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(Pictured left to right is Jasmin Fleming, M.A. student, URP and Dr. Talya Thomas, assistant professor, URP
Volunteering in the community makes the sacrifice worthwhile when the Department of Urban and Regional Planning helps with creating a playspace for children.  This project was sponsored by the Jackson Medical Mall, Humana, and KaBoom, the national nonprofit dedicated to giving kids the childhood they deserve.  Participants were tasked to build the playground in one day to promote the playground's mission of encouraging brain expansion, making friends, and building muscles.  The chosen location was Homestead Heights on Prosperity Street.

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Ramina Aghili and Arash Ghahramani, M.A. students along with Jessica Sharp, Ph.D. student, all received travel support by the American Planning Association to attend the national conference in Atlanta, GA.  Each of the students were required to meet specific guidelines which led up to their selection as candidates.  Both photos show the students showcasing their poster talents at the Mississippi American Planning Association Conference in Hattiesburg, MS.

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Congratulations to Dr. Talya D. Thomas, assistant professor, Urban and Regional Planning, selected as one of 25 scholars for the Third Cohort of the Academy of Research and Scholarly Engagement at Jackson State University.  Participants will engage in various activities related to research and peer reviewed activities pertaining to their respective proposals.

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Several participants were recently featured at the Inagural Emmett Till Symposium held at the Dollye Robinson Liberal Arts Building September 23rd.  Two representatives from the Urban and Regional Planning Department were on program  They were Dr. Joan M. Wesley, associate professor, Urban and Regional Planning and Dr. Daphine Foster, URP alumna.  Their topic was, "The Emmett Till Historic Intrepic Center" located in Glendora, MS.  Speakers were as seen on photo above from left to right:  Attorney Jed Oppenheim, Dr. Ivory Phillip, Dr. Daphine Foster, Dr. William Seraile, Dr. Joan M. Wesley, and the Honorable Johnny Thomas of Glendora, MS.

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Be sure to make plans to addend the joint Fall Conference of the Mississippi and Alabama Chapter of the American Planning Association.  This event is scheduled for November 12-14, 2014 in Tupelo, Mississippi. 
More information to follow!     

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Welcome New URP Students Fall 2014

September 5th, 2014 by jsudurp

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M.A. Students
From left to right on the first row:  Dominique Harris, Jasmine Fleming,  Brandon Rankin, Zena Woodard,  DeAngelo Brown Top row:  Mario Milton, and Wade Jackson

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Ph.D. Students
First row from left to right:  Cheryl Jones, Biqi Zhao
Top row:  Heather Civil-Ayers, Daniel Walker, and Robbie Smith
 

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Several of Urban and Regional Planning's faculty and students collaborated on an article pertaining to "Analyzing Water Resource Issues in the State of Mississippi."  The article was published in the British Journal of Applied Science and Technology on April, 22, 2014.  Authors included:  Dr. Edmund C. Merem, Dr. Joan Wesley, Emmanuel Nwagboso, Siddig Fageir, Peter Isopehi, Marshand Chrisler, Shayron Thomas and Romorno Corney.  Purpose of the research centered around a rise in pumpage amoung different sectors and the increase in boil water alerts prompted by pollution and standard violations.  They concluded that the capacity of utilizing a mix scale approach to bring attention to the vunerability of Mississippi's water resources to degradation.

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