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2010-2011


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Friday, September 9
Naming Ceremony for the Ralph W. Voorhees Center for Civic Engagement
10:00 a.m., Special Events Forum

Monday, September 12
Ruth Ellen Steinman and Edward J. Bloustein Memorial Lecture
“Ground Zero Ten Years Later: What Have We Wrought?”
4:00 p.m., Special Events Forum

Paul Goldberger, Pulitzer Prize-winning architecture critic and writer for The New Yorker magazine, will present the Ruth Ellen Steinman and Edward J. Bloustein Memorial Lecture “Ground Zero Ten Years Later: What Have We Wrought?” on Monday, September 12, 2011. Angus K. Gillespie, Professor of American Studies at Rutgers University and author of Twin Towers: The Life of New York City’s Trade Center, will provide an introduction of Mr. Goldberger. Read more   

The lecture is free and open to the public. Reservations are requested by September 2 to Amy Cobb by phone, 732.932.5475, ext. 638; or e-mail, cobba@rutgers.edu.

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Wednesday, September 15
Alumni/Student mixer in New Brunswick

Sunday, September 18

Raritan River Fall Float


Tuesday, September 20
Alumni panel discussion—Transportation

Thursday, September 22
Faculty research presentation "Transportation and Homeland Security with a New Jersey Focus"

Monday, September 26
Alumnus of the Year Reception
5:30-7:30 p.m., Trenton Marriott, Trenton, NJ
The Edward J. Bloustein School Alumni Association takes great pleasure in honoring Robert Sommer as the 2011 Alumnus of the Year. Robert Sommer, graduate of the Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy and an Eagleton Fellow, is a prominent figure in business, politics and public affairs in New Jersey. He is currently President of Rock Entertainment Management.

Tickets are required for this event. Visit our registration page for more information.

 

Friday, July 8
Month 25 of Economic Recovery: Where are we and where are we going?

New Jersey League of Municipalities Educational Foundation

8:30 a.m.

Special Events Forum
This half-day program, sponsored by the New Jersey League of Municipalities Educational Foundation, will examine the recovery from the Great Recession from national, New York regional and New Jersey perspectives and explore the statewide and local fiscal impacts and how we do business going forward. The focus audience is mayors and elected officials at all levels of government and corporate/business leaders interested in hearing the latest on the state of the economy.

Bloustein Dean James W. Hughes will moderate the morning panel on the economic outlook, and Dr. Henry Coleman, Professor of Public Policy at the Bloustein School will moderate the afternoon fiscal outlook panel.

CEUS: CMFO/CCFO-3.0 Office Management and Advisory Services, CTC-3.0 General/Secondary, RMC-3.0 Professional Development. Cost is $40.00 per registrant

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Monday, June 20

NJ Forcloseure Task Force Summit

8:45 a.m.
Special Events Forum

The Rutgers Community Research Initiative will be hosting a New Jersey Foreclosure Taskforce Summit to bring people together from across New Jersey to share information, build networks, and to increase the capacity to address the foreclosure crisis.

Registation is free. Please RSVP by Friday, June 10th to katedavster@gmail.com.

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Thursday, June 16

Sustainable Raritan River Conference

8:00 a.m.
Cook Campus Center, 59 Biel Road, New Brunswick
The Third Annual Sustainable Raritan River Conference includes a full day of workshops and interactive discussions on creating economic value from ecological assets. It will focus on redevelopment, remediation, restoration and protection of the Raritan River and is especially designed for municipal leaders, business leaders, county officials, non-profit organizations, state and federal government officials, environmental commissions, and civic-minded residents of all 99 Raritan River Watershed municipalities. Continuing education credits available. Register now and be part of the future planning of the Raritan River region.

Judith Enck, Region II Administrator for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, will give a lunchtime keynote presentation. Anthony Sblendorio of Ecological is an expert on sustainability action plans who will be speaking on the benefits of linking built and natural environments to maximize benefits from both. New Brunswick Mayor James Cahill will provide an update on recent changes in the “Hub City” including the new boat dock at New Brunswick Landing. Gerry Scharfenberger, director of the New Jersey Office of Planning Advocacy, will also be on hand to provide comments. Six concurrent sessions on topics including development and redevelopment, legal issues, habitat and landscape, water quality, planning, restoration, and pollution prevention will be held during both the morning and afternoon sessions.

A post-conference workshop presented by Trout Unlimited and Efinger Sports, “Fish the Raritan: Fly-Casting Clinic” will also be held from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.

 

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Tuesday, June 14

Film Screening "Rescuing a River: The Raritan"

6:45 p.m.
Metuchen Forum Theater, 314 Main Street, Metuchen, NJ

The Sustainable Raritan River Initiative, Bloustein School, Rutgers University; the Edison Wetlands Association and Bayshore Recycling Corp. have joined to premiere the new NJN hour-long documentary, "Rescuing a River: The Raritan" on Tuesday, June 14 at 6:45 p.m. at the Metuchen Forum Theater, 314 Main Street, Metuchen, NJ.

The documentary is part of an incredible trend of renewed focus on the Raritan River, often called New Jersey’s Queen of Rivers. It traces the incredible transformation of the Raritan River – the longest river solely in New Jersey — from a toxic witches brew into a wildlife sanctuary beloved to fishermen, crabbers, and boaters. Where once smokestacks lined the shores, spewing poisonous clouds into the sky, now bald eagles, peregrine falcons and ospreys soar above.

Doors open at 6 PM, and the show will start at 6:45 PM. Author David Wheeler will precede the screening with a dramatic reading and book signing for the popular new book, “Wild New Jersey: Nature Adventures in the Garden State.” EWA Executive Director Robert Spiegel and NJN film producer Eric Schultz, an award-winning producer and director of arts and cultural programming, a regular contributor to State of the Arts, and the recipient of seven Mid-Atlantic Emmy Awards, will moderate a Q & A immediately following the film screening. Dr. Judy Shaw, Director of the Sustainable Raritan River Initiative at Rutgers, and Valerie Montecalvo, President of Bayshore Recycling Corp. will participate in a discussion following.

Seating is limited, so please reserve your ticket by calling (732) 321-1300 or via email at EWAinfo@edisonwetlands.org.

 

Sunday, June 12

Second Annual Raritan River Float

8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

DONATION: $10.00 PER PERSON
Bring your own canoe or kayak to the Rutgers Boat Dock at Boyd Park, New Brunswick to experience a gentle 5.7-mile float that travels through some amazing areas – including a small turn up the Lawrence Brook – before disembarking at Buchanan Park in Sayreville.

 

This is a “bring your own” event. One and two-person kayaks and canoes permitted. No motorized craft. ALL participants must bring and wear a U.S. Coast Guard approved lifejacket or Personal Flotation Device (PFD), in good and serviceable condition and of appropriate size for the intended user. Non-compliance will result in inability to participate. Space is limited. Pre-registration required through Friday June 10. In the event of heavy storms, lightning, or small craft advisories, the Float will be canceled and pre-registered participants will be notified.

Sponsored by the Sustainable Raritan River Initiative, Bloustein School, Rutgers University; NY/NJ Riverkeeper/Baykeeper; Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital; Middlesex Water; Middlesex County; New Brunswick; and Sayreville. Special thanks to our main sponsor PSEG.

8:00-8:45 a.m. Arrive at Boyd Park for check-in
9:00 a.m. Float begins!
12:00 noon Paddlers begin arriving at Buchanan Park, Sayreville
12:00-3:00 p.m. Picnic lunch, music, and booths by participating local organizations
3:00-5:00 p.m. Vans return paddlers to Boyd Park

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Wednesday, May 25

NJ Economic Policy Summit: Presentation of CEO Survey on State's Business Climate

8:30 - 11:30 a.m.

The C-Suite Partnership will present the findings of its fourth annual C-Suite Survey of New Jersey CEOs. The benchmark survey will reveal what progress they believe has been made in the state's efforts to make New Jersey a better place for business.

The featured speakers will be James W. Hughes, Dean of the Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning & Public Policy at Rutgers University, who will present the survey findings; New Jersey Lt. Gov. Kim Guadango; and a panel of four private-industry executives who will discuss the survey findings and present their views on the state's business climate.

The C-Suite partners are the New Jersey Business & Industry Association; The Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy at Rutgers University; and Cushman & Wakefield, Inc.,

 

Registration is required. The cost is $45 per person for NJBIA members and $60 for nonmembers. For more information, contact Sherry Esteves at 609-393-7707, ext. 219.

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Sunday, May 15

Rutgers University Commencement

Rutgers Stadium, Busch Campus
10:00 a.m.
Commencement Speaker: Toni Morrison, one of the most influential writers in American literary history, will address graduates at the 2011 Commencement and receive an honorary Doctor of Letters degree.

