Archive | February 2010

IPSA Informer: March 1-7

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More SC Speakers

IPSA is proud to confirm two additional speakers for the March 26th Spring Conference.

  • Jessican Adelman, Vice President, Corporate Affairs NAFTA Region, Syngenta
  • Javier Molina Cruz, Food and Agriculture Organization, Liaison Office, New York

Stay tuned for more information about each speaker.

IPSA Elections Announcement

It’s IPSA elections time and we are now accepting nominations for the 2010-2011 Board!

Please review the IPSA Election and Campaign Procedures as well as excerpts from our charter describing the IPSA mission, board roles and election procedures  and abide by them when submitting your nomination materials and conducting your campaign. If you have any questions regarding these procedures, please direct them to IPSA Vice President Maulin Mehta (

Nominations will be accepted until midnght on Monday, March 8. Only self-nominations will be accepted.  Please send your application in Word format to Maulin Mehta at with “IPSA [Board Position] Nomination – [Your Name]” in the subject line.
Candidates should submit the following information:

  • First and Last Name
  • Role for which you are nominating yourself
  • Program and Specialization
  • Two paragraphs (not to exceed 500 words total) that consist of the following:
    • 1st Paragraph – Biographical information including, but not limited to:
      • Prior and current work and academic experience including names of organizations and institutions.
      • Academic and professional areas of interest.
    • 2nd Paragraph – Reasons for running including, but not limited to:
      • Why are you running for the specific role.
      • What you hope to achieve as a board member.
  • To confirm eligibility we also request the following information which will not be publicly distributed:
    • Net ID
    • Anticipated graduation date
    • Full- or part-time status
    • Other student group positions you are running for

IPSA represents all students with international interests and we welcome and encourage full- and part-time MUP, MPA-PNP, MPA-Health, and EMPA students to consider joining the Board.

Below is a list of open positions and their respective contact person. Please feel free to contact us at anytime with any questions you might have or to request a meeting to talk in person.

President – Hanan Nassau (

Vice President – Maulin Mehta (

Treasurer – Caitlin Ostomel (

Secretary – Walid El Asmar (

Academic and Career Development Officer – Tara Noronha (

Community Relations Officer – Christopher Lindahl (

Spring Conference Chair – Walid El Asmar (

IPSA Informer: February 22-28

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Upcoming Food Events

In the lead up to Spring Conference on March 26th, IPSA will be hosting and advertising a wide range of events related to food security issues.  Next week, we have two great events on the topic.

Tuesday, February 23

What: Hungry Filmmakers:  Food Films, Second Installment
Tuesday, February 23, Doors open at 6:30p. Screenings begin promptly at 7:00p.
Where: Anthology Film Archives
32 2nd Ave, New York, NY 10003
About: Back by popular demand, the food documentary film screening and discussion event Hungry Filmmakers will return to Anthology Film Archives on Tuesday, February 23, 2010.  This follows the incredibly enthusiastic response to the inaugural Hungry Filmmakers in December, which featured upcoming films by Ian Cheney and Curt Ellis, Mascha and Manfred Poppenk, and was moderated by Anna Lappé. The organizers hope to grow the series and its community of filmmakers and fans with another exciting lineup of screenings.

Hungry Filmmakers aims to showcase the work of filmmakers who are dedicated to furthering sustainable food dialogue in a social, friendly environment that allows for deeper discussion. Offering viewers a sampling rather than a full screening of each, the program includes ten-minute excerpts of each of the featured films. Kerry Trueman, editor of, will moderate a panel discussion with the directors and/or producers following the screenings. Throughout the films in this lineup, our filmmakers explore the dire effects of over fishing and the underlying causes of food-borne illnesses; the lack of fresh food in underserved communities, and the growth of sustainable food production practices that are inspirational to all.
The films:

  • FRESH Ana Sofia Joanes
  • WHATS ON YOUR PLATE? Catherine Gund
  • THE END OF THE LINE Rupert Murray
  • FLY ON THE WALL Jenny Montasir

$15 at door and in advance: (link on

A reception will follow in the theatre lobby with complimentary snacks, Lagunitas beer and wine from T Edwards. BYOC (bring your own cup) strongly encouraged if you wish to have a drink.

Hungry Filmmakers is a not-for-profit event hosted by Shelley Rogers, Cathy Erway, Jimmys No. 43 and Tim Lynch. Proceeds will be donated to the nonprofit organization Just Food, which works to promote access of fresh, seasonal, sustainable grown food for all New York City residents. Jimmys No. 43 is a bar and restaurant that is committed to supporting the local arts and sustainable food communities. Awarded Best Bar with Good Food by New York Magazine, Favorite NY Pubs by Forbes and a Snail of Approval for its use of local farm-sourced ingredients from Slow Food NYC, Jimmys No. 43 hosts many events and fundraisers, and founded the Good Beer Seal bar community. Anthology Film Archives is an international center for the preservation, study and exhibition of film and video with a particular focus on American avant-garde cinema.

