December 2013 Issue of the NARSC Newsletter

We proudly present the December 2013 issue of the NARSC newsletter. This edition of the newsletter will provide readers with a summary of this year’s annual meeting. Featured items of this edition include: a summary of the Boyce, Hewings, and Isard award winners; acknowledgement of three generous Benjamin Stevens Award gifts; biographies of new NARSC Councilors Sandy Dall’erba and Mark Partridge; a thought piece by Gordon Mulligan; and an update of happenings of NARSC subsections Any questions or comments concerning the newsletter can be directed to the editors, Liz Mack or Ralph McLaughlin.

NARSC Newsletter, December 2013
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Call for Proposals: 61st Annual North American Meetings of the Regional Science Association International, Washington, D.C., November 12-15, 2014


In conjunction with the 2014 NARSC meetings, one day of workshops and tutorials will be held on
Wednesday, November 12th.


Workshops should provide a platform for presenting and discussing ideas in a less-formal and more
open way than is possible in a conference setting. Thus, they should provide an excellent opportunity for
researchers to present work in progress and obtain detailed feedback, and should have ample time
allocated for discussion and participation by all attendees. Workshops are welcome in all topics of
interest to NARSC attendees, with the proviso that new and emerging areas of research are especially

Workshop proposals should be less than 1500 words, and must include the following:

* Title of the workshop
* Description of topics to be covered
* Scope and novelty of the workshop
* Workshop organizer(s) and their qualifications
* Format of workshop (1/2 day, 1 day)
* Highlights (e.g. keynotes, panels, other modes of discussion)
* Expected number of participants
* Details of any previous related workshops


Tutorials are an innovative way of covering a single topic in detail, to cover a Regional Science topic in
depth or introduce emerging research area. A tutorial should last either a full (two sessions of three
hours) or half (one session of three hours) day. Tutorials may include activities or exercises for

Tutorial proposals should be less than 1500 words, and must address all of the following issues:

* Title of the tutorial * Description of topics and relevance to NARSC community
* Tutorial organizer(s) and their qualifications
* Format of tutorial (1/2 day, 1 day)
* Tutorial outline, indicating overall learning objectives and individual course elements
* Intended audience (introductory, advanced) and any background knowledge or skills required
* Required materials (e.g. will you need internet access, lab access, specific software installed?)
* Expected number of participants


All workshops and tutorial proposals should be submitted by e-mail to Neil Reid (
by May 1, 2014. All proposals will be reviewed by the organizing committee. Successful proposals will be
notified by May 8, 2014. Please note that workshops or tutorials which do not achieve sufficient
enrollment will be canceled. There is also a limited amount of space available for workshops so
proposals will be judged on a competitive basis.

Job Opportunity: Research Assistant II, Institute of Urban Studies, University of Winnipeg

The Institute of Urban Studies (IUS) was created by the University of Winnipeg in 1969 at a time when the city’s “urban university” perceived a need to address the problems and concerns of the inner city. Research Associates are the core of the Institute’s ability to conduct research and engage in community projects and programs. The Research Associate II is a senior research position that has responsibilities in originating research and completing all levels of analysis related to new and existing projects. In addition, they have supervisory responsibilities.


  • The position’s primary role is to support research on the MHCC At Home/Chez Soi Project; with secondary responsibilities in other IUS research projects.
  • Undertake primary research, analysis, and report preparation.
  • Facilitate public engagement: conducts interviews, organizes seminars or focus groups, hosts community meetings and other forms of public engagement.
  • Support project procurement and staff supervision.
  • Report and document preparation.
  • Undertake public speaking and/or support course delivery with guest lectures; presents findings at conferences or stakeholder meetings, provides comments to media.
  • Contributes to overall Institute activities and internal operations.
  • Contributes to planning and delivery of special events.


  • Master’s Degree related to urban affairs, such as geography, urban planning, economics, environmental studies, law, public administration, political science, or another related discipline.
  • Minimum two-years of experience in conducting research, writing reports and compiling information.
  • Superior written and oral communication skills.
  • Experience preparing reports, technical documents, and correspondence at a high level of quality required.
  • An understanding of issues related to health/mental health/addictions as related to housing required.
  • Additional understanding several of the following urban issues: social policy, urban development, housing, urban aboriginal issues, urban design, urban environmental issues, inner-city issues & development, urban revitalization, or government policy & programs.
  • Required, is knowledge of qualitative/quantitative analysis software such as SPSS Statistics 19 and/or NVIVO-10.
  • Experience working with diverse stakeholders including Community Groups, Provincial and Local Governments, Aboriginal Groups, business representatives and Social Development Agencies.
  • Knowledge of local social service agencies, community groups and related government departments an asset.
  • Ability to work in political environments requiring confidentiality and discretion.
  • Ability to work either independently or within a team environment.
  • Availability to work some evenings and weekends to attend conferences or meetings as required.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills with the ability to resolve conflict situations with tact and diplomacy.
  • Well-developed planning, analytical, problem solving and organizational skills with ability to prioritize workloads under pressure.
  • Strong client service skills with the ability to provide advisory services to clients.
  • Knowledge of management processes including: RFP & EOI processes, awards of contracts, project management & budgeting, development of contract terms and conditions, and risk management an asset.
  • Presentation skills including public speaking and use of PowerPoint
  • Strong skills with Microsoft Office Suite are required.
  • Knowledge of graphic-design software would be beneficial: e.g. InDesign, Photoshop, Illustrator

An equivalent combination of education, experience and skills may be considered. For more information pertaining to the position and to apply, click on the following link:



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.

