Pleasant Hill, CA, United States
Pleasant Hill, CA, United States

John F. Kennedy University is a nonprofit, private university located in Pleasant Hill, California, with satellite campuses in San Jose and Berkeley. It was founded in 1964 to focus on providing continuing opportunities for non-traditional higher education. Enrollment is approximately 1,600 with no campus housing. The faculty consists of over 700 adjunct faculty employed in their subject areas in addition to about 60 full-time academics.JFK University has three colleges – Undergraduate Studies, Graduate and Professional Studies, and Law. The University also has a Continuing Education division and an Institute of Entrepreneurial Leadership.In April 2009, JFKU became an affiliate of the National University System. JFK University retained its name, identity and accreditation as an independent university. Wikipedia.


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Sunstein C.R.,Administrator of the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs | Zeckhauser R.,John F. Kennedy University
Environmental and Resource Economics | Year: 2011

When risks threaten, cognitive mechanisms bias people toward action or inaction. Fearsome risks are highly available. The availability bias tells us that this leads people to overestimate their frequency. Therefore, they also overreact to curtail the likelihood or consequences of such risks. More generally, fear can paralyze efforts to think clearly about risks. We draw on a range of environmental risks to show the following: (1) Fear leads us to neglect probability of occurrence; (2) As fearsome environmental risks are usually imposed by others (as externalities), indignation stirs excess reaction; (3) We often misperceive or miscalculate such risks. Two experiments demonstrate probability neglect when fearsome risks arise: (a) willingness-to-pay to eliminate the cancer risk from arsenic in water (described in vivid terms) did not vary despite a 10-fold variation in risk; (b) the willingness-to-accept price for a painful but non dangerous electric shock did not vary between a 1 and 100% chance. Possible explanations relate to the role of the amygdala in impairing cognitive brain function. Government and the law, both made by mortals and both responding to public pressures, similarly neglect probabilities for fearsome risks. Examples relating to shark attacks, Love Canal, alar and terrorism are discussed. © 2011 Springer Science+Business Media B.V.


