Heather Lupton (MSP 2014) has been awarded a highly competitive Eisenhower Graduate Fellowship from the US Department of Transportation. She joins five recent DURP graduates who previously received this award for their second year of master’s study in the program. The Dwight David Eisenhower Transportation Fellowship Program (DDETFP) awards fellowships to students pursuing degrees in transportation-related disciplines. This program advances the transportation workforce by attracting the brightest minds to the field through education, research, and workforce development.
The Florida Planning and Development Lab (FPDL) of the FSU Department of Urban and Regional Planning is hosting a Food Systems Assessment Open House for the Tallahassee community, including Leon, Jefferson, Wakulla and Gadsden Counties.
Katy Howell-Burke, DURP Master’s International Program student, designed a “Women’s Leadership and Civic Participation Training of Trainers (TOT)” program as part of her Peace Corps assignment in Morocco. She recently organized a three-day training session that drew 30 women from rural southern Moroccan villages and towns. The effort was sponsored by the Association Démocratique des Femmes du Maroc (ADFM), Association Oxygène Ouarzazate, Peace Corps Morocco, Women’s Learning Partnership (WLP), U.S. Embassy, and the Municipality of Ouarzazate.
DURP Visiting Professor and PhD Alum John Harris has been selected as a World Social Science Fellow by the International Social Science Council (ISSC), which is part of UNESCO. Dr. Harris is one of 20 Fellows selected from around the world for this honor. As a Fellow, he will present research on his work on sanitation in Ghana and engage in dialogue with other fellows during a five-day seminar on innovative approaches to sustainable urbanization to be held at Universidad Andina Simon Bolivar in Quito, Ecuador this March.
There was a sizable representation of DURPies at the Annual Meeting of the Transportation Research Board in Washington, DC this week (Jan 13-Jan 17, 2013). Two DURP PhD students Torsha Bhattacharya and Michal Jaroszynski presented their research, which was well received by the other attendees. Three DURP MSP students Danika Bellamy, Janna Rosenthal, and Sean Santalla attended the meeting as part of their Eisenhower Graduate Fellowship awards from the US Department of Transportation. A couple other DURPies also attended the meeting in professional capacities.
A just-published article on public transit and central business district size by Dr. Dristi Neog (PhD 2010) and Professor Brown has received some attention in the Atlantic Cities blog. You can find the Atlantic Cities discussion at http://www.theatlanticcities.com/commute/2013/01/what-really-matters-inc... . The original article can be found at http://www.nctr.usf.edu/wp-content/uploads/2012/12/15.4_Brown.pdf
A team of two FSU interns including DURP MSP Student Valerie Brookens, and two other FSU business students, won FIRST PLACE in the Moran Institute for Social Entrepreneurship competition and will represent FSU at the national level. Their proposal featured a business plan for a new Tallahassee-based nonprofit, Graceful Solutions for Aging (see http://jmisocialchallenge.com/ for further information).
"Of all the baby boomer spending concerns urban planning professor Chris Coutts could be worrying about, cemeteries might not come to mind at the top of the list. But demand for cemetery space is set to soar in the coming years here in America, and as it turns out, a suitable supply of cemetery space is already looking pretty scarce."
When: Friday, November 16th 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm
Where: Dorothy B. Oven Park
Join us for this special annual gathering. This year we will be creating an FSU DURP time capsule. Students, alumni, and planning professionals are encouraged to help create a vision of the future Tallahassee. Bring a current article, picture, or anything that represents planning to you to be included in the capsule.
Please join me in congratulating Dr. Petra Doan for her recent award as a Transformational Teacher at The Florida State University. This award is part of the university’s Spiritual Life Project (http://slp.fsu.edu/), and reflects Dr. Doan’s passion for educating our students both inside and outside the classroom. Transformation through Teaching is a program established to honor full-time faculty who have an intellectual, inspirational, and integrative impact on students at FSU. Dr. Doan was nominated by a student and selected by the award committee for this honor.