June 2014 Issue of the NARSC Newsletter

We proudly present the June 2014 issue of the NARSC newsletter. The June 2014 edition of the newsletter features thought pieces on Open Regional Science. The centerpiece of these pieces is a condensed version of Sergio Rey’s Western Regional Science Association (WRSA) presidential address, which was well received and stimulated thoughtful debate. Erik Heikkila, Dani Arribas-Bel, and Roger Bivand were kind enough to contribute reflection pieces on the presidential address.

In addition to these thought pieces, the newsletter features a piece from Douglas Wrenn on shale development and employment in the Northeast. We also include profiles of two junior faculty members from the Northeastern region – Douglas Wrenn (Penn St.) and Nathan Yang (Yale). Michael Carroll, the editor of Regional Science Policy and Practice, has provided a piece that profiles the journal.

Any questions or comments concerning the newsletter can be directed to the editors, Liz Mack or Ralph McLaughlin.

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Job Opportunity: Faculty Position in Transportation Planning and Policy, School of Planning and Public Policy, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey

The Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy at Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, is seeking to fill a full-time tenure-track faculty position in transportation planning and policy. Areas of interest include: transportation planning methods; urban modeling and simulation; decision and planning support systems; travel behavior and forecasting; transportation and land use interactions; non-motorized transportation; public transit; transportation economics; transportation risk and security; planning for freight, ports, and airports; international transportation planning, especially in developing countries. The position may be at the assistant, associate or full professor level.

Applicants must be doctoral graduates of accredited colleges/universities, and we prefer that they have their Ph.D. by January 1, 2015. Ph.D’s may be in any field relevant to transportation planning (e.g. urban planning, engineering, geography, economics). The standard teaching assignment is two courses each semester, including both undergraduate and graduate courses. The successful applicant will have classroom teaching experience and should take an expansive view of transportation policy, planning, and implications for cities and regions.

The Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy offers undergraduate degrees in Planning and Public Policy, Public Policy, Public Health, and anticipates soon having three additional undergraduate degrees in Public Health Administration, City Planning and Design, and Urban Studies; master’s degrees in Urban Planning and Policy Development and in Public Policy; the Ph.D. in Planning and Public Policy; and joint degrees in public health with the Rutgers New Jersey Medical School. We offer two graduate certificate programs in transportation: transportation studies; and transportation management: vulnerability, risk and security. The Bloustein School has 18 research centers and institutes and annually attracts approximately $20 million in external funding. The School has three existing transportation centers, with over 40 research staff, and the new faculty member is expected to contribute to their efforts. For further information, visit the Bloustein School web site at http://www.policy.rutgers.edu.

Applicants must apply via e-mail to transportationsearch@ejb.rutgers.edu. Attach a letter of application, a curriculum vita, a writing sample, and the names and contact information of three professional references. Review of applications will begin on November 15, 2014. Members of the search committee will be attending the ACSP conference in Philadelphia and can arrange a time to meet with potential applicants. Rutgers University is an Affirmative Action, Equal Opportunity employer committed to expanding the educational diversity of its faculty and students and encourages applications from a broad variety of candidates.

Job Opportunity: Economic Geography and Spatial Planning, University of Groningen

The Faculty of Spatial Sciences of the University of Groningen in The Netherlands has two Rosalind Franklin Fellow positions available. One position is at the Department of Economic Geography (Chair Jouke van Dijk (Professor of Regional Labour Market Analysis, jouke.van.dijk@rug.nl). This position is aimed at women within the disciplines of Economic Geography and Regional Science with affiliation to research themes such as the regional labour market and real estate and housing. The second position is aimed at women within the discipline of Spatial Planning, with research themes such as spatial transformation, infrastructure development and transport, sustainable governance and planning for livability. Deadline for application is December 1, 2014.

For more information see:
http://www.rug.nl/about-us/work-with-us/job-opportunities/overview?details=00347-02S00049JP

Peter Hall (1932-2014)

The North American Regional Science Council was saddened to hear of the death of Professor Peter Hall. Professor Hall developed the concept of enterprise zones while working with the Thatcher administration in the late 1970s, working closely with the prime minister’s officials to develop such zones in cities throughout England.

Source: Graham Turner, Guardian News & Media, Aug 6, 2014

The New York Times obituary can be accessed here.

Call for Applications: The Benjamin H. Stevens 2015-2016 Graduate Fellowship in Regional Science

Graduate students enrolled in Ph.D. programs in North America are encouraged to apply for the Sixteenth Benjamin H. Stevens Graduate Fellowship in Regional Science, administered by the North American Regional Science Council of the Regional Science Association International (NARSC-RSAI). This Fellowship, in support of thesis research in Regional Science, is awarded annually in memory of Dr. Benjamin H. Stevens, an intellectual leader whose selfless devotion to graduate students as teacher, advisor, mentor, and friend had a profound impact on the field. Regional Science is a multidisciplinary field concerned with the theory and method of urban and regional phenomena. Regional Scientists apply theoretical and empirical frameworks and methods of the social and other sciences, as well as develop new ones specifically for regional analysis and policy.

