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Bloustein School to present faculty research discussions as part of 20th anniversary year celebration

GreenbergAs part of the year-long celebration of the 20th anniversary, the Bloustein School will be hosting several faculty research presentations as well as the annual Bloustein PhD Colloquium Speaker Series. The faculty research presentations will highlight the research of several members of the Bloustein faculty, while the PhD Colloquium speaker series features Bloustein PhD alumni who have gone on to teach in faculty positions at the collegiate level and have come back to share their expertise. In addition, the school will feature several alumni panel discussion events each semester on various topics.

The faculty research presentations will kickoff on September 22 with “Transportation and Homeland Security with a New Jersey Focus,” featuring Michael Greenberg, Bloustein School professor and director of the Center for Transportation Safety, Security and Risk; Paul Larrousse, director of the National Transit Institute; and Jon Carnegie, executive director of the Alan M. Voorhees Transportation Center.

The Voorhees Transportation Center, the National Transit Institute, and the Center for Transportation Safety, Security and Risk all work on transportation-related risk and security. The faculty presentation will begin with Greenberg giving a brief presentation on risk-related framework. Carnegie will then present VTC's work on evacuating the public in the event of a hazard event.

NTI has trained much of the transit labor force in appropriate responses to hazard events, and Larrousse will summarize and illustrate these efforts. Greenberg will conclude the presentation with CTSSR's rail transportation security studies for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and Defense Departments.

The event will begin at 4:30 p.m. in room 369 of the Civic Square Building. All faculty, staff, students, and alumni are invited to attend.

Other faculty presentations planned for later this semester include assistant professor Stephanie Curenton on school readiness, associate research professor Stuart Meck on his work drafting a new zoning and subdivision code for the U.S. Virgin Islands, and associate professor Julia Rubin on development venture capital.

The Bloustein PhD Colloquium Speaker Series will begin on Monday, November 7 with Thomas Angotti, a professor in the Hunter College Department of Urban Affairs and Planning speaking on Cities and Global Climate Change in the 21st Century: Enclaves and Urban Orientalism. From 1995 to 2001 he was Professor and Chair of the Graduate Center for Planning and the Environment at Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, New York. He is the author of New York for Sale: Community Planning Confronts Global Real Estate, Metropolis 2000: Planning, Poverty and Politics, Housing in Italy, and many articles in professional journals. He has worked and written extensively on urban planning and community development in the United States, Latin America and Europe. He is a Fellow at the American Academy in Rome, co-editor of Progressive Planning Magazine, and participating editor for Latin American Perspectives and Local Environment. He was previously a city planner with the NYC Department of City Planning, and worked for state government in New Jersey and Massachusetts. He has taught at the graduate level at SUNY, Columbia University, Harvard, and University of California at Berkeley.

On September 20, four Bloustein alumni working in transportation areas will present Current and Future Trends in Transportation in the first of series of alumni panel discussions for the fall. The session will open with each panelist offering their perspective on the trends, challenges and opportunities facing a nation in the area of transportation policy and planning, and then give insights regarding how these trends, challenges and opportunities may impact the field of transportation policy. The alumni panelists will be David Stein of the New York City Department of Transportation; Chris Jandoli from Parson Brinckerhoff; Tom Marchwinski of NJ Transit; and James Bach of The Louis Berger Group.

To see the complete list of all anniversary events, visit

Upcoming Faculty Research Discussions and Alumni Panels (Fall 2011)

Tues. 9/20    6:00 pm          Alumni panel discussion (transportation)

Thur. 9/22    4:30 pm          Faculty research presentation: Jon Carnegie, Michael Greenberg, and Paul Larrousse, Transportation and Homeland Security with a New Jersey Focus

Wed. 10/19  6:00 pm         Alumni panel discussion (land use)           

Thur. 10/27  4:00 pm         Faculty research presentation:  Stephanie Curenton, Introducing the Ecology of School Readiness: From Preschoolers’ Stories to their Pre-K Attendance      

Mon. 11/7    4:00  pm        Ph.D. colloquium: Thomas Angotti, Hunter College, Cities and Global Climate Change in the 21st Century: Enclaves and Urban Orientalism

Tues. 11/15  6:00 pm         Alumni panel discussion (community development)

Mon. 11/21  4:00 pm         Faculty research presentation: Stuart Meck, Saving Paradise:  Drafting a New Zoning and Subdivision Code for the U.S. Virgin Islands           

Tues. 12/6    6:00 pm         Alumni panel discussion (evaluation/research/survey)

Thur. 12/8    4:00 pm         Faculty research presentation: Julia Rubin, Is Impact Investing Hype or Hope? The Case of Developmental Venture Capital

Mon. 12/12  4:00 pm         Ph.D. colloquium: Philip Ashton, University of Illinois at Chicago Circle 



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