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Sunday, May 15

Edward J. Bloustein School Graduate Convocation

Nicholas Music Center, Douglass Campus

Convocation speaker: Chris Daggett, former NJ independent gubernatorial candidate and former regional administrator for the US EPA and former NJ Department of Environmental Protection Commissioner.

 

Please note that this is a ticketed event for to Master's and Ph.D graduates of the Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy, their family and friends, and faculty and staff of the Bloustein School.

 

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Thursday, May 12
Benjamin Todd Jealous, President and Chief Executive Officer of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People
The Education Reform Our Public Schools and Students Need

3:30 p.m.
Benjamin Todd Jealous, President and Chief Executive Officer of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People will address the NAACP's blueprint on what we need to improve our nation's public schools to ensure equity for all students.

To attend the lecture, which is free and open to the public, please RSVP to Renee Gormley at Rutgers University. Space is limited, and RSVP is necessary.

Following the lecture, Education Law Center is hosting a wine and food tasting reception where Mr. Jealous and the New Jersey State Conference of NAACP will receive the Education Justice Award for their outstanding service and commitment to advancing equal opportunity.

Sponsored by the National Institute for Early Education Research, the Education Law Center, and the Bloustein School.

 


Friday, April 29

New Jersey Youth Development Forum

Innovations in Youth Development

10:00 a.m. - 2:45 p.m.

It is an unfortunate reality that many young people will process through the juvenile justice system. The question is what can we do for them while they are part of the system through literacy, job training and then post incarceration reentry efforts. Can new directions such as restorative justice play a role in helping young people build productive lives while helping contribute to the same communities they once committed crime? This forum looks at some best efforts in youth development in the context of the juvenile justice system.

The New Jersey Youth Development Forum (YDF) is 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 as network and share information; and to 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 Bloustein School, the School of Criminal Justice at Rutgers University, the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton University, and the Juvenile Justice Commission.

 

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Saturday, April 30

 

Rutgers Day

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Bloustein School, the Bloustein Public Service Association, and Team New Jersey's Solar Decathlon Team will be at RUTGERS DAY! Come visit the groups at the VOORHEES MALL on the College Avenue Campus (Seminary Place) from 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.! Team New Jersey will have information about ENJOY!: A Generation House, New Jersey's entry in to the U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon 2011, which will begin construction in early May.

 

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Tuesday, May 3

Edward J. Bloustein School Undergraduate Baccalaureate Recognition Ceremony

This is an invite-only event for undergraduate majors of the Edward J. Bloustein School and faculty and staff of the Bloustein School.


Wednesday, April 27

R/ECON Spring 2011 Conference

Outlook for the Regional Economy

10:00 a.m. - 12:00 noon

The Rutgers Economic Advisory Service (R/ECON) will hold its spring 2011 Conference on Wednesday April 27, highlighting the Outlook for the Regional Economy. Dean James Hughes and R/ECON director Nancy Mantell will begin the conference by presenting the R/ECON™ short-term forecast for New Jersey’s economy. It will continue with a presentation on recent and promising initiatives in business development in the state by Caren Franzini, CEO of the New Jersey Economic Development Authority. A discussion period will follow the formal presentations.

Free and open to the public. RSVP requested by Wednesday, April 20 to Marcia Hannigan or 732-932-5475, ext. 758.

 

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2010-11 Bloustein Colloquium Speaker Series
The Bloustein Speaker Series was introduced in 2009 to provide a forum for students and faculty at the Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy to engage with people from outside the department and from outside Rutgers University. It is committed to providing a diverse array of ideas, and to that end we attempt to bring in both academics and practitioners whose fields of research and work will expand and enrich the education of students at every level of study.

Presented by the Rutgers Association of Policy and Planning Students (RAPPS) in partnership with the Rutgers University History department, the Speaker Series receives financial support from the Graduate Student Association. The engagements are open to the public and students, faculty, staff, and those working in the community to are encouraged to attend. The Bloustein Speaker Series lectures will be held on Thursdays at 4:30 p.m. in room 113 at the Bloustein School's Civic Square Building in New Brunswick unless otherwise noted. The talks sponsored by the History Department begin at 4:30 pm and will be held in room 301 of Van Dyck Hall.

 

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PhD Lunchtime Pizza Colloquium Series
The 2010-11 PhD Lunchtime Pizza Colloquim is open to PhD students at the Bloustein School and Bloustein School faculty and staff ONLY. It is presented by the Bloustein School PhD program.

 

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Monday, April 25

Development in Today's Housing Market

George Vallone, Principal, Hoboken Brownstone Company
6:10 p.m. - 8:40 p.m, Room 113, CSB
George Vallone, Principal of Hoboken Brownstone Company, has a long career in development and is now emphasizing green building. He recently was presented a 2010 Governor's New Jersey Environmental Excellence Award for efforts to transform a 7-acre brownfield site in Jersey City into a sustainable urban mixed-use community utilizing energy-efficient building science. Mr. Vallone is also the President of Our House Inc., a non-profit organization that builds and operates housing for the developmentally disabled. He is an active member of the Rutgers Graduate School of Business where he serves on the Financial Advisory Committee to coordinate opportunities for graduate business students to participate in company sponsored internships and mentoring positions. Mr. vhas spoken all over the country on financial topics, entrepreneurship, and Brownfield redevelopment topics.

This event is free and open to the public.


Monday, April 18

Food, Economic Development, and Land Use

Panel discussion

2:30 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
The emerging field of food systems planning exposes tensions inherent in urban and regional planning. At a municipal and regional level, a food system represents where and how foods are produced, processed, distributed, consumed and disposed of. Planning decisions related to the food system have social, environmental, and economic implications. This panel will explore the intersections of land use decisions and economic development initiatives with food.

 

Panelists include Brian Lang, Associate Director, The Food Trust; Jaymie Santiago, Program Coordinator, New Brunswick Community Farmer’s Market; Theresa Viggiano, Founder, First Field; and Margaret Waldock, Executive Director, Hunterdon Land Trust. This event is being hosted by the Bloustein School’s graduate planning seminar - Community Participation, Neighborhood Planning, and Food. Free and open to the public.

 

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Tuesday, April 19

Foundation for Child Development Lecture Series

THIS EVENT HAS BEEN CANCELLED

Dr. Robert Pianta, Dean, Curry School of Education, University of Virginia
Improving Impacts of Classrooms: Professional Development and Classroom Observation

Dean Pianta and his education research team have proven what it takes to build better teachers by developing a system to both assess and improve a teachers effectiveness in the classroom. The Classroom Assessment Scoring System (CLASS) is an observational measure that has been tested and proven effective in several large national studies and is being utilized by every Head Start program in the country to assess teacher effectiveness and quality. In Piantas recommendations to the Obama Presidential Transition Team for public education, he wrote, Good teachers are key. If we want to improve our students learning, we need to improve the quality of teachers and of teaching.

This is an interdisciplinary discussion series of early education policy issues, “The Role of Pre-K–3rd Systems Development in Education Reform: Unpacking the Black Boxes of Human and Social Capital.” The series explores the role families, educational institutions, and communities play in fostering social capital to improve educational outcomes for socioeconomically disadvantaged children. These lectures are funded by the Foundation for Child Development and sponsored by the Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy and the National Institute for Early Education Research at Rutgers University.

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Wednesday, April 13

Forum on Haiti
1:00–5:00 p.m.

The Bloustein School will be presenting a forum on humanitarian assistance given to the victims of the earthquake in Haiti. Speakers include Professor Meredeth Turshen and Nicole Lee, president of TransAfrica Forum. Ms. Lee is the first female president of TransAfrica Forum, an organization which promotes justice and progress for the international African community. She has testified before Congress on the issues of aid and food security for the African continent, and regularly briefs policymakers on key issues facing the Africa world. She is also an expert on Haiti and the African Diaspora, having appeared on ABC’s 20/20, CNN’s Anderson Cooper 360, National Public Radio, BBC television and radio, Democracy Now and numerous radio stations around the globe. Her opinion editorials have been published in The Nation, Tom Paine, and theroot.com, and she is a weekly op-ed contributor to the National Newspapers Publishers’ Association wire service which serves more than 200 newspapers weekly.

 

The event will also include a showing of Poto Mitan, a documentary about Haitian women, and a discussion with the film's co-producer/co-director/director of photography/editor, Renee Bergan.

 

This event is sponsored by the Bloustein School, the Department of French, Global Initiatives, Douglas Residential College, and IDIG.

 

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Thursday, April 14

Annual Robert A. Catlin Memorial Lecture

Planning for Justice: Civil Rights, Black Power, and the Reconstruction of the City
Thomas J. Sugrue, David Boies Professor of History and Sociology, University of Pennsylvania

The Bloustein School will hold the sixth annual Robert A. Catlin Memorial Lecture in the Special Events Forum. Thomas J. Sugrue, the David Boies Professor of History and Sociology at the University of Pennsylvania, is a specialist in twentieth-century American politics, urban history, civil rights, and race. He is author of several books, including The Origins of the Urban Crisis, which won the Bancroft Prize, and Sweet Land of Liberty: The Forgotten Struggle for Civil Rights in the North, a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize in History.

