Last week, we welcomed all new and returning students to the School of Urban and Public Affairs at the Fall 2012 SUPA Welcome Bash. Thanks to the students, faculty and staff who joined us. Check out more photos on the SUPA Facebook page.
The School of Urban and Public Affairs is excited to have two new faculty members joining us this semester:
David Arditi, Assistant Professor of Interdisciplinary Studies
Before joining UT Arlington, David Arditi earned his Ph.D. from George Mason University in Cultural Studies. At GMU, Arditi taught classes on interdisciplinary studies, globalization and cultural studies. His dissertation explores the condition of the music industry during the transition to digital music production and demonstrates that contrary to the recording industry’s stated position that digital music has harmed the industry, major record labels are in a stronger position today as a result of this digital transformation. Furthermore, it shows that the music industry led this transformation rather than reacting to it. Broadly speaking, Arditi’s research lies at the intersection of cultural studies, media studies and political theory.
Dr. Arditi will teach INTS 4301 – Interdisciplinary Research Process this semester.
Yekang Ko, Assistant Professor of City and Regional Planning
Before joining UT Arlington, Ye Kang Ko received her Ph.D. from the University of California, Berkeley in 2012. At Cal, Ko worked at the Center for Metropolitan Studies and taught courses in GIS and environmental planning. Ko’s research focuses on quantitative assessment of urban sustainability using spatial analysis. Her research and teaching support the long-term resilience of built environments that minimize energy consumption and maximize on-site renewable energy utilization. She is also interested in international planning in the Asia-Pacific region. Her works are based on environmental planning, science, policy and active collaboration with local governments and NGOs.
Dr. Ko’s dissertation research on energy efficient solar cities classifies the energy performance of neighborhoods and as a spin off this research, she has recently submitted an revised article to the Journal of Planning Literature that reviews design principles and research findings related to urban form and energy use. She has also submitted to the Journal of the American Planning Association the article entitled “Solar Sprawl Versus Compact Neighborhoods: Assessing an Optimum Urban Density for Energy Sustainability,” coauthored with K. Jang, D.J. Radke, and R. Cervero.
Dr. Ko will teach CIRP 5327 – Introduction to Green Cities and Transportation this semester.
All new and returning Interdisciplinary Studies students are invited to our Fall Open House at on Aug. 17 at 4:30 p.m. in University Hall. Join us for refreshments and networking with SUPA Dean Barbara Becker, INTS faculty and advisors and your fellow INTS students.
If you’d like to attend, RSVP to Erin Townsend at firstname.lastname@example.org or 817-272-0899:
Several University of Texas at Arlington student-athletes majoring in Interdisciplinary Studies in the School of Urban and Public Affairs were recently honored by the Southland Conference for academic excellence.
David Subirats, men’s tennis, was named a 2011-12 Southland Conference Scholar-Athlete of the Year at The University of Texas at Arlington. Subirats was selected by UTA administrators and met all criteria for the award, including being a letter winner, earning a minimum 3.20 cumulative grade-point average and having completed at least two years of intercollegiate competition.
In addtion, nine student-athletes majoring in Interdisciplinary Studies were recently named to the Southland Conference 2012 Spring Commissioner’s Honor Roll. To make the honor roll, the student-athlete must have earned a 3.0 grand point average during the spring semester and must have been eligible to compete. Colten Boothe and Hance Loyd were also recognized for earning 4.0 GPAs in the spring semester.
Congratulations to the INTS Students on the list:
- Hunter Brown – Golf
- Kallan Thompson – Softball
- Colten Boothe – Baseball
- Michael Guerra – Baseball
- Chase Weaver – Baseball
- Philip Critelli – Track and Field
- Hance Loyd – Track and Field
- Ivan Storic – Track and Field
- Maria Sandstrom – Track and Field
SUPA’s Interdisciplinary Studies program provides students with a unique approach to higher education with a focus on critical thinking, adaptive learning, collaboration, and research in multiple disciplines. INTS gives students the opportunity to combine several fields of study to meet their distinctive academic and professional goals.
If you spend any time on our campus, it’s easy to see—as President James Spaniolo puts it—that “UT Arlington’s star is on the rise.” To see our progress in print, check out the recent President’s Report 2011. The School of Urban and Public Affairs (SUPA) is proud to be a part of that progress and we’re proud to be featured in the report.
As SUPA’s applied research arm, the Institute of Urban Studies completes dozens of projects each year—from the state’s Panhandle northlands, south to the Gulf Coast, east to the Piney Woods, and west to Big Bend. Many are in urban and rural North Texas.
Led by graduate students, the projects include strengthening local economies through feasibility and corridor studies, economic development ideas, updates of parks and land-use plans, citizen/business surveys, and more.
In another section titled “Nurturing Brilliance with a Focus on Service,” Alumnus Doug Mayfield talks about his experience in SUPA’s sustainability master’s degree program. Here’s an excerpt:
“Coming from an architectural background, sustainability manifests itself in all aspects of the business,” Mayfield says. “Through the program, I gained insight into the importance of working with stakeholders to effect change, and I got a better idea of the importance of looking at the life cycle of a project as opposed to the urgency to solve an immediate need.”
Offered through the School of Urban and Public Affairs at the UT Arlington Fort Worth Center and in Dallas, the program teaches students to understand and measure the social, environmental, and financial components related to sustainability. This brings the big picture of sustainability into sharper focus for the program’s graduates.
Read the entire President’s Report 2011 here.