Call for Abstracts (Posters): 11th International Symposium on Spatial Accuracy Assessment in Natural Resources and Environmental Science, July 8-11, 2014, Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI

This summer, mid-Michigan will host the 11th International Symposium on Spatial Accuracy Assessment in Natural Resources and Environmental Sciences. As chair of the organizing committee for Spatial Accuracy 2014, I am pleased to invite you, your colleagues, and students to participate. The Symposium will be held on July 8-11 on the campus of Michigan State University in East Lansing, Michigan, USA. Much information about the conference, including its scope, student award opportunities, as well as links for registration, are available on the website:

Although the deadline for full papers has passed, we have opened a special call for abstracts for posters (firm deadline of April 18). I hope you can join us “by the banks of the Red Cedar River” this summer!

Finally I’ll note that this is a real opportunity for Great Lakes geospatial students to experience an international conference. Registration fees are low for graduate students, and include all meals and snacks during the event. In addition, students can compete for the best Student Paper award, which will cover conference costs. Finally, a residence hall near the venue will be available for students; up to 30 will be eligible to stay there for free. See the following page for more on support for students:

Thanks for considering attending, and I would appreciate you sharing this call with colleagues who might be interested. I’ve attached a flyer with more information. Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions.

Ashton Shortridge
Associate Professor
Department of Geography
Michigan State University
Phone:  (517) 432-3561
Fax:       (517) 432-1671

Call for Papers: 5th Central European Conference in Regional Science (CERS), Košice, Slovak Republic, October 5th-8th, 2014

We are pleased to announce that the online registration and the abstract submission are open for the 5th Central European Conference in Regional Science – CERS, which will be held in Košice -European Capital of Culture for 2013, Slovak Republic between October 5 – 8, 2014. We would like to draw your attention to the fact that the deadline for submission of the abstract is May 15th, 2014. You will receive notification of acceptance of abstracts by May 31th, 2014.

The conference is being organised by the Faculty of Economics at the Technical University of Košice, the Faculty of National Economy at the University of Economics in Bratislava, Slovak Section of the European Regional Science Association and German Speaking Section of the European Regional Science Association. The conference is devoted to representatives of universities, public and state administration, regional institutions, R & D centres and to all individuals or institutions interested in regional development.

Please find the call for papers in the linked attachment. More information about the conference can be found at the conference website

We look forward to your participation at the conference.

Call for Applications: MA in Geography or PhD in Spatially Integrated Social Science (SISS), University of Toledo

The Department of Geography and Planning at the University of Toledo currently has funded graduate student positions available for the upcoming 2014/2015 academic year in our MA Geography and PhD Spatially Integrated Social Sciences (SISS) programs. Current areas of research within the department for these programs includes:

Geospatial Techniques and Technologies
Transportation Planning
Remote Sensing of the Environment
Economic Development and Industrial Location
Cultural Groups and Regions
Urban Planning and Design
Geographic Education
Community Development and Housing
Environmental Planning and Water Resources
GIS Applications

Applications are currently being accepted with funding decisions to made starting April 1st.  Graduate funding include tuition wavier and stipend, including opportunities for multi-year support.

More information on our department and programs can be found at:

Interested students should contact (PhD SISS program director) or (MA Geography program director)

Patrick Lawrence
Chair, Department of Geography and Planning
University of Toledo

Announcement: 7th Edition of the Spatial Econometrics Advanced Institute (SEAI14) in Rome, Italy

7th edition of the Spatial Econometrics Advanced Institute (SEAI14), the summer school organized yearly by the Spatial Econometrics Association.

As usual the school will take place in Rome in the splendid new location of the Catholic University Campus near San Peter basilica (

The instructors of this year’s edition are: Giuseppe Arbia (week 1), Anil Bera (week 2), Ingmar Prucha (week 3), Badi Baltagi (week 4). The computer lab sessions on the software language R will be lead by Gianfranco Piras, Diego Giuliani, Rodolfo Metulini and Giovanni Millo.

Here below please find the deadlines and timetable:

March 20th, 2014 - Deadline for formal applications
March 31st 2014 - Notification of acceptance
May  9th 2014 - Deadline for payments
May 12th- June 6th, 2013 – Courses

All details may be found at the web page:
Send the applications forms to:

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:

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.

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