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How should ACSP respond to the boycott of US conferences? 1 R. Silverman Good questions. Could somebody from Buffalo inform ACSP about this?
by M. Vazquez Castillo
Wednesday, February 8, 2017
"What is city planning?" For parties, for elevator speeches... 2 M. Krieger Martin, you might find this video helpful https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_5ot_1tbQX8
by J. Evans-Cowley
Tuesday, February 7, 2017
ACSP Responds to Recent Executive Order 1 C. Slotterback The Faculty Council of the Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy voted to endorse the statement opposing the immigration ban http://bloustein.rutgers.edu/bloustein-school-faculty-council-statement-on-immigration-ban/
by R. Lake
Friday, February 3, 2017
Mentoring, and My Career--Don't Follow in My Footsteps...LONG! 1 M. Krieger Even as a doctoral student, I found the Scholar's Survival Manual a worthwhile read. The contextual shift from being a successful masters student to being a doctoral shift is a jarring one; moving from being on the receiving end of benevolence to being a supplicant.
by M. Miller
Thursday, January 26, 2017
regulation example for restricted ATV access 0 C. Cheng Dear Planners, I am seeking regulation examples to protect native plants to thrive during a river restoration process, particularly to prevent from ATV and off-road vehicle enthusiasts disturbing the plants on the bare flat earth after invasive plants will be cleared out with bulldozers. This site is in Kearny, Arizona, a very small rural community (about 2000 residents) that I engaged with students as part of service learning design studio project for their river restoration and recreation plan last Spring. Since they do not have much resources, I simply would like to help as much possible.   Kearny's Town Council aims to "quickly draft a LAW of some sort that does not cause too much angst among the off-road vehicle enthusiasts but still gives our law enforcement the "teeth" to keep the fragile re-planted areas safe so the plants have time to take root and grow." They are seeking examples or models.  Any help will be greatly appreciated. Many thanks! Sincerely, Chingwen Chingwen Cheng, PhD, PLA, LEED AP Assistant Professor of Landscape Architecture, The Design School Senior Sustainability Scientist, Global Institute of Sustainability Affiliated Faculty, Urban Climate Research Center Arizona State University
by C. Cheng
Wednesday, January 25, 2017
Federal data access under Trump 2 A. Millard-Ball Your guess is as good as mine as to whether the Smart Location Database might be removed. Much of the underlying data seems simple to download, so that would be a sensible precaution. - Adam
by A. Millard-Ball
Thursday, January 5, 2017
Flows: Directed Crowds of people flowing across each other, in NYCSubway 3 M. Krieger As noted, there is a lot of research on pedestrian crowd dynamics, often focusing on large, recurring events (e.g. Hajj in Mecca, sporting events, etc.) or evacuation planning. For example, a search of the TRID database using "pedestrian crowd" found this (among many others)Title: A hybrid simulation-assignment modeling framework for crowd dynamics in large-scale pedestrian facilitiesRecord URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.tra.2016.02.011 Record URL: http://www.sciencedirect....icle/pii/S0965856416000458
by J. Dill
Monday, December 19, 2016
Advertisement: Lecture, Faculty Consultation: Tenure, Career Guidance 0 M. Krieger The likely publisher of a second volume of my academic survival manual (title: The Thriving Professor: From Appointment through Retirement, for Faculty, Chairs, Deans, and Provosts,the first volume out since 2011 being The Scholar's Survival Manual) suggested that I offer to give talks about the book at other universities.  So,I would be glad to visit your department or school, give a talk or a seminar, and consult privately with individual faculty or doctoral students. This sort of advice and mentoring is valuable for our colleagues at any stage in their career. I have some successful experience in doing this, and it proves effective to have someone who is not in charge to offer such counsel. I've served on our university promotion and tenure committee over the years, and have read maybe 700+ such dossiers, in all fields at all ranks. I surely do not claim that my own career is exemplary, and often I am thinking: Don't Do What I Did. I have made just about every mistake in the book.  If you'll cover my expenses, I'd be available for a one-day visit at your convenience.I could even talk to the dean or provost, although I am not sure they want to hear from an outsider. Martin Krieger krieger@usc.edu. PS I hope this advertisement for myself is ok.
by M. Krieger
Monday, December 19, 2016
USC Price Guest Faculty Voice: Vincent Reina 0 M. Boarnet Our latest USC Price "Faculty Voice" (http://goo.gl/iK3Ea6) focuses on affordable housing and access to opportunity, written by Vincent Reina, 2016 Price PhD alum, now an assistant professor of City and Regional Planning at Penn. Read more about what happens when Section 8 units are removed from the subsidy program, the implications for renters, and whether and how vouchers can act as a safety net. As always, we invite you to join the conversation!