News Article | November 14, 2016
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The John F. Kennedy University Sanford Institute of Philanthropy and the Tesoro Foundation are pleased to announce philanthropist and entrepreneur T. Denny Sanford will be a keynote speaker at a Nov. 15 Symposium – Building Outrageously Successful Nonprofit Organizations – that is co-hosted by the University and sponsored by the Tesoro Foundation. Mr. Sanford is considered to be one of the world’s most generous philanthropists, and he has donated more than 1 billion dollars to causes he supports nationwide ranging from education to nonprofits. Mr. Sanford is the namesake of the Sanford Institute of Philanthropy at JFK University, launched earlier this year as part of a national network of Institutes that are based on Mr. Sanford’s vision and approach toward helping nonprofits improve fundraising and donor relations through seminars and educational programs. Each Institute offers curricula developed by the founding Institute, the Sanford Institute of Philanthropy at National University, and presentations by recognized community nonprofit leaders, members of academia, and philanthropic leaders. The day-long Symposium, which is being offered at no cost, is being held at the Concord Hilton and is designed to support nonprofit executives, board members and management staff. It includes presentations by Rudolph A. Johnson III, President and CEO of Neighborhood House Association in San Diego and recipient of the KPBS Black History Month Local Hero Award, as well as nationally-recognized expert and author Heather Carpenter, Ph.D. To register: http://www.jfku.edu/Events/2016-John-F-Kennedy-University-Institute-of-Philanthropy.html “We are pleased to have such a distinguished group of speakers and nonprofit leaders join us for this very special Symposium that highlights the great work being done by our region’s nonprofits, and we are very thankful for Tesoro’s support” said Debra Bean, President of JFK University. “We are particularly honored to welcome Mr. Sanford, a world-renowned entrepreneur and philanthropist and the namesake of the Sanford Institute of Philanthropy network, to share his insight and inspiration with our San Francisco area community.” Strengthening fundraising and donor relations are top concerns among local nonprofits, according to results from a recent survey in the East Bay by the Sanford Institute of Philanthropy at JFK University, and the Symposium will explore these themes and others related to the nonprofit community. The annual event is the largest to date, according to Patty Deutsche, Director of Northern California Government and Public Affairs for Tesoro: “Tesoro gives more than $1 million each year to local non-profits but we can’t help them all. Knowing that these organizations are the backbone to a healthy society, funding this Symposium is one more way Tesoro can assist in building and strengthening our community.” Two years ago, Mr. Sanford teamed up with San Diego-based National University, a private nonprofit university in California that, like JFK University, is part of the National University System, to develop educational programs that emphasize a Cause Selling approach that strengthens donor relationships. The Cause Selling approach, as envisioned by Mr. Sanford, applies business and sales principles that position nonprofits with making the right ask for causes that are important to them. This approach has been detailed in a one-of-its kind textbook, Cause Selling: The Sanford Way. “The JFK University Sanford Institute of Philanthropy supports nonprofits in our region by helping them develop essential fundraising and leadership skills that will result in a greater community impact while achieving organizational growth and sustainability,” said Solomon Belette, Director of the Sanford Institute of Philanthropy at JFK University. “We are honored to provide access to high-quality training, functioning as a hub for information and technical resources, and strengthening collaborative efforts to build a strong and robust nonprofit community.” Since the launch of the founding Sanford Institute of Philanthropy at National University in 2014, affiliate Sanford Institutes of Philanthropy have been created at Augustana University serving the South Dakota region and Bellevue University serving the Nebraska and the western Iowa region. Each Institute, including the one at JFK University, offers educational programs based on the tenets of the Cause Selling approach and being responsive to the unique needs and challenges facing nonprofits in each distinct community. At JFK University, that has included, in addition to sponsoring the Symposium, offering seminars, networking sessions, and webinars. About John F. Kennedy University For over 50 years, John F. Kennedy University, a non-profit affiliate of the National University System, has offered undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral programs that prepare individuals for career success while also engaging the student in personal growth through a commitment to service. Today, the University’s three Colleges provide innovative higher education opportunities to 1, 200 professionals who, despite a full range of life responsibilities, are determined to advance their education and improve their future. The Continuing Education division provides professional development education to more than 2,500 individuals per year. A pioneer of education that integrates theory and practice, John F. Kennedy University and its students touch the lives of more than 30,000 people in Bay Area communities every year through their support of outreach centers and public programs. For more information, visit http://www.jfku.edu. About Tesoro Foundation. The Tesoro Foundation is a separate, 501(c)(3), philanthropic affiliate of Tesoro Companies, Inc. Tesoro and the Tesoro Foundation are committed to collaborating with our stakeholders to create cleaner, safer, well-educated communities where we operate. We create Shared Value for us and our communities by ensuring our charitable investments serve the communities’ needs, harness our employees’ passions and interests, and align with our business goals. We strategically focus our community investments in three core areas where we can make a positive, measurable impact: STEM education (science, technology, engineering and math), public safety, and environmental conservation and sustainability. For more information, visit http://tsocorp.com/social-responsibility/tesoro-community-investments/.


News Article | November 10, 2016
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John F. Kennedy University is honoring Kathleen Kennedy Townsend, former U.S. deputy assistant attorney general and Maryland’s first woman lieutenant governor, with the Kennedy Laureate Award for her exceptional advocacy of education and community service that embodies the John F. Kennedy University mission. Kennedy Townsend, a Harvard graduate and attorney who has received twelve honorary degrees, is the niece of the 35th President for whom the University was named. Kennedy Townsend serves on the board of the John F. Kennedy Foundation, and is a research professor at the Georgetown Public Policy Institute, a visiting fellow at the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard, and was named a Paul H. Nitze Senior Fellow at St. Mary's College of Maryland. In addition, she founded the Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights Award in 1984 to honor courageous activists who spoke truth to power. The oldest of 11 children of Robert and Ethel Kennedy, Kennedy Townsend led an effort as founder and director of the Maryland Student Service Alliance to make Maryland the first state instituting community service as a graduation requirement “We are so very honored to have Kathleen Kennedy Townsend join us this evening for this special event and recognition as she embodies so clearly the dedication and community service that we value so highly among our own university community,” said JFK University President Debra Bean. “Her many contributions through her public service and her actions that demonstrate community before self are representative of the ideals we can all strive to emulate for the betterment of our communities and society at large.” In the same spirit of Kennedy Townsend’s emphasis of community service and education, JFK University has a Service Learning program that requires students to dedicate at least 30 hours to community projects that are aligned with their academic specialty areas toward community projects. Kennedy Townsend will receive the Kennedy Laureate Award at a dinner on November 12 at the Blackhawk Auto Museum in Danville, Calif. Consistent with the University’s themes of lifelong learning and service to the community, the dinner is also a fundraising event directly funding educational scholarships. A generous 1:1 matching grant up to $100,000 has been set up to support the University's Student Success Center, which offers dedicated services and resources to support Hispanic/Latino students and others and from underserved communities. Additional funding designations are available for specific programs and returning military veterans. Two other honorees will be recognized at the event who have ties to the San Francisco Bay Area, where JFK University is located. The Wente Vineyards Family of Livermore, Calif., and Eric Rudney of Alamo, Calif., will also be awarded the Kennedy Laureate Award that evening. The Wente Vineyards Family includes fourth and fifth generation winemakers in California’s Livermore Valley; Rudney is a philanthropist supporting numerous nonprofits through his leadership and volunteer work in the San Francisco East Bay area. The awards program will include dinner, silent and live auctions, and comments from the award recipients. Tickets are $300 each for a VIP Reception and dinner or $200 each for dinner and are available by contacting Anne Marie Taylor at 925.969.3491 or amtaylor(at)jfku.edu. About John F. Kennedy University For over 50 years, John F. Kennedy University, a non-profit affiliate of the National University System, has offered undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral programs that prepare individuals for career success while also engaging the student in personal growth through a commitment to service. Today, the University’s three Colleges provide innovative higher education opportunities to 1, 200 professionals who, despite a full range of life responsibilities, are determined to advance their education and improve their future. The Continuing Education division provides professional development education to more than 2,500 individuals per year. A pioneer of education that integrates theory and practice, John F. Kennedy University and its students touch the lives of more than 30,000 people in Bay Area communities every year through their support of outreach centers and public programs. For more information, visit http://www.jfku.edu.


