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EJB Talks: Rutgers Bloustein School Experts

EJB Talks: Rutgers Bloustein School Experts

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Faculty and staff 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 Informatics.
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The Durability of American Inequality - How Past and Present Racial Disparities Grow the Wealth Gap

EJB Talks: Rutgers Bloustein School Experts

The Durability of American Inequality - How Past and Present Racial Disparities Grow the Wealth Gap

EJB Talks: Rutgers Bloustein School Experts

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 4, 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 3, 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 6, 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 4, 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 7, 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 8, 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 4, 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 1, 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 4, 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