 

The lecture series was established as a tribute to Professor Robert A. Catlin, Bloustein School faculty member, who passed away in July 2004. The lecture, and the reception that follows, is free and open to the public but registration is requested by Wednesday, April 6 to Amy Cobb.

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Monday, April 11

Bloustein Social Mixer at Lir, 7:00 p.m.

American Planning Association National Planning Conference: Boston (APA)

APA will hold the 2011 National Planning Conference April 9-12 in Boston at the Hynes Convention Center. Stop by and say hello to other Bloustein faculty, alumni, and students in attendance at the Bloustein social mixer at Lir, 903 Boyleston Street, Boston — right across the street from the Hynes Convention Center, site of the APA conference. Gathering wil begin at approximately 7:00 p.m.

 

Friday, April 1

New Urbanism in Communities of Color

Lee Edgecomb, Principal, The Edgecombe Group, Hyattsville, Maryland

8:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.
Lee Edgecomb AICP, AIA, is an architect, urban planner and urban designer who teaches in the Bloustein Online Continuing Education Program. He will discuss how the planning model of New Urbanism is being used in communities of color. Mr. Edgecombe is the principal of The Edgecombe Group, Inc., a consulting Architectural, Landscape Architectural, and Urban Design Studio located in Hyattsville, MD. He has written various articles published by the American Planning Association's, Urban Design and Preservation Division focusing on Defensible Space Design and Anti-Terror mechanisms. His professional experience involves defensible space design for military installations, public schools, public housing authorities, inner-city redevelopment programs, various governmental agencies, and utility companies. Organized by the APA - Planners for Ethnic and Cultural Diversity Committee. Free and open to the public.

Tuesday, March 29

The Restoration of the Grand Mosque of Sanaa
Kamal Haglan, architect and deputy team leader of The Social Fund for Development in Yemen Restoration Project

5:00 p.m.

Kamal Haglan is the chief architect for the restoration project, and deputy team leader of The Social Fund for Development. He is also a former Humphrey Fellow (2005-06) at Rutgers. He holds a Diploma in Cultural Heritage, Housing and Urban Revitilization in Yemen, from the Institue for Housing and Urban Development Studies in Rotterdam, Netherlands, as well as Masters degrees in Architecture/Housing Studies from the University of Newcastle Upon Tyne, UK and Architecture and Town Planing from the Technical University of Silesian, Poland.

 

The Social Development Fund's major function is to proactively contribute in implementing the government's economic and social plans by means of increasing access for individuals, households, micro-enterprises, communities, the poor and low-income groups to employment, production and social services. The SFD aims at providing with development opportunities to the poor using and promoting innovatively participatory approaches in delivering basic economic and social services.

Cosponsored by the Bloustein School, the Center for Middle Eastern Studies, and the Program in Cultural Heritage and Preservation Studies. Part of the 2010-11 Ecologies in the Balance? The way forward lecture series.

 

Media posting— Yemen: Two profiles in talent and leadership: Nadwa al-Dawsari and Kamal Haglan



Thursday, March 17

Foundation for Child Development Lecture Series
Dr. Gene Garcia, Vice President for University-School Partnerships, Arizona State University

Latino Early Learning Circumstances and Opportunities

This is an interdisciplinary discussion series of early education policy issues, “The Role of Pre-K–3rd Systems Development in Education Reform: Unpacking the Black Boxes of Human and Social Capital.” The series explores the role families, educational institutions, and communities play in fostering social capital to improve educational outcomes for socioeconomically disadvantaged children. These lectures are funded by the Foundation for Child Development and sponsored by the Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy and the National Institute for Early Education Research at Rutgers University.
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Saturday, March 12
Town Hall Meeting: Improving Economic Development Outcomes in New Jersey’s African American Community
Cook Student Center, 59 Biel Road, New Brunswick, NJ

9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

The New Jersey African American Chamber of Commerce, in conjunction with the Bloustein School, will be holding a Town Hall Discussion on the state of Black New Jersey. Bloustein Professor Roland Anglin will be among the participants. Admission is free but registration is requested.

 

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Thursday, March 10

Third Annual Krueckeberg Doctoral Conference in Planning and Public Policy

9:00 a.m.–5:30 p.m.

The annual Krueckeberg Doctoral Conference is the keystone event of the Doctoral Program in Planning and Public Policy. The all-day conference commemorates Professor Don Krueckeberg's enduring contributions to the doctoral program and highlights research by current doctoral students. Born in Mishawaka, Indiana, on August 31, 1938, Professor Krueckeberg left a notable legacy in his work, service, and family. As Professor and Associate Dean for Master’s and Professional Programs at the Bloustein School, Dr. Krueckeberg edited academic journals, served as President of the Association of Collegiate Schools of Planning, was elected to the College of Fellows of the American Institute of Certified Planners, and authored texts considered pathbreaking in their fields.

In 2011, twenty students will report on dissertation research spanning a broad range of topics in planning and public policy, including this years topics of policy and decision-making, infrastructure policy and planning, community and economic development, and political and organizational dynamics. The event includes lunch and a keynote lecture, “A Field Guide to Inequality” by Professor Naa Oyo A. Kwate, Associate Professor in the Rutgers University Department of Human Ecology.

 

This is an opportunity to participate in the intellectual and professional life of the doctoral program and the Bloustein School, to hear about current research, to meet doctoral students across cohorts, and to engage with our academic community.

 

Free and open to the public; no RSVP required.

 

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Tuesday, February 22

Foundation for Child Development Lecture Series

Dr. Jacqueline Jones, Senior Advisor to the Secretary for Early Learning, U.S. Department of Education

Early Learning at the U.S. Department of Education and Its Impact on Human and Social Capital

In the last twenty-five months, the President has continued his commitment to improving the quality of early learning programs and achieving more robust outcomes for young children. The Department has adopted a P-12 educational reform agenda that integrates early learning in high-profile programs and in the reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act. This provides a unique opportunity to impact outcomes for young children and their teachers, as well as build cooperative relationships and positive interactions between children, educators, families and other community members.
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Lecture Series on Transporatation Management: Vulnerability, Risk, and Security

7:00 p.m., Room 113, Civic Square Building
The Bloustein School is presenting a speaker series on Transportation Management: Vulnerability, Risk, and Security beginning in February. The lectures will be held at 7:00 p.m. in CSB 113.

Thursday, February 10 — Tayfur Altiok, Professor of Industrial and Systems Engineering, Rutgers University; Director, Laboratory for Port Security, Center for Advanced Infrastructure and Technology
Dr. Altiok is a professor of Industrial and Systems Engineering at Rutgers University and Director of Director, Laboratory for Port Security (LPS), in cooperation with the Center for Advanced Infrastructure and Transportation (CAIT). He will lecture on maritime transportation in ports and waterways. The lecture focuses on concepts surrounding risk assessment. Instigators, situations and consequences will be discussed. Qualitative/quantitative risk analysis, use of historical data, expert opinion and model based approaches will be covered. Maritime transportation incidents, concepts of waterway/port safety and security will be discussed and cases studies regarding maritime risks will be presented.
Thursday, February 17 — Paul Larrousse, Executive Director, National Transit Institute
Paul Larousse will present a program on transportation security, showing several NTI-produced training films. A discussion will follow. At NTI he has provided infrastructure support for the transit industry for twenty years. He started his career in bus operations in Wisconsin and quickly advanced into the field of safety and training.

Thursday, February 24 —Robert Noland, Professor at the Bloustein School and Director of the Voorhees Transportation Center will discuss “Transportation Climate Change;” Jon Carnegie, Executive Director of the Voorhees Transportation Center will talk about “Emergency Response and Evacuation Planning in Northern New Jersey;” and Ruth O’Hara Lyons, Transit Safety and Security Training Program Manager at the Federal Transit Agency will provide “Overview of FTA Safety and Security Programs.”

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Thursday, February 17 – Friday, February 18
2010-11 Ecologies in the Balance? The way forward— Caribbean Cityscapes

9:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.

The 2010-11 Ecologies in the Balance? The way forward lecture series will address new ways of living, working, connecting, and socializing that are emerging all over the world in response to changing ecologies. It will explore how today’s crises and challenges are understood and represented by diverse communities. The Bloustein School and the Department of Latino and Hispanic Caribbean Studies present an all day conference, "Caribbean Cityscapes," as part of the series.

