Excellence in Public Service Awards: Call for Applications

We are now accepting applications for the MIT Department of Urban
Studies and Planning "Excellence in Public Service Awards."  Deadline:
May 22, 2013.

Purpose.  In 1999, DUSP established the Fund for Excellence in Public
Service to raise funds to assist and encourage graduates from the
Master in City Planning (MCP) program who choose to pursue public
service careers.  The Excellence in Public Service Awards, as the
Fund’s first initiative, is designed to advance three purposes:

Cape Cod Times Features NECAP Risk Assessment

NECAP's Barnstable risk assessment, published in March of 2014, was featured in April 4th's Cape Cod Times.  The risk assessment is one of several individual risk assessments NECAP produced for the New England region.  The risk assessments are designed as scientific and political tools to help define the risks of climate change to individual communities and to present salient points from which collabraotive adaption planning can be built.

Mike Foster on "Critical Map Reading"

In an online article for Directions Magazine, DUSP Geographic Specialist Mike Foster describes "The Lost Art of Critical Map Reading."  Using examples pulled from around the web, he offers five simple habits that will improve map reading abilities, including:

MIT Wins Energy Competition (Twice!) (Again!!)

A team of eight MIT undergraduate and graduate students won two awards in this year’s U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Better Buildings Case Competition, out of more than 150 students from across the country. The win means MIT students have taken home not just one, but two, prizes from the competition each of the three years it has taken place.

Students Pause for "Slow Lunch"

Is a slow, shared lunch a radical act? In many corners of MIT, where 18 hour lab sessions are the norm, taking a lunch break may be viewed as a sign of weakness... So, on March 21, members of the DUSP-led New Economy @ MIT group decided to have an open, slow, and very homemade lunch in Lobby 7, the grand entryway to this excellent (and often overworked) institution. 

The Laws of Nature: Reflections on the Evolution of Ecosystem Management Law and Policy

This timely collection written by an interdisciplinary array of law professors, who specialize in legal and policy issues surrounding ecosystem management, and scholars and practitioners in areas such as environmental policy and planning, conservation, economics, and biology explore why ecosystems must be valued and managed in their own right. The importance of ecosystems has been underestimated. We cannot simply hope ecosystems will benefit from legislation focused on other environmental and natural resource protections, such as those for wildlife, trees, air and water.

Professor Rajagopal on "Humanity denied"

The Indian Express features an editorial by DUSP Professor Balakrishnan Rajagopal entitled "Humanity Denied," on the topic of the country's 2013 manual scavenging law.  In summary, the law "does not go far enough."

"No city worth its name wants to be seen as a den of injustice and exploitation. Cities compete to show how they are modern, dynamic, open minded, just and “world class”. They establish museums, civic spaces, plural institutions for governance and push for technology-driven approaches to designing better buildings, transport networks and delivery of services.

Danya Rumore named a 2014 Global Fellow

Danya Rumore has been selected for the 2014 Global Fellows Program. The Global Fellows Program, a collaboration between MIT and Imperial College London, trains PhD students to create, sustain, and lead successful international research collaborations. Through presentations, interactive work and hands-on activities, PhD students from both schools will develop professional skills required to launch and manage a successful research career.

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