EJB Talks: Rutgers Bloustein School Experts
By Bloustein School
Faculty, staff and guest experts from the Edward J. Bloustein School at Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey talk about public policy, urban planning, public health, health administration, and iInformatics.
Building Better Communities: Bloustein's Environmental Analysis and Communications Group
EJB Talks: Rutgers Bloustein School Experts • By Bloustein School • Feb 24
Building Better Communities: Bloustein's Environmental Analysis and Communications Group
EJB Talks: Rutgers Bloustein School Experts • By Bloustein School • Feb 24
Educating and Enhancing Transportation Officials - National Transit Institute
On this episode of EJBTalks Stuart welcome Billy Terry, Executive Director of Bloustein's National Transit Institute (NTI), the federally funded training arm for the transit industry's extensive back-office operations. Billy talks about how he started in the transit world, and his path to his role at Rutgers. The two discuss NTI's mission to educate the administrative workforce within the multitudes of transit agencies across the nation. Billy gives an overview of the broad catalog of training that NTI offers on adhering to regulations and guidelines and the growing focus on managing and cultivating the diverse workforce. He also discusses the new and exciting focus on training current employees to successfully transition to much needed supervisory roles. Tune in to hear about all this and more!
May 10, 2022
Bloustein Local Government Research Center - Serving New Jersey and its Communities
On this episode of EJBTalks, Stuart welcomes Marc Pfeiffer, the Executive Director of the Bloustein Local Government Research Center, which serves as an invaluable resource for New Jersey's elected and appointed officials. The two talk about current critical work such as the impact of the digital economy on tax policy for local governments. They explore the increasing risk of cybersecurity threats and what local governments can to do be "technology fit" to lower their risk and ease their recovery when a problem occurs. Marc also discusses one of New Jersey's long standing conundrums; the consolidation of the multitudes of municipalities. Tune in for this and much more!
April 14, 2022
Center For Green Building - Promoting Healthy Buildings and Healthy Communities
On this episode of EJBTalks, Stuart welcomes Jennifer Senick, Executive Director of Rutgers Center for Green Building. Jennifer discusses many aspects of "green buildings" from the design of the physical space to all of the components of its total operation. The two delve into topics from the New Jersey Zero Energy roadmap and the center's integral work with the New England Energy Efficiency Partnership, to what zero net emissions would look like in buildings, and how public policy could work in favor of more green and better building practices. Jennifer also discusses her field work mostly concentrating in low to moderate income neighborhoods and environmental justice communities where we see the most critical need for green building, affordable housing and community health. Tune in for this and more!
March 31, 2022
New Jersey State Policy Lab - Addressing NJ's needs effectively, innovatively, and equitably
On this week's episode, Stuart welcomes Elizabeth Cooner, Executive Director of the New Jersey State Policy Lab. Elizabeth talks about the Lab's mission of conducting rigorous evidence-based research that helps inform NJ policy makers on solutions to important policy questions that are effective, innovative, and always have a focus on equity. She also talks about the lab's valuable and vital collaboration between the Bloustein School and the Rutgers School of Public Affairs and Administration in Newark. The two speak about recent reports that the lab has worked on including ones on the impacts and implications of cannabis legalization, COVID eviction assistance, and local treatment of vacant commercial property. Tune in for more!
March 16, 2022
The War in Ukraine: A Ukranian Family Member's Perspective
SPECIAL EDITION EPISODE 1: The war in Ukraine has stunned western observers. In this timely, special edition of EJB Talks, Stuart Shapiro speaks with two members of the Bloustein community who are personally touched by the war -- undergraduate public health major Solomiya Mykolyk, and public policy professor Andrea Hetling--both of whom have family in Ukraine. Solomiya was born in Ukraine and emigrated to the U.S. with her family. She talks about the liberating impact of independence from the Soviet Union in 1991 and the Revolution of Dignity in 2014, when protesters sought to overthrow the Ukrainian government. Today the experience is much more terrifying as Solomiya describes her disbelief at hearing news of the invasion by Russia last week, reminding us that the consequences of war have a human face.
March 02, 2022
The Russian Invasion of Ukraine: Putin's Path to War
SPECIAL EDITION EPISODE 2: The world continues to watch as the Russian invasion of Ukraine disturbingly continues. In this timely, special edition of EJBTalks, Stuart Shapiro talks with Bloustein doctoral candidate Sergei Kostiaev. A native of Russia, Sergei discusses his previous academic research and study comparing political cultures of Soviet and Nazi elites, and what led to his study of Russian lobbying in the United States. He gives Stuart and the listening audience a firsthand account of how life in Russia changed under Putin--eliminating critical media, eliminating opposition, and eliminating any other centers of power that could oppose him. The two discuss what is currently happening including Putin's miscalculation regarding the united response from the U.S., Europe, Canada, and Japan to impose heavy sanctions that have decimated the Russian economy. Sergei also provides some of the other options Western policymakers may have to further weaken Russia, and ends the discussion with ways individuals can help the Ukrainian people.
March 02, 2022
Building Better Communities: Bloustein's Environmental Analysis and Communications Group
This week on EJB Talks Jeanne Herb, Director of the Bloustein School's Environmental Analysis and Communications Group (EAC), returns to talk to Stuart Shapiro. Jeanne gives the history of EAC and an overview of its vision of community-based environmental planning, its connection to health and equity, and their growing focus on the intersection of environment and people in both the natural and built environments. Jeanne highlights some of their largest projects. The exciting work she talks about includes the Megalapolitan Coastal Transformation Hub (MACH), a five-year research endeavor, in the New York City, New Jersey, Philadelphia region, with 10 other institutions besides Rutgers, led by Professor Bob Kopp, researching the factors that inform coastal climate change decisions. Other highlights of EAC's research include a focus on local public health capacity, particularly in New Jersey, research support for the state Division of Disability Services' Inclusive Healthy Communities program, and Jeanne's continued commitment to teaching future leaders via her graduate course at the Bloustein School on communicating science with decision-makers.
