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Planning Faculty News from Virginia Tech

Monday, February 12, 2018  
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Associate Professor Maggie Cowell recently co-authored “It takes all kinds: Understanding diverse entrepreneurial ecosystems” in the Journal of Enterprising Communities: People and Places in the Global Economy. The research was funded by Kauffman Foundation. She, along with Associate Professor Yang Zhang are co-PIs on an NSF grant to build a National Research Traineeship program in disaster resilience at at Virginia Tech. Over five years, the project will support 26 trainees on NSF stipends, and an estimated 150 additional students will participate in at least one element of the program. The $2.9 million, five-year award includes faculty from the Department of Geosciences, the Department of Engineering Education; the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering; and the Department of Business Information Technology.

Associate Professor of Practice Elizabeth Morton recently served on the 2018 Design Arlington jury, a biennial award recognizing excellence in the built environment, including architecture, urban design, historic preservation and public art in Arlington County, VA. She has been appointed to the Arlington County Public Art Committee and the Arlington Cultural Facilities Task Force, and was also appointed to the City of Alexandria's Public Art Workplan Task Force.

Assistant Professor Wenwen Zhang co-authored five recent articles appearing in Energy Procedia, Applied Energy, Transportation Research Record: Journal of Transportation Research Board, and Environment and Planning B: Urban Analytics and City Science. She is a new faculty member, having joined Urban Affairs and Planning this past Fall.

Assistant Professor Steve Hankey was awarded Faculty of the Year by the Virginia American Planning Association. He co-authored three articles appearing in Transportation Research Part D: Transport and Environment, Journal of Transport and Health, and Current Environmental Health Reports.

Associate Professor Ralph Buehler co-authored two of the articles as well as a research report for the Mid Atlantic Transportation Sustainability University Transportation Center. Hankey is currently working on research grants sponsored by the National Institutes of Health, Mid-Atlantic Transportation Sustainability University Transportation Center, Safe-D University Transportation Center, and the City of Minneapolis, MN. Buehler has been researching and publishing about sustainable transport, car dependence, and active travel, much of this with an international focus. His articles have recently appeared in International Journal of Sustainable Transportation, Transport Reviews, and American Journal of Public Health.

Professor Tom Sanchez recently published an edited volume, Planning Knowledge and Research (Routledge). He was also co-PI on a research project looking at affordable housing, transportation, and economic development issues for the State of Virginia.


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