Student accolades

Yannika Lemons, Ph.D. student in Urban Planning and Public Policy, was accepted to the Association for Social Economics 2015 Summer School in Economics.
Nicole Foster, Ph.D. student in Urban Planning and Public Policy, and Nita Clark, Ph.D. student in Public and Urban Administration, were awarded UTA Dissertation fellowships for Summer 2015.
Congratulations to all three!

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.

Catching up with Alumni

Alumnus Randall Heye (’09 MCRP) was recently hired as Economic Development Director for the Town of Sunnyvale.

Alumna Dr. Kiranmayi Raparthi (’12 MCRP, ’14 UPPP) is a Postdoctoral Research Associate in an international collaborative research project “Evaluating Communication for Development” with UNESCO in Hyderabad, India.

Hands-on projects lead to recognition

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 honored by Corps of Engineers

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!