by M. Boarnet
Monday, December 12, 2016
Contribution, Numbers, Statistics 2 M. Krieger I thoroughly enjoy perspectives on how we use numbers, especially because most (or all) of us teach our students about the challenges of using data. In that spirit, here is my newest ranking of planning faculty in the U.S. and Canada using Google Scholar Citation profiles. See: http://tomwsanchez.com/ranking-north-american-urban-planning-scholars-using-google-scholar-citation-profiles/  
by T. Sanchez
Saturday, December 10, 2016
Academic Roadkill. Parents as Professors 0 M. Krieger Academic Roadkill. Who will bear a next generation...Parents as Professors     https://www.insidehighered.com/audio/2016/12/02/academic-roadkillMartin Krieger No one wants to become academic roadkill. Here is my contribution today to The Academic Minute. Above is a link to the actual podcast. ------------------------------- I have watched many a faculty member walk in front of an oncoming truck, ask, “What truck?” and become academic roadkill. You don’t want to follow their lead. Drawing from my book, The Scholar’s Survival Manual and a new book ms, … It’s the work that counts. What is your project? What is the Big Idea? Tell a story about what you are doing. Buried in the manuscript is the main point—will a reader notice it? In the Introduction, have you presented the main idea and explained it? Organize, Draft, Rewrite, and then Submit—first to a colleague, then to a publication venue, and perhaps then to another venue. Quality matters, scrupulous matters, getting it out matters. Audience matter. Teaching and Seminars are the occasion to give away the Main Idea, or to find out the spearker’s.. Find out, What is Really Going On in the speaker’s talk. You have to be an active listener. Now, You have a job in a bureaucracy. Do what you are supposed to do, and if not find a more suitable position. Stay out of nonsense. Realize that you are at a particular stage in your career. You will need the Kindness of Strangers, even if you have a home-run dossier at promotion and tenure time. And, You’ll need a Go-Bag, so that if the bureaucracy is unresponsive to you, you can find another landing pad. Grants and External Support allow you to do your work, and they keep the Dean away. Do you owe them, or do they owe you? Just because you are in a fine position, does not mean you are worthy. And, Likely another truck is coming at You. It is already too late if you are asking, “What truck?” ----------------- I have been telling friends that the universities have yet to adequately address the fact that a next generation depends on women to have babies, and that in our society Mama not only bears the child but is likely to have to take major responsibility for bringing up baby and child. Papa may well be helpful, but in general Mama is expected to take on most of the work. My insight is not sociological but personal, having adopted a newborn on my own when I was 42 and an untenured associate professor, his having "special needs" discovered when he was 4 1/2, and his now being a gracious gentleman at age 30. The surprising outcome was that bringing up baby, so to speak, allowed me to write 8 books and plenty of articles--the focus was so essential. I did not travel much, few meetings, but was a good teacher and contributed to university service. I did attend lots of seminars with a child in tow, a child who played with LEGO during the seminar. BUT although my rank did not indicate it, when I was 42, I had published many significant articles, one book and had another in process, and had received major fellowships. And I did give up what most of us would consider a social life. I took what I could get, a job. I am the exception that proves the rule. Here is an interview with concerning these issues. (https://www.insidehighered.com) Q&A with authors of new book on balancing home and work life as an academic scientist Submitted by Colleen Flaherty on December 2, 2016 - 3:00am Much of the literature on balancing faculty and home life centers on women. There’s talk of the “baby penalty” [1] for women who choose to have children, for example. A new book, based on five years of research involving academic scientists, sheds more light on the struggles of both men and women as they try to grow their careers and their families. Failing Families, Failing Science: Work-Family Conflict in Academic Science [2] (New York University Press) is based on the idea that work-life balance is not an issue exclusive to women -- and must be addressed with gender-neutral solutions. Failure to meet that challenge will result in a dangerous talent drain away from academic science, warn authors Elaine Howard Ecklund, the Herbert S. Autrey Chair in Social Sciences at Rice University, and Anne E. Lincoln, associate professor of sociology at Southern Methodist University. Ecklund and Lincoln participated in a written discussion about the book. Q: The book draws on 2,000 surveys of junior and senior scientists and in-depth interviews. Can you share a bit more about your methodology? What did you want to know, about whom? Ecklund: We surveyed biologists and physicists at 20 top American universities in late 2008 and early 2009 and then followed up over the next few years with 150 in-depth interviews with a random sample of those who responded to the survey. We spent three years collecting data and two years analyzing data on the lives of junior and senior scientists at top U.S. research universities; through a survey of 2,503 scientists and in-depth interviews, they captured both the breadth that comes from surveying a large number of scientists and the depth that comes from