Climate Symposium to examine resilience and adaptation strategies

Climate Resilience and Adaptation SymposiumThe Institute of Urban Studies and the American Planning Association’s Midwest Texas Chapter will host the Climate Resilience and Adaptation Symposium February 6, 2015, at the UT Arlington campus. The symposium will bring North Texas stakeholders together to identify and assess shared challenges related to the specific impacts of climate change in our region. It provides a forum for learning about climate vulnerability in the region, sharing best practices in the resilience planning and identifying collaborative solutions for adaptation.

Nine break-out sessions will cover climate and environmental topics affecting our communities today and in the future. Four keynote speakers will provide their expertise in resilience and adaptation strategies: Robin Rather, CEO of Collective Strength; climate scientist Katharine Hayhoe; Theresa O’Donnell, City of Dallas Director of Planning and Neighborhood Vitality; and Transform Global Principal Betsy del Monte.

Dr. Yekang Ko, Assistant Professor at SUPA, and Ann Foss, Urban Planning and Public Policy Ph.D. student at SUPA, will speak in a session titled “Adaptation Strategies for Climate Change at the Municipal and Regional Scale.”

Meghna Tare, Director of UT Arlington’s Office of Sustainability, will speak at a session titled “Sustainability Partnerships Through Higher Education.”

Online Registration ends February 2, 2015. Click here to register.

Dr. Casey to speak at “Building the Just City” symposium

The third annual Dillon Symposium, organized by the David Dillon Center for Texas Architecture, will be Oct 10-11 in Dallas. An interdisciplinary group of speakers from architecture, urban affairs, history, social work, policy and policing will examine the topic of “Building the Just City” — ways that we can construct spaces, in our streets and in our prisons, that better reflect our ideals of justice, fairness, and decency.

SUPA Associate Professor Colleen Casey will be one of the speakers at the panel “What is a Just City” on Oct 11.

See program details and register for the symposium.

New graduate students attend Orientation

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New graduate students attend Orientation

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!

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Graduate Advisor Karolyn Field assists a student at Orientation.