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Are startups dividing cities by creating unaffordable urban 'utopias' that price out people of color and the middle class?

DUSP's Assistant Professor Justin Steil joins Richard Florida and Dev Davis on National Public Radio's OnPoint, hosted by Tom Ashbrook, to discuss the shifting dynamics of urban inequality. To listen to this podcast click here.

Two DUSP Alumni elected to the MIT Corporation

Please join us in congratulating DUSP Alumni Philip Ng (MCP '85) and Hyun-A Park (MCP '85) on their election to the MIT Corporation.

Park, the co-founder and president of Spy Pond Partners, will serve as the president of the Association of Alumni and Alumnae at MIT. Park's professional experience includes public and private sector engagement with transportation projects throughout the greater Boston area.

Mariana Arcaya on the drivers of health inequality

3 Questions with DUSP Professor Mariana Arcaya

[from the MIT News, by Peter Dizikes; image: Arcaya]

Congratulations MIT Graduates!

Congratulations to the Class of 2017

At the Departmental Commencement Celebration on June 8, 2017, DUSP was pleased to welcome back Jeff Hebert (MCP 2004) as our Commencement Speaker.  Jeff holds three different titles in the City of New Orleans: Deputy Mayor, Chief Administrative Officer, and Chief Resilience Officer.

In addition to hearing from Jeff, the following year-end awards were announced at the event:

Departmental Awards

Mariana Arcaya will present modern trends that threaten to exacerbate health inequalities at the National Press Club

Arcaya will examine how the emergence of revolutionary health care technology, the evolution of socioeconomic status through the influence of new technologies and ideologies, the shifting inequity in access to health insurance, disparate levels of environmental exposures, and the public health effects of climate change, threaten to accelerate and intensify inequalities in public health in the United States.

Follow the conversation online via Twitter here using the hashtag #healthequity

Mariana Arcaya will present modern trends that threaten to exacerbate health inequalities at the National Press Club

Arcaya will examine how the emergence of revolutionary health care technology, the evolution of socioeconomic status through the influence of new technologies and ideologies, the shifting inequity in access to health insurance, disparate levels of environmental exposures, and the public health effects of climate change, threaten to accelerate and intensify inequalities in public health in the United States.

Follow the conversation online via Twitter here using the hashtag #healthequity

New HASS Concentration, Leadership and Negotiation

Responding to high student demand for more semester-long subjects that teach skills in leadership and negotiation through a pedagogy that is highly interactive and involves tailored coaching, MIT’s Dean of Undergraduate Education entrusted EPP’s Bruno Verdini and Lawrence Susskind with leading the collaborative efforts among the five MIT Schools to create an interdisciplinary, MIT-wide Concentration in Negotiation and Leadership.

Siqi Zheng on air quality and urban development in China

MIT Professor Siqi Zheng is the Samuel Tak Lee Associate Professor of Real Estate Development and Entrepreneurship within MIT's Department of Urban Studies and Planning and Center for Real Estate. She is also faculty director of the MIT Samuel Tak Lee Real Estate Entrepreneurship Lab and author, with Matthew E. Kahn, of "Blue Skies over Beijing: Economic Growth and the Environment in China" (Princeton University Press, 2016).

How might emerging technologies, like Hyperloop, interact with the resurgence of suburbs?

Hyperloop, an innovative transportation technology designed to provide affordable, on-demand, energy efficient, and safe transportation at air travel speeds, could have profound impacts on how we interact and perceive infrastructure and our built environments.

New EdX Course, CITE101x: Technology Evaluation in Global Development

When an individual is in extreme poverty, as some 2.7 billions individuals around the world are, how can development practitioners minimize risk when using technological interventions?

In a new EdX course, DUSP Professor Bishwapriya Sanyal joins an interdisciplinary group of MIT faculty to enable students to conduct their own technology evaluations to promote data-driven decisions through research or development practice. This course is designed for academics and global development practitioners and it open and free to anyone.

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