June 2016 Issue of the NARSC Newsletter

We proudly present the June 2016 issue of the NARSCNews. This June 2016 edition of the newsletter celebrates 50 years of the Regional Research Institute.  In addition there is an announcement for AERUS 2016  and profiles for recent publications in the regional science community.

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

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Professor and Head, Department of Agricultural and Consumer Economics

The Professor and Head of the Department of Agricultural and Consumer Economics is a full time administrative position in the College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences (ACES) at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. This position is responsible for the administration of the research, teaching, outreach, and international activities of the Department of Agricultural and Consumer Economics.

Specifically the Head’s responsibilities are: • Provide leadership and vision to the Department, advancing the goals of the land-grant mission in teaching, research, outreach and international activities • Develop and communicate departmental policy guidelines in consultation with the faculty • Plan and supervise all academic programs in the Department • Recruit, supervise, evaluate, and mentor faculty and staff in the Department • Administer budgetary and financial matters within the Department • Facilitate development and fundraising • Represent the Department at the College and Campus levels. • Maintain liaison with leaders in industry, government, other universities, public groups and professional societies.

REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS

The successful candidate will have a PhD in agricultural, consumer or environmental economics or related field. The candidate must be qualified for a tenured appointment at the rank of full professor. Demonstrated leadership, administration and management skills are required. The ability to work with people and communicate ideas effectively is critical. A demonstrated commitment to the mission of a land-grant university and to international activities is essential. Experience with public and private funding sources is necessary. ABOUT THE UNIVERSITY, COLLEGE, AND DEPARTMENT The Department of Agricultural and Consumer Economics is one of seven departments in the College of Agricultural, Consumer, and Environmental Sciences. The Department has about 700 undergraduate students, 80 graduate students, 30 tenure-track faculty members and 80 non-tenure track staff. The disciplinary backgrounds of its faculty include agricultural economics, economics, business, finance, and law. Nine undergraduate concentrations are offered, ranging from agribusiness markets and management to public policy and law, and financial planning. Broadly speaking, the Department’s research and outreach programs relate to commercial agriculture, the environment and natural resources, development economics and consumer and family economics. An applied emphasis helps the Department meet its land-grant mission while maintaining a College of Agricultural, Consumer, and Environmental Sciences high level of scholarship. Department wide, responsibilities are divided between research, teaching and extension with annual support of about $5.3 million from state and federal recurring funds, and about $10 million from grants, contracts, and gifts. Six endowed chair positions have been established in the fields of marketing, futures and options (2), finance, policy, and law. The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign campus (http://www.illinois.edu) is located approximately 120 miles south of Chicago in a community of 110,000, has a student enrollment of over 40,000, and nearly 2,000 tenured/tenure-track faculty members. The College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences (ACES) (http://www.aces.illinois.edu) includes seven academic departments, 195 tenure-track faculty members, an enrollment of almost 2,600 undergraduate and 700 graduate students, and is widely recognized for its commitment to excellence in undergraduate and graduate programs, teaching, research, outreach, and international programs.

PROPOSED START DATE

January 1, 2017

SALARY

Compensation is commensurate with experience and qualifications.

APPLICATION PROCESS

To ensure full consideration, candidates should apply by August15, 2016. Please create your candidate profile at http://go.illinois.edu/F1600042 and upload a letter of application/interest including the applicant’s administrative experience/philosophy, curriculum vita and contact information for three (3) professional references (include name, title, address, phone, fax, email) by August 15, 2016. All requested information must be submitted for your application to be given full consideration. For further information, please contact Shelly Nickols-Richardson, Search Committee Chair via e-mail at nickrich@illinois.edu. For technical assistance with the online application process, call 217-333-6747 or email jobs@illinois.edu . The University of Illinois conducts criminal background checks on all job candidates upon acceptance of a contingent offer. Illinois is an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, religion, color, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, status as a protected veteran, or status as a qualified individual with a disability. Illinois welcomes individuals with diverse backgrounds, experiences, and ideas who embrace and value diversity and inclusivity. (www.inclusiveillinois.illinois.edu).