News Article | February 28, 2017
Site: www.24-7pressrelease.com

SAN FRANCISCO, CA, February 28, 2017-- Ms. Geraldine Armendariz has been included in Marquis Who's Who. As in all Marquis Who's Who biographical volumes, individuals profiled are selected on the basis of current reference value. Factors such as position, noteworthy accomplishments, visibility, and prominence in a field are all taken into account during the selection process.Driven by her passion for personal injury law, Ms. Armendariz parlays nearly four and a half decades of experience into her private practice, which she has operated in San Francisco since 1981. She started her career as a legal assistant with Heller, Ehrman, White & McAuliffe, as well as with the San Francisco Lawyers' Committee of Urban Affairs, and quickly gained a reputation for excellence. She also accrued experience as a law clerk for the criminal division of the Superior Court of California, and the public defender's office in San Francisco.An alumna of UC Berkeley and John F. Kennedy University, Ms. Armendariz holds a Master of Arts in Spanish, and a JD. Her professional affiliations include the National Hispanic Bar Association, the State Bar of California, through which she is licensed to practice, and the San Francisco Trial Lawyers Association. Notably, Ms. Armendariz has been featured in the 8th edition of Who's Who in the World, the 15th edition of Who's Who of American Women, and the 7th edition of Who's Who in American Law. She is also an honored member of the Trademark Women of Distinction Honors Edition 2016.About Marquis Who's Who :Since 1899, when A. N. Marquis printed the First Edition of Who's Who in America , Marquis Who's Who has chronicled the lives of the most accomplished individuals and innovators from every significant field of endeavor, including politics, business, medicine, law, education, art, religion and entertainment. Today, Who's Who in America remains an essential biographical source for thousands of researchers, journalists, librarians and executive search firms around the world. Marquis publications may be visited at the official Marquis Who's Who website at www.marquiswhoswho.com


Yu Y.,John F. Kennedy University
Energy Policy | Year: 2010

DSM is one of the best and most practical policy tools for China to balance environmental protection and economic growth. However, the bottleneck lies in the lack of long-term, stable, sufficient and gradually increasing funds to flow into DSM projects. The author redesigns the practical 'system benefit charge (SBC)' policy, which will provide long-term and stable funding for DSM, the policy to facilitate the financial support from banking sector and capital market, and investigates the possibility of DSM funding from CDM projects. SBC is the best way to boost long-term stable and sufficient funding for DSM at present in China. The current low inflation rate and natural resource price are favored to expedite the implementation of SBC and DSM developments. With regard to the uneven development, China needs to design relative policies to offset the impact in different areas, such as tax reduction and fiscal subsides. It is time for China to develop a definite and clear target and timetable to implement DSM, which will give the public and enterprises a definite and clear expectation for the future. The government should publicize a clear and integrated DSM development plan and relative policy outline in the near, medium, and long term. © 2010 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.


