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Faculty & Student Achievements, Spring 2013

Toulan School of Urban Studies & Planning

Nathan McClintock presented on "Integrating Research and Teaching on Urban Food Systems" at UC Berkeley's Center for Diversified Farming Systems. He also participated in a panel on "Portland Food Culture and Access" organized by the Portland City Club. 

Shelia Martin presented at the International Atlantic Economic Conference in Vienna on April 6th on the topic of "Improving the Flow of Information Through Technology Networks: A Case Study of Policy in Slovenia."

Ethan Seltzer and doctoral student Dillon Malmoudi published, "Citizen Participation, Open Innovation, and Crowdsourcing: Challenges and Opportunities for Planning," in the February 2013 issue of Journal of Planning Literature. Ethan Seltzer was also invited to review the Lincoln Institute's PhD fellowship applications. 

6 Masters of Urban & Regional Planning projects are underway through the TSUSP award-winning Planning Workshop, this year in the Cully Neighborhood, Foster Green EcoDistrict, downtown Milwaukie, downtown Oregon City, South Kelso (WA) neighborhood, and along North Lombard Street in Portland.

Jenny Liu was on OPB's "Think Out Loud" on March discussing the carbon tax debate.

School of Community Health

Alexis Dinno's Abstract "On the Just and Accurate Representation of Transgender Persons in Research" was accepted at the 1st International Conference of Lesbian Gay Bisexual & Transgender Psychology and Related Fields this June in Lisbon.

Paula Carder was recently awarded Fellow status in the Gerontological Society of America and named chair of the Advisory Board of the Center for Excellence in Assisted Living. She also recently received two grants to study the needs and resources of older persons and adults with disabilities in federally subsidized housing. One, with Cedar Sinai Park, was funded by Enterprise Foundation ($30,000) and the other was funded by Home Forward, the Housing Authority of Portland ($25,000).

Hatfield School of Government

A team of scholars at the Hatfield School, in cooperation with 7 other Universities in the TransResearch Consortium, published the results of a 5 year study on how to measure the performance of governmental units. The volume, titled The Performance of Nations, was edited by Hatfield Scholar Jacek Kugler and Ron Tammen who is the Director of the Hatfield School, and has contributions from Hatfield academics Birol Yesilada, Masami Nishishiba, Peter Noordijk, Ayesha Umar-Wahedi, Mariah Kraner, Matthew Jones, Ron Tammen, and former Hatfield faculty member Hal Nelson.

Alan DeLaTorre has been awarded a position as a Hatfield Resident Fellow for 2013-14 in the Hatfield School of Government’s Center for Public Service. His work will focus on policy and translational research in the areas of urban aging and age-friendly communities.

Kris Henning and CCJ graduate students Laura Shaver, Christian Peterson, and Greg Stewart presented findings from two studies at the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences Conference in Dallas last month: 1) “Eat your vegetables”: Analysis of and efforts to change a law enforcement agency’s media communications, and 2) Spatial trends in theft from motor vehicles.

This summer, Kevin Kecskes and others faculty/staff from the HSOG and university-wide will begin the second year of a two-year U.S. Department of State / Middle East Partnership Initiative, $480,000 grant to bring 18-20 undergraduate student leaders from the Middle East and North African region to study civic engagement and community leadership in the Portland Metropolitan region. This grant features a partnership with the Mercy Corps Action Center where students will learn how to work with NGOs in their country to develop and implement community-based civic action projects. Last summer, 18 students from 16 Arab countries spent 5 weeks on the PSU campus studying community leadership theory and practice; this summer, the student leaders' education is expected to be capped with a personal visit with newly appointed Secretary of State John Kerry. For more information, see: