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Buehler Contributes to EU/UN Report

Thursday, January 19, 2017  
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Associate Professor Ralph Buehler’s research to make global transportation more sustainable is part of a joint report published by the United Nations and European Commission “The State of European Cities 2016: Cities Leading the Way to a Better Future,” released at the United Nations Conference on Housing and Sustainable Urban Development in Quito, Ecuador. Buehler’s transportation studio class presented findings of their recent study of cycling in Washington DC at the ‘Think Bike’ Workshop, hosted by the Dutch Embassy, the District Department of Transportation, and the US Department of Transportation.

Ralph Hall was recently promoted to Associate Professor with tenure. He led an effort to collect and ship over 8,000 books to Malawi. More information is available on the Mzuni Library Initiative website and a YouTube video. Hall also leads a study abroad course to Malawi. In 2016, two of his students won the top Virginia Tech awards for best undergraduate and PhD student.

Assistant Professor Steve Hankey received the Outstanding Paper Award from the Transportation Research Board, Pedestrian Committee. Along with several publications and research grants from the U.S. EPA and the Mid-Atlantic Transportation Sustainability Center, his work on air quality measurement has been widely cited.

Program Chair Tom Sanchez is in his seventh year as editor-in-chief of Housing Policy Debate. Sanchez is also editing a book, Planning Knowledge and Research, for Routledge, and serving as guest editor of Urban Planning for a special issue on “Smart Solutions for Sustainable Cities” (with Ralph Hall from Virginia Tech and Nader Afzalan from Redlands University), and guest editor of Urban Science for a special issue on “The Future of Urban Transportation and Mobility Systems.”

Professor Max Stephenson published “Exploring the Intersection of Theory and Practice of Arts for Peacebuilding,” with Laura Zanotti in Global Society. He also recently gave a talk to the Nonprofit Roundtable of Roanoke, entitled “Nonprofit Board Governance: Context, Challenges and Possibilities.” Stephenson is co-founder and director of the Institute for Policy and Governance at Virginia Tech.

Professor of Practice, Shelley Mastran, recently spoke to the Washington Map Society at the Library of Congress on the early cartography and settlement of northern Virginia and will be writing an article on that topic for their publication, The Portolan. Along with teaching land use courses and studios at the Alexandria, VA campus, she is actively working with the City of Falls Church on comprehensive plan updates.


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