"Caribbean Cityscapes" is a multi-disciplinary cultural event and academic conference focusing on the urban ecologies of the Caribbean. The event will begin at 5:00 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 17 at the Douglass Campus Center; the all-day conference on Friday, Feb. 18 will be held here at the Bloustein School, Civic Square Building. This two-day, multi-city event brings international experts and scholars to Rutgers to speak about how urban landscapes create a distinct experience for their inhabitants. Culture and society, architecture, environmental hazards, sustainability, preservation, political regimes, violence, security, and public education in Caribbean cities like Caracas, Santo Domingo, Havana, San Juan, Kingston, and Port-au-Prince will be the focus for panels and art exhibitions at Rutgers in New Brunswick.

 

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Friday, February 11
Cultural Planning Leadership Conference: Building, Growing, and Sustaining Creative Communities

8:30 a.m.–4:00 p.m.

Explore new ideas and opportunities for building, growing, and sustaining creative communities. Learn about best practices, creative financing, and other resources. Build connections with experienced and successful peers. Participants will also receive the "New Jersey Creative Communities Resource Guide, a guide to resources and solutions for building, growing, and sustaining creative communities and economies.

 

Presented by the Arts Build Communities initiative of the Professional Development Institute, Bloustein School with support from The Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation and the New Jersey State Council on the Arts. Registration required; cost is $50 per person and includes breakfast, lunch, the Creative Resource Guide, and the Creative Vitality Index. This event is open to the public but is highly recommended for elected officials, urban planners, cultural professionals, and community and economic development professionals and artists. AICP Certification Maintenance credits have been requested for this course.

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Wednesday, February 9

Solar Decathlon Design Charrette and Presentation of eNJoy! Solar House

Sen. Robert Menendez, (D-NJ)
2:00 p.m.–4:00 p.m.

Rutgers President Richard L. McCormick will provide opening remarks and Sen. Robert Menendez (D-NJ) will recognize eNJoy: A Generation House — Team New Jersey's inaugural entry in the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Solar Decathlon.

A finalist in the national collegiate competition, Team New Jersey – a collaboration of students, faculty and staff from Rutgers University and the New Jersey Institute of Technology – fortifies the state’s leadership role in residential solar energy development and the importance of this rapidly growing sector to its economic future. Students will present their solar-powered house design and its rationale. A panel of industry advisers and program sponsors, including Dr. Shihab Kuran, president & CEO, Petra Solar Inc.; Leo Argiris, principal, Arup Enterprises; and Ralph LaRossa, president and CEO, PSE&G, will comment on the design, describe their involvement with Team New Jersey and discuss the future direction of the solar and home building industries.

The DOE Solar Decathlon challenges 20 collegiate teams to design, build and operate solar-powered houses that are cost-effective, energy-efficient and attractive. The winner of the competition, to be held in Washington, D.C., in September, is the team that best blends affordability, consumer appeal and design excellence with optimal energy production and maximum efficiency. Team New Jersey is led by the multidisciplinary RU Center for Green Building at the Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy and the NJIT College of Architecture and Design. It benefits from close involvement and support of several of New Jersey’s leading solar power technology manufacturers, commercial home builders, energy and materials suppliers, and the state of New Jersey.

 

For more information, please contact Karyn Olsen, (732) 932-5475 x 762.

Tuesday, February 8

Alan M. Voorhees Distinguished Lecture

Building on Success: Strategies for Managing and Improving the Northeast Corridor
Joseph H. Boardman, President and Chief Executive Officer, Amtrak

5:00 p.m.

Mr. Boardman was appointed President and Chief Executive Officer by Amtrak’s Board of Directors, effective November 26, 2008. Amtrak operates approximately 300 passenger trains per day, serving more than 500 stations in 46 states over a 21,000-mile system. In FY08, Amtrak carried 28.7 million passengers, an all-time record.

Prior to his appointment, Mr. Boardman was a member of the Amtrak board of directors and had served as the U.S. Federal Railroad (FRA) Administrator, part of the U.S. Department of Transportation, where he was responsible for overseeing for managing comprehensive safety programs and regulatory initiatives; enforcement of FRA safety regulations; development and implementation of national freight and passenger rail policy; and oversight of diverse research and development activities in support of improved railroad safety.

Sponsored by the Alan M. Voorhees Transportation Center and the Bloustein School. A reception will follow the lecture. Please RSVP by Thursday, February 3 to Josephine Kam by phone at 732-932-6812 ext. 700 or by e-mail to jkam@ejb.rutgers.edu.
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Friday, December 10
Show Me Your Papers: A Forum on Relations Between Immigrants and Police
6:00 – 9:00 p.m.

Presented by ACLU-NJ and AFSC in conjunction with the Bloustein School
The tension between law enforcement and immigrants came to a head this year when Arizona gave local police officers broad powers to enforce federal immigration law. What rights protect immigrants in our state of New Jersey, especially with the police? We all have rights. Learn how to use them. This forum will cover:
• What rules and regulations New Jersey law enforcement must follow when it comes to asking people about immigration status.
• ”Secure Communities” – A new federal initiative requiring local law enforcement to share fingerprints with Immigration and Customs Enforcement. New Jersey does not participate yet, but Gov. Christie can sign off on it at any moment.
• “Know Your Rights” Training - What to do if you’re stopped by the police or arrested.
• “Immigrant Rights as Human Rights” – a keynote address on the basic treatment that all human beings deserve, delivered by Sunita Patel, Center for Constitutional Rights staff attorney, who works to end racial profiling and secure human and immigrant rights.

This event is presented by the American Civil Liberties Union of New Jersey (ACLU-NJ) and the American Friends Service Committee (AFSC) and endorsed by Angeles in Accion, Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund, Casa Esparanza, Casa Freehold, Center for Constitutional Rights, Central Jersey Coalition Against Endless War, Community Friends in Action, Hispanics New Jersey, Hunterdon Hispanics, Ironbound Community Corporation, Latin American Legal Defense and Education Fund, Latino Leadership Alliance of New Jersey, Lutheran Office of Governmental Ministry, Middlesex County Coalition for Immigrant Rights, New Jersey Immigration Policy Network, New Jersey Dream Act Coalition, New Jersey Forum for Human Rights, New Labor, Pax Christie, Social Responsibility Council, South Asian Americans Leading Together, Unidad Latinos in Accion, Unitarian Legislative Ministry of New Jersey, Unitarian Universalist Society of Ridgewood, Unity Square Partnership, and Wind of the Spirit

 

Free and open to the public. Includes professional Spanish translation.. RSVP is requested. Please contact : Darryl Scipio of the ACLU-NJ at 973.642.2086 or Chia-Chia Wang at AFSC at 973.643.1924.

 

Tuesday, December 7
Community Development Moving Forward: An Intergenerational Panel about the Future of Our Work
1:30 – 3:30 p.m.
Please join graduate students of the Bloustein School's community development program as they host an intergenerational panel about innovations wihing community development and the future of the field. Free and open to the public. RSVP is requested; if attending please RSVP to Kristin Randall.

 

Cosponsored by the Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy, the Housing and Community Development Network of New Jersey, the Young Community Development Professionals Association, and the Initiative for Community and Regional Transformation.

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Wednesday, December 1
Bruce Friedrich, PETA: A Case Study in Vegetarian Persuasion
6:00 – 7:00 p.m., Room 253, Civic Square Building
Bruce Friedrich of People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals will be speaking on the topic of vegetarianism. For further information about this event, please contact Dr. Jocelyn Crowley.

Friday, November 19
CONFERENCE: Responding to the Great Recession: Labor Market Policies in Europe and the U.S.

Roosevelt-Perkins Room (2nd Floor) John J. Heldrich Center for Workforce Development 30 Livingston Avenue New Brunswick, NJ

The Rutgers Center for European Studies and the John J. Heldrich Center for Workforce Development will bring together academics, policymakers, and journalists to compare and contrast strategies for helping workers and communities survive economic dislocations, with a special emphasis on European models of "flexicurity" — a strategy that strives to combine labor market flexibility with income security and an active labor market policy — and whether there are elements of such systems that can or should be adapted to help U.S. workers.

Many Americans have long derided European economies for their weak growth and high unemployment. However, during the Great Recession, as U.S. unemployment spiked, a number of European countries have managed to keep unemployment low and help workers cope with dislocation. Many see flexicurity as the key to these European successes. The flexicurity approach was pioneered in countries such as Denmark and is now promoted across Europe by the European Union. Are there elements of such systems that can or should be adapted to help U.S. workers?

Featured speakers will include: Xavier Prats Monné, Director for Employment Policy of the European Commission (Directorate-General Employment, Social Affairs and Equality of Opportunities); Per Kongshøj Madsen, Professor and Director of the Center for Labor Market Research (CARMA) at the Department of Economics, Politics and Administration, University of Aalborg, Denmark; Ambassador Jarl Frijs-Madsen, Denmark's Consul General in New York; Heather Boushey, Ph.D., Senior Economist, Center for American Progress, Washington, D.C.; and William M. Rodgers, III, Ph.D., Senior Economist, Heldrich Center for Workforce Development, Rutgers University.


