UAP Professor Buehler’s Bicycle Research featured on ‘Pulse of the Planet’ Radio Show

| April 14th, 2015 | No Comments »

School of Public and International Affairs Associate Professor Ralph Buehler’s research on Bicycling in the U.S. and abroad was the topic of the week recently on ‘Pulse of the Planet’, a radio show based out of New York.  Click the links below to hear the audio version of the show.  To read more about Dr. Buehler’s thoughts on this topic, visit his blog. Pulse of the Planet is broadcast over 252 public and commercial stations around the world and on the Armed Forces Radio Network, reaching over one million listeners weekly. The series is presented by the National Science Foundation.   Bicycles Comeback (http://www.pulseplanet.com/dailyprogram/dailies.php?POP=5970) Bicycles Innovation (http:/www.pulseplanet.com/dailyprogram/dailies.php?POP=5972) Bicycles Commuter Bike (http://www.pulseplanet.com/dailyprogram/dailies.php?POP=5973) Bicycles Advantages (http://www.pulseplanet.com/dailyprogram/dailies.php?POP=5971) Bicycles History (http://www.pulseplanet.com/dailyprogram/dailies.php?POP=5969)   Here is a list of stations that broadcast pulse of the planet: http://www.pulseplanet.com/other/radio_stations.php

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PGG’s Andrea Hamre, Sarah Halvorson-Fried, and Anna Erwin – Citizen Scholar Award Recipient

| March 30th, 2015 | Comments Off

The School of Public and International Affair’s graduate students Andrea Hamre, Sarah Halvorson-Fried and Anna Erwin were recently presented the Citizen Scholar Award by Virginia Tech’s Vice President and Dean for Graduate Education, Dr. Karen P. DePauw, for their projects, “Citizen Engagement at the Local and Regional Level in the Washington, DC Area,” “Involvement and Research with the Employment and Income Gap Issue Group of the Dialogue on Race,” and  “Roanoke Food Systems.” “I was very impressed with the quality and scope of your project and believe you are an excellent representative of the aims of Citizen Scholar Engagement and Transformative Graduate Education. The Transformative Graduate Education model is an initiative introduced by the Graduate School to modernize graduate education and apply the “New American University” model to graduate education,” said Dr. DePauw. The Citizen Scholar Engagement (CSE) initiative at Virginia Tech encourages graduate students to create a mutually beneficial

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CPAP’s Annual High Table Event – Success

| March 30th, 2015 | Comments Off

Faculty, student, alumni and invited guest recently attended Virginia Tech’s annual High Table event, a tradition adopted in 1986 based on similar events held for centuries at Oxford and Cambridge universities, this past weekend, March 27-28, hosted by the Center for Public Administration and Policy in the College of Architecture and Urban Studies’ School of Public and International Affairs. As the keynote speaker, Dr. Frances Berry spoke on the “Semantic Network Analysis of Issue Interpretation in Risk Policy Related to Mad Cow Disease.”  She discussed the stakeholders’ social construction of the Mad Cow Policy in South Korea. Dr. Berry is currently a professor in the Askew School of Public Administration and Policy at Florida State University. Her specialization includes public and nonprofit management, public policy and innovation, state and intergovernmental administration. The annual High Table event is an opportunity to bring together faculty, students, and graduates from the Center for Public Administration and

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Policyfailing: Looking at Gentrification in DC

| March 17th, 2015 | No Comments »

Postdoctoral Associate Dr. Katie Wells from the Metropolitan Institute, has published Policyfailing: The Case of Public Property Disposal in Washington DC  in the ACME: An International E-Journal for Critical Geographies.  ACME is an on-line international journal for critical analyses of the social, the spatial and the political that has been in publication since 2002. Wells completed her Ph.D. in Geography at Syracuse University’s Maxwell School in 2013. Her research focuses on property conflict, especially disputes over housing, poverty, and urban planning in U.S. cities. To learn more about this and other works by Wells, visit her webpage.

