Danya Rumore named a 2014-2015 Martin Family Fellow for Sustainability

DUSP EPP PhD Cannidate Danya Rumore, nominated by Professor Susskind for her work in sustainable development and the use of role-play simulations to communicate the scientific information needed for lay audiences to effectively participate in collaborative risk management efforts, has been named a 2014-2015 Martin Family Fellow. The Martin Family Society of Fellows for Sustainability, established at MIT in 1996 through the generous support of the

DUSP Alum Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala -"100 Influential People"

DUSP Alum Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala (PhD 1981) has been named one of Time Magazine's "100 Influential People." Ngozi is currently Finance Minister of Nigeria -- "one of the toughest jobs on the planet," according to Time.   In naming her to this   prestigious group, the magazine notes that she "has made corruption her enemy and stability her goal."

To read the magazine's profile of Ngozi and her work -- written by U2's Bono -- see http://time.com/70846/ngozi-okonjo-iweala-2014-time-100/.

MIT announces new initiative on environment

MIT has announced a major new campuswide initiative to promote transformative, cross-disciplinary research relating to the environment.

The initiative will be formally launched in the fall, and its founding director will be Susan Solomon, the Ellen Swallow Richards Professor of Atmospheric Chemistry and Climate Science. Maria Zuber, MIT’s vice president for research and the E.A. Griswold Professor of Geophysics, stewarded the establishment of the new initiative, and expressed gratitude to Solomon for having agreed to serve as its first leader.

Cities for All Video: Now online

On Arpil 3, DUSP hosted a special event on the topic of " Cities for All: A Universal Design Colloquium."  The event was a unique opportunity to ponder design as a civil right -- creating universal access to urban spaces and places for diverse populations.

To view a video of the event, see below.

 

STUDENTS WIN AFFORDABLE HOUSING COMPETITION

DUSP stundents Elizabeth Kuwada, Alison Crowley and Laura Martin are members of the Federal Home Loan Bank of Boston's 2014 Affordable Housing Design Competition two winning teams . The competition pairs teams of graduate students with affordable housing organizations to develop innovative and comprehensive development proposals addressing the needs of these organizations.

• Elizabeth  Kuwada team’s won first place for their AlmaViva project. The team was composed of Harvard and BU students and they worked with Lawrence Community Works.

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