February 24, 2022
The Voorhees Transportation Center: A Leader in Transportation Research, Education and Training
Jon Carnegie, Executive Director of the Alan M. Voorhees Transportation Center (VTC) at the Bloustein School, joins Stuart Shapiro on EJB Talks this week. VTC is a leader in transportation planning and policy research and education at the national, regional, and state levels. Jon talks about VTC's core strengths related to transportation in the built environment and its work in transit-oriented development, pedestrian and bicycle mobility and safety, healthy community design, smart growth, and transportation and social equity. They discuss the relationship between transportation, social justice, and the environment. He tells Stuart about some of their exciting outreach and research including the New Jersey Travel Independence Program (NJTIP@Rutgers), VTC's partnership with the New Jersey Climate Change Alliance which is centered around decarbonizing the transportation sector, and the center's cross-disciplinary work with the Rutgers Schools of Engineering (SOE) and Environmental and Biological Sciences (SEBS) for the New Jersey Department of Transportation, just to name a few. Tune in for all the details!
February 10, 2022
The Heldrich Center : A National Center of Workforce Development, Policy and Scholarship
We are opening our sixth season of EJBTalks with Stuart Shapiro, Interim Dean of the Bloustein School welcoming Kathy Krepcio, Executive Director of the Heldrich Center for Workforce Development. Kathy speaks about the incredible workforce research and scholarship conducted by the center. She describes Heldrich's extensive work on unemployment and long-term unemployment and helping dislocated workers. The Heldrich Center has worked with those laid off after the September 11 attacks and has managed the New Start Career Network program which helps long-term unemployed New Jerseyans over the age of 45. The two speak also talk about Heldrich's new work funded by the Urban Institute's WorkRise, a study which aims to assess opinions of diversity, inclusion, and equity and evaluate responses by race, gender, income, and education to be used to promote more equitable workplaces and economic opportunity. Kathy and Stuart also speak about the center's pandemic-related work researching how New Jersey delivered services to individuals eligible for benefits under the Federal Workforce Innovation Opportunity Act.
February 01, 2022
Wrapping it up: 2021 politics with Stuart Shapiro
To close out this season's podcasts, Amy Cobb returns to pose questions to Stuart Shapiro about the year in politics. They discuss President Biden's achievements, including the Build Back Better framework, the administration's more competent COVID response, and the relatively mundane nature of the administration. The pair also delve into the current administration's woes, encompassing everything from inflation to gerrymandering and voters' rights. Stuart forewarns about Trump's expanding command over the Republican Party, how it complicates this administration's policy agenda and is deeply worrisome for the country.
December 15, 2021
Conflict, Collaboration and Consensus: How Democracy Happens
On this episode of EJBTalks, Stuart Shapiro welcomes back two of our most popular guests. Linda Stamato and Sandy Jaffe founded and ran the Bloustein School's Center for Negotiation and Conflict Resolution while teaching at the school since its founding in 1992. Linda and Sandy reflect on their far-reaching careers and how the fields of planning and policy in general -- and the Bloustein School -- were the perfect fit for them and their work. The two explore the current state of politics with Stuart and aim to comfort but also affirm that to have democracy, there must be conflict. It is through conflict that an advancement in public welfare occurs. Finally, the pair share the excitement they have had working with colleagues and the optimism and joy they experienced teaching their students at Bloustein.
November 23, 2021
From the Bronx to Bloustein
On this episode of EJBTalks, Stuart Shapiro welcomes South Bronx raised, and fellow Yankees fan, Distinguished Professor Mike Greenberg. They discuss his illustrious career from professor and researcher to the Dean's office at Bloustein. Mike talks about the foundations of the school, how its multidisciplinary, interconnected programs in health, urban planning, and public policy are the reasons for its success, and how the interaction between the disciplines creates versatility and the ability to rise to complicated societal challenges. The two also take a deep dive into the National Environmental Protection Act, with Professor Greenberg describing his shock at how it came to be. He also discusses the past and current challenges NEPA faces politically and administratively. Mike shares with Stuart his greatest joy through his career; watching faculty and students develop, succeed, and advance in prestige both locally and nationally.
November 16, 2021
Fostering Democracy Through Teaching
On this episode of EJBTalks Stuart welcomes Professor Emeritus Bob Lake, who helped shape our world ranked Urban Planning Program and led our doctoral program. Stuart asks Bob to share his vision of Urban Planning. Bob talks to Stuart about his book on John Dewey, and how Dewey's perspective of the Planning City, the continuous process of figuring out how best to live together, is his ideal of the practice of Planning. The two then delve into the current political atmosphere in the US, the benefits and pitfalls surrounding the current state of community engagement and its incredible importance but possible degradation to the democratic political process. Bob shares with Stuart his feeling of optimism about the future, based on his 46 years of educating astute and enthusiastic Bloustein students into democratically capable citizens who are committed to the long haul of figuring out how to make this world a better place.
November 04, 2021
Community service, teaching, expertise: A conversation with Henry Coleman
This week on #EJBTalks we get back to telling the Bloustein School story through our retired faculty. Stuart Shapiro welcomes his former colleague in the Public Policy Program and beloved Professor Emeritus Henry Coleman. Professor Coleman talks about his “origins,” from his time as a student of economics to his work at HUD, leading to his work at Rutgers both as a faculty member and the Director of the Center for Government Services. While at EJB, Professor Coleman served on a number of New Jersey gubernatorial transition teams as well as on the advisory boards of numerous public and nonprofit bodies. Throughout the conversation, Professor Coleman emphasizes how his service to the community and his connection to teaching students real-world applicable information was a cornerstone of his time at Rutgers.