Eligible students should have completed all degree requirements except for their dissertation by the time the Fellowship commences. A requirement of the Fellowship is that the recipient has no duties other than dissertation research during the Fellowship, although the recipient may hold other fellowships concurrently. Applications from students working in any area or any Ph.D. program are welcome as long as their dissertation research addresses a research question in Regional Science.

The Fellowship consists of a stipend in the amount of $30,000 (U.S.), paid over a twelve-month period. Applications for the 2015-2016 Fellowship should be sent electronically by the applicant to the Selection Committee Chair, Nathaniel Baum-Snow, and received by February 15, 2015. An application consists of the following materials:

1. A curriculum vita of no more than two (2) pages in length.

2. A statement in ten (10) pages or less explaining the questions and issues to be addressed, the approach to be used, and the product expected from the thesis research, preceded by a summary (1-page maximum) describing the intellectual merit of the proposed research, and the broader impacts that may result. The 10-page limit is inclusive of references, but exclusive of tables and figures. This text should be in 12 point or larger font, double-spaced, with one-inch margins; references may be single-spaced.

3. Copies of the candidate’s transcripts for all graduate study. Unofficial copies are acceptable.

In addition, the thesis supervisor shall provide a confidential letter sent separately as an attachment from her/his email account with the student’s name in the subject line to Nathaniel Baum-Snow Nathaniel_Baum-Snow@brown.edu. In the letter the supervisor should assess the quality and significance of the proposed dissertation research, specify the current state of progress toward the candidate’s degree and provide a commitment by the thesis supervisor to obtain a tuition waiver for the candidate for the year of the Fellowship. A condition of the Fellowship is the granting of a tuition waiver for the year of the Fellowship by the university, or equivalent payment of the student’s tuition.

Applications should be emailed to Professor Nathaniel Baum-Snow. Questions may also be sent to him at Nathaniel_Baum-Snow@brown.edu. For information about NARSC, go to www.narsc.org/newsite/. For information about RSAI, go to www.rsai.org.

May 5, 2014

Lawrence Alan Brown (1935-2014)

It is with deep sadness that the North American Regional Science Council learned that Dr. Lawrence Alan Brown passed away peacefully around 10:43am on Sunday, April 6, surrounded by his family and close friends, at Zusman Hospice, 1151 College Avenue, Bexley, Ohio.

Larry was born in 1935 and raised in Erie, Pennsylvania to immigrant parents. His life and work reflects in many ways the classic American immigrant story of success. His father and other relatives fled the pogroms in Ukraine; and the family name was changed from Browarnick to Brown when they immigrated to the U.S. via Ellis Island. His parents instilled in him deep values about the importance of education and achievement.

A self-described “dead-end kid,” Larry initially aspired to be an auto mechanic which may explain his affinity for late-model BMWs. Instead of technical school, Larry went to college after high school because it meant something to his immigrant parents. He received his undergraduate degree in 1958 from the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School of Business, with a B.S. degree in Economics/Business . He first worked as an accountant in New Orleans and then tried law school before discovering his true passion for geography, enrolling in the graduate program at Northwestern University in Chicago in the early 1960s.

The roots of Larry’s interest in geography were set much earlier, however, when he and his brother Ed travelled through Latin America, driving down the Pan American Highway in the late-1950s.  There he encountered an international development worker who shared Preston James’ book – Latin America (1950) with him—an event that Larry often recounted in stories of his early discovery of geography. His formal training began at Northwestern where he earned an MA in geography in 1963 and PhD in 1966. The renowned Swedish geographer, Torsten Hägerstrand, supervised his dissertation fieldwork on innovation and diffusion processes.

Larry’s seminal book, Innovation Diffusion: A New Perspective (1981, Methuen), provided the definitive account of the ongoing adoption and spread of new products and techniques. Earlier research had emphasized the adopters themselves, but Larry refocused attention to the social and geographic processes that supported transformative technologies, products, and behaviors.  Later, his research on mobility and migration offered new insights into why and where people move. His pioneering theory of intra-urban migration (with Eric Moore) in 1970 separated residential mobility process into two stages: dissatisfaction with the current home and the search for a new one. This influential work inspired several generations of demographers and  urban geographers who went on to clarify the mobility behavior of young adults just leaving the family home, the role of residential change in the upward mobility of new immigrants, and the way local housing markets affect homeownership—all compelling and socially significant issues today. More recently, up to and following the publication of another important book, Place, Migration and Development in the Third World (1990, Routledge), Larry’s research sought to show how context shapes the relations among urbanization, economic growth, and population change in Latin America, Third World development, and  in US metropolitan areas.

In addition to these groundbreaking intellectual achievements, Larry’s legacy to OSU and the field of geography lies in his generous, strategic, and unstinting mentorship of graduate students. As a faculty member at OSU, he advised thirty PhD students in all, many of whom are intellectual leaders themselves today. He made a lifetime commitment to those who chose to work with him: following their careers, offering advice when asked, writing hundreds of timely, and pointed letters of recommendation; taking an interest in their personal lives, and being the go-to person in times of need. He had a special relationship with a large cluster of doctoral graduates from Korea, and the story goes that his sociable participation in karaoke sessions won him lasting admiration and gratitude. His hallmark departmental “pointer” was a very simple yet effective item to have people remember their visits, and of course, also came in handy in the classroom.