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2 PhD positions in Quantitative Geography at the University of Luxembourg

1 PhD in Urban Quantitative Geography
The candidate will develop a doctoral thesis related to the spatial analysis/modelling of urban patterns and transport/environmental impacts, planning and suburban forms, green space and/or agriculture in cities and suburbs.
See detailed topical and methodological foci, and how to apply at http://emea3.mrted.ly/14uhg
Deadline for application: 20/09/2016
1 PhD in Digital Humanities – Geography Research Area
The candidate will develop a doctoral thesis in the field of geovisualisation, spatial data mining, GIS, or urban analysis/modelling with a particular focus on past or long-run processes.
This PhD is be part of the newly created interdisciplinary Doctoral Training Unit in Digital History and Hermeneutics at the University of Luxembourg
See how to apply at http://emea3.mrted.ly/14aut. Please make clear mention of the geography research area while applying.
Deadline for application: 01/09/2016

Journal of Housing Economics Special Issue on research related to ‘Race and the City’

This special issue will feature research that sheds light on the experiences of minorities in U.S. cities and metropolitan areas.  Given the long history of racial segregation and discrimination that African-Americans have faced in the U.S., we expect that many of the submissions will focus on the experiences of African-Americans in U.S. cities. However, we are also very interested in submissions that examine Latino and Asian populations, especially given the increasing urbanization of Latinos within the U.S. in recent decades. While our own research focuses on contemporary issues, we are open to historical analyses, especially ones that shed light on contemporary discussions and debates. Finally, we also welcome studies that examine the experiences of minority groups in cities and metropolitan areas in other developed, higher income countries around the world.

Papers must be of sufficient analytical rigor to meet the customary standards of the journal. Timeliness is very important, as the editors and the journal seek to limit delays between the acceptance of manuscripts and eventual publication. Submissions should be made before January 31st, 2017 to

http://www.evise.com/evise/faces/pages/navigation/NavController.jspx?JRNL_ACR=JHEC

To ensure that all manuscripts are correctly identified for inclusion into the special issue, authors must select the name of the special issue “SI: Race and the City” when they upload their manuscripts. Early submissions will be dealt with promptly.

Special editors are Ingrid Gould Ellen (Ingrid.ellen@nyu.edu) and Steve Ross (Stephen.l.ross@uconn.edu)

Paul Polzin Prize for Best Paper

Paul Polzin Prize for Best Paper

The Association for University Business and Economic Research (AUBER) is reaching out to regional scientists who would like take the next step and learn the nuts and bolts of operating a university research center. AUBER has established the Polzin Prize of $500 for the best paper submitted. The prize would cover registration (plus a couple of drinks) for the AUBER Fall Conference in Fayettesville AR in October 2016. Paul Polzin was the 30th President of WRSA in 1990. For more information about AUBER go to www.auber.org.

Eligibility: To be considered for the Polzin Prize, the following rules are established:

• The paper’s lead author must be an individual AUBER member at the time of the Fall Conference or be employed at an AUBER member unit whose membership is in good standing; (Fall Conference registration fees include a one-year membership for non-AUBER members who submit papers for consideration)
• The paper must be presented on a panel at the Fall Conference;
• The paper should be prepared in academic format (APA or other commonly accepted scholarly style);
• Because the purpose is to encourage new work, submissions should not have been previously published or accepted for publication.

Process: Each eligible paper will be read by all members of an evaluation committee (the three most-recent AUBER Past Presidents) and evaluated against the criteria below. Committee members must decline to judge papers if they have the following special relationships with the author(s) of the papers submitted: relatives, students, colleagues, or co-authors. The winner will receive a $500 cash award during the Fall Conference Awards breakfast.

Submission Deadline: September 1, 2016
Submit one copy of your paper by email as a PDF attachment, without identifying author information, to Bruce Kellison (bkellison@ic2.utexas.edu) by the deadline. The winning paper will be announced at the AUBER Fall Conference.

Selection Criteria: Papers will be blind reviewed and judged based on the criteria described below. Each paper will be given a score of 0 – 10 (where 0 is the lowest and 10 is the highest score) for each element. The score allocated to each paper by each reviewer will be multiplied by the weighting and then added. The highest-scoring paper will be recommended for the Polzin Prize.