October 21, 2021
Homecoming Alumni Spotlight: From Scarlet Knight to Policy Student to Trade Official
It's homecoming at Rutgers this week! To celebrate, Stuart Shapiro welcomes Bloustein School policy alumnus and former Rutgers football player Chris Gough MPP '18 to EJB Talks. Chris, who works for the International Trade Administration (ITA) at the Department of Commerce, talks with Stuart about his experience as a student Bloustein, the skills the program taught him, and the path that led him to the Presidential Management Fellows program. They also discuss the work Chris does at ITA and how trade policy has become a hot topic. Chris also offers some advice to current students and fellow alumni who want to have a career that makes a difference, changes the world, and makes it a better place.
October 07, 2021
A Place for Ethics
On this episode of EJBTalks Stuart Shapiro welcomes Professor Patrick Hill, who teaches ethics classes across Bloustein's programs. Patrick has an in-depth discussion with Stuart about ethics and its application in informing planning, policy, and public health. Professor Hill also discusses his new book "No Place for Ethics", which centers on the United States Supreme Court and how the judicial system has come to exclude consideration of ethics and instead elevates adherence to the law over ethical concerns. Hill discusses a particularly interesting--and abominable--example he uses in his book which demonstrates how law can be impoverished without ethics. Stuart also asks Patrick to reflect on his time at Bloustein and his thoughts about his legacy.
September 30, 2021
Rural Planner: Frank Popper and the Buffalo Commons
To celebrate the Bloustein School's approaching 30th anniversary in 2022, EJBTalks will feature some of our beloved faculty members who made the school what it is today. The first of those is Professor Emeritus Frank Popper, who spent over three decades teaching in our world-ranked urban planning program. Professor Popper shares his incredible "accidental academic" story, where he went from land use and environmental consultant to renowned researcher and the co-proposer of the concept of the Buffalo Commons. Frank talks in-depth with Stuart Shapiro about the Commons, its history, its significance, and the current economic and environmental signs that confirm the idea that the depopulated center of the country should capitalize on its heritage as the home of the buffalo.
September 21, 2021
Bloustein Alumni Spotlight: 9-11 and the World Trade Center Redevelopment
We're back! As we open our fifth season of EJBTalks, our focus is on the 20th anniversary of September 11. Stuart Shapiro welcomes Jim Bach, an alum of our nationally-ranked urban planning program who played a critical role in the World Trade Center Redevelopment. Jim discusses his 30+ year career at the Louis Berger Group, a world-renowned planning firm. They discuss Jim's experience on 9-11 and Berger's role in providing technical and project management support to the Port Authority during the redevelopment of the World Trade Center site. He reflects on the profession of planning and how being trained as an integrator, along with understanding the connections between scope, schedule, and budget, allowed him to successfully work with the Port Authority and the multitudes of emotionally invested stakeholders involved in this project. The result of these efforts was to make the site both a signature and incredibly moving piece of architecture.
September 09, 2021
Improving the public good: Health administration at the Bloustein School
On this episode of EJBTalks, Stuart Shapiro welcomes Vince Joseph, Professor of Practice in the Bloustein School's Master of Health Administration program and former Executive Vice President at Robert Wood Johnson hospital. Stuart and Vince discuss the pandemic's impact on hospital administration and education. They explore the strong connection between the Bloustein School's mission of improving the public good and its rapidly growing health administration program. Vince highlights the role hospitals play in community needs assessment, and showcases some of the many ways that current hospital administrators work to improve community access to health care. The episode makes clear that Professor Joseph and his colleagues are preparing Bloustein School students to tackle these issues in a rapidly changing field.
July 22, 2021
From the Garden State to Route 66
Professor David Listokin, a distinguished professor in our internationally-ranked urban planning program, joins Stuart Shapiro in today's episode of EJB Talks. In a wide-ranging discussion, they cover the nationwide span of David's work. They discuss Professor Listokin's upcoming book on the demographics and population trends of New Jersey. This project gave the researchers a better understanding of the significance of the current reverse migration trends which could have major nationwide impacts. Professor Listokin also discusses a long-time passion, his work for the National Parks Service on the economic impacts of historic preservation activities on Route 66.
July 12, 2021
We haven't come a long way, baby: Sexual harassment in the workplace
This week on #EJBTalks Stuart Shapiro welcomes Professor Jocelyn Crowley, an expert on policy issues related to gender, including child support, gray divorce, and father's rights. They open their discussion with how the Me-Too movement, which sprang up in response to high-profile sexual harassment scandals involving Harvey Weinstein and Roger Ailes, exposed the prevalence of abhorrent behavior in U.S. workplaces. This trend led Dr. Crowley to focus her current research on sexual harassment and how its effects are particularly felt by a large number of independent contractors in the often glamorized but incredibly unprotected fashion industry. They also discuss the misconception that the pandemic lessened exposure to sexual harassment in remote work situations and how those who work in the service sector have reported increased incidents. Looking towards the future, they talk about possible policy considerations and what can be done to bring more protections to vulnerable individuals.
June 24, 2021
A Tale of Two Alums: NJCC Assisting Small Businesses in the Time of COVID
This week on EJBTalks Stuart Shapiro talks to two amazing Bloustein alums, Leah Apgar and Joe Palazzolo, who work at New Jersey Community Capital (NJCC), a community development financial institution. Leah and Joe share the history and typical work of the organization, which was established in 1987 as an affordable housing lender and has grown into a financing institution involved in all types of community development and commercial lending projects. They talk about how the pandemic and economic shutdown required their institution to pivot its work to assist suffering small businesses. They began considering all small businesses and nonprofits in the state as underserved and started the Garden State Relief Fund (GSRF) as a remedy. They conclude with a discussion about where NJCCs work goes from here, and how the GSRF will remain in place to adapt to assist NJ small businesses as the economy continues to recover.