*IPSA Event*

Friday, February 23

What: IPSA/Oxfam Action Corps Hunger Banquet
When: Friday, February 26, 5:30p-9:00p
Where: Puck, Ruding Family Forum
About: Presented by the International Public Service Association (IPSA) and Oxfam Action Corps of NYC.

Few experiences bring to life the inequalities in our world more powerfully than an Oxfam America Hunger Banquet event. IPSA, in partnership with the Oxfam Action Corps of NYC, is hosting this event to start the conversation on global food security, a topic that will be more deeply covered at the 2010 IPSA Spring Conference on Friday, March 26th.

At this event, you will be able to take part in an interactive program that will allow you to experience the issue of food security firsthand. The event will include a speaker panel of Wagner professors and NGO representatives that will be able to answer your questions on this important issue.

After an Oxfam America Hunger Banquet event, few participants will leave with full stomachs, but all will possess a greater understanding of the problems of hunger and poverty and will be motivated to do something about them! Please join us!

For questions, please contact Lucia Goyen at

RSVP online

IPSA Informer: Ferbruary 15-21

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Spring Conference Updates

With Spring Conference only 6 weeks away, we have confirmed additional speakers.

In addition to Frances Moore Lappé, our keynote speaker, the following participants have been confirmed.  Be sure to check back at we secure more speakers.

  • Andrew Rice, The New York Times

Andrew Rice has written about Africa for The New York Times Magazine, The New Republic, and The Economist, among other publications. His article “The Book of Wilson,” published in The Paris Review, received a Pushcart Prize. Between 2002 and 2004, he lived in Uganda as a fellow of the Institute of Current World Affairs, an American nonprofit foundation. Prior to that, he worked for several newspapers, including the Philadelphia Inquirer and the New York Observer. A native of Columbia, South Carolina and a graduate of Georgetown University, he currently lives in Brooklyn.

  • Penelope Anderson, Director of Food Security, Mercy Corps

Noel Gurwick is a climate–agriculture scientist in the Food & Environment Program.  Noel received a B.S. in biology from Brown University and an M.S. in Natural Resource Policy and Management from Cornell University.  His Ph.D. in Biogeochemistry and Environmental Change, also from Cornell, centered on carbon and nitrogen cycling in shallow groundwater near streams. As a post-doctoral fellow at the Carnegie Institution’s Department of Global Ecology, Dr. Gurwick studied responses of plant–soil ecosystems to multiple, co-occurring aspects of global environmental change, including carbon dioxide enrichment, warming, changes in precipitation, and increased nitrogen deposition.

Noel has served as an expert reviewer of the IPCC 2007 reports and is on the Ecological Society of America’s advisory board for Issues in Ecology.  In the past, he sat on the Tompkins County Environmental Management Council and held the position of research translator at the Waquoit Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve, working to improve information flow between the science and policy communities concerned with coastal zone management.

Before coming to UCS, he was a AAAS Science–Policy Fellow in the State Department’s Bureau of Economics, Energy, and Business Affairs (EEB), where he managed the biofuels partnership with Brazil and supported U.S. diplomatic relations concerning low-carbon energy technologies.  At State, he also strengthened EEB’s relations with the academic community.

John Coonrod is Vice President, Strategy and Impact of The Hunger Project. He was one of the first volunteers in The Hunger Project in early 1977, assisting in the research during the organizations formulation, and was then a volunteer leader in its enrollment, educational and financial family campaigns through 1984. In 1985, he joined staff to assist in opening the Global Office in New York and facilitate our work with other non-governmental organizations (NGOs).

John has been instrumental in the formulation and management of the Africa Prize for Leadership for the Sustainable End of Hunger since 1986, and in the development of all Hunger Project programs. The board elected him Vice President in October 1997.

John grew up in the Midwest, and was trained as a physicist at Stanford (BSc) and the University of California-Berkeley (MS, PhD), during which time he was active in the civil rights and anti-war movement. He worked as a research physicist at Princeton University from 1978 through 1984. As a physicist, he was involved in the design and construction of the High-Energy Astronomical Observatory satellite, the first whole-body CAT scanner, and the first tokamak to achieve a break-even fusion reaction.

At a Hunger Project event, he met his colleague and future wife Carol. They were married in 1988 and are living happily ever after.

  • Ellen Gustafson, Co-Founder and Executive VP, FEED Project

Ellen is the co-Founder and Executive Vice President of FEED Projects, LLC. She is also the Executive Director of the FEED Foundation, a non-profit that seeks ways to support a more sustainably fed and well-nourished world. Previously, Ellen was the NY Communications Officer for the UN World Food Program (WFP). At WFP, she was acting Sr. Spokesperson in 2006 and launched the Universities Fighting World Hunger initiative of over 70 partner schools. Prior to WFP, Ellen reported in the ABC News Investigative Unit and was a research associate at the Council on Foreign Relations in the Military Policy and Communications groups.

Ellen has a BA in International Politics from Columbia University and is currently pursuing a Master’s Degree in Food and Nutrition Policy at New York University. She hails from the battlefields near Valley Forge, Pennsylvania. Ellen loves to cook and sing, both of which are enjoyed regularly by Team FEED.

IPSA Informer: February 8-14

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