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Americans are taking to cycling, walking, and public transport

| March 17th, 2015 | No Comments »

Associate Professor, Ralph Buehler, in the Department of Urban Affairs and Planning at Virginia Tech published a short article on the London School of Economics’ Daily Blog on American Politics and Policy featuring research from his study on multimodal travel behaviors among American motorists.

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Professor Roberts Attends Panel Discussion on Disasters

| February 24th, 2015 | Comments Off

Associate Professor of The Center for Public Affairs and Policy, Patrick S.  Roberts, attended the American Historical Association’s annual meeting event in New York. Professor Roberts offered his perspective on how contemporary disaster researchers working across the humanities and social sciences are going beyond traditional chronologies of disaster in a panel at the the American Historical Association annual meeting in New York City on January 2nd. The panel, “Disasters Fast and Slow: Disaster Research Across the Disciplines,” brought together historians and social scientists to discuss how recent research has re-framed disaster. Disaster is no longer an event that takes place only at one time and in one location. Rather, disasters are composed of long-term patterns of vulnerability, technological dysfunction, and natural hazard. Roberts discussed how the recent global Ebola crisis should be understood as an ongoing crisis of public trust in governing institutions, both in the United States and in Africa.

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Ralph Buehler on car dependency between city and suburbs

| February 24th, 2015 | Comments Off

Dr. Ralph Buehler, Associate Professor in the Department of Urban Affairs and Planning at Virginia Tech, was cited in an article titled “Here’s Why High-Rise Subprime Auto Loans Are Growing, But Auto Loans Defaults Aren’t,” published in the January 28, 2015 International Business Times, a digital global news publication.  This article reviews how Americans are struggling with budget priorities and finding ways to prioritize paying their credits cards, mortgages and car payments.

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Professor Ralph Buehler Garners Media Attention

| February 23rd, 2015 | Comments Off

    Associate Professor, Ralph Buehler, in the Department of Urban Affairs and Planning at Virginia Tech research was highlighted in an article entitled, “All the Ways Germany Is Less Car-Reliant Than the U.S., in 1 Chart”, which appeared in the Citylab, an online digital publication.  His research examined the driving trends of two large metropolitan areas, Washington DC and Stuttgart Germany, that have successfully reduced car-dependency behaviors among its residents.

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Metropolitan Visiting Fellow – Keynote Speaker in Guangzhou, China

| February 23rd, 2015 | Comments Off

Visiting Fellow of the Metropolitan Institute, Hank Savitch, a distinguished research professor of University of Louisville, was the keynote speaker in Guangzhou, China at The Second International Conference on Regional and Urban Development in the 21st Century held recently. He addressed a special session held by Guangzhou’s mayor and Central Management Committee on issues related to managing environmental policy based on his recently co-edited volume on “Chinese Cities in Global Context” by CITIES (December 2014). Savitch also co-authored a forthcoming chapter on recovery of Marseille to appear in an edited book titled, Transforming Distressed Global Communities published by Ashgate Publisher in 2015. Savitch has completed work on globalization and urban development as well as the comparative analysis of cities in Europe and North America. His publications help to answer questions of how cities develop strategies to shape their built environment. To learn more about Savitch’s work, visit his webpage.

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Dealing with Deindustrialization – a new book from Prof Maggie Cowell

| February 18th, 2015 | Comments Off

In her new book, “Dealing with Deindustrialization: Adaptive Resilience in American Midwestern Regions” (2014), Margaret Cowell, assistant professor in the Urban Affairs and Planning program, which is part of the School of Public and International Affairs (SPIA), shows how leaders in eight metropolitan areas dealt with the emerging trend of deindustrialization. This book highlighted the unique attributes of each region that influenced both the responses and the outcomes of these leaders. Showing how these leaders strived for adaptive resilience by using economic development policy will provided readers with an understanding of how and why these regions varied in their abilities to respond to deindustrialization.   Identifying categories such as “Basic Betters,” Buffalo, Cleveland, Detroit, and Milwaukee, and “Bowing Out,” Cincinnati, Columbus, Indianapolis, and Pittsburgh, she found that a region’s relationship to the idea of manufacturing played a significant role in whether or not these cities exhibited adaptive resilience.

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