CRP Faculty News: Spring 2018
Assistant Professor Nicholas Klein was one of seven Cornell faculty to be named a social sciences, humanities, and arts fellow by the Atkinson Center for a Sustainable Future. The annual fellowships are awarded to faculty from across the university whose work broadens and deepens sustainability research. Klein will study the environmental effects of car donation programs as well as the benefits to the families that receive these cars to discover how gaining a car changes poor families' lives.
During the spring semester, Assistant Professor Jennifer Minner published and presented scholarly work in various venues. Minner's article "Open Data Flows, Spatial Histories, and Visualizing the Future" was published in the Journal of Preservation Education and Research 10 (June 2018), 33–49. At the American Planning Association conference in New Orleans in April, Minner presented the poster "Linking Historic Preservation and Community Development Strategies" with CRP students Ashley Pryce (M.R.P. '18) and Zachary Small (M.R.P. '18). In July, Minner presented the paper "How Urban Spaces Remember: Memory and Transformation at Two Expo Sites," coauthored with doctoral candidate Martin Abbott (Ph.D. CRP '23), at the 18th International Planning History Society Conference in Yokohama, Japan. In addition, Minner coauthored a book chapter titled "A Smart City Remembers its Past: Citizens as Sensors in Survey and Mapping of Historic Places," with Andrea Roberts, Michael Holleran, and Joshua Conrad. The chapter was published in New Approaches, Methods and Tools in Urban E-Planning (Advances in Civil and Industrial Engineering), edited by Carlos Nunes Silva (Engineering Science Reference, 2018).
Professor emeritus John W. Reps narrated T. M. Fowler's Bird’s-Eye Views of Pennsylvania Towns and Cities, a video about the art and technique of bird's-eye view making and Fowler's late 19th-century views of Pennsylvania cities and towns. The video was a companion piece to the exhibition "Every Thing of Interest Shown": T. M. Fowler’s Bird's-Eye Views of Pennsylvania, 1885–1905, at the State Museum of Pennsylvania in Harrisburg.
An Engaged Curriculum Grant in the amount of $79,840 was awarded in May to a multidisciplinary team of faculty including CRP's Assistant Professor Linda Shi. Led by faculty from the colleges of Engineering and Agriculture and Life Sciences, the team's project is titled Engaging Cornell students from the Local to the Global Level in Climate Change Science and Policy through the annual UNFCC Convention of the Parties. Other faculty on the team include Natalie Mahowald, earth and atmospheric sciences; Sharon Sassler, policy analysis and management; and Christine Goodale, ecology and evolutionary biology. The proposed 3-credit class will provide an important baseline for students on climate change science and policy, with a special focus on how science factors into the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), and how negotiations take place at the annual Conference of the Parties (COP). Engaged Curriculum Grants create, expand, and strengthen research and teaching fields by funding teams that are integrating community engagement into curriculum exploration, development, and improvement.
In March, Professor Mildred Warner and Javier Perez Burgos (Ph.D. CRP '14) presented at a decentralization conference in Bogotá, Colombia. Additionally, "Social Impact Bonds: Are They Too Good to Be True?" written by Warner and graduate student Allison Tse (M.R.P. '18), appeared in the Journal of Urban Affairs JUA Blog, May 16, 2018. The article assesses the promise and risk of private and public investment in social programs.