Professors Sterett and Cook Attend Conference, Lanzhou China

| November 3rd, 2015 | No Comments »

Professors Susan Sterett, Director of Metropolitan Institute at Virginia Tech, and Brian Cook, Professor in Virginia Tech’s School of Public and International Affairs, recently returned from a conference titled, Conference on Government Performance Management and Leadership, that was held in Lanzhou, China. Scholars from Thailand, Japan, South Korea, China and the United States gathered for the conference, which focused on the rule of law in public management. Dr. Sterett presented a paper on American Images of the Rule of Law in China in collaboration with Anne Zobell, a doctoral student and graduate assistant in the Virginia Tech’s School of Public and International Affairs.  Also, Drs. Cook and Sterett gave a presentation to graduate students about publishing in English language peer-reviewed journals. Photo:  Sterett is in the second row, 7th from the right.  Cook is in the seated row, 7th from the left.

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Virginia Tech’s Professor Misra Honored for her Work on Smart Phones

| October 29th, 2015 | No Comments »

Shalini Misra, Assistant Professor in the Urban Affairs and Planning, was recently honored by the Office of the Vice President for Research and Innovation for her study on how smartphones can have unexpected social effects. Her study, “The iPhone Effect: The Quality of In-Person Social Interactions in the Presence of Mobile Devices“, was recently published in the Environmental and Behavioral Journal, which focused on examining relationships between the presence of mobile devices and the quality of real-life in-person social interactions. Dr. Misra’s research interests include: (1) social, psychological, and health implications of the Internet and digital communication technologies; (2) environment and behavior studies, specially focusing on the psychological and health impacts of environmental stressors such as information overload and multitasking; and (3) “science of team science” or the study of the processes and outcomes of large-scale transdisciplinary collaborative scientific, training, and action research initiatives. For more information about Dr. Misra, please

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MI’s post-doc wins a research grant

| October 7th, 2015 | Comments Off

The Metropolitan Institute’s post-doc, Katie Wells, and her colleague, Kafui Attoh, I have received a research grant from the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation.  For 18-months, they will be examining the financial costs, benefits, and challenges of contingent, part-time work for UberX Transportation, one of the fastest growing on-demand mobile services.  Kafui is an Assistant Professor of Urban Studies in the Joseph S. Murphy Institute for Worker Education at the City University of New York. Dr. Wells will be working on the project from George Washington University where she will be a Visiting Scholar in the Department of Geography.  

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MI + SPIA Lecture Series Off to a Great Start

| September 22nd, 2015 | Comments Off

The 2015-16 MI + SPIA Lecture Series will kick off on Thursday and is full of hot topics! The first speaker in the series is Metropolitan Institute’s own Visiting Fellow, Michelle Cullen.  She will be presenting findings from her dissertation research on how cities have been able to and encouraged to incorporate information and communication technology into their current systems.  DC Inno has picked up on her lecture and tickets are going fast! For information about and to RSVP to the other lectures in this series, please pull down the Publications and Events menu and visit the Fall Series and the Spring Series.

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UAP Professor Offers Insight into Cyclist Safety

| September 14th, 2015 | Comments Off

Dr. Ralph Buehler, Associate Professor in the Department of Urban Affairs and Planning at Virginia Tech, was cited in an article entitled,”A Pothole for Bike-sharing Programs: Helmets“, which was published in an online digital journal, Marketplace Business, that currently broadcasts to nearly 800 public radio stations nationwide. This article reviews the use of helmets in bike-share programs. To read more about Dr. Buehler’s thoughts on bicycle topics, visit his blog.

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Professor Ahram Testifies before Congress on the Islamic State’s War on Women and Girls

| August 4th, 2015 | Comments Off

Associate Professor, Ariel Ahram in the Virginia Tech School of Public and International Affairs, recently testified before the U.S. House Committee on Foreign Affairs on Wednesday, July 29, regarding the violence against women and girls in Iraq and Syria (ISIS).  His testimony was based on a report entitled, “Sexual Violence and the Making of ISIS,” which was recently published in Survival, a journal of the International Institute for Strategic Studies in London. You can find more details about the hearing, including the full video testimony and the written testimony at the U.S. House Committee on Foreign Affairs.

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MI Visiting Fellow Savitch Pens Op-Ed, Alexandria Times

| August 4th, 2015 | Comments Off

Visiting Fellow, Hank Savitch, at Virginia Tech Metropolitan Institute recently penned an op-ed piece for Alexandria Times titled, ” What Allison Silberberg’s Victory Could Do for Alexandria?”  Throughout the piece, Savitch discusses how the city of Alexandria can benefit from smart growth and how the election of a new mayor could help spur this development. To read more click here.

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Metropolitan Institute’s Research Fellow Uses Expertise, Taskforce on Marijuana Policies

| July 9th, 2015 | Comments Off

Visiting Research Fellow Professor John Russo at Metropolitan Institute, which is housed within the College of Architecture and Urban Studies (CAUS) and partners closely with the faculty  of the School of Public and International Affairs (SPIA), was recently appointed to the Marijuana Policies Task Force in the state of Ohio. Dr. Russo and others from a diverse group of academics, policy experts, and elected officials analyzed how the legalization of Marijuana would affect Ohio’s economy. The Taskforce report was released to the public on June 11 at a symposium hosted by The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law in Columbus. The report is available online at Dr. Russo is the former coordinator of the Labor Studies Program at Williamson College of Business Administration and co-director of the Center for Working-Class Studies at Youngstown State University.

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UAP Professor Publishes in “The European”….U.S. Transportation Policies

| July 8th, 2015 | Comments Off

Virginia Tech’s Urban Affairs and Planning Associate Professor Ralph Buehler’s invited blog on U.S transport policies and car culture was recently publish in The European, entitled The Policy Problem, which focused on identifying levels of the United States government that promote driving. The European was doing a series on driving in the USA. Ralph Buehler, PhD is Associate Professor in Urban Affairs & Planning and a Faculty Fellow at the Metropolitan Institute at Virginia Tech’s Alexandria Center.  Most of his research has an international comparative perspective, contrasting transport and land-use policies, transport systems, and travel behavior in Western Europe and North America. His research interests include the influence of transport policy, land use, socio-demographics on travel behavior; the active travel and public health; and the public transport demand, supply, regional coordination, and financial efficiency. For more information about his current research and his other interests, please visit his page.  

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UAP Professor Buehler Publishes in International Planning Studies Journal

| June 16th, 2015 | Comments Off

Virginia Tech’s School of Public and International Affairs Associate Professor Ralph Buehler’s research titled “Planning for Sustainable Transport in Germany and the U.S.: A comparison of the Washington, DC and Stuttgart regions”. The research is based on comparing the two regions’ planning for a sustainable transport. It appears in the 2015 International Planning Studies issue in volume 20, number 3 and was subsequently highlighted by CityLab, achieving 14,000 shares. The citation of the article follows: Buehler, R., Jung, W. and Hamre, A. 2015. “Planning for Sustainable Transport in Germany and the U.S.: A comparison of the Washington, DC and Stuttgart Regions,” International Planning Studies, Vol. 20, No. 3, pp.292-312. For more information about this research, visit his webpage.  

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