June 10, 2021
The NJDOL and the Pandemic - The Commissioner Speaks on Policy, Politics, and Positive Change
Stuart Shapiro welcomes New Jersey Department of Labor Commissioner -- and Bloustein policy alumnus -- Robert Asaro-Angelo to EJBTalks this week. Commissioner Asaro-Angelo talks about his start with ESPN, and how he was inspired to change his path because he wanted to work helping people. He also discusses his time working with labor unions and his tenure in the Obama administration. They then move the discussion to NJDOL's response to the COVID pandemic -- how the agency had to quickly protect its employees, find the equipment to help them work remotely, and implement complicated federal DOL programs just as the need for federal assistance exploded. The Commissioner concludes by talking about how the pandemic crisis, which brought a sense of urgency in getting things done in government, has the potential to make a positive lasting change by increasing people's faith in a stronger, more competent government.
May 26, 2021
The Trump aftermath and the "not normal" future of the GOP
It's time again for a political check-in with Stuart Shapiro. Amy Cobb returns as host to talk to Stuart about the current state of the Republican party and what the power struggle in the GOP means for the country. Stuart discusses the ouster of Liz Cheney from House leadership and the purging of all anti-Trump voices. They also discuss whether there will be any accountability for the January 6 siege on the Capitol. Taking a look toward the future, they end their discussion on the mid-term elections and what those results could mean for power and the political divide in Congress after 2022.
May 20, 2021
Diversity, Equity and Inclusion in the Academy and in the Country
On this insightful and timely episode of EJBTalks, Stuart sits down with Professor Ron Quincy, policy and planning educator and advocate for diversity and inclusion. The two discuss how higher education, like all society, is at a crossroads with the issues of diversity, equity and inclusion. Professor Quincy explains how academia philosophically is ahead of its time, but compared to the private sector, can fall behind in actually incorporating a richer diverse culture and accountability structures. The two discuss Professor Quincy's personal experience of social activism in the 1960s, how civil disobedience in the 60s triggered by inequity and despair and ignited by a police shootings unfortunately mirror the current national issues, including the murder of George Floyd. The two also discuss how we as a nation can move ourselves forward from police training and accountability to truly embracing a diverse society.
May 05, 2021
Cultural Influence on the Shaping of Health and Behaviors
On this episode of EJBTalks Stuart Shapiro welcomes Professor Jylana Sheats, instructor for the course Culture and Health in Bloustein's undergraduate program. They discuss her early interest in connecting behaviors and culture to health issues that led to her career in academia studying the social determinants of health. Professor Sheats talks about the importance of recognizing and training the medical community early and often regarding cultural competency, not only to shed light on how cultural influences affect health but also to help eliminate health disparities. The two also discuss the pandemic and some surprising, but not necessarily negative, effects it has had on health and cultural behaviors.
April 28, 2021
NJTIP@Rutgers empowers: Making transit accessible and usable for New Jerseyans
This week on EJBTalks Stuart Shapiro welcomes Karen Alexander, executive director of NJTIP@Rutgers, an initiative of the school's Alan M. Voorhees Transportation Center. They talk about how became inspired to work in the field of transit accessibility, and Alexander discusses NJTIPs mission of teaching all people--particularly seniors and the disabled--how they can gain independence and empowerment through the use of the public transit system. She explains that NJTIP's hands-on training was challenged and had to change on the fly at the start of the pandemic. NJTIP expanded its programs, providing training not just in transit but also in the skills necessary to use the remote tools that have become so necessary over the past year. They conclude with how NJTIP became involved as an active partner in NJTRANSIT's VAXRIDE program.
April 21, 2021
Nurturing young minds through nature: How Rutgers' NTN program positively impacts at-risk youth
On this episode of EJBTalks Stuart Shapiro welcomes Bloustein School colleague, Professor Radha Jagannathan and Professor Michael Camasso from Rutgers' School of Environmental and Biological Sciences (SEBS) to discuss their shared interest in social welfare program evaluation and their program Nurture through Nature (NtN). They discuss the after-school and summer program NtN provides for students in the New Brunswick school district and how their rigorous program evaluation methods are in place to ensure NtN produces measurable positive progress in student development. They also touch on the positive impacts the program had on their first graduated cohort, the challenges the COVID19 pandemic has brought, and program expansion possibilities both locally and globally.
April 13, 2021
The economics, politics, and science of climate change
In this episode, Stuart Shapiro talks with Professor Robert Kopp, one of the nation’s leading experts on climate change about what shaped his research agenda. They delve into the social cost of carbon and how quantifying the costs affect policy decisions impacting the climate. Dr. Kopp also discusses the evolution of the climate community and its realization that success in combating climate change required a closer understanding of the intersection with broader political concerns. They also reflect on the early Biden Administration climate policy initiatives. Finally, they cover Professor Kopp’s role on the Rutgers Carbon Neutral Task Force and how the university is focused on making climate action happen more quickly.
April 02, 2021
National political and policy check in: The first two months of the Biden Administration
We're kicking off our 4th season of EJBTalks with a discussion about where we stand just two months into a very busy and focused Biden Administration. Professor Stuart Shapiro and Amy Cobb discuss the quick successes like the vaccine rollout and the passing of the critical and comprehensive American Rescue Plan bill. He talks about the importance of the HR1 Voting Rights Act and how the termination of the filibuster in Congress will determine its fate. They discuss the massive and much-needed infrastructure investment bill that the Biden administration is quickly pushing forward. Finally and most excitingly (for him), Stuart gets to touch upon his favorite subject--regulation--and how this administration is made up of talented professionals that understand governance and know the obstacles they face in reversing the attempts by the Trump Administration to deregulate.