Wednesday, November 10
2010-11 Global Initiatives Lecture Series: Ecologies in the Balance? The Way Forward

William Minter, Current Crisis in the Geopolitics of Petroleum

3:00 p.m., includes panel discussion

Dr. William Minter has been a writer, researcher, and activist since the mid-1960s, focusing particularly on southern Africa and international issues. He edits and produces the AfricaFocus website and the AfricaFocus Bulletin. He studied at the University of Ibadan in Nigeria in 1961-62 and taught in Tanzania and Mozambique at the secondary school of the Mozambique Liberation Front (FRELIMO) in 1966-68 and 1974-76. He holds a Ph.D. in sociology and a certificate in African studies from the University of Wisconsin at Madison.

 

Dr. Minter will talk about the current crisis in petroleum with a panel of Rutgers faculty, including David M. Hughes, Associate Professor of Human Ecology and Anthropology; Michael Santoro, Professor of Accounting, Business Ethics and Information Systems at Rutgers Business School; Hooshang Amirahmadi, Professor at the Bloustein School, and Mark Major, a PhD candidate from the Department of Political Science.

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Thursday-Friday, November 4-5

2010 New Jersey Planning Conference
Presented by the American Planning Association New Jersey Chapter

Hyatt Regency, New Brunswick, NJ

This two day event is New Jersey's premier conference for land use planning professionals in the state, county and local government, private practice, issue advocacy, as well as citizens that are interested in maintaining and improving a high quality of life for the residents of the state. The American Planning Association – New Jersey Chapter seeks to promote sustainable land use planning by providing this forum for New Jersey's planning community to share information about current legal, regulatory, policy and technological issues that inform and impact land use decision-making.

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Wednesday, November 3

Rutgers Economic Advisory Service Fall 2010 Subscriber Conference
Outlook for the Regional Economy

10:30 a.m.

Bloustein School Dean James Hughes and other school staff members will begin the conference by presenting the R/ECON™ short-term forecast for New Jersey’s economy. It will be followed by presentations about the residential real estate market by Patrick O’Keefe, Director of Economic Research at J.H. Cohn LLP, and on the commercial market by Gil Medina, Executive Managing Director of Cushman & Wakefield. A discussion period will follow the formal presentations.

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Thursday, October 28

Isadore Candeub Memorial Lecture in Planning
Harris Steinberg, On The Philly Waterfront: Lessons from a Post-Industrial City

7:30 p.m. (Reception to follow at 8:30 p.m.)

This year's annual Isadore Candeub Memorial Lecture in Planning will be given by Harris Steinberg, Executive Director of PennPraxis. This year's speaker will be Harris Steinberg, FAIA, the founding executive director of PennPraxis, the applied research arm of the School of Design at the University of Pennsylvania.  He is an adjunct assistant professor of city and regional planning at Penn where he currently leads a 2nd-year graduate planning studio on ecological infrastructure. The mission of PennPraxis is to foster faculty and student collaboration on real world projects across the five disciplines of the school: architecture, landscape architecture, city and regional planning, historic preservation and fine arts.   PennPraxis projects range from a plan for a biotechnology park in Grenada, Spain to a strategy for achieving shared prosperity for the Village of Arts and Humanities in North Philadelphia.

From 2006 through 2008, Harris led a public planning process for seven-miles of the central Delaware riverfront in Philadelphia.  The process, A Civic Vision for the Central Delaware, was established by executive order of Philadelphia Mayor John F. Street in October 2006 and was funded by the William Penn Foundation with support from the Knight Foundation and the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development.  Working in partnership with the Philadelphia City Planning Commission, the project included a 46-member advisory group drawn from the civic, government and business communities.  With the Penn Project on Civic Engagement, PennPraxis designed and implemented a citizen-driven planning process that engaged over 6000 Philadelphians in shaping the future of the waterfront.  The robust involvement of the press, including alternative media, ensured that the process remained open and transparent.  The Civic Vision has received numerous local, state and national awards including a 2009 Honor Award from the American Society of Landscape Architects, a 2008 Charter Award from the Congress for the New Urbanism and will receive a 2010 Honor Award from the American Institute of Architects at their national convention in June 2010.  The City of Philadelphia has embraced the Civic Vision and is using it as the basis for waterfront development.

Civic engagement is a hallmark of Harris’ work at PennPraxis.  Past projects include the award-winning 2003 Penn’s Landing Forums and 2005 Franklin Conference on School Design produced in partnership with the editorial board of the Philadelphia Inquirer and Penn’s Center for School Study Councils.  In 2005 and 2006 Praxis worked with the Philadelphia Daily News on the Slots and the City series which tested thephysical impact of casinos on the city.  In 2005, PennPraxis played a leading role in the design and facilitation of the National Summit on School Design convened by the American Architectural Foundation and the KnowledgeWorks Foundation at College Park, MD.

Harris received his Bachelor of Arts degree in history from the University of Pennsylvania and his Master of Architecture degree from Penn where he was awarded the Paul Phillipe Cret Prize for Architectural Design.  He was elected to the College of Fellows of the American Institute of Architects in 2006.   From 2001 to 2006, he served as a member of the Philadelphia Historical Commission.
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Tuesday, October 26
2010-11 Global Initiatives Lecture Series: Ecologies in the Balance? The Way Forward

Neil Stuart, From Cure to Enhancement: What is the Way Forward for Globally Sustainable Health Care?

4:00 p.m.

Would you like your health insurance to cover prescriptions for mood enhancement and sexual performance? A progressively larger part of health care is not about saving or extending life, but about helping people get more out of life. Many conditions that previously had simply been considered natural features of aging and human behavior have come to be seen as conditions that can be treated and medically managed. These developments are changing the implications of policy decision about universal healthcare provisions. Universal healthcare, in short, is not a binary policy issue. As questions grow about the sustainability of health spending in industrialized countries, more questions are asked about the boundaries of universal entitlement. 

As part of the 2010-11 Global Initiatives lecture series Ecologies in the Balance? The Way Forward, the Bloustein School will present a lecture by Neil Stuart, the former head of IBM’s Global Business Services’ Canadian health consulting practice, and currently Board Chair of Cancer Care Ontario, the province’s cancer agency, will explore these issues in this E.J. Bloustein School lecture.  Dr. Stuart co-authored “Healthcare 2015: Win-win or Lose-lose? A portrait and a path to successful transformation,” a report looking at the global future of health care and how it must transform to address the challenges of the decade ahead.

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Tuesday, October 19
CONFERENCE: What Mothers Want: Innovative Policies for the 21st Century Workplace

9:00 a.m.–12:45 p.m.
at the Roosevelt-Perkins Room (2nd Floor) John J. Heldrich Center for Workforce Development;

30 Livingston Avenue, New Brunswick, N.J.

The number of women with children under 18 in the paid labor force has increased dramatically over the past 50 years. In 1975, only 47% of these women were occupied in paid employment. However, by 2008, that number had risen to 71%. This soaring labor force participation, however, has not been without costs. Mothers have struggled to meet the needs of their employers as well as their families in a time-crunched, 24-hour economy. These issues have led both the private sector as well as the government to think more seriously about investing in policies to help, such as workplace flexibility initiatives and care-giving assistance.

Organized by Jocelyn Elise Crowley, Professor of Public Policy, Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy, Rutgers University and Valerie Young, National Association of Mothers’ Centers, this innovative conference brings academics and practitioners together for an exciting dialogue. Featured speakers include Ellen Galinsky, President and Co-Founder, Families and Work Institute; Pamela Stone, Professor of Sociology, Hunter College, CUNY; Tara Brettholtz, President, Mothers & More; Melissa Milkie, Professor of Sociology, University of Maryland; Dina Bakst, Co-President and Co-Founder of A Better Balance: The Work & Family Legal Center; and Kathleen Gerson, Professor of Sociology, New York University Cheli English-Figaro, Co-Founder, Mocha Moms, Inc.

Space is limited. Participation is free but registration is required. Click here to register.

 

EVENT CANCELLED—Tuesday, October 12
Senator Frank Lautenberg, (D-NJ), Homeland Security Issues and Direction

 

THIS EVENT HAS BEEN CANCELLED due to the Senator's need to be in Washington for discussions related to the cancellation of the ARC tunnel project.

 

Tuesday, October 5
Claude Gruen, Principal Economist, Gruen Gruen & Associates, New Urban Development: Looking Back to See Forward

4:00 p.m.

Civic Square Building Room 369

Dr. Claude Gruen, principal economist at Gruen Gruen and Associates, is an urban economist who specializes in the evaluation and implementation of real estate opportunities and trade offs. In his new book, New Urban Development: Looking Back to See Forward (Rutgers University Press 2010), Dr. Gruen traces how locally induced housing cost increases led federal policy makers to toss out the safeguards against lending excesses that had been put in place during the 1930s.

