The Stan Czamanski Prize
This statement invites submissions for consideration of the Stan Czamanski Prize recently established by the RSAI. The Prize is awarded every year at the North American Meetings beginning in 2015 based on submissions by June 30. However, in 2015 an extension to September 30, 2015 has been agreed to.
Ph.D. students whose dissertation proposals were “defended and approved” during the period July 1, 2014 to June 30, 2015 are eligible to apply for this award. Submissions may be sent to email@example.com. Submissions received after September 30, 2015 will be returned.
The Stan Czamanski Prize is awarded by the Regional Science Association International in memory of Professor Stan Czamanski, an early recipient of a Ph.D. in regional science (1963), a member of theUniversityofPennsylvaniaregional science faculty (1963-1966), a member of the regional science faculty ofCornellUniversity(1966-1988), and a past-president of the Regional Science Association (1975-1976).
- The annual prize is awarded to author of the best Ph.D. dissertation proposal judged to exemplify the philosophy and approach of Professor Czamanski, as described below.
- The US$1,000 prize is awarded to the student and a plaque to the student’s advisor.
- The selection will be made by a panel of three persons: a senior and long-standing member of the regional science community, a representative of the field of Regional Science at Cornell and a member of the RSAI Council.
- Students writing dissertations on problems in regional science from around the world are invited to enter the competition, in the spirit of Stan’s all-embracing philosophy.
- The award is presented at the North American Regional Science Meetings.
Rules of the competition
Applications are to be submitted by June 30 of each year. To be eligible, the dissertation proposal must have been defended and approved during the past 12 months.
Each applicant will submit the following:
- A statement in six pages or less that clearly sets out the research question(s) and issues to be addressed, approach to be used, and product expected from the dissertation research. The six-page limit is exclusive of references, tables and figures. This text and references should be in 12 point or larger font and single-spaced. In addition, a summary (maximum one page) describing the intellectual merit of the proposed research and why the proposed approach may be regarded as implementing Professor Czamanski’s philosophy and approach, as described below.
- A curriculum vita of no more than two pages.
- Copies of the candidate’s transcripts for all graduate study. Unofficial copies are acceptable.
- A separate, confidential letter from the dissertation supervisor assessing the quality and significance of the proposed dissertation research.
Philosophy and Research Approach of Professor Stan Czamanski
In his Introduction to Regional Science (Prentice-Hall, 1975, p. 2), Walter Isard wrote:
“In brief, regional science as a discipline concerns the careful and patient study of social (science) problems with regional or spatial dimensions, employing diverse combinations of analytical and empirical research.”
Professor Czamanski’s research exemplified the analysis of social problems with regional and spatial dimensions. In doing so, he chose judiciously the right combination of analytical and empirical research methods from his tool box to address the specific issue at hand. Many of his papers illustrated how particular combinations of methods could be used most aptly to study particular problems.
Dissertation proposals submitted for the Stan Czamanski Prize will be judged with regard to how the student proposes to bring an appropriate combination of analytical and empirical methods to bear on a social problem with spatial or regional dimensions, and how this combination of methods is expected to deliver greater insights into the problem in question.
Czamanski, S. (1976) The evolving epistemology of regional science, Presidential address, Papers, Regional Science Association, 37, 7-17.
Ahmadreza Faghih Imani of McGill University Selected to Receive the
Fifteenth Annual Benjamin H. Stevens Graduate Fellowship in Regional Science
Ahmadreza Faghih Imani, a Ph.D. candidate in Civil Engineering at McGill University, was
selected as the winner of the Fifteenth Annual Benjamin H. Stevens Graduate Fellowship in
Regional Science. The Fellowship will provide one-year stipend of $30,000 to support Faghih
Imani in his research entitled, ‘Big Data Analytics: Application to Bicycle Sharing Systems in
North America.’ In recent years, bicycle-sharing systems (BSS) have attracted increasing
attention as a viable mode of transportation for short trips in urban areas. This dissertation
examines bicycle-sharing system behavior from both the users and system perspective.
Specifically, the research develops state-of-art econometric models to study bicycle-sharing
systems. The dissertation incorporates both spatial and temporal correlation; spatial correlation
between different BSS stations and temporal correlation between usage in different time periods
as well as correlation between arrival and departure rates. In addition, by using joint decision
framework, the models are able to account for endogeneity associated with the process of BSS
infrastructure installation. His research is supervised by Dr. Naveen Eluru of the University of
The Fellowship is awarded in memory of Dr. Benjamin H. Stevens, an intellectual leader whose
selfless devotion to graduate students as teacher, advisor, mentor, and friend continues to have a
profound impact on the field of regional science. Fundraising efforts to increase the Fellowship’s
endowment are ongoing. Donations should be sent to: The Stevens Fellowship Fund, First
Financial Bank, 1205 S. Neil Street, Champaign, IL 61820 USA. Checks should be drawn to The
Stevens Fellowship Fund. Donations may also be made by credit card through the NARSC
website at www.narsc.org/newsite/donations2.php.
The 2015-16 Stevens Fellowship competition was judged by a Selection Committee composed
of: Nathaniel Baum-Snow, Economics, Brown University, Chair; Tony Grubesic, Information
Science and Technology, Drexel University; Elena Irwin, Agricultural, Environmental, and
Development Economics, Ohio State University; Mario Polèse, Urban and Regional Economics,
Université du Québec; and Laurie Schintler, Public Policy, George Mason University. The
Stevens Fellowship Committee administrates the Stevens Fellowship Fund on behalf of the
North American Regional Science Council; its members are: Ronald Miller, Chair; David Boyce,
Secretary; Michael Lahr, Treasurer; Janet Kohlhase; and Neil Reid, Executive Director of
The Committee thanks the 22 students who entered the competition in 2015, as well as their
dissertation supervisors. Faculty at all North American Ph.D. programs related to the
interdisciplinary field of Regional Science are urged to encourage their best students to apply for
the Sixteenth Annual Stevens Graduate Regional Science Fellowship. The winning student’s
thesis research in the field of Regional Science will be supported during the 2016-2017 year with
a one-year stipend of $30,000. The application deadline is February 15, 2016. Full submission
guidelines will be posted at www.narsc.org/newsite/awards-prizesstevens-graduate-fellowshipcall-for-applications/.
May 13, 2015
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.
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.
The New York Times obituary can be accessed here.
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.
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.
Full write-up in the New York Times can be found here.
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 was the focus of a recent article in the publication International Innovation. Follow link below for the full article.
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.