March 25, 2021
The last -ism: Age, Public Health and Policy
On this episode of EJBTalks, Stuart Shapiro welcomes Professor Anita Franzione and embarks on a frank discussion about aging, public health and policy. Franzione discusses public health issues facing older citizens from sexually transmitted diseases to COVID. She reflects on how the pandemic has exacerbated discrimination the elderly already face in health care settings. Currently they have to navigate well intended policies such as COVID vaccine distribution where despite being prioritized, the elderly face registration and other challenges. Anita also discusses her classroom focus and passion at Bloustein; educating the next generation of practitioners about the elderly, their incredible societal value, and their needs
March 04, 2021
Economic Development, Immigration and Urban Planning - A revealing look at the Amazon-Queens Story
Stuart Shapiro welcomes Professor James DeFilippis on this riveting episode of EJBTalks. DeFilippis discusses his recent work on the role of immigration and organizational politics in local economic development. He discusses in depth, how the Amazon's HQ2 plan for Long Island City and Western Queens epitomized the use of local tax incentives to attract mega corporations, often contrary to the wishes of the community's residents. Defilippis also discusses how culturally diverse places like Queens have particularly fascinating organizational politics with alliances that are often unpredictable to the outside observer.
February 25, 2021
Economic development in New Jersey -- How COVID has expanded NJEDAs essential role
Stuart Shapiro welcomes policy and planning alumnus Jorge Santos to EJB Talks this week to discuss Jorge's experience at Bloustein and his post-graduation career path in economic development. Jorge talks about his new role at NJEDA, which he began just prior to the COVID shutdown, and how the NJEDA has helped small businesses during the economic crisis. He also discusses the new programs and initiatives created by the New Jersey Economic Recovery Act to help the state's businesses, and how the NJEDA will work to quicken the pace and extent of economic improvement.
February 18, 2021
Bike and pedestrian danger: How the media, language, and poor policy shift blame and make accidents more likely
Stuart Shapiro welcomes Assistant Professor Kelcie Ralph from Bloustein's highly ranked Urban Planning Program to this week's EJB Talks to discuss her research on pedestrian and bike safety. Professor Ralph reveals that her personal experience traveling--sans automobile--made her determined to focus on safety in her research. She discusses how the use of certain language, and the shift to victim-blaming by the media when reporting crashes, changes the dynamic from a public health issue to a personal issue. Professor Ralph also explains the origins of the language the media uses in reporting bike/ped accidents, how simple but changeable safety aspects such as speed limits are developed, and how some localities have made positive policy changes to improve safety.
February 11, 2021
One Thing We Agree On - How the American Public Views the Economic Crisis
On our fourth episode of season 3, Professor Shapiro welcomes back Professor Carl Van Horn to discuss the newest survey from The Heldrich Center on Workforce Development. Surprisingly, survey results showed that the public shares widespread agreement regarding the state of the economy and what the response to joblessness should be. There is also a persistent concern that for the first time in memory, future generations may be worse off than their parents. Van Horn and Shapiro then delve into the priorities for economic policy at the federal and state level with regards to joblessness and economic security.
February 02, 2021
Combatting Racial Disparities - Calling for Equity, not Equality, in the Battle against COVID
This episode of EJBTalks brings a fan favorite and an exceptional Bloustein faculty member back to the studio as Stuart Shapiro and Professor Dawne Mouzon have a second conversation on health and economic disparities. They discuss the disparate impact COVID-19 continues to have on Black and Brown communities, why a community so greatly affected is the most apprehensive about taking a vaccine, and the necessity of an equitable response to this public health crisis. Dr. Mouzon also discusses how the Biden administration can most effectively craft its response to the pandemic and other issues affecting our most vulnerable populations.
January 26, 2021
MHA Alumni Spotlight - How hospitals administrators are managing COVID challenges
In this season's second episode of EJB Talks, Stuart Shapiro welcomes dual Bloustein School alumnus Jacob Persily '16 (Health Administration), MHA '19. Jacob works around the corner from the Bloustein School as an acute care administrator at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital. He and Stuart discuss the potential and the challenges associated with the critical rollout of the Covid-19 vaccine. Jacob also highlights how the disparate healthcare system in the U.S. has compelled the hospital sector, typically resistant to change, to embrace adaptability to better serve the public.
January 19, 2021
Looking ahead: Smart Buildings and the future of the urban environment
EJB Talks returns for its third season! Stuart Shapiro will kick off 2021 by looking forward after a year of tumult to the post-pandemic world in health, planning and policy. In this first episode, he talks with Associate Dean and Professor, Clint Andrews, about the future of urban planning and how smart building technologies contribute to safety and improving the environment. They also discuss how behavioral changes arising from COVID19 will likely affect building decisions and urban planning trends for decades to come.
January 12, 2021
A New Normal? Looking Ahead to 2021
For the season two finale of EJB Talks, Stuart Shapiro talks to Amy Cobb to give us a glimpse ahead at the political and policy prospects for 2021. From the good news of vaccine development and distribution to the more worrisome economic conditions to the first 100 days of the Biden presidency, Professor Shapiro gives a hopeful but reality-based forecast of what our country and the world has in store. The pair also give a quick peek at the third season of EJBTalks which will return in January. Happy 2021 everyone!
December 15, 2020
Litigator, Judge, Educator - Using Ethics to Inform Health Care
Professor Shapiro welcomes Judge Paul Armstrong, Senior Policy Fellow and Judge in Residence at Bloustein, this week on EJB Talks. COVID-19 has raised important ethical issues surrounding patient care and the distribution of vaccines. Stuart talks to Judge Armstrong about being the recipient of the Lighthouse Award from the New Jersey Commission on Professionalism and the Law, which reflects the Judge's incredible career achievements in ethics and the law. They discuss ethical issues in health care that Judge Armstrong played a part in such as the Quinlan case and Baby M and how these incredibly important landmark cases have now prepared him to serve on New Jersey's Advisory Committee on COVID-19.