Since the early 1970’s, Dr. Gruen’s work has provided the economic foundation and real estate development programs for successful shopping, entertainment, housing, industrial and mixed-use projects sponsored by public and private entities. Projects completed by Dr. Gruen’s clients include major office buildings, industrial parks, housing projects, shopping centers and mixed-use projects in California, Ohio, Illinois, Washington, Oregon, Arizona, Colorado, New Mexico and Nevada.

Fiscal policies, policy assessments and strategic development programs formulated by Dr. Gruen have been implemented by local governments, including Scottsdale, AZ, Lawrence, KS, and the California communities of Hawthorne, Mountain View, Palo Alto, Tracy, Stockton, Daly City, Oakland, Brentwood, Antioch, Lodi, and many school districts and other institutions. Many revitalized downtown projects were developed based on land use marketability and implementation assessment prepared by GG+A teams working under Dr. Gruen’s direction.

Since the mid-1990s, Dr. Gruen has specialized in the development of large land parcels for clients with properties that are no longer in their highest and best use. Dr. Gruen has also conducted a wide variety of real estate valuation, highest and best use, and feasibility studies on matters that were under litigation, and then testified in support of his findings in California, Nevada, and Illinois courts. He holds a Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Cincinnati and has served on the faculties of Xavier University in Cincinnati and the University of California at Berkeley. He is a member of the Western Regional Science Association, Lambda Alpha Honorary Land Economics Society, the American Economic Association, and the Urban Land Institute, where he sits on the Community Development Council (Green). Since 1990, he has written a “Trends” column for the Institutional Real Estate Letter, a publication that serves the country’s pension fund real estate investors.

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Tuesday, October 5
"Nurture thru Nature" Kickoff Event to Launch Program for New Brunswick Grade Schoolers

4:00 p.m.

Nurture thru Nature program site, on the corner of Pine Street and Jones Avenue (adjacent to New Brunswick Farmer's Market), in New Brunswick

Nurture thru Nature (NtN), an after-school and summer enrichment program for approximately 20 to 25 students from grades 3 to 5 at the Paul Robeson Community School in New Brunswick, will hold its kickoff event at 4 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 5. It will be held 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.

Rutgers University President Richard L. McCormick will deliver the keynote address and will be followed by remarks by New Brunswick School District Superintendent Richard Kaplan, and Joanne Fillweber, manager of Corporate Contributions for Johnson & Johnson.

Nurture thru Nature is co-sponsored and funded by the Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy and the School of Environmental and Biological Sciences (SEBS), Rutgers University, and Johnson & Johnson. Created by Radha Jagannathan of the Bloustein School and Michael Camasso of SEBS, NtN aims to introduce pathways to science and health careers to the young students. It is designed to increase the 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.

RSVP is requested. Please contact co-principal investigators Professor Radha Jagannathan at (732) 932-5475, ext. 668; or Professor Michael J. Camasso at (732) 932-9155, ext. 217.

 

Thursday, September 30

Bloustein Colloquium Speaker Series

Clinton Andrews and Richard Werner, Green Building in Europe

4:00 p.m.

Civic Square Building Room 369

Much of the cutting edge in green building is taking place in Europe where energy prices are high, livability is prized, and there is a tradition of building for the long term. This talk will review trends in green, high-performance building; discuss the need for evaluation of how well these innovations are working; consider social and cultural issues in response to green building design; and share the results of early evaluative case studies in Austria, Switzerland, and the Netherlands.

Clinton Andrews is Professor of Urban Planning at the Bloustein School and director of its green building research center. Richard Wener is Professor of Environmental Psychology at the Polytechnic Institute of NYU and he is spending the Fall semester at the Bloustein School. Both spent last Spring on sabbatical leave in Europe.

Monday, September 27
2010-11 Global Initiatives Lecture Series: Ecologies in the Balance? The Way Forward

Steve Lerner, Sacrifice Zones: The Front Lines of Toxic Chemical Exposure in the United States

4:30 p.m.

As part of the 2010-11 Global Initiatives lecture series Ecologies in the Balance? The Way Forward, the Bloustein School, cosponsored with the Rutgers Vice President for International Programs, will present a lecture by Steve Lerner on toxic chemical exposure in the United States. Lerner is the author of Sacrifice Zones: The Front Lines of Toxic Chemical Exposure in the United States, (MIT Press, 2010), which tells the stories of 12 communities that rose up to fight the industries and military bases causing high levels of chemical pollution. Commentary and discussion also from Michael Greenberg, Professor and Associate Dean of the Faculty, Bloustein School.
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Thursday, September 16
Ruth Ellen Steinman and Edward J. Bloustein Memorial Lecture
Carol Graham, Happiness Around the World: The Paradox of Happy Peasants and Miserable Millionaires

5:30 p.m.

The annual Ruth Ellen Steinman and Edward J. Bloustein Memorial Lecture, co-sponsored by the Bloustein School and the Rutgers Institute for Research on Women, will be on the topic of happiness. Carol Graham, Senior Fellow, Foreign Policy, Global Economy and Development and the Charles Robinson Chair in Foreign Policy Studies at the Brookings Institution and College Park Professor in the School of Public Policy at the University of Maryland, will discuss Happiness Around the World: The Paradox of Happy Peasants and Miserable Millionaires. Dr. Graham’s research focuses on poverty, inequality, public health, and novel measures of well-being. Her projects have included a focus on the developing world and Latin America.

From 2002 to 2004, she served as a vice president at Brookings. She has also served as Special Advisor to the Vice President of the Inter-American Development Bank, as a Visiting Fellow in the Office of the Chief Economist of the World Bank, and as a consultant to the International Monetary Fund and the Harvard Institute for International Development. She is the author of numerous books and articles on market reform, poverty, inequality, and novel welfare metrics. Her most recent book, published in 2009, is the topic of her lecture: Happiness Around the World: The Paradox of Happy Peasants and Miserable Millionaires.She has published articles in a range of journals including the Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization; the World Bank Research Observer; the Journal of Socio-Economics; the Journal of Development Studies; the Journal of Happiness Studies; the Journal of Latin American Studies; World Economics; the Journal of Human Development; and Foreign Affairs. She has an A.B. from Princeton University, an M.A. from Johns Hopkins, and a D.Phil from Oxford University.

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Friday, June 16

Urban Revitalization in Four Cities: Trenton, New Brunswick, Jersey City, and Newark

9:00 a.m. – 12:00 noon

The New Jersey Public Policy Research Institute presents a public policy forum to highlight activities, policies and programs with respect to urban development in four New Jersey cities. Activities that range from new infrastructure investment, to small business development, to investments in charter schools, to downtown revitallization will be featured and discussed as indicative of efforts underway to breathe life into New Jersey's struggling cities.

 

The agenda will feature a policy analyst, government official, or practitioner from each of the featured cities to discuss the approaches taken in each locality to stimulate economic, social, educational, and/or environmental change. Their presentations will focus attention on what is being done, the challenges encountered and obstacles overcome, and the assistance that will be needed for future progress.

 

James W. Hughes, Dean of the Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy, will open the event.

 

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Friday, June 4

Second Annual Sustainable Raritan River Symposium

Cook Campus Center, 59 Biel Road, New Brunswick, NJ

8:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Issues surrounding dam removal and stormwater runoff will be among topics discussed by a range of experts and concerned citizens at the second annual Sustainable Raritan River Symposium Friday, June 4 at Rutgers.

 

The symposium, sponsored by the Raritan River Collaborative, is free and open to the public. Registration is requested (download registration form). The event will be held at the Cook Campus Center, 59 Biel Road, from 8:30 a.m. (registration) to 4 p.m., with free parking in lots 99A and 99B. A reception at Boyd Park, on the Raritan River Waterfront in New Brunswick, will follow.

 

The Raritan River Collaborative, more than 50 partners from municipal, county, state and federal government; private business; nonprofit organizations; and interested individuals, is led by faculty and students at Rutgers’ Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy in cooperation with the School of Environmental and Biological Sciences (SEBS).

 

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Sunday, May 16

Bloustein Graduate Convocation Ceremony – Ph.D. and Masters candidates

10:00 a.m., Nicholas Music Hall, Douglass Campus

2010 Bloustein Convocation photos.

 

Rutgers University Commencement

1:00 p.m., Voorhees Mall, College Avenue

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Thursday, May 6

Graduate Presentation: Community Stability in Jersey City's West Side

10:00 a.m., Room 261, Civic Square Building

Professor Julia Sass Rubin invites you to join MPP candidates Candice Valente, Eric Tuvel, Madhavi Kasinadhuni, Nakeefa Bernard, Peter Knox and Tara Roche as they present the results of their practicum.


