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News from the School of Urban and Public Affairs
Incoming masters and doctoral students participated in SUPA’s Orientation Session over the weekend. Dean Becker, the program directors and graduate advisors discussed various aspects of graduate life at SUPA. The Director of the Institute of Urban Studies, student organizations and alumni also shared information and tips with the students.
Welcome from all of us at SUPA!
Story and photo by Sara Abraham-Oxford
Fourteen high school students from the Fort Worth ISD participated in an Interdisciplinary Studies Mavs Summer Camp hosted by the School last week. The three-day camp included sessions with INTS Director Dr. Donna Akers and INTS faculty, a community involvement presentation led by Fort Worth Deputy Mayor MaryAnn Means, a Planning for Action session led by Institute for Urban Studies Director Brian Guenzel, and a visit to the campus Community Garden.
Campers also learned about financial aid and the study abroad program and took a campus tour. Rounding out the students’ simulated college experience were a stay in KC Hall, meals at the Connection Café in the University Center, and recreational sports at the Maverick Activities Center. INTS Academic Advisors LaKayla Cooper and Carolyn Gist kept the campers on track during all of the activities.
Students and staff attended the Spatial Analysis Workshop hosted by the School last week. Dr. Jesús Treviño, an Urban Planning and Public Policy (UPPP) alumnus and professor at Universidad Autónoma de Nuevo León in Mexico, led the workshop.
The workshop was “really useful for academic research although it was quite heavy material for three days,” said Kukhyoung Kim, a UPPP student. She noted that an especially useful feature of the workshop was access to some of Treviño’s research databases along with step-by-step instructions on conducting spatial analysis on them. Kim added that the workshop’s focus on combining spatial and non-spatial data required some statistical knowledge in addition to using geographic information systems (GIS).
SUPA’s spring commencement ceremony was held May 9 at the UTA’s College Park Center. The ceremony included hooding for doctoral candidates on stage. Program directors Dr. David Coursey, Dr. Ard Anjomani and Dr. Rod Hissong hooded the School’s masters candidates before the ceremony.
Post and photo by Sara Abraham Oxford
Dr. Jesús Treviño, an alumnus of the School of Urban and Public Affairs (SUPA), led a Spatial Analysis Workshop at SUPA earlier this summer. Students, staff and faculty participated in the workshop, which provided an overview of Exploratory Spatial Data Analysis (ESDA), geovisualization and spatial statistics.
Treviño is a professor at the School of Architecture at Universidad Autónoma de Nuevo León in Mexico and a member of Mexico’s National System of Researchers. Interestingly, he was the first graduate of the Urban Planning and Public Policy (UPPP) Ph.D. program at SUPA when he earned his degree in 2006.
Recalling his time at SUPA, Treviño said the UPPP program “was a great chance to put together experiences from my twenty years of teaching and research” and utilize his social science background in economics. He added that he especially appreciated the feedback he received from the faculty during his studies.
by Joanne Lovito-Nelson
Alumni, students and friends of the School of Urban and Public Affairs are invited to participate in a bus tour of Arlington and Fort Worth.
Dr. Paul Geisel, Professor Emeritus, will serve as tour guide in what is hailed as the School’s inaugural bus tour. The theme of the tour is, “Transitions – Past, Present, and Future – Tour of Arlington & Fort Worth.”
According to the UT Arlington Alumni Association website, Geisel was chosen to host the tour because of his extensive knowledge of the cultures of established neighborhoods in Arlington and Fort Worth. During the tour, he will discuss transitions that have, are, or will take place in these cities.
The tour is limited to 50 participants. To register or to learn more about the location, time, and cost, visit www.utaalumni.org/supabus.