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.
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.
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.
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!
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
First row from left to right: Cheryl Jones, Biqi Zhao
Top row: Heather Civil-Ayers, Daniel Walker, and Robbie Smith
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.
Dr. Mukesh Kumar, Interim Program Director of the Urban and Regional Planning Department and Heather Wilcox, Ph.D. student in Urban and Regional Planning are seen here with team members Keith Collins, JSUTV Production Manager and Marlin King with the Department of Facilities and Construction in front of the School of Engineering. Together, they are the recipients of the JSU Creative Award for 2014 for their proposal titled "Jackson State Universiy Rain-Works Challenge." Their proposed project will be displayed as a digital simulation of the plan. The purpose is to show the impact of a green corridor near the present School of Engineering buliding which will feature a rain garden,an outdoor green classroom and convertible parking lots. The award also came with a $5,000.00 stipend.
Dr. Talya D. Thomas, Assistant Professor in the Urban and Regional Planning Department received the Dean's First Junior Faculty Research Award. The award was presented by Dr. Ricardo A. Brown, Dean, College of Public Service.
Dr. Edmund Merem, Professor of Urban and Regional Planning received the award for Research and Scholarship at the College of Public Service Faculty and Student Awards Program.