Wednesday, May 5

Graduate Studio Presentation: Visioning the Future Raritan River

3:00 p.m., Room 261, Civic Square Building

Members of the Bloustein School community are invited to attend the the Graduate Studio presentation of "Visioning the Future Raritan River." Working closely with planning and parks staff in Middlesex and Somerset counties to assemble a report on the river and its current and future uses, student members of the studio looked at issues ranging from recreational use of the river and the corridor to matters of stormwater and flooding. They polled each municipality to identify the commonalities, differences and strategies to best achieve economic and environmental quality improvements along the length of the river corridor. The focus was on anticipating future needs for new business development, enhancing the region as a place to live and work, and promoting sustainability and environmental stewardship.

 

Policy, Planning and Public Health Internship Poster Sessions, Day 2

Room 369, Civic Square Building

Session 3: 9:15 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.

Session 4: 11:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. (Planning and Policy)

Session 5: 1:15 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.

The Policy, Planning and Public Health Internship Poster Sessions are scheduled for May 4th and 5th throughout the day in Room 369 and you are cordially invited to come see the posters and presentations. The students worked very hard on outcomes driven projects that demonstrate an understanding of their major and a commitment to excellence in their work. Please take a few minutes to visit the sessions. It would mean a great deal to the students and you will be impressed with the quality of their work.

 

Public Service Internship Poster Session

Lobby Area outside of Special Events Forum, Civic Square Building

11:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.

The 200-level Public Service Internship is open to all students, including non-Bloustein majors, interested in community and public service initiatives. These posters will highlight the notable work students have done in a range of projects, including hunger, climate change, and health care, as well as the opportunities available for students interested in service learning in the future. Light refreshments will be served at noon, with a short recognition session and discussion at 12:30 p.m. in the Special Events Forum that will be moderated by Undergraduate Program Director and Associate Professor Tony Nelessen.


Tuesday, May 4

Policy, Planning and Public Health Internship Poster Sessions, Day 1

Room 369, Civic Square Building

Session 1: 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 noon

Session 2: 1:15 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.

The Policy, Planning and Public Health Internship Poster Sessions are scheduled for May 4th and 5th throughout the day in Room 369 and you are cordially invited to come see the posters and presentations. The students worked very hard on outcomes driven projects that demonstrate an understanding of their major and a commitment to excellence in their work. Please take a few minutes to visit the sessions. It would mean a great deal to the students and you will be impressed with the quality of their work.

 

Wednesday, April 28

Graduate Studio Presentation: Demographic Trends and Community Development in New Brunswick

6:00 p.m., Room 113, Civic Square Building, 33 Livingston Avenue, New Brunswick, NJ, CAC

Members of the Bloustein School community are invited to attend the the Graduate Studio presentation of "Demographic Trends and Community Development in New Brunswick" as it is presented to the studio client, New Brunswick Tomorrow.

 

Tuesday, April 27

The Flat World and Education: What the Nation Can Learn from New Jersey

Lecture by Dr. Linda Darling-Hammond, Charles E. Ducommun Professor of Education at Stanford University and co-director of the Stanford Educational Leadership Institute and the School Redesign Network

4:00 p.m., Special Events Forum, Civic Square Building, 33 Livingston Avenue,

New Brunswick, NJ, CAC

Dr. Linda Darling-Hammond's lecture will address education inequity in the United States and how New Jersey's Abbott programs can serve as a national model for reform.

 

The event is co-sponsored by Bloustein School, the National Institute for Early Education Research (NIEER), and the Education Law Center and is free an dopen to the public. To RSVP to the event, please email Renee Douge.

 

Following the lecture, the Education Law Center is hosting a privatewine and food tasting reception, where Dr. Darling-Hammond will receive the Education Justice Award for her outstanding service and commitment to advancing equal educational opportunity. If you are interested in attending the reception, please contact Chantelle Brown at the Education Law Center for ticket pricing information. Phone (973) 624-1815 x 12.



Monday, April 26

Climate Change and How it Affects Africa

Lecture by Dr. William Minter

3:00 p.m., Special Events Forum, Civic Square Building, 33 Livingston Avenue,

New Brunswick, NJ, CAC

Meredeth Turshen, Ph.D and Professor at the Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy, invites you to attend a lecture by Dr. William Minter. Dr. Minter has been a writer, researcher, and activist since the mid-1960s, focusing particularly on southern Africa and international issues. He edits and produces the AfricaFocus website and the AfricaFocus Bulletin. He studied at the University of Ibadan in Nigeria in 1961-62 and taught in Tanzania and Mozambique at the secondary school of the Mozambique Liberation Front (FRELIMO) in 1966-68 and 1974-76. He holds a Ph.D. in sociology and a certificate in African studies from the University of Wisconsin at Madison.

 

Dr. Minter worked as a writer, editor, and researcher at Africa News Service (now allafrica.com) in Durham, N.C. in 1973 and 1976-82. Based in Washington since 1982, he has combined personal research and writing with contract work for a number of organizations, including policy analysis, writing, and development of computer-mediated communication tools. This has included work for AfricaAction and its predecessor organization, the Africa Policy Information Center (APIC), from 1992 through fall 2003, and for the affiliated Washington Office on Africa (WOA), from 1992 to 1997. Minter's most recent book is No Easy Victories: African Liberation and American Activists over a Half Century, 1950-2000, co-edited by Gail Hovey and Charles Cobb, Jr. His other works include five books: Portuguese Africa and the West, Imperial Brain Trust with Laurence Shoup, King Solomon's Mines Revisited: Western Interests and the Burdened History of Southern Africa, Operation Timber: Pages from the Savimbi Dossier, and Apartheid's Contras: An Inquiry into the Roots of War in Angola and Mozambique


Thursday, April 22

A Celebration of Earth Day 2010: The Environment and New Jersey's Economy

R/ECON's Semiannual Subscriber Forecast/Program

1:00 p.m.–3:00 p.m., Special Events Forum, Civic Square Building, 33 Livingston Avenue,
New Brunswick, NJ, CAC

The Rutgers Economic Advisory Service (R/ECON) presents its semiannual subscriber forecast/program, “A Celebration of Earth Day 2010: The Environment and New Jersey’s Economy.”

 

Bloustein School Dean James W. Hughes, co-author of the recent report Y2K+10: A New Decade Unfolds, which detailed how the “Great American Job Creation Machine” of the 20th century stalled at the start of the new millennium, will offer an overview of the U.S. economy. R/ECON Director Nancy H. Mantell will provide insight into New Jersey’s near-term and long-term economic pictures. Gary Sondermeyer, chief of staff and director of operations at the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (DEP), will address the sometimes difficult co-existence of sound environmental and economic policies and realities on the 40th anniversary of Earth Day. The trio will be joined by economist and University Professor Joseph J. Seneca, co-author of Y2K+10, in a round table covering the state’s economic and environmental prospects.

 

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Tuesday, April 20

Sustainable Energy and Economic Policy Forum

Keynote Speaker: Hon. Chris Christie, Governor of New Jersey

2:30 p.m.–5:30 p.m., State Theatre NJ, 15 Livingston Avenue, New Brunswick, NJ, CAC

The Center for Energy, Economic and Environmental Policy at the Bloustein School and the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities will be holding a Sustainable Energy and Economic Policy Forum on Tuesday, April 20. A keynote address by the Hon. Chris Christie, Governor of New Jersey, will highlight the event.

 

The event will be held at the State Theater NJ with a reception to follow. Visit the State Theatre website for infomation and directions to the theatre.

 

Following Governor Christie's address, the Hon. Lee Solomon, President of the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities, will lead a panel discussion of leading energy experts to begin the dialogue to advance New Jersey's public policy objectives of energy independence, economic development, and clean energy.

 

Forum Panelists and Agenda | Parking information

 

View Gov. Christie's Keynote Address | Daily Targum | Star-Ledger

 

 

2009-10 Colloquium Series

The Bloustein School is conducting its second annual series of weekly presentations by faculty and outside speakers on various issues of current interest. Click here to view the full schedule.

 

Thursday, April 8

Ecologies in the Balance

Global Initiatives: Ecologies in the Balance? Thinking Through The Crises

ARCHITECTURE, URBANISM, AND SUSTAINABILITY: A Presentation and Panel Discussion

4:30 p.m. Alexander Library, Teleconference/Lecture Hall, 4th Floor, CAC

Event speakers include:

Welcome and introduction by Robert W. Lake, Professor, Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy, Rutgers University

“The Plight of the Object: Sustainable Design in an Age of Economic Crisis” by Jeffrey Holmes, Principal Architect, Woods Bagot, New York, NY

“Towards a Sustainable Infrastructure” by Leo E. Argiris, Principal, Arup Group, New York, NY

“Behaviorally Robust Green Design” by Jennifer A. Senick, Executive Director, Rutgers Center for Green Building

 

Event sponsored by the Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs, the Office of Undergraduate Education, the SAS-Office of International Programs, and the Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy. For more information view the event flyer or visit http://ecologies.rutgers.edu/.