Hong S.,John F. Kennedy University
Information Economics and Policy | Year: 2012

Many news organizations have recognized the potential of social media as a journalistic tool and have used social media marketing to attract online audiences. The aim of this study is to understand the implications of news organizations' adoption of social media sites through (1) an examination of the relationship between news organizations' adoption of social media and their online readership and (2) a comparison of online traffic generated by social media sites with that generated by other online media institutions. Evidence suggests that newspapers' adoption of social media is positively associated with an increase in their online readership, and this association increases in the size of the newspapers' social media networks (e.g., number of Twitter followers). Evidence also suggests that the association between newspapers' social media adoption and their online traffic may differ compared to the association between other online media institutions and the online traffic they generated. A descriptive analysis shows that the online traffic generated by social media sites is less concentrated than that generated by search engines or news aggregators; this can be explained by the fact that social media sites might be less susceptible to information cascades, compared to search engines or news aggregators. © 2012 Elsevier B.V..


Hlavac M.,John F. Kennedy University
Journal of Statistical Software | Year: 2016

This article introduces TableMaker, a Microsoft Excel macro that produces publicationquality tables and includes them as new sheets in workbooks. The macro provides an intuitive graphical user interface that allows for the full customization of all table features. It also allows users to save and load table templates, and thus allows layouts to be both reproducible and transferable. It is distributed in a single computer file. As such, the macro is easy to share, as well as accessible to even beginning and casual users of Excel. Since it allows for the quick creation of reproducible and fully customizable tables, TableMaker can be very useful to academics, policy-makers and businesses by making the presentation and formatting of results faster and more efficient. © 2016, American Statistical Association. All rights reserved.


Stavins R.N.,John F. Kennedy University
Review of Environmental Economics and Policy | Year: 2012

This article describes three essential elements of an effective post-2012 international climate policy architecture: a framework to ensure that key industrialized and developing nations are involved in differentiated but meaningful ways, an emphasis on an extended time path for emissions targets, and the inclusion of flexible market-based policy instruments to keep costs down and facilitate international equity. This overall architecture is consistent with fundamental aspects of the science, economics, and politics of global climate change; addresses specific shortcomings of the Kyoto Protocol; and builds on the foundation of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change. © The Author 2011. Published by Oxford University Press on behalf of the Association of Environmental and Resource Economists. All rights reserved.


Yu Y.,John F. Kennedy University
Energy Economics | Year: 2012

DSM is one of the best and most practical policy tools available to China for balancing environmental protection and economic growth. The new round of electricity system reform provides a good opportunity to consolidate and integrate DSM policy and expedite its development and implementation. DSM policy can be upgraded by incorporating it into the current electricity system reform. Comparing the potential acceleration of electricity price reform with the possibility of imposing a System Benefit Charge (SBC), the author argues that support for a SBC would be much easier to gather among policymakers and stakeholders in a short time and would have a much better policy effect in the current situation. The author discusses three kinds of price discrimination related to the DSM development in China: time-based electricity pricing, electricity price discrimination for industrial structure adjustment in China (Fujian Province as a case), and direct power purchases by large customers and preferential tariff policy. These can be well designed to be combined with DSM and energy efficiency policy. © 2011 Elsevier B.V.


Qiu Y.,Stanford University | Qiu Y.,John F. Kennedy University | Anadon L.D.,John F. Kennedy University
Energy Economics | Year: 2012

Using the bidding prices of participants in China's national wind project concession programs from 2003 to 2007, this paper built up a learning curve model to estimate the joint learning from learning-by-doing and learning-by-searching, with a novel knowledge stock metric based on technology adoption in China through both domestic technology development and international technology transfer. The paper describes, for the first time, the evolution of the price of wind power in China, and provides estimates of how technology adoption, experience in building wind farm projects, wind turbine manufacturing localization, and wind farm economies of scale have influenced the price of wind power. The learning curve model presented includes several important control variables, namely, wind resource indicators and steel prices. The results indicate that joint learning from technology adoption and learning-by-doing through cumulative installed capacity, wind turbine manufacturing localization, and wind farm economies of scale comprise the three most significant factors associated with reductions in the price of wind power in China during the period under consideration. The two types of learning investigated are associated with a 4.1%-4.3% price reduction per doubling of installed capacity, providing an estimate of the evolution of the price of wind power, a technology widely used in other markets, which in China has benefited from technology leapfrogging, established supply chains, and operational experience in other countries. Because of the change of bidding rules in 2007, our estimates can be interpreted as the lower bound of the true joint learning rates. Our model also indicates that most learning about the installation and operation of wind farms was common to the whole industry (i.e., we found little evidence for intra-firm learning). The policies that have contributed to the growth of the Chinese knowledge stock through the promotion of technology adoption are also discussed. © 2011 Elsevier B.V.

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