Criteria:
1. Originality (weighting 40%): Originality of contribution to knowledge with an emphasis on the paper’s innovativeness in one or more of these areas (i) theoretical development, (ii) empirical results, (iii) methodology, or (iv) policy development.
2. Quality of Argument (weighting 30%): Quality of argument incorporating (i) critical analysis of concepts, theories and findings, and (ii) consistency and coherency of debate.
3. Positioning (weighting 15 %): Clear positioning of paper in existing literature with a conclusion(s) that is both convincing and of significant potential.
4. Writing Style (weighting 15 %): Quality of writing style, including accuracy, clarity, readability, and organization.

 

The 25th Pacific Conference of the RSAI

The Regional Science Association International (RSAI), the Pacific Regional Science Conference Organisation (PRSCO) , the Chinese Regional Science Association – Taiwan (CRSA-T) and National Cheng Kung University (NCKU) invite regional scientists, economists, economic geographers, urban planners, policy makers, and researchers of related disciplines to participate in the 25th Pacific Conference of the RSAI. The Conference will be hosted by the CRSA-T and Department of Urban Planning, NCKU. It will be held in Tainan, Taiwan, May 17-20, 2017.

More information can be found at: http://www.2017prscocon.com

REGIONAL RESEARCH INSTITUTE SUMMER COURSES IN SPATIAL ECONOMETRICS July 25-28, 2016

Description: The objective of the course is to provide a (not so short) introduction to spatial econometrics. Students will learn how to model and incorporate spatial dependencies into their empirical analyses. The course will cover basic as well as more advanced concepts ranging from the different typologies of spatial data, through the definition of connectivity in space (spatial weights matrices), to a comprehensive treatment of various spatial econometric models both crosssectional as well as panel. Estimation methods presented will include MLE (maximum likelihood), GMM (generalized method of moments), GLS (generalized least squares), and GS2SLS (generalized spatial two stage least squares). The latter part of the course will will deal with special topics such as panel data models, and various testing procedures.

Instructor: Gianfranco Piras

Organization: The course is organized into a format that includes morning (theoretical) lectures and afternoon computing lab and applications sessions. A reading list will be provided for each of the topics covered. Additional course materials will be provided.

Applications: Applicants should submit a curriculum vitae and a brief statement of interest to RRI@mail.wvu.edu. Applicants will be screened for suitable levels of preparation and background, and placed into the course on a first come, first served basis.

Important Dates:

Applications period opens: May 9, 2016

Extended Application Deadline: July 1, 2016

Acceptance Notification: Two days after application is received.

Confirm Participation by July 8, 2016

We will be able to admit a limited number of participants based on applications received by the deadline. Participation must be confirmed through the payment of course fees on or before July 8, 2016.

Fees: The course fees are $3,000. Fees cover course tuition, lunches and course materials. Submitted fees will be nonrefundable. Accommodation and other living expenses are not included. A block of rooms will be reserved at nearby hotels at a discounted rate.

Additional information and a link for registration will be available soon on the RRI website at: http://rri.wvu.edu/

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In Memory of Dr. Pavols Kanaroglou

It was with great sadness that NARSC learned of the death of Dr. Pavols Kanaroglou. Pavlos was a transportation geographer who was on the faculty at McMaster University. He was President of NARSC in 2006.

