Spring 2013

Semester Start Date: 
Friday, February 1, 2013

Science and Action: International Mercury Treaty Negotiations

Ten MIT students had an experience of a lifetime as they joined officials from around the world for the fifth and final meeting to finalize the new Minamata Convention on mercury in Geneva, Switzerland.  They were joined by their instructor, Noelle Selin, an assistant professor of engineering systems and atmospheric chemistry.  The students blogged about their experiences at http://mit.edu/mercurypolicy.The panelists will share their experiences of seeing international environmental policy-making in action and their thoughts on the final agreement,

Eran Ben-Joseph: DUSP's Newest Department Head

In January, Eran Ben-Joseph took over as the head of MIT's Department of Urban Studies and Planning, succeeding Amy Glasmeier who is stepping down after four years in the post to focus on teaching and research.

Leveraging the Power of Anchor Institutions to Build Community Wealth: A Community Forum

Release of MIT-University of Maryland Case Study on Cleveland's University Hospitals Vision 2010 Program. This initiative was co-authored by J. Phillip Thompson, Associate Professor, MIT DUSP and Ted Howard, Executive Director, The Democracy Collaborative, University of Maryland.

Panel presentation - Questions and Answers followed by a reception.  The Forum will be webcast live at http://bit.ly/Wt6nuB.  A live Twitter discussion will also take place at #anchorpower.

IDG Student Alum Profile: Julia Tierney

In the third edition of the IDG student profile series, we meet Julia Tierney, a recent graduate of the Master in City Planning program. 


1. What were you doing before you came to DUSP?

I was working on urban upgrading (specifically water and sanitation) projects with the World Bank in Brazil.

2. Why did you choose to come to DUSP?

IDG Student Profile: Sarah Dimson

In the second of a series of IDG student profiles, we meet Sarah Dimson, a first-year Master in City Planning student. 

1. What were you doing before you came to DUSP?