In a lifetime of professional effort he deservedly earned high honors himself. He was President of the Association of American Geographers, Department Chair (at the same time!), a Guggenheim Fellow, President of the North American Regional Science Council, and a Distinguished University Professor at Ohio State. In recognition of his extraordinary vision and leadership in the field of geography, the AAG presented its Lifetime Achievement Honors Award to Larry in 2008. Larry also worked assiduously to advance the many causes he championed. As department chair, he nominated countless colleagues for teaching, service, and research honors, as well as honorary doctorates. He nominated former students for similar positions at their home universities.

There were also sides to him of which few were aware. Larry had been a consummate golfer in earlier years. He was a very good tennis player and an excellent swimmer. He had an extensive collection of blues and American roots music. He was widely read outside the social sciences.. He felt things deeply and cared for people. And yet, those of you who know Larry will not be surprised that he spent the final days at his place of work: a corner office in Derby Hall with a window facing Bricker Hall where his light often burned late into the night. The hallways and hearts of OSU geography faculty, staff, and students are filled with reminders of Larry’s devotion to the discipline, to his friends, colleagues, and students.  His style and dedication to service has shaped the way we are today, and this lives on in the Lawrence A. Brown Faculty Fellowship.

“Death leaves a heartache no one can heal, love leaves a memory no one can steal.” The first floor of Derby Hall will be different without Larry.  He will be forever missed.

Warren L. Weidenbaum (1927-2014)

The North American Regional Science Council was saddened to hear of the death of economist Murray L. Weidenbaum. While not a regular attendee at NARSC meetings Professor Weidenbaum did deliver the luncheon address at the North American Regional Science meetings in the early 1970s.

Source: New York Times, March 21, 2014.

Full write-up in the New York Times can be found here.

Piet Rietveld (1952-2013)

In memoriam: Piet Rietveld, 1952 – 2013

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Piet Rietveld, Professor in Transport Economics and Head of the Department of Spatial Economics, VU University Amsterdam. Piet passed away, after a short period of illness, on November 1, 2013.

Piet studied econometrics at Erasmus University, Rotterdam (cum laude degree) and received his PhD in economics at VU University Amsterdam. He worked at the International Institute of Applied Systems Analysis (Austria) and was research co-ordinator at Universitas Kristen Satya Wacana in Salatiga, Indonesia. Since 1990 he was professor in Transport Economics at the Faculty of Economics and Business Administration, VU University Amsterdam. He was a fellow of the Tinbergen Institute, the Regional Science Association International (RSAI) and the Netherlands Institute for Transport Policy Analysis (KiM). Furthermore, he was a member of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences (KNAW).

Piet has been Head of the Department of Spatial Economics since 2002. Under his unique and inspiring leadership, the Department has flourished, and has gained and maintained its unique position worldwide in the fields of Spatial, Transport and Environmental Economics. As a researcher, Piet has made ground-breaking contributions to these fields, on a wide variety of themes including transport and regional development, valuation, transport pricing, public transport, transport and environment, land-use modelling, and policy assessment. A good impression of his impressive scientific legacy, the scope of themes he was working on, his academic network, and the wide impact of his research, can be obtained from the overview of his work on Google Scholar (link: http://scholar.google.nl/citations?user=qVEsFisAAAAJ&hl=us).

But above all, Piet was dearly beloved by everyone who has had the privilege to work with him, for his wisdom, his warm personality, his gentleness, and his sense of humour. He will be deeply missed.

NARSC featured in International Innovation Magazine

NARSC was the focus of a recent article in the publication International Innovation. Follow link below for the full article.

http://www.research-europe.com/index.php/2013/08/dr-neil-reid-executive-director-north-american-regional-science-council/

Denis Maillat (1940-2013)

Sad news: our friend and good colleague Denis Maillat passed away on September 7th, in Neuchatel (CH), after a fight against leukemia. Denis was 73 years old.

After his Ph.D. from the University of Neuchatel and post-graduate studies in England and France, he became in 1969 one of the youngest professor in Neuchâtel. Later Denis was elected as “Rector” of his University from 1991 to 1995. He was also the Director of the Institute for Economic and Regional Research.

Co-founder of the GREMI in 1986 (Groupe de Recherche Européen sur les Milieux Innovateurs), Denis was one of the most respected researcher on industrial districts, territorial dynamics, innovative and learning regions. His books and papers in french and english are basic references in this field.

Past-President of ASRDLF (Associations de Science Régionale de Langue Française), he was also active in ERSA and WRSA. He was the organizer of many regional science workshops and meetings, includins the world RSAI one in Lugano.

Always open for discussion, friendly, Denis took always time to share a drink or a lunch, or join colleagues on field trips. Thank you, Denis, for your smile and your guidance. You will stay in our memories.

Tony Bailly

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