December 2015 Issue of the NARSC Newsletter

We proudly present the December 2015 issue of the NARSCNews. This December 2015 edition of the newsletter contains a thought piece on Tobler’s Law from Mark Partridge along with.  In addition 2015 award winners are announced.  We continue to extend our congratulations to Rachel Franklin, Alan Murray, and Alessandra Faggian on their accomplishments.

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

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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

Call For Papers- Spatial Econometrics


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

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 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

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 Application forms (345/1111) can be downloaded at Further particulars can be obtained at  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.

Job Posting – Atlantic County Economic Development Corporation Executive Director

The Opportunity:  Atlantic County Economic Development Corporation (“ACEDC”) is searching for an Executive Director.  He or she will manage and lead Atlantic County’s economic development efforts to achieve the county’s economic aspirations and guide incentives to retain and attract businesses. Atlantic County is rich in existing and new business opportunities; a visionary will be able to attain career success and achieve professional recognition for realizing regional economic development and growth.

Salary & Benefits:  Salary and benefits negotiable predicated on experience and demonstrated success.

Qualifications and Responsibilities:  ACEDC is seeking an Executive Director to build, shape, develop and execute the county’s new “ground-up” ED program; implement its newly developed strategic plan (see here); and build Atlantic County, New Jersey into a premier business destination in the Northeast United States. The ideal candidate will have 5 – 7 years of sales/marketing experience in an ED organization. The position requires strong leadership, communications and organizational skills and the ability to work effectively with local business leaders, community groups and development agencies, planning and zoning boards, regulatory agencies and government officials.

This Executive Director needs to be results-oriented, decisive, articulate, creative, tech savvy and aggressive. The individual chosen will reside in and take an integral leadership role in Atlantic County, and must have the will to take ongoing action to get the job done. The right candidate will need to be confident in his or her marketing and sales skills, respectful, organized, charismatic and a good listener. He or she will need to be outgoing and a spokesperson on business development issues.

The Executive Director will be responsible for planning, administration and operations of programs; developing and managing staff; and business and public affairs. In concert with ACEDC, the Executive Director will establish an economic development vision and determine what Atlantic County will be known for in the future. As a key player in all negotiations and marketing, the Executive Director should be a relationship builder and deal closer.  The Executive Director will be directly and immediately responsible for recruiting public and private investors in support of Corporation activities, and identifying and securing resources from public, private and non-profit sources.

The Region:  Over 275,000 people call Atlantic County home. The county is a popular tourist destination with some of the best beaches on the East Coast, and is known for its specialty agriculture, including blueberries, vegetables and shell fish. The county is home to two higher education institutions, Stockton University and Atlantic Cape Community College. These institutions help to train the future workforce and prepare them for innovative careers.

Strategically, the county has a number of leverageable assets, including: airport and airspace opportunities, Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and UAV testing sites, other federal programs and facilities, Stockton University & Atlantic Cape Community College, Stockton Aviation Research and Technology Park, proximity to major markets, development and redevelopment repurposing opportunities, affordable home prices, available workforce global connectivity,  etc.

Based on these assets, as well as the fusion of innovation and historic industries, the county has a number of target industries such as tourism, hospitality, avionics, aerospace and aircraft maintenance, entrepreneurial business centers, specialty manufacturing, etc. Moving into the next decade, Atlantic County is poised to build on its historic roots and branch out as a leader in technology.

Atlantic County Economic Development Corporation: The ACEDC is a newly created 501(c) 3 economic development corporation located in Atlantic County, NJ.  This organization is looking for an accomplished professional to make a difference in the county and to lead the county into the forefront of economic development opportunities as outlined in its recently completed strategic plan.

Click here for full job job description

Send resume, cover letter with compensation requirements and references to: Ms. Brett Matik, Search Committee Chairperson, .

Deadline for submissions: April 22, 2016.

Call for Applications- University of Massachusetts, Amherst


Institute for Social Science Research

College of Social and Behavioral Sciences

University of Massachusetts, Amherst

Title:  Research Methodologist

Appointment:  Academic Year (9-month), renewable term appointment

Earliest appointment:  September 1, 2016

Application:  Review of applications begins March 21, 2016 and will continue until the position is filled

The Position:  The Institute for Social Science Research (ISSR) at the University of Massachusetts Amherst is seeking applicants for qualified candidates to serve as our Research Methodologist.  The primary job responsibilities are developing and leading programs to support methodological skills and tools for social scientists. The Research Methodologist is expected to conduct innovative social science research, provide direct research and methodological advising to other researchers at UMass-Amherst, offer periodic instructional workshops on topics of broad interest to social science researchers, and manage and supervise a small team of graduate research consultants. The Research Methodologist will also work closely with the ISSR Director and staff to help design new initiatives to advance the service and research mission of the Institute. The successful candidate will pursue her or his own research interests, actively pursue externally funded research opportunities, and collaborate on interdisciplinary research with others in the UMass research community.

Qualifications:  Qualified applicants must have a doctoral degree in a social science discipline such as sociology, political science, economics, and psychology, or related fields like public policy, planning or public health. The candidate must have a deep background in quantitative social science methods and analytical techniques; strong organizational, writing, and verbal communication skills; experience mentoring and instructing others in research methods; and a genuine interest in collaboration and in facilitating research projects by students and colleagues.

This is a non-tenure track position, but with considerable promise for advancement.  The initial appointment will be for two years with possibility for renewal contingent on performance and success in procuring external funding.

Setting:  ISSR is a young initiative at UMass, and the Research Methodologist will have the opportunity to support the development of the Institute and its programs.  The mission of the Institute is to promote excellence in social science research.  We approach that goal with a variety of programs that are designed to: 1) support the development of methodological skills and tools for social scientists, 