KANAROGLOU, Dr. Pavlos Savas

Passed away peacefully with his family by his side, at the Juravinski Hospital, Hamilton on Friday, May 13, 2016, Dr. Pavlos Kanaroglou in his 69th year. Beloved husband of Vina Alexopoulou of 42 years. Loving father of Niki Kanaroglou and Savas Kanaroglou. Dear brother of Sophia Kotsafti of Greece. He will be sadly missed by his cousins, nieces, nephews and many loving friends, students and colleagues. Canada Research Chair in Spatial Analysis Tier 1 2002-2016 and past chair of the School of Geography and Earth Sciences at McMaster University, Pavlos was an expert in Transportation and predicting human behaviour; brought together industry, government and academia to address questions from childcare to housing, transportation to health care. A devoted citizen and advocate for the city of Hamilton and mentor for hundreds of Human Geography students. He was Professor Emeritus and the Director and founder of the McMaster Institute of Transportation and Logistics. A special thank you to the Gastroenterology doctors, doctors and nurses in the CICU and ICU at the Juravinski Hospital, the Nephrology consultants and dialysis nurses from St. Joseph’s Hospital, Dr. G. Fraser, Dr. Miklea, Dr. Crowther and the countless health care workers who took care of him every step of his last journey through life. Visitation at Bay Gardens Funeral Home, 1010 Botanical Drive, BURLINGTON (905.527.0405) on Tuesday, May 17th from 10:00 am until the time of service at 11 a.m. held in the funeral home chapel. Burial to follow at Woodland Cemetery, Burlington. Following the burial service, the family wishes to invite everyone back to Bay Gardens Funeral Home for a reception. In lieu of flowers and in honour of Pavlos’ lifetime passion, donations to the McMaster Institute of Transportation and Logistics can be made at the funeral home. Please sign the online Book of Condolences at www.baygardens.ca

http://baygardens.permavita.com/site/DrPavlosSavasKanaroglou.html

Call For Papers- Spatial Econometrics

CALL FOR PAPERS: SPECIAL SESSIONS ON SPATIAL ECONOMETRICSAT THE 2016 NORTH AMERICAN MEETINGS OF THE REGIONAL SCIENCE ASSOCIATION INTERNATIONAL IN MINNEAPOLIS, MN, NOVEMBER 9-12

Interest in spatial econometrics has increased enormously in the last two decades during which time we have observed an incredible explosion in the number of applied disciplines interested in the subject and in the number of publications that have appeared in scientific journals. Major applications of spatial econometrics that are of interest to regional scientists include areas such as agricultural economics, industrial organization, health economics, managerial economics, urban planning, education, land use, criminology, public finance, economic development, innovation diffusion, environmental studies, labor, resources and energy economics, transportation, real estate, marketing, and many others. But the list of regional sciences that can benefit from the advances in spatial econometrics is, in fact, a lot longer and likely to further increase in the future. These sessions will include both theoretical and empirical contributions related to spatial econometrics in a diversity of applied fields.

If you are interested participating in these special sessions please contact Giuseppe Arbia at giuseppearbia13@gmail.com

Job Opening- Transportation Modeler

Transportation Modeler

Salary Range:
Modeler I – $45,728 – $73,165
Modeler II – $50,415 – $80,664
Associate Modeler – $55,583 – $88,932

Close Date: 5/20/16

This is a Limited Term SANDAG position. Limited Term Employees receive many of the benefits of a regular SANDAG staff position but are at-will employees.

 

 

Application Instructions:
Details about SANDAG’s Employment Application and Supplemental Questions required for this position can be found below.

Regional Models Division

As a premier multi-modal planning and project implementation agency, SANDAG relies on the quality and capacity of our Demographic, Transportation, Economic, and Land Use Modeling program. A team of fifteen highly skilled professionals support a variety of projects including long-range coordinated economic, land use, and transportation plans, corridor studies, major transit investment studies, infrastructure development studies, and air quality plans.

 

As regional planning needs, socioeconomic conditions, and travel behaviors change, the demands and expectations of our modeling program also have increased. To meet these challenges, SANDAG has committed the resources necessary to develop and maintain a robust, agile, and integrated modeling infrastructure to support policy development and decision making. SANDAG has developed a nationally-recognized and highly sophisticated activity-based transportation model (ABM) and an active transportation (AT) model, and is in the process of developing an advanced, integrated, dynamic traffic assignment (DTA) model. SANDAG also is compiling information for the 2016 San Diego household travel behavior survey and the data will be used to support model enhancement.
Transportation Modeler Role

The Transportation Modeler will support the development, maintenance, and improvement of SANDAG transportation modeling tools including the activity-based model, active transportation model, and the dynamic traffic assignment model.

