift of the state’s economic base from a manufacturing to a service economy will have implications on how much of the state’s office real estate is being occupied and that there increased investor interest in commercial real estate properties. Read a summary of the event


Tuesday, February 12, 6:30 p.m., Special Events Forum
Grow a Garden Movement in New Brunswick: Film Showing of URBAN ROOTS
Take the first step toward helping grow a garden movement in New Brunswick by attending the Agriculture Workgroup’s movie night. We will be showing the movie Urban Roots, a documentary about a community trying to revitalize Detroit neighborhoods with urban agriculture. Urban Roots is a documentary about a community trying to revitalize Detroit neighborhoods with urban agriculture. RSVP requested,

Wednesday, February 27, 5:00 p.m., Special Events Forum
Isadore Candeub Memorial Lecture in Planning

Ralph Buehler, an Assistant Professor of Urban Affairs and Planning and a Faculty Fellow with the Metropolitan Institute at Virginia Tech will present the Bloustein School’s annual Isadore Candeub Memorial Lecture in Planning on Wednesday, February 27, 2013 at 5:00 p.m. This year’s lecture will be “Making Urban Transport Sustainable: Comparison of Germany and the U.S.”  The annual Isadore Candeub Memorial Lecture was established in the memory of Isadore Candeub in tribute to his long and successful career as a planning consultant and to his extraordinary dedication to planning in towns, cities and regions across America.The lecture will be held at the Special Events Forum, Civic Square Building, 33 Livingston Avenue, New Brunswick, NJ. A reception will follow the lecture. Please RSVP by Tuesday, February 19 by e-mail to by phone to 848-932-2733. Read more

Thursday, February 28, 8:00 a.m., Special Events Forum
Fifth Annual Krueckeberg Doctoral Conference

With the growing recognition of the Bloustein School as a major contributor to urban, planning, and policy studies, the Krueckeberg Conference has grown into a showcase of some of the most unique and forward-thinking research in the discipline. In addition to highlighting the best arguments and the most distinct voices in the Bloustein School's doctoral program, in recent years the conference has expaned to include doctoral candidates in planning and public policy from other schools. This year's conference includes participants from the University of Delaware, Rutgers-Camden, Cornell University, Temple University, The New School, John Jay College of Criminal Justice, New York University, and Columbia University. Complete agenda for the day available online.

Monday, March 18, 8:30 a.m., Cook Campus Center, Rutgers University
Health in All Policies (HIAP): A Workshop for New Jersey

HIAP is an approach to policy development that builds consideration of public health impacts into decision-making in "non-health" policy areas such as transportation, housing, environment, energy and economic development. Choices made by "non-health" decision-makers, whether at the state or local, level and in both the public and private sector, have tangible impacts on the health of citizens. HIAP convenes diverse partners from various policy areas to consider how their decisions influence health and to identify strategies to adjust decision-making to yield positive health outcomes. Developed in partnership with state and federal agencies, this workshop will serve as an important educational and training opportunity for local public health officers, planners, community organizers and state and local decisionmakers in New Jersey. The audience for this workshop includes participants of the standing committees that are part of the TOGETHER NORTH JERSEY initiative, local public health officers in New Jersey, local planners in New Jersey, state and local elected officials and decision-makers, community based organizations and other interested individuals and organizations. Visit the event website for more information or to register.

Tuesday, March 19-Wednesday, March 20
In-depth Introduction to Electricity Markets

The Bloustein School will be offering a professional short course, In-depth Introduction to Electricity Markets, through the Rutgers University Division of Continuing Studies on Tuesday, March 19 and Wednesday, March 20, 2013. This two-day course will be presented by Bloustein associate research professor Frank Felder and  will coincide with the Rutgers University spring break. It is open to government and non-profit sector employees for a discounted rate as well as open to members of the public. 1.5 continuing education units (CEUs) will be given upon successful completion of the course. Visit the Continuing Studies website for more information or to register for the course.

Tuesday, April 2, 8:00 a.m.
Admitted Graduate Student Open House

Wednesday, April 3, 5:00 p.m., Special Events Forum
Robert A. Catlin Memorial Lecture

Bloustein School professor Meredeth Turshen, whose research interests include women’s health and armed conflict, will present the school's annual Robert A. Catlin Memorial Lecture on Wednesday, April 3, 2013 at 5:00 p.m. This year's lecture will be "Race Relations, Gender, and Violence in the Congo." The Robert A. Catlin Memorial Lecture honors the legacy of Robert A. Catlin, Bloustein School professor, who died in July 2004. The lecture will be held at the Special Events Forum, Civic Square Building, 33 Livingston Avenue, New Brunswick, NJ. A reception will follow the lecture. Please RSVP by Tuesday, March 26 by e-mail to or by phone to 848-932-2733. Read more

Saturday, April 27, 9:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m., College Avenue Campus

We hope to see you on the Voorhees Mall!

Sunday, May 19, 12:30 p.m., High Point Solutions Stadium
Rutgers University Commencement


View the complete Bloustein School events calendar online!