 

 

February 25

Ruth Ellen Steinman and Edward J. Bloustein Memorial Lecture
Co-Sponsored by The Allen and Joan Bildner Center for the Study of Jewish Life
Rachelle Alterman, The Evolution of Israel's Housing Policies:  Planning in the Face of Crisis

5:30 p.m., Special Events Forum
Professor Alterman, who holds the David Azrieli Chair in Town Planning at the Technion -- Israel Institute of Technology in Haifa, specializes in cross-national comparative planning law and land use regulation. She is the founding president of the International Academic Association on Planning, Law and Property Rights.  In Israel, she is regarded as the leading academic in planning, as indicated by the prestigious Landau National Academic Prize that she was awarded in 2009.  Her publications are frequently cited by the Israel Supreme Court, and she has served as a consultant to the World Bank and the UN on cross-national transfers of "best practices" in planning law, land policy, and housing. This event was submitted for AICP Certification Maintenance credits. Click here to learn more.

 

 

February 19
Symposium on Planning and Diversity in Perspective:  Environmental Sustainability in Low Income and Minority Neighborhoods
Presented by the Rutgers Association of Planning and Policy Students

Keynote Lecture:  Cities in Racial Transition:  Planning and Policy Challenges
Robert A. Catlin Memorial Lecture
by Robert Curvin, Distinguished Senior Policy Fellow, Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy

 

Welcome/Check-in- 9:00-9:30 AM
Panel Discussion 9:30 AM-12:15 PM
Lunch- 12:15 PM-1:30 PM
Catlin Lecture 1:30-2:30 PM
Reception 2:30 PM


This event is designed to tackle the complexities of sustainable planning in inner city neighborhoods and communities of color.  Panelists will address sustainable redevelopment as a community economic development activity; local, state, and federal policy efforts related to sustainability; and how to navigate a career in environmental sustainability.

 

Catlin lecturer Robert Curvin will discuss the history of racial composition in American cities and how these changes are reflected in policy. This event was submitted for AICP Certification Maintenance credits. Click Here for Flyer | Visit Website | Register for Event

 

 

February 17

Second Annual Krueckeberg Doctoral Conference in Planning and Public Policy

EJBS Special Events Forum

10:00 am to 4:00 pm; Reception follows at 4:00 pm

The Krueckeberg Doctoral Conference is the annual keystone event of the Doctoral Program in Planning and Public Policy at Bloustein. The all-day conference commemorates Professor Don Krueckeberg's enduring contributions to the doctoral program and highlights research by current doctoral students. This year, eleven students will report on dissertation research spanning a broad range of topics in planning and public policy.

 

The event includes lunch and a keynote lecture by Professor Robert Beauregard, a former colleague of Don Krueckeberg and currently Professor in the Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation at Columbia University, who will speak on "Balancing Evidence and Claims: Making Research Arguments."

 

This is an opportunity to participate in the intellectual and professional life of the Doctoral Program and the Bloustein School, to hear about current research, to meet doctoral students across cohorts, and to engage with our academic community. Please see the schedule flyer for details.

 

 

February 9 and 10

Teach-in on Afghanistan

February 9, 12:00 noon to 5:00 pm and on Feb. 10th from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm at Trayes Hall, Douglass Campus, New Brunswick.

Meredeth Turshen, Ph.D and Professor at the Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy, invites you to attend a teach-in on Afghanistan to be held on Feb. 9th from 12:00 noon to 5:00 pm and on Feb. 10th from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm at Trayes Hall, Douglass Campus, New Brunswick.

 

Rutgers professors and guest speakers will discuss the history of Afghanistan and the social, political and economic problems confronting Pakistan (Angus K. Gillespie), The Impact of Obama's Decision on the Construction of a Civil Society in the Region and the Role of Women (Fakhri Haghani), The Effects of War on Women and Iranian Anti-war Movement (Golbarg Bashi), Veterans' Opposition to the War (Ken Dalton) along with other topics and speakers. Please see the attached flyer for more details.

December 8, 7:30 pm

Annual Isadore Candeub Memorial Lecture in Planning
June Williamson, Associate Professor of Architecture, City College of New York

June Williamson will discuss the book she co-authored with Ellen Dunham-Jones, Retrofitting Suburbia: Urban Design Solutions for Redesigning Suburbs, for this year's Candeub Memorial Lecture. An urban designer and registered architect, she has authored design guidelines and consulted on numerous urban design projects throughout the U.S. Click here to learn more.

 

September 15-December 1 Room 369,Tuesdays, 4-5:30 pm
2009 Planning Film Series

The Urban Planning and Policy Development Program is sponsoring a Tuesday film series on planning subjects ranging from garden suburbs to globalization. Each film runs about 55 minutes, providing 35 minutes for introduction and discussion. Dr. Robert W. Burchell, the program chair, will host each screening with another faculty member expert in the subject area. For the full schedule, click here.

 

November 24
Explaining Globalization: A Worldview on a Shrinking World and an Expanding Economy

A reort originally aired on the The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer. Faculty guests: Professor Robert W. Burchell, Associate Research Professor Michael Lahr.

November 19

Robert Weaver and the American City
Wendell Pritchett, Chancellor, Rutgers-Camden

Chancellor Pritchett lectureD on Robert Weaver, who became the the first African-American cabinet member in 1966 when he was appointed Secretary of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development by Lyndon Johnson. Pritchett's book, "Robert Clifton Weaver and the American City: The Life and times of an Urban Reformer," was hailed by William Julius Wilson as a "tour de force (that) brilliantly captures...how racial tensions profoundly influenced battles over the future of American cities." Pritchett examined how race, biography, politics, and policy came together in Weaver's appointment as the first Secretary of HUD, as well as the first African American in the president's cabinet. Before coming to Rutgers-Camden, Pritchett was a professor of law at the University of Pennsylvania and director of the Office of Research, Planning, and Policy for the City of Philadelphia. His lecture is part of the 2009-10 Bloustein Colloquium Series.


November 12
The Obama Administration and U.S. Transportation Policy
Roy Kienitz, Under Secretary for Policy, U.S. Department of Transportation

Roy Kienitz, the USDOT's Under Secretary for Policy, presented an overview of the Obama administration's priorites on federal transportation policy, sustainability, livable communities and reauthorization of the federal transportation program as the guest of the Alan M. Voorhees Transportation Center.

 

 

October 30
The Great Recession, the American Labor Market, & Public Policy

The John J. Heldrich Center for Wortkforce Development hosted Erica Groshen, regional vice president of the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, along with Bloustein School professors William M. Rodgers III and Norman J. Glickman, for an analysis of the Great Recession and what the government is doing and might do to stabilize the U.S. economy, stem the loss of jobs, and accelerate economic recovery and opportunity. Part of the Heldrich Conversations Series.

 

October 29
R/ECON™ Fall 2009 Conference

The Rutgers Economic Advisory Service (R/ECON™) Fall Conference provided an overview of the U.S. and New Jersey jobs picture and highlighted health care in New Jersey in terms of its contribution to the state’s economy as well as the challenges and possibilities for its delivery in the state. Dean James Hughes and University Professor Joseph Seneca gave an overview of the current position of the U.S. and New Jersey economies, followed by a short-term forecast for New Jersey’s economy by R/ECON Director Nancy Mantell. Joel Cantor, director of the Rutgers Center for State Health Policy, presented on the New Jersey health care industry. 

 

October 2
New Jersey’s Economy: Status of Gloom and Prospects for Bloom

Sponsored by the New Jersey League of Municipalities Educational Foundation, the half-day program examined the economic downturn from the national, New York regional and New Jersey perspectives. Bloustein School Dean James W. Hughes moderated a panel on current economic conditions and Professor Henry Coleman moderated a second panel on the economic outlook.

 

August 23-26, 2009
National HIV Prevention Conference, Atlanta, GA

EJB Program Delivers Key Presentation

Sponsored by the Centers for Disease Control, the annual conference drew 3,000 participants from across the nation to focus on new developments in HIV prevention. The Bloustein School's HIV Prevention Community Planning Support and Development Initiative (CPSDI,) a joint program with the New Jersey Department of Health and Senior Services, delivered a prestigious podium presentation regarding the Jersey SISTA's program. To view the presentation abstract, click here.

 

 

July 20, 2009
Planning and Designing Climate-Friendly Towns: A Workshop for DEP Grants

Co-sponsored by the New Jersey Sustainable State Institute, NJ Future and the Mayors Committee for a Green Future, the workshop familiarized municipal and county officals with a new state grants program, the Local Government Greenhouse Gas Reduction Program. The workshop focused specifically on the development and implementation of climate-friendly design guidelines and zoning standards that allow for compact, walkable mixed-use development and/or transit-oriented development. The Alan M. Voorhees Transportation Center partnered in the event. Click here for the program.


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