Recent CRP student activities, awards, and accomplishments

December 17, 2009

October 2009

  • In November 2009, city and regional planning graduate students in International Institutions (CRP 6720), joined Professor Lourdes Beneria and Post-doctoral Fellow Marcela Gonzalez, on an annual Cornell trip to the United Nations (U.N.). The group attended a panel discussion of U.N. officials who spoke about various aspects of U.N. work and activities, followed by a question and answer session. There was also a tour of U.N. headquarters. Su aee Shin (M.R.P. ’11) said “the main purpose was to physically see and experience the U.N. after a semester-long discussion about functions, missions, structure, and criticisms on various kinds of international institutions in class.” The students also gained insight into best strategies for securing a U.N. internship or position. Some of the participants remarked that the trip encouraged them to consider pursuing international work either through the U.N. or another nongovernmental organizations.
  • DesignConnect, an initiative of the Cornell Design and Planning Club, promotes interdisciplinary teamwork and student collaboration on campus through open forums, competitions, and art installations. CRP graduate students, Amanda Wilson (M.R.P. '11), Nat Decker (M.R.P. '11), and Victoria Demchak (M.R.P. '11); and undergraduates Dimitri Siavelis (URS '10) and Rachel Bland (URS '11); have been working on a DesignConnect project idea for a surface parking lot in downtown Elmira. The city received $25,000 from the New York State Main Street Program to refurbish a parking lot that is in close proximity to three other DesignConnect initiatives in Elmira — City Hall, Brand Park, and Riverfront Park. The students anticipate that the confluence of these three reinvestment projects will likely stimulate a new sense of excitement in downtown Elmira and a higher quality small-town urban experience.
  • Callie Watkins (M.R.P. '10) was invited to speak on a student panel of experts for the fall 2009 Institute of African Development seminar series. She gave presentations on the Millennium Challenge Account and Cape Verde. Callie also won an honorable mention for one of her photographs in the Einaudi Center’s 2009-10 photo competition.

October 2009

  • The Food Planning Supper Club — an informal organization comprised of students and alumni from CRP, nutritional sciences, landscape architecture, and developmental sociology — coordinated a trip to New York City in October to meet with food systems experts to discuss the complex issues surrounding, and the best practices for, food planning on a local, regional, and global level. The club plans to continue their efforts to better understand the issues as they strive to create more equitable food systems for needing communities.
  • During fall break CRP professors Michael Tomlan and Jeff Chusid accompanied 13 historic preservation and planning students to the annual meeting of the National Trust for Historic Preservation in Nashville. Sustainability was the theme of this year’s conference. In addition to attending educational sessions, the HPP students manned the booth for the National Council for Preservation Education and spent time visiting the city’s historic sites. A stop was made on the trip down in Charlottesville, to tour Monticello and the University of Virginia.

September 2009

  • Joseph Rukus (M.R.P ’09) and Lynda Laughlin of the U.S. Census Bureau, presented a poster titled, “Who Minds the Kids in the Summer?”, a look at child care arrangements during the summer of 2006, at the Population Association of America Conference on April 30, 2009.
  • Andrew Rumbach (M.R.P. ‘08), Ph.D. candidate, was awarded a Fulbright scholarship for studying flood vulnerability in Kolkata, India for the 2009–10 academic year, and received a PERIship National Award for research in hazards, risks, and disasters, to support his dissertation research. He was also awarded the U.S. State Department’s Critical Language Scholarship for the summer of 2009, and studied Hindi in Jaipur, India. Rumbach lectured at the School for Visual Arts in April 2009 on the role of design and design criticism in mitigating the impact of urban disasters, as well as presented a paper at the International Disaster and Risk Conference in Davos, Switzerland during the summer of 2008.
  • Vladimir Micic (M.R.P ’10) was awarded the Reese Miller International Exchange Scholarship, which allows him to spend the 2009–10 academic year at Central European University in Budapest, Hungary. In addition, he received the International Research Travel Grant administered through Cornell University’s Mario Einaudi Center for International Studies.
  • Grant Johnson (M.A. HPP ’09) presented his ongoing research and poster, “Christ Church & Manlius Village Cemeteries: Varied Management of a National Register Landscape in Onondaga County, New York”, at the 2009 meeting of the Alliance for Historic Landscape Preservation in St. Louis, Missouri, from May 28–30, 2009.
  • Read “Christ Church & Manlius Village Cemeteries: Varied Management of a National Register Landscape in Onondaga County, New York”
  • Joshua Kirschner (Ph.D. candidate) published an article titled, “An Analysis of Three Labor Unions’ Outreach to Brazilian Immigrant Workers in Boston”, in WorkingUSA: The Journal of Labor and Society in 2008. Kirschner also submitted an article, “Migrants and Citizens: Hygiene Panic and Urban Space in Santa Cruz,” to be published in Bret Gustafson and Nicole Fabricant’s book, Remapping Bolivia: Territory, Rights, and Resources in a Plurinational State.
  • Abdulrazack Karriem (Ph.D. CRP ’08), currently a post-doc at the Cornell in Washington Program, published his article, “The Rise and Transformation of the Brazilian Landless Movement into a Counter-hegemonic Political Actor: A Gramscian Analysis” in Geoforum. In addition, his chapter titled, “The Brazilian Landless Movement: Mobilization for Transformative Politics,” will be forthcoming in Yildiz Atasoy’s edited work, Hegemonic Transitions: The State and Crisis in Neoliberal Capitalism.
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