face-to face discussions. This is a book about how women and men who are scientists at the top U.S. research universities negotiate family life and how the strategies they use will change science. The inability to balance life as a scientist with life as a parent is more than a personal issue or a women’s issue. It is a structural failure resulting from the expectation that the “ideal” scientist will prioritize complete and utter devotion to career above all else. Q: What are your major findings? How did they differ by gender? Lincoln: When this research began, we planned to tell the story of how scientists perceive women’s achievements in science and impediments to achievement for women in science. As research often does, ours uncovered something we were not expecting. While women definitely discussed discrimination in science, we were surprised to find that both women and men mostly talked with us about work-family dynamics in science. We find that indeed women are hit harder by the pressures of elite academic science, and there is definitely “a motherhood penalty” (we devote a chapter of our book to discussing it). But the institution of science -- and academic science, in particular -- is bad for those who want to have children or pursuits outside of their careers, bad for both men and women. Perhaps most importantly and most consequential for universities, our five years of research reveals that early-career academic scientists struggle with balancing their work and family lives. This struggle is stopping many young scientists from pursuing positions at top research universities -- or further pursuing academic science at all -- a circumstance that comes at great cost to our national science infrastructure. Q: Can you talk a little bit more about the challenges early-career scientists face? Ecklund: Reaching the level of tenured faculty, the pinnacle of achievement in academia, is a more momentous task than it has ever been. Four years of undergraduate studies are followed by four to six or more years of Ph.D. work. By the time a scientist earns her doctorate, she is likely to be in her late 20s, the time in the life course when most Americans are beginning to settle down. Scientists still must undertake at least one, and increasingly multiple, postdoctoral appointments, which usually range from two to six years, and because many postdoctoral positions are dependent on grant funding, they do not offer the competitive pay, benefits or stability of private-sector jobs. Next comes an appointment as an assistant professor, lasting five to seven years, and finally -- if successful! -- a tenured associate professor appointment. At this point, most scientists are in their late 30s or early 40s, well past the time most Americans have started raising children. The time as a tenure-track professor is perhaps the most intense and stressful in an academic life, with no specific timeline for moving from associate to full professor. In this highly competitive and lengthy process, when is the right time to start a family? Scientists in academia often feel they have to wait until they are tenured, a perception that has led to a trend of later childbearing among scientists. Q: How does the book add to the existing literature on work-life balance in the sciences? Lincoln: Nearly all of the literature on work-life balance in the sciences focuses on women’s experiences. That work is needed, but our work takes the tension between family life and the calling of scientific work out of its current framing as just a “woman’s problem” to talk about the experiences of both men and women. The tension of scientists balancing work and family is really a structural problem for universities and national science bodies, like the National Institutes of Health and the National Science Foundation. Q: What are the particular challenges that academic scientists face, as opposed to other scientists and/or faculty members in other disciplines? Ecklund: Among all academic disciplines and all professions, scientific disciplines increasingly require longer training and more travel, core structural factors that impinge on family life. Furthermore, researchers find that, when compared with middle- and working-class occupations, the professions, such as medicine, law and banking, have been slower to accommodate workers with families -- and universities are particularly poor at accommodating family life. They’re often far behind the corporate world in providing family-friendly workplaces. Today, academic scientists must keep multiple complex tasks going simultaneously, which might in any one day include lab management, teaching and applying for funding. At the same time, universities are providing fewer and fewer administrative supports. Q: What are the implications of your findings for higher education? What’s at stake when academics feel they can’t find balance between work and home? Lincoln: We are finding that some of our best and brightest will leave science. Q: What are your recommendations for higher education? What can institutions do to help? How should science as a whole respond? Ecklund: Universities need to follow the most family-friendly corporations. Provide child care centers that are affordable for all scientists. Provide better nonstandard child care benefits, like child care credits for when scientists need to travel for scientific work and need to take their children with them. Make leaves and stopping tenure clocks automatic upon the birth of a child. Develop checks and balances at the department level. Empower individuals to change cultures. The last chapter of our book provides extensive recommendations for universities and science departments, as well as national scientific funding bodies, like the NIH and the NSF. Source URL: https://www.insidehighered.com/news/2016/12/02/qa-authors-new-book-balancing-home-and-work-life-academic-scientist?width=775&height=500&iframe=true Links: [1] https://www.insidehighered.com/news/2013/06/06/new-book-gender-family-and-academe-shows-how-kids-affect-careers-higher-education [2] http://nyupress.org/books/9781479843121/    
by M. Krieger
Friday, December 2, 2016
I regret being inappropriate in my posting... 0 M. Krieger Dear Colleagues,  I regret being inappropriate in my recent posting, and have reposted having removed the inappropriate passage. I surely did not want to hurt or offend anyone. Martin Krieger
by M. Krieger
Tuesday, November 29, 2016
Reviews of Progress in Planning Research RPPR 0 M. Krieger I will be launching a blog-journal in which contributors provide 300-600 word reviews of progress in various fields of planning. Namely, tell us what you think the major contributions have been of late, what are the big questions, what needs to be studied. I will edit and post, there will be no editorial board, and no one should think of this as a conventional publication. Rather, it is the occasion for you to summarize where you think work in your field is going and its major achievements. If you plan to describe just your own research, there are better venues than this one.  You are likely to refer to the literature, but I believe that 5-10 references or notes are more than enough. Please send me your essays, and I will help you make them work for RPPR. krieger@price.usc.edu  I won't start the blog/journal until I have a few essays. I imagine that a graduate student preparing for quals, working with their advisor, could readily produce one of these. I imagine as well that a senior scholar might offer a perspective on the last 30-50 years in a subfield. I note that there is a plan to have an ACSP blog. I do not believe we are in competition or conflict, since I am seeking a very specific kind of essay. Topics: Planning and design theory Transportation and Transit Land Use in Cities, outside of Cities Industrial and Commercial Development Poverty and Cities Protest and Mobilization Sustainability and Conservation Disaster Security and Policing Race, Class, Gender, Age Children in Cities and other you may think of important.  
by M. Krieger
Tuesday, November 22, 2016
APA Economic Development Division Student Scholarship 0 G. Schrock Please share with students and faculty teaching economic development courses! Economic Development Division Holzheimer Memorial Student Scholarship The American Planning Association's Economic Development Division is currently accepting applications for the Holzheimer Memorial Student Scholarship for Economic Development Planning. Applications are due February 3, 2017, but early submissions are encouraged. Applicants must be Master's level students currently enrolled in or recently graduated (2015 or later) from PAB-accredited planning programs in the United States. The scholarship is named in memory of longtime APA member and economic development visionary, Dr. Terry Holzheimer of Arlington County, Virginia and Virginia Tech. The $2,000 award is a scholarship provided by the APA's Economic Development Division. Winners are strongly encouraged but not required to use the award money to support attendance at the APA National Planning Conference. The application materials should include an original student paper or work that is 2,500 words or less (including citations and footnotes), and must include the name and contact information of a faculty member involved in supervising the student and/or the submitted work. The application form is available at: https://goo.gl/forms/ekkLZMHJq2Z0LZHM2. Guidelines Due to the word limit, submissions may reflect adaptations of original student work, including term papers, capstone and studio projects. Group submissions are allowed, although it is expected that one or two students will take responsibility for the submission and represent the group should the submission be chosen as the winner. The submission should speak to planning practitioners about a substantive topic related to economic development in the United States. We welcome submissions that focus broadly on the topic of economic development, which we define in terms of enhancing community, urban and regional economic prosperity, inclusion and resilience. The winning paper or project will satisfactorily demonstrate the following: topical relevance to economic development practitioners with a clear discussion of why practitioners should care about the findings; soundness of empirical methods; quality writing; and originality and creativity. The committee reserves the right to withhold the award should no submissions comply with these criteria. The winner will be notified by February 24, 2017 and the scholarship will be presented at the APA National Planning Conference in New York City, May 6-9, 2017. The paper will also be published on the Economic Development Division website and distributed electronically to division members. Questions Greg Schrock, Committee Chair Associate Professor Toulan School of Urban Studies and Planning Portland State University gschrock@pdx.edu
by G. Schrock
Tuesday, November 22, 2016
Launching the ACSP blog - Ideas, Feedback Welcome! 1 C. Slotterback CityLab http://www.citylab.com/
by L. Merlin
Tuesday, November 22, 2016
