Dr. Calestous Juma selected as DUSP MLK Visiting Professor

Submitted by Eran Ben-Joseph on Sat, 04/12/2014 - 11:14am

MIT has recently named Dr. Calestous Juma as a DUSP MLK Visiting Professor for 2014-2015.
Professor Juma is an internationally recognized authority on the application of science and technology to sustainable development. He was named one of the most influential 100 Africans in 2012 and 2013 by the New African magazine. 

Excellence in Public Service Awards: Call for Applications

Submitted by Ezra Glenn on Thu, 04/10/2014 - 12:47pm

We are now accepting applications for the MIT Department of Urban
Studies and Planning "Excellence in Public Service Awards."  Deadline:
May 15, 2014.

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:

Excellence in Public Service Awards: Call for Applications

Submitted by Ezra Glenn on Thu, 04/10/2014 - 12:45pm

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

Submitted by Takeo Kuwabara on Fri, 04/04/2014 - 1:00pm

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.

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

Submitted by Ezra Glenn on Mon, 03/31/2014 - 11:22am

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"

Submitted by Ezra Glenn on Mon, 03/31/2014 - 11:12am

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

Submitted by Takeo Kuwabara on Wed, 03/12/2014 - 2:27pm

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.

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