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Faculty & Student Achievements, Winter 2013

Lindsay Benstead (with Ellen Lust and Dhafer Malouche) presented the results of the 2012 Tunisian Post-Election Survey December 11, 2012 at a media launch in Tunis. The results were published by the Middle East Channel and Yale Global and are under review by Foreign Affairs (expected March 2013). Members of the team also presented the results at universities in Tunisia, Algeria and the US and on Radio Tunisia in December 2012. An event is scheduled at PSU in February.

In January 2013, Emily Salisbury from Criminology and Criminal Justice became the editor of a peer-review journal, Criminal Justice and Behavior. CJB is a top-tier, monthly publication focusing on interdisciplinary research from criminology and psychology and is affiliated with the International Association for Correctional and Forensic Psychology. 

Carl Abbott was featured in an interview in The Mercury, Jan 23, about the history of Portland's street grid and in Metroscape, discussing why Portland is a hot location for shooting TV shows.

Jason Jurjevich and Meg Merrick are partnering with three institutions (Univ. of Colorado, Univ. of Tennessee, and Univ. of New South Wales) on a NSF-funded project to commence in June of this year. The $50,000 of work that we will assume will be interviewing approximately 30 planners from the Portland Metro area to assess how they respond to uncertainty displayed in mapping using census data (mapping margins of error with ACS data). They will be using a non-invasive infrared light to track eye movements.

All of the Toulan School's transportation faculty and over 30 PSU students attended the annual meeting of the Transportation Research Board (TRB) in Washington, DC, last month. The TRB Annual Meeting attracts over 11,500 attendees from around the world, covering all topics of transportation. TRB is a part of the National Academies. PSU researchers made 36 presentations based upon papers that are subject to a peer-review process. These papers are also considered for publication in the Transportation Research Record: The Journal of the Transportation Research Board. Most of the papers included a graduate student (masters or PhD), and 19 had a student (or recent graduate) as the lead author. 

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 our Ron Tammen 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.

Political Science adjunct faculty David Johns published “How Might Ecologists Make the World Safe for Biodiversity Without Getting Fired?” 43 Bulletin of the British Ecological Society 4: 51-3 (Dec 2012)

Assistant Professor Nathan McClintock had two journal articles accepted for publication this month, one by Landscape & Urban Planning and one by Local Environment. Another was published in Applied Geography at the end of October.

MUS students Jen Turner and Alex Novie, MPH student Monica Cuneo, and Assistant Professor McClintock will be leading a series of 8 workshops over Winter Term called "Community Dialogue on Food & Justice: Who is at the Table?". PSU's Institute for Sustainable Solutions will be funding and hosting this initiative that will bring food systems activists and practitioners with social justice activists and practitioners in order to facilitate development of a common language and complementary agenda.

Professor Loren Lutzenhiser participated in the Behavior, Energy and Climate Change conference in Sacramento; presented two papers: (1) "Closing the Loop: Improving Home Energy Audits by Incorporating Household Behavior" and (2) "What Kind of Occupants Do ZNE Buildings Require?" Loren was also asked and agreed to advise Oregon BEST in developing a workshop on energy, buildings and behavior research needs and opportunities for OUS faculty and BEST business partners to take place in February and agreed to participate on a volunteer advisory group to help the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) and major utilities craft plans for behavioral interventions to secure energy savings over the next 5-10 years in that state.

Adjunct Professor Chet Orloff is one of the organizers and editors of a book of essays on urban studies and city museums, Our Greatest Artefact: The City, a collection of essays on cities and museums about them published by the International Council of Museums (Paris). He has had an exhibit review published in the newsletter of the International Committee of Museums of Cities (Athens), and helped obtain a $50,000 grant for PSU/ISS which will support student internships and fellowships (some to work with the SUSP-asffiliated Museum of the City) from the Oregon Community Foundation. 

Professor Connie Ozawa was a keynote speaker at Florens 2012, International Cultural and Environmental Heritage Week, in Florence, Italy, presenting on the institutional and cultural conditions that have helped to create the accolades in urban sustainability that the Portland region enjoys. Professor Ethan Seltzer met with a delegation from Okayama University to discuss planning in the region and sustainability.