The City of Kennedale won second place in the 2014 Governor’s Community Achievement Awards, Category 3, and received an Award of Excellence. Assistant Professor Karabi Bezboruah and her Fall 2010 Strategic Planning, Policy and Management class created a plan for the Keep Kennedale Beautiful Commission, which contributed to Kennedale’s efforts. Kennedale City Manager Bob Hart says the city’s efforts started about five years ago and the “strategic planning class was a significant part of our start in obtaining recognition and providing direction.” The awards are presented by Keep Texas Beautiful and the Texas Department of Transportation.
The City of Dallas, Dallas Councilmember Dwaine Caraway and the North Central Texas Council of Governments have announced significant investments to improve sidewalks in the Oak Cliff Gardens neighborhood of Dallas. Dallas Habitat for Humanity notes on its blog that the investments are based on a 2013 walkability study of the neighborhood conducted by Urban Planning and Public Policy Ph.D. student Dian Nostikasari in collaboration with Dallas Habitat.
Great examples of SUPA students’ hard work resulting in benefits for our communities!
Alumna Dr. Rumanda K. Young was honored with the Lt. Gen. John W. Morris Civilian of the Year Award by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.
A story on the DVIDS site notes that the award “recognizes the employee who individually has made the most significant and noteworthy contributions to the mission, reputation and prestige of the Corps of Engineers – including significant participation in areas outside the workplace – in the past calendar year.”
Young is chief of the Master Planning Section of the Corps’ Fort Worth District Regional Planning and Environmental Center and the regional energy program manager for the Corps’ Southwestern Division in Dallas.
The story includes a statement from Col. Charles H. Klinge, the Corps’ Fort Worth District Commander, “Dr. Young’s pioneering work in master planning and resource management, and her teaching and mentorship of students and staff, represent a new generation of leadership that is advancing the Department of Defense energy sustainment mission.”
Young holds a Master of City and Regional Planning degree and a doctorate in Urban Planning and Public Policy from SUPA. She teaches at UTA and Southern Methodist University.
Congratulations to Dr. Young on the award!
Story and photo by Sara Abraham-Oxford
Dr. Treviño (standing) works with students during the workshop.
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).
Dr. Carl Grodach and two graduate students recently completed a report titled “Art Spaces, Art Places: Examining Neighborhood Preferences of New York Arts Organizations.” Their research studied the location patterns of New York state and city arts organizations, finding that while there is a link between these organizations and the urban core and creative economy, the organizations tend to avoid diverse and disadvantaged neighborhoods. The researchers note that identifying key neighborhood attributes associated with distinct types of arts organizations can help identify potential sites and strategies to engage the organizations in underserved neighborhoods.
Urban Planning and Public Policy doctoral students Nicole Foster and James Murdoch III worked on the research with Dr. Grodach. The report was made possible by a grant from New York Community Trust’s Arts & Culture Research Fund. The research will be presented at two special sessions on the Arts and Urban Planning at The Association of Collegiate Schools of Planning (ACSP) conference in Philadelphia this fall.
Post and photo by Sara Abraham-Oxford
Dr. Maher Alshammari, a visiting scholar at the School of Urban and Public Affairs, is somewhat acquainted with SUPA faculty and the UTA campus. Alshammari earned a Master of City and Regional Planning degree as well as a Ph.D. in Urban Planning and Pubic Policy from SUPA. He is currently on sabbatical leave from his position as Assistant Professor at the University of Dammam in Saudi Arabia.
While at SUPA, the scholar is working on his research titled “A Comprehensive Street Addressing System for the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia: An Exploratory Study of Replicating the US System in the Kingdom.” He will examine the challenges of improving the system for identifying buildings, streets and neighborhoods in Saudi Arabia; evaluate previous approaches to the system; and review the system used in the U.S. Additionally, Alshammari will use a survey to identify elements of an ideal addressing system suitable for Saudi Arabia. The research goal is to determine how a well-organized street addressing system could serve Saudi Arabia.
Alshammari particularly appreciates the guidance of Professor Ard Anjomani, who was the chair of his dissertation committee, as well as the resources available through the Institute of Urban Studies and the UTA Library, while he works on his research. He will be at SUPA until January 2015.
by Sara Abraham-Oxford
Christopher Cook, a student in SUPA’s Public and Urban Administration Ph.D. program, was promoted from sergeant to lieutenant in the Arlington Police Department. Lieutenant Cook serves as supervisor of the department’s Office of Communication/Media Unit.
Photo by Joanne Lovito-Nelson
Cook enrolled in the PUAD program following discussions with others in law enforcement, including Dr. Theron Bowman, a SUPA Distinguished Alumnus who was Arlington Police Chief at the time. “Networking outside of law enforcement is very important as you go higher in your profession,” Cook said. “The diversity of the program really broadens one’s horizons.”
Discussing his experience with the PUAD program, Cook noted that it has enhanced his approach at work. “Decision-making becomes less arbitrary and more of a process where you give more thought to the consequences of your decisions.” He also expressed appreciation for the size of classes at the graduate level, which were small enough to allow him to build valuable relationships with fellow students and faculty.
Congratulations to Lieutenant Cook!