Archive for the 'Urban Affairs' Category

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.

Summer internships enhance classroom learning

By Sara Abraham-Oxford

Master of Arts in Urban Affairs student Tharani Devi Krishnakumar’s summer internship with Greenpeace at its Washington D.C. headquarters was featured on the Green Source DFW blog. Krishnakumar’s internship was made possible by the Archer Fellowship Program, which sends University of Texas System students to Washington D.C. for internships.

Urban Planning and Public Policy doctoral student Reza Sardari had an internship this summer with C&M Associates in Florida, which provided opportunities for hands-on application of knowledge gained from his classes and his work as a Graduate Research Assistant at the Institute of Urban Studies. His internship position as Associate Transportation System Modeler consisted of assisting with travel demand modeling and transportation planning, working on traffic data processing, and reporting the results of traffic modeling.

“Working as a graduate research assistant at the Institute of Urban Studies was a great opportunity for me to be involved in different projects such as land use planning, parks and recreation master planning, economic development and transportation planning,” he said.

Sardari noted that highlights of the internship included learning Cube software, a travel forecasting and transportation GIS system, as well as working with the Florida Standard Urban Transportation Model Structure (FSUTMS), that includes software, data formats and operating procedures for travel modeling.

Richard Cole honored by the Urban Affairs Association

by Joanne Lovito-Nelson

Dr. Richard Cole (file photo)

In a unanimous vote of the Urban Affairs Association (UAA) Governing Board, Dr. Richard Cole was inducted as a member of the UAA Service Honor Roll.

In a letter to Cole, the Governing Board noted that the award is well-deserved and stated, “On behalf of the many urbanists who have benefited from your work, and the future generations who will build upon its foundation, we offer our heartfelt gratitude.”

The letter went on to say, “The Urban Affairs Association has created the UAA Service Honor Roll to recognize those members who have contributed outstanding service over the years to the association.”

Cole, along with other honorees, will be recognized at the UAA conference to be held in San Francisco this April.

The association’s website states, “The Urban Affairs Association (UAA) is the international professional organization for urban scholars, researchers, and public service professionals.”

To learn more about the association, visit the UAA website.

New Graduate Student Orientation

New grad students: Come meet the Dean, program directors and advisors at the New Graduate Student Orientation on Aug. 17 at 5:30 p.m. in University Hall.

We will also discuss the PhD, Urban Affairs, Public Administration and City and Regional Planning program plans, future academic schedules and many lots more about SUPA.

If you plan to attend, RSVP to Christa Barreras at christab@uta.edu or 817-272-5631.

New Grad Student Orientation

SUPA awards record number of Ph.D. degrees in 2011-2012

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Photo courtesy University Communications

The School of Urban and Public Affairs is proud to have awarded a record number of doctoral degrees during the 2011-2012 academic year. Congratulations to our Ph.D. graduates:

Public and Urban Administration
Helen Kay Godbey, Ph.D.
G.M. Cox, Ph.D.
J. Randall Farmer, Ph.D.
Linda K. Johnson, Ph.D.
Ravindra Kumar Jain, Ph.D.
Uvaldina Montoya Janecek, Ph.D.
Rebecca Jane Lewis, Ph.D.
Malcolm Khalid Oliver, Ph.D.
Urban Planning and Public Policy
Lou Kelley Brewer, Ph.D.
Kent Lee Hurst, Ph.D.
Chawana Mwangeka, Ph.D.
Moses Pologne, Ph.D.
Pratap Narasimha Mandapaka, Ph.D.
Steven Nabieu Rogers, Ph.D.
Ali Tayebi, Ph.D.
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More faculty publications and presentations

The School of Urban and Public Affairs faculty has been busy. Check out the latest roundup of recent publications and presentations from our talented faculty:

Richard ColeRichard Cole, PhD, Professor of Urban and Public Affairs

Attachments to Multiple Communities and Public Ambivalence Toward Immigration in the United States,” in Jack Jedwab and John Kincaid, eds., Identities, Trust, and Cohesion in Federal Countries: Perspectives from Public Opinion, (McGill-Queen’s Press), 2012.

Attachments and Identification in Federal States,” (with J. Kincaid), Canadian Issues, summer/fall, 2012).

The Current Status and Roles of State of State Advisory Commissions on Intergovernmental Relations in the U.S. Federal System,Public Administration Review, 2011.

Trickle Down Economics Texas Style:  Impacts of the Texas Budget Crisis on Local Governments,” The Ideas Quarterly Report, 2011.

Citizen Attitudes Toward Issues of Federalism in Canada, Mexico, and the United States,” (with J. Kincaid), Publius: The Journal of Federalism, 2011.

Implications of Public Trust and Confidence in Orders of Government for Intergovernmental Boundaries in Four Federal Countries,” (with J. Kincaid), Annual Meeting of the International Political Science Association, July, 2012.

Attitudinal Evidence for the North American Political Culture Concept,” (with R. Whelan) Annual Meeting of the Canadian Political Science Association, June 17, 2012.

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Michan ConnorMichan Connor, PhD, Assistant Professor of Interdisciplinary Studies

Holding the Center: Images of Urbanity on Television in Los Angeles, 1950-1970,” scheduled for publication in the Summer 2012 issue of the Southern California Quarterly, the peer-reviewed journal of the Historical Society of Southern California.

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David CourseyDavid Coursey, PhD, Director of Public Administration

Decisions in Research Review Boards: The Role of Individual Characteristics and Communication Medium,” in Public Integrity, Spring 2012 with Yushim Kim, Deirdre Hahn.

Empirical Validation of the Relative Autonomy Index – A Self-Determination Perspective on Work Motivation in the Public Sector,” paper presented at International research Society for Public Management, Rome, Italy, April 2012, with Wouter Vandenabeele.

Click here to see more SUPA faculty publications.

Congratulations SUPA Class of 2012!

Photo courtesy University Communications

Members of the School of Urban and Public Affairs Class of 2012 received their degrees at SUPA’s commencement ceremony on May 12, 2012, at UTA’s new College Park Center. UT Arlington President James D. Spaniolo gave the commencement address.