This Limited-Term employment opportunity is expected to be funded until June 30, 2018. Limited-Term Employees are considered to be “at-will” and receive many of the benefits of Regular employees.

Job Responsibilities

This position is ideal for an entry level research professional with a strong interest in gaining expertise related to regional transportation modeling.  We anticipate significant career development will occur while working on the types of duties and responsibilities described below and through mentoring and close collaboration with senior staff and consultants.  Examples of primary responsibilities include:

 

  • Perform various research, analysis, and technical duties related to the maintenance and improvement of complex models such as the activity-based (ABM) model, active transportation (AT) model, and dynamic traffic assignment (DTA) model that are used to support regional transportation planning. 

     

     

  • Participate in the integration of transportation and land use models, and coordinate with various modeling staff to determine data interactions; model scenario testing. 
  • Gather and process traffic count data, such as Caltrans PeMS, Caltrans traffic census counts, local arterial counts, and transit ridership data. 

     

  • Process model calibration and validation of third party data sources, such as INRIX speed data, Airsage origin to destination (OD) trips, ATRI truck data, and StreetLight OD data. 

     

  • Participate in the design, development, monitoring, and maintenance of relational databases used to store ABM results as well as survey, land use, and census data. 

     

  • Code GIS-based modeling networks such as highway, transit, and active transportation to support model improvements. 

     

  • Develop and maintain custom software applications to support travel forecast modeling; develop new software and scripts, refactor existing software, and create new architectures as modeling needs evolve. 

     

  • Coordinate survey design, data collection, and compilation activities; ensure quality control of surveys related to model development and improvements. 

     

  • Collect and process quantitative data from local, state, and federal agencies, including Census, American Community Survey (ACS), Public Use Microdata Sample (PUMS), California Household Travel Survey (CHTS), and NHTS (National Household Travel Survey). 

     

  • Assist with the preparation of written technical, analytical, and policy reports, including tables, charts, and maps; present findings and recommendations to the SANDAG Regional Models group, modeling staff of the City of San Diego and Caltrans District 11, and other local jurisdictions. 

     

  • Interact with other MPOs, state agencies, and consultants on transportation model development; collaborate with outside agency staff to coordinate tasks; respond to information requests from member agencies and the public. 

     

  • Participate in project teams; complete concurrent assignments in an efficient and responsive manner. 

Experience and Qualifications

Numerous factors contribute to an individual’s ability to be successful in any given role. For this position, we are searching for a candidate with an aptitude for analytical thinking and problem solving who is organized, flexible, and can be relied upon to meet deadlines while working on multiple projects. Excellent communication skills, the ability to work collaboratively, and the use of sound judgment are important.

The minimum education, training, and experience qualifications include a bachelor’s degree with major coursework in transportation modeling, computer science, mathematics, statistics, engineering, planning, geography, or a related field and one to three years of recent experience in a professional research environment. An advanced degree is highly desirable.

The following information describes the specific types of career experiences that are most relevant to this position.

 

  • Knowledge of research principles and practices used in transportation and land use modeling; familiarity with long-range transportation and land use planning issues at a regional level. 

     

  • Experience or the ability to assist with the development and explanation of transportation and land use models within a regional transportation and land use planning context. 

     

  • Demonstrated quantitative analysis skills; ability to perform mathematical and statistical calculations and identify trends. 

     

  • Demonstrated experience with statistical software packages such as SPSS; the ability to write computer programs/scripts in Java, Python, R, .NET, and SQL is desirable. 

     

  • Experience with relational database management such as SQL Server, including developing and querying data warehouses and business intelligence packages. 

     

  • Knowledge of geographic information systems (GIS), ArcGIS, and open source packages such as OGR and SQL spatial to geocode; the ability to edit, document, analyze, and map geospatial data is desirable. 

     

  • Knowledge or experience with transportation planning software such as TransCAD and Aimsun; the ability to write scripts is desirable. 

     

  • Knowledge of survey methodologies, including household travel behavior survey methodologies; familiarity with Census, ACS, PUMS, and NHTS data is desirable. 

     

  • Experience and knowledge of data acquisition, compilation, and quality control methods; experience updating and maintaining project databases, files, and records, including data documentation. 

     

  • Ability to draft/prepare reports that document research procedures and present research results including the preparation, analysis, and interpretation of maps, charts, and tables. 

     

  • Strong interpersonal, written, and oral communication skills, including the ability to effectively communicate technical information to non-technical audiences. 

     

  • Demonstrated ability to maintain and foster positive working relationships with other agencies. 

     

  • Effective time management and organizational skills and the ability to prioritize multiple tasks in a fast-paced environment; ability to exercise good judgment and work independently. 

     

  • Strong computer skills and proficiency with the Windows operating system and Microsoft Office applications especially Word and Excel; and presentation software. 



Salary and Benefits

SANDAG rewards the efforts of its employees with a comprehensive compensation package. Competitive salaries are supplemented with a flexible offering of health, financial security, and time-off benefits to meet the work and life needs of employees and their families.

This Limited-Term Transportation Modeler position will be filled at the Modeler I, II, or Associate level depending on the qualifications and experience of the selected candidate. The annual salary ranges for the three levels are: Modeler I – $45,728 – $73,165, Modeler II – $50,415 – $80,664, and Associate Modeler – $55,583 – $88,932.

Our benefits include traditional health, dental, and vision insurance as well as employee assistance, wellness, and work/life balance programs. Retirement and financial security benefits are provided through a pension plan and deferred compensation program. And to support the need to rest and rejuvenate, employees are provided with a bank of paid time off in addition to paid holidays.

How to Apply

We encourage all interested candidates to apply for this position by completing a SANDAG Employment Application form. Resumes, cover letters, and work samples may be submitted in addition to the Employment Application but are not a substitute for this document.

The Employment Application can be downloaded in PDF format from the SANDAG website. Alternatively, a copy can be requested by calling (619) 699-1900 or emailing hr@sandag.org. Completed applications and related materials can be submitted via email, fax, regular mail, courier, or delivered by hand. See our Careers / How to Apply webpage for additional information.

Applications for the Transportation Modeler position will be accepted until 5 p.m. on Friday, May 20, 2016.

In compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), SANDAG will accommodate persons who require assistance in order to apply for a position at SANDAG. Applicants requiring an accommodation due to a disability during any stage of the recruitment and selection process, including requesting this document and related application materials in an alternative format, should make their needs known by contacting Human Resources at (619) 699-1900, (619) 699-1904 (TTY), fax (619) 699-6905, or hr@sandag.org.

 

http://www.sandag.org/index.asp?jobid=436&fuseaction=jobs.detail

Post-doctoral Fellow in Urban Modelling, Spatial Economics and Regional Science

Applications are invited for appointment as Post-doctoral Fellow in Urban Modelling, Spatial Economics and Regional Science in the Faculty of Architecture, to commence as soon as possible for three years.

Applicants should have a Ph.D. degree in urban and regional economics, transportation, regional science, urban studies/urban planning, human geography or GIS and a track record in the following: cited publications in urban and regional econometrics, transportation modelling; advanced skills in GIS, spatial visualization and statistical analysis; and experience in co-authoring and managing competitive research grants. Evidence of an ability to apply urban science techniques to network connectivity and spatial economic analysis would be an advantage. This position is based in the Centre of Urban Studies and Urban Planning under the HKUrbanLab. The appointee will report directly to the Dean of the Faculty.  He/She is expected to work on developing an investment analytics tool to analyze Eurasian spatial economy, and applying urban science techniques such as network modeling to simulate economic growth potential of possible changes in infrastructure connectivity. He/She is also expected to start new projects on the basis of new funding.

A highly competitive salary commensurate with qualifications and experience will be offered, in addition to annual leave and medical benefits.

Applicants should send a completed application form together with an up-to-date C.V. to dupadapp@hku.hk. Application forms (345/1111) can be downloaded at http://www.hku.hk/apptunit/jr-form.doc. Further particulars can be obtained at http://jobs.hku.hk/.  Closes April 25, 2016.

The University thanks applicants for their interest, but advises that only candidates shortlisted for interviews will be notified of the application result.

http://jobs.hku.hk/jd.php?id=201600459

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