engaging students on impacts of national election on planning/cities 3 D. Pfeiffer Dear Deirdre, Although not specific to the national election, my recent research and published journal articles on Tea Party, property rights and conservative views about planning and infrastructure might be of interest. Citations are below of the articles as is a link to a short online article I wrote for practitioners. Harvey Jacobs' work on property rights also may be of interest. Best, Karen Trapenberg Frick, Department of City and Regional Planning, UC Berkeley --Journal Articles: Trapenberg Frick, Karen. “Citizen Activism, Conservative Views & MegaPlanning in a Digital Era,” Planning Theory and Practice, 17, no. 1 (2016): 93-118 Trapenberg Frick, Karen. “Actions of Discontent: Tea Party and Property Rights Activists Pushing Back Against Regional Planning,” Journal of the American Planning Association, 79, no. 3 (2013): 190-200. Trapenberg Frick, Karen, David Weinzimmer, and Paul Waddell. “The Politics of Sustainable Development Opposition: State Legislative Efforts to Stop the United Nation’s Agenda 21 in the United States,” Urban Studies, 52, no. 2 (2015): 209–232. --Short online article for practitioners: Trapenberg Frick, Karen. “Can Planners find common ground with Tea Party and Property Rights Activists on Means even if They Don’t Agree on Ends?” California Planning & Development Report, 2014. Available at http://www.cp-dr.com/node/3536
by K. Trapenberg Frick
Monday, November 21, 2016
Post-Election Statement by ACSP Officers 0 L. Takahashi p.p1 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 12.8px Helvetica; color: #0000ff; -webkit-text-stroke: #0000ff} p.p2 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 12.8px Helvetica; color: #0000ff; -webkit-text-stroke: #0000ff; min-height: 16.0px} span.s1 {font-kerning: none} We write in our roles as ACSP Officers to reiterate ACSP's aim to connect educators, researchers and students. Given the vitriolic tone of the presidential campaign and reports of attacks, we are writing to say that we strongly support our colleagues and students, and that we will do everything we can to ensure an open and inclusive environment for debate and civil discourse, including difficult conversations (a topic of one of the 2016 annual conference Presidential Sessions) and Big Ideas sessions at the annual conference.    We encourage you to continue pushing for a planning agenda that is inclusive and sustainable. One concrete step that we ask of you is to suggest potential topics for cross-cutting sessions for the upcoming Administrators Conference in March 2017, and our annual conference in Denver in October 2017.    Lois Takahashi, President Weiping Wu, Vice-President/President Elect Carissa Slotterback, Secretary Joe Grengs, Treasurer
by L. Takahashi
Saturday, November 19, 2016
Contributions to Scholarship: Books, Articles, Projects 0 M. Krieger Recently I received a request for information on publications from Planetizen. We were expected to count publications. What was striking to me was that books and edited volumes were in one category. Scholarly strength is rarely indicated by an edited volume, although the organizational and personal strengths play a substantial role. To write a book is an entirely different enterprise. Similarly, if we count articles, the venue of appearance matters enormously. And so does the length. If you publish long detailed articles about your research, the amount of work required is likely much greater than if you publish several short articles. Intense detailed work takes a very long time to be done properly.  Obviously, we will continue to develop rankings and count things in various ways. But I want to encourage colleagues in our field to take on substantial projects, perhaps involving two or three or more years of work. Only then is the contribution likely to be substantial. Yes, there are very influential articles that are brief, or that are think pieces, or controversial. But planning needs the kinds of deep studies that lead if not to books to a series of increasingly influential articles. Robert Sampson, of Chicago and now Harvard, provides one such model, for example. I'm sure there are others. You want to improve practice and understanding, you want to take up intellectual space.  I realize that if you are in a tenure track job, and your work will be judged about five to seven years down the line, there is a temptation to grind it out. But the moment you have tenure, you ought to consider more demanding projects. Our academic positions are great privileges. Let us take advantage of them. It may be effectively entrepreneurial to organize stuff, edit volumes, publish lots of articles. But if you want to make a contribution that will be recognized over the long run, that may not be the way to g
by M. Krieger
Friday, November 18, 2016
USC Price Faculty Voice: Prof. Annette Kim 0 M. Boarnet Last week's election raised deep questions for urban planning. In our latest USC Price urban planning “Faculty Voice” (http://goo.gl/23dapy), Prof. Annette Kim focuses on future directions in data and knowledge in planning. She writes, “We will have to bring even more creativity and passion to our intellectual project and practice, and we will have to find ways to live together, all of us.” Read more about how her work on humanistic visual narratives and spatial analysis can help point the way forward.
by M. Boarnet
Thursday, November 17, 2016
Visual Documentation/Transit Oriented Development/NYC 1 M. Krieger My University of Minnesota colleague, Yingling Fan, has also been documenting and writing about TOD examples.  Her blog - Global Transit Innovations - may be of interest: https://globaltransitblog.wordpress.com/
by C. Slotterback
Tuesday, November 15, 2016

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