Robert Curvin Joins EJB as Distinguished Senior Policy Fellow
A world-renowned expert on urban politics, economic development and social policy, Dr. Robert Curvin joined the Bloustein School in February as a Distinguished Senior Policy Fellow. He will present major lectures and take part in regularly scheduled graduate and undergraduate courses and seminars, sharing his vast experience and knowledge on public policy issues and concerns, especially in urban issues, issues of quality and equity, and philanthropy.
His first public lecture, “Urban Decline, Rebellion, and Resurgence: A Comment on Newark,” is scheduled for February 21 at 5:30 p.m. in the Special Events Forum. It is part of a series of events this year at the school reflecting back upon the 1967 Newark Disturbances and the resulting Governor’s Select Commission on Civil Disorders, better known as the Lilley Commission.
Dr. Curvin has been widely published on issues of urban politics, economic development and social policy. A former member of The New York Times editorial board and a Rutgers graduate, Dr. Curvin serves as an organizational development and urban policy consultant to the business and nonprofit communities. He chairs the board of the Fund for the City of New York, and serves on the boards of Humanity in Action, the Economic Mobility Corporation, and the Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt Institute. He served previously with the Ford Foundation as vice president for communications; Dean of the Graduate School of Management and Urban Professions, at the New School for Social Research; director of the Rutgers Community Action Training Program; and as a caseworker and supervisor with the Essex County Welfare Board.
Dr. Curvin received his BA from Rutgers, his MSW from the Rutgers Graduate School of Social Work and his PhD in politics from Princeton University.
Clint Andrews Shares $1.8 Million Grant for Sustainable Design Study
The National Science Foundation awarded Associate Professor Clint Andrews and Uta Krogmann of Cook College’s School of Environmental and Biological Sciences a $1.8 million grant for their project on Self-Sufficient Urban Buildings. The project will combine field- and simulation-based studies to investigate the possibilities for achieving sustainable design with energy and water systems in urban buildings.
Profesor Andrews was also appointed by the university to serve on a leadership group for a new Coordinating Council on Climate and Energy. The council will help coordinate the wide range of existing and future initiatives related to research, public service, education, and fundraising around energy and climate initiatives at Rutgers.
Hopewell Township provided $10,000 for his assistance to the township environmental commission.
Jagannathan, Nikpour, Buehler Win 2007 Jeremy Rose Teaching Excellence Awards
The 2007 Jeremy Rose Teaching Excellence Awards were presented to Associate Professor Radha Jagannathan (Faculty), Fereydoun Nikpour (Parttime Faculty) and Ralph Buehler (Teaching Assistant.) The awards are based on nominations in the three categories that are submitted to a committee consisting of past winners and representatives from the graduate and undergraduate programs.
Cliff Zukin Named Director of Public Policy
Professor Cliff Zukin in January became Director of the Public Policy Program. Dr. Zukin recently joined the John J. Heldrich Center for Workforce Development and assisted NBC with exit poll analysis during the Super Tuesday presidential nominating primaries. He is rthe immediate past President of the American Association for Public Opinion Research.
University Professor Norm Glickman with Rutgers
freshmen (from left) Rebecca Davoudian, Laura Reans,
Diana Won and Anthony Barnett
Assistant Professor Kathe Newman took part in a new Rutgers program for incoming freshman, leading a first-year seminar to familiarize a select group of students with the university's research agenda. Newman led the students on a tour of Harlem and, joined by University Professor Norm Glickman, a tour of Coney Island where Newman discussed her research into gentrification in New York City.
Faculty Fellow Stuart Meck took part in a symposium at Princeton University marking the 25th anniversary of the New Jersey Supreme Court's Mt. Laurel ruling regarding municipal obligations to provide affordable housing. In addition, the Journal of Planning History published a paper Meck co-authored with Auburn University Assistant Professor Rebecca Retzlaff regarding a landmark New York state court decision that helped launch smart growth policy.
The U.S Treasury Department has funded two projects initiated by Assistant Professor Julia Sass Rubin. Professor Rubin serves as Principal Investigator on a research team awarded $100,000 for a study entitled Assessing Community Development Loan Funds' Systemic Impacts. The Treasury Department also awarded her a $45,000 grant for a study on Community Development Venture Capital in Rural Communities.