PhD students accepted into prestigious summer programs

Congratulations to two of our PhD students who have been accepted into prestigious summer programs:

Dian Nostikasari, PhD student in Urban Planning and Public Policy, was accepted into the 2015 Journal of Planning Education and Research (JPER) Writing Workshop for New Scholars. The workshop is hosted by the editors of JPER and aims to improve the quality of written scholarship among new faculty of planning and related academic programs. It will include sessions on the writing and publishing process with intensive small-group work on participants’ own manuscripts.

Nicole Foster, PhD student in Urban Planning and Public Policy, was accepted into the 2015 Summer Institute in Urban Studies. The Summer Institute is an intensive weeklong program consisting of theoretical discussions, career development workshops and networking opportunities with leading urban studies scholars from around the world. It is designed to provide participants with an in-depth understanding of developments in urban studies, as well as mentoring and support in the different aspects of the academic process.

Four students awarded Archer fellowships

Congratulations to our students Tarsha Hardy, Sima Namin, Lorin Washington and Emily Worland, who have been awarded Archer Fellowships. The fellowships include attending an intensive federal policymaking course and serving as interns, at a venue of their choosing, in Washington DC this summer. Hardy, Namin and Washington are pursuing a PhD in Urban Planning and Public Policy, while Worland is pursuing a Master of Urban Affairs and Public Policy.

With appreciation to the Archer Center – UT System in Washington DC for providing these fellowships, Honors College Dean Karl Petruso and members of the selection committee for overseeing the process, and our provost, Ron Elsenbaumer, for generously supplementing the fellowships to provide these students with housing in DC.

Outstanding Student Project Award

Congratulations to our graduate research assistants working at the Institute of Urban Studies on the Palestine 2040 Plan! They have received notification that the project is a winner of the STaR (Small Town and Rural Planning) 2015 James A. Segedy Award for Outstanding Student Project from the American Planning Association. Julie Wyatt, Jack Rainwater, Cristine Baril, Jungsoo Kim, Yanikka Lemons, Kukhyoung Kim, and Glen Showers worked on the comprehensive plan for Palestine, TX, which is based on an analysis of carrying capacity and future growth scenarios, as well as extensive public input, and focuses on infrastructure and historic downtown investment toward economic growth. The award will be presented at the American Planning Association National Conference in Seattle in April.

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.