December 08, 2020
The Bloustein Nexus: Bringing together policy, planning, and health
On this episode of EJB Talks, Stuart Shapiro welcomes Bloustein Alumnus and Advisory Board Member, Jason Redd, Esq. BS (Public Health) ‘01, MCRP ’04. They discuss how public health, urban planning, and policy can interact to improve people’s lives, as well as how all three disciplines have impacted Jason's career. Jason also shares his experience as a volunteer observing the 2020 general election absentee ballot canvas in Blair County, PA as well as and his thoughts on the controversies that have followed the election.
November 24, 2020
EJB Talks - Election Coverage 2020
It's the day after the 2020 General Election. After a long night of watching returns, Stuart Shapiro talks with Amy Cobb about the what happened yesterday, the current state of results and where we may be in the coming weeks.
November 04, 2020
The Durability of American Inequality - How Past and Present Racial Disparities Grow the Wealth Gap
This season, Stuart Shapiro has invited our newest faculty members to share their research. In this episode, the last in this series of seven, he welcomes Professor of Public Policy Jermaine Toney, who studies the relationship between race, family wealth, parental income, and the income and prosperity of future generations. Professor Toney discusses the importance of understanding the past and the current systematic gaps that still weigh on Black households and talks about developing policy solutions for these inequalities.
November 03, 2020
Using Crowdsourcing Applications to Interpret and Build More Equitable Cities
On this episode of EJBTalks, Stuart Shapiro welcomes Will Payne, the newest faculty member in our Urban Planning Program. With urban planning moving beyond the focus on the physical form, economic functions, and social impacts of the urban environment, they discuss Professor Payne's research on crowdsourcing applications, which provide large amounts of data from consumers that can drive real change in cities. Having recently completed his dissertation in this area, Professor Payne talks about how early “star” rating systems such as New York’s Zagat Survey have morphed into today’s crowd-sourcing applications including Yelp and Nextdoor. These social media tools have, in turn, become predictors of gentrification, showing how technology, food, culture, politics, and more are intertwined with housing issues. They can also be used to understand how people react and behave in response to these issues. He also explains that these tools exist to solve real problems, enabling planners to study cities and what people really think by providing new and better access to spatial data, and in the right hands, they can be used to create more equitable cities that serve the needs of everyone.
October 27, 2020
The Future of Transporation - Big Data's Role In Understanding the Adoption of Autonomous Vehicles
Autonomous vehicles will bring both powerful solutions and incredible challenges to the future of transportation. On this episode of EJBTalks, Stuart Shapiro talks with Professor Wenwen Zhang about her research on the adoption of autonomous vehicles, how AVs may bring both sustainability and equity to our society and how she uses Big Data Analysis to predict possible outcomes as accurately as possible. Professor Zhang also discusses Bloustein's newest program, the Master's of Public Informatics, and how this program equips students with the ability to collect and analyze big data and successfully synthesize and communicate the results into the policymaking process.
October 20, 2020
Is Our Health Data Safe? Cybersecurity in America's Healthcare Networks
In this eye-opening episode of EJB Talks, Stuart Shapiro welcomes Professor Soumitra Bhuyan to discuss his research on why hospitals are losing the cybersecurity battle. Dr. Bhuyan discusses how data security breaches often arise from physical causes, not just digital ones, and how human error and managerial misses are a root cause. They also discuss how current Bloustein students are being prepared to take on these challenges as they enter leadership positions in hospitals and healthcare systems.
October 15, 2020
Practitioner and Professor - Teaching Health Administration during COVID
In March 2020 the spread of COVID-19 was rampant and New Jersey was at the epicenter of the outbreak. Hospitals and their administrators were faced with unthinkable challenges. In combatting these challenges, hospitals had to change their way of operating. For our third episode this season, Professor Stuart Shapiro welcomes Assistant Teaching Professor Susan Krum to discuss the rapid response in New Jersey's hospitals, how innovations here were shared across the county, and how they have left us better prepared for a potential second wave of COVID-19. They also discuss how the pandemic has afforded her students real-world experience and appreciate the impact of their chosen field.
October 06, 2020
Institutional Landlords and the New Housing Crisis
The effects of COVID-19 on the economy will be deep and long lasting. One of the more important impacts may be on housing markets. In this episode of EJBTalks, Stuart Shapiro has a revealing conversation with Assistant Professor Eric Seymour about the rental housing market and the looming eviction crisis. Professor Seymour talks about his research on predatory institutional landlords, including large motel conglomerates, and how these entities may exacerbate a potential housing crisis across the country.
September 29, 2020
Advocate and Educator - From the CROWN act to the Classroom
EJB Talks returns! In the first episode of our second season, Professor Stuart Shapiro talks with Associate Teaching Professor Patti O'Brien-Richardson about her research and advocacy on natural hair discrimination. She discusses the CROWN Act, a statute adopted by a number of states to address this form of discrimination. She also describes the connection between hair discrimination and racial discrimination, and how this year's protests will affect the implementation of the CROWN Act. Stuart and Patti also discuss her teaching focus at the Bloustein School and how her determined, creative, and inspiring students are handling the challenges posed by remote learning.
September 22, 2020
Travel and tourism: Key factors in New Jersey's economic recovery
The economic casualties of the pandemic are all around us--shops and restaurants shuttered, entertainment venues closed indefinitely, casinos limited to minimal visitors, and much more. As New Jersey begins the slow move towards reopening, the downstream effects of COVID-19 will continue to be visible for a long time. Stuart Shapiro and Michael Lahr, Distinguished Research Professor and Director of the Rutgers Economic Advisory Service (R/ECON) discuss some of the economic impacts facing New Jersey businesses with a particular focus on tourism, and how the inability to travel will affect the state's economy in the year ahead.
August 20, 2020
Cutting off our most vulnerable - Intimate partner violence in a pandemic
COVID-19 has monumentally changed how we have lived for the last five months, with most of the population quarantining at home. In previous episodes, we examined the effect the quarantine has had on some of our most vulnerable populations. This week on EJB Talks, we explore a population that can be particularly affected by stay-at-home orders--those facing intimate partner violence. Stuart Shapiro talks with Professor Andrea Hetling, director of the Bloustein School's Public Policy program, who discusses how non-governmental organizations and governmental agencies are beginning to work together to find creative solutions to relax some of the most difficult hurdles, and provide assistance and help to those who need it most.
August 11, 2020
"Can We Get Back to Politics?"
2020: It's an election year like no other. In this episode of EJB Talks, we get back to national politics. The Bloustein School's Director of Engagement and Special Projects Amy Cobb MPAP '18 returns to ask Professor Stuart Shapiro some pressing questions concerning the presidential and congressional races. Where does the race stand? How will the conventions, and VP Biden's selection of a running mate, affect the race? Stuart and Amy discuss these questions, and more, about the craziest election year in a generation.
August 04, 2020
New Jersey Politics: Why Primary Ballots Make All the Difference
Stuart Shapiro welcomes Associate Professor of Public Policy Julia Rubin to our next episode of EJB Talks. She shares her personal experience starting an NJ based educational grassroots organization, that exposed her to the various institutional aspects of New Jersey politics. She discusses her recent article on the role of political machines in New Jersey and how the design of ballots favor some candidates over others.
July 28, 2020
Moving Higher Ed Online: Costs of COVID and a Recession
Will the nature of college be forever changed by the pandemic and the ensuing recession? This is just one of the questions discussed on EJB Talks this week. Stuart Shapiro and Marc Weiner, Executive Director of Undergraduate Programs for the Bloustein School, examine why the sudden, emergency transition to online education was not an easy one. They also discuss how schools like Bloustein, which employ faculty already cross-trained in hybrid learning, were able to better maintain the quality of teaching as it moved to online learning. Recorded just before a federal judge rescinded the ICE announcement barring foreign students from online study in the U.S., they also touch upon what the move by ICE would have meant for colleges and universities, as well as how enrollments may change as America likely heads into another multi-year recession.
July 21, 2020
Transportation Equity and Institutionalized Inequalities
Professor Stuart Shapiro speaks with senior research specialist Charles Brown of the Alan M. Voorhees Transportation Center on the subject of disparities in transportation planning this week on EJB Talks. Mr. Brown, also an instructor in transportation policy and planning for the school, connects transportation to social disparities, social justice, equity, and COVID-19. In addition to considering the "pracademic" approach to these intersectional crises, they discuss why it is imperative to teach people about the links between transportation planning and these critical issues and the need to prioritize equity in transportation planning and decision making.
July 14, 2020
Covid-19, the Recession and State Budgets: What are our choices?
This week on EJB Talks Stuart Shapiro sits down with Bloustein School Senior Policy Fellow and former New Jersey Budget Director Richard Keevey, who reflects on his years of budgeting at both the state and national levels. Mr. Keevey gives his take on how the pandemic, and the ensuing economic downturn, have put enormous pressure on state governments. The pandemic has increased the needs of residents, while the recession has dramatically decreased the revenue sources that the state government relies upon. Given the magnitude of New Jersey's fiscal crisis, what options do the state's leaders have for making spending cuts without negatively affecting those who need services the most?
July 07, 2020
What Do Our Current Crises Teach Us About Combating Climate Change
EJB Talks welcomes Jeanne Herb, executive director of the Bloustein School's Environmental Analysis and Communications Group to talk about the intersection of the climate crisis, COVID, and economic inequality with Stuart Shapiro. They discuss the work that her center and the University are doing to help New Jersey address the disparate impacts of climate change on our most vulnerable populations, and how no longer viewing climate change as separate from our other crises may allow us to write and implement effective policy solutions.
June 30, 2020
Epidemiologists on the ground during COVID 19
Stuart Shapiro welcomes Lisa Gulla, epidemiologist, disease investigator, and Bloustein lecturer in this week's episode of EJB Talks for a candid discussion about the challenges facing local level disease investigators during the COVID-19 pandemic. She reveals how data can be misconstrued and misinterpreted by well-meaning officials, information-hungry media, as well as "arm-chair" epidemiologists.
June 23, 2020
What We Learned from the Newark Riots: Looking Back to Move Forward
Over a period of four days in 1967, Newark was one of over 150 U.S. cities rocked by rioting, looting, and property destruction, with 26 deaths and hundreds injured. This week on EJB Talks Associate Dean Stuart Shapiro takes a look back at those tumultuous events with Linda Stamato and Sandy Jaffe, co-directors of the Bloustein Center for Negotiation and Conflict Resolution. Sandy chaired the Lilley Commission which recommended changes in the wake of the riots and Linda has spent a career advocating for the improvement of conflict resolution. They draw lessons from their experiences to discuss the protests in recent weeks, and discuss the parallels between two very different eras, the importance of educating leaders about long-standing disparities, and the necessity of building community in order to move forward.
June 15, 2020
The Floyd Protests: Finding Courage
In this episode of EJB Talks, Associate Dean Stuart Shapiro speaks with Bloustein School alumnus Storm Ervin MPP '18. Now an analyst for The Urban Institute in Washington D.C. Ms. Ervin was a central organizer for the protests at the University of Missouri after the murder of Michael Brown in Ferguson MO in 2014. She shares her experiences from the Missouri protests and draws lessons for the current protests going on nationwide over the murder of George Floyd.
June 08, 2020
The Protests and the President
The murder of George Floyd has resulted in protests across the country. In this episode of EJB Talks, Associate Dean Stuart Shapiro, author of the Not Normal blog on the Trump Administration, discusses the president's response to the protests and the likely electoral implications. With the protests layered on top of a still-persistent pandemic and a deepening economic recession, will the president's militaristic response to civil disobedience result in more unrest? Will it help him win re-election?
June 04, 2020
How Toilet Paper Brought Supply Chain Management to the Pandemic Front Lines
"Supply chain" became the buzz phrase at the start of the COVID-19 pandemic when supermarket shelves--and online retailers--were emptied of hand sanitizer, cleaning supplies, and toilet paper. Most of the time how the products we want, or need, arrive at the retailers is not on our minds--unless you drive by an 18-wheeler emblazoned with a particular logo. But as the director of Freight Planning at the North Jersey Transportation Planning Authority, it is Anne Strauss-Wieder's job to make sure the shelves are stocked with what consumers are looking for. As one of the largest and busiest freight hubs in the U.S., the agencies of the NJTPA were critical during the pandemic's earliest days in keeping the goods moving from into and through New Jersey. Also an instructor in supply chain management for the Bloustein School, in this episode of EJB Talks, she breaks down the "breakdown" of the supply chain at the start of the pandemic with host Stuart Shapiro.
June 01, 2020
Restarting the Economy: Understanding How the Cost of Not Investing Can Hurt NJ's Pandemic Recovery
With the guarded hope that we are on a downward trend of coronavirus activity, the discussion has turned to the reopening of the state. EJB Talks host Stuart Shapiro broaches the topic with Bloustein alumnus Brandon McKoy, MCRP '13, president of New Jersey Policy Perspective, and a member of New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy's commission to reopen the state. Brandon touches on some of the issues the state (and the country) must face in determining how to reopen, what the CARES Act is helping (and what it isn't), and how not investing in the future has hurt the state.
May 26, 2020
Why are Black and Latino Populations Being Hit Harder by COVID-19?
When we think of people engaging in unhealthy lifestyles, we are quick to blame the offender. What we often fail to recognize is that not everyone has the same opportunities. In this episode of EJB Talks, Stuart Shapiro delves more deeply into the area of health disparities with professor Dawne Mouzon, a medical sociologist specializing in health disparities across vulnerable populations. Dr. Mouzon sheds light on why some populations, particularly black Americans and Latinos, are more susceptible to infection--not just from COVID-19--and why their health outcomes are not as good as those in predominantly white or more affluent communities. She also expresses the importance of delving into why some other countries have had much better outcomes managing COVID-19 and why the U.S. should take steps to make universal healthcare a priority.
May 18, 2020
Using Data and Emerging Technologies to Improve Urban Life
The Rutgers Urban and Civic Informatics Lab (RUCI Lab) was recently founded at the Bloustein School, with the mission of using new sources of data and emerging technologies to study the health of cities, and by doing so, improve the quality of urban life. This week, Stuart Shapiro talks with the Bloustein School's newest employee, Gavin Rozzi, who joined the school as a Research Computing Specialist for the RUCI Lab just days before the state's stay-at-home order took effect. They discuss some of the projects the RUCI Lab will be working on, including using geographic and social media data to predict the long-term social and economic impacts of COVID-19 on society, as well as Gavin's personal interest utilizing emerging technology -- 3D printing PPEs for frontline healthcare workers.
May 11, 2020
Challenges to Transportation in the Wake of a Pandemic
The New Jersey/New York region is one of the most densely populated in the United States with some of the most widely traveled public transit systems. Thousands of New Jerseyans take NJ Transit bus and rail to New York City; thousands more crowd the New York bus and subway systems. These heavily-used systems have been flagged as possible reasons for the spread of COVID-19. Today on EJB Talks, Stuart Shapiro tackles the issue of public transit and safety measures our transit agencies may need to make to bring commuters back, the effect telecommuting will have on these transit systems, and the new dependence on online services will have on the future of work with Robert Noland, Distinguished Professor and Director of the Alan M. Voorhees Transportation Center at the Bloustein School.
May 04, 2020
Will The Cities of the Future Change?
There has been both in- and out-migration from cities now for years depending upon economic conditions, but the pandemic has hit our cities and high-density areas the hardest. After years of re-urbanization, are we going to see a new wave of urban flight? Has the shift to staying home, working from home, and having all of our necessities being delivered to our homes going to fundamentally change the way we work and live? In our newest episode of EJBTalks, Stuart Shapiro talks with Professor Tony Nelessen, an architect and urban designer, who discusses some of these questions facing the future design of our cities.
April 27, 2020
COVID 19 - Laying Bare Nationwide Health Disparities
Returning to the healthcare field amidst the COVID-19 crisis, host Stuart Shapiro welcomes Professor Soumitra Bhuyan, who teaches in the Bloustein School's health administration program and Dr. Sabiha Hussain from Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital. Their discussion focuses on the social determinants of health; what they are and how they are affecting the outcomes of COVID-19 patients. The role of information technology (IT) and telemedicine are also playing a larger role in the crisis, as doctors seek to reach populations disproportionately affected by COVID-19 while at the same time reducing the burden on the healthcare system.
April 23, 2020
Mitigating the COVID-19 Crisis of Long-Term Unemployment
The unemployment numbers in this first month of the COVID-19 pandemic have been staggering. What can we do to help those who are finding themselves newly unemployed, desperately waiting for their benefits to start and not sure where to turn? In this episode of EJB Talks, our host Stuart Shapiro, Associate Dean of Faculty and Professor of Policy at the Bloustein School, talks to Carl Van Horn, Distinguished Professor at the Bloustein School and Director of the John J. Heldrich Center for Workforce Development, on the dangers of long-term unemployment, who is most vulnerable, and the services the Heldrich Center can provide, along with the State of New Jersey, to help people traverse through the economic crisis brought upon us by COVID-19.
April 20, 2020
Health Administrators: On the Front Lines Fighting Covid-19
The battle against Covid-19 has required a society-wide response. One of the key underappreciated components of that response has been the people who keep our hospitals running. We talk with Professor Ann Marie-Hill who teaches in the Bloustein school health administration program about the role that health administrators are playing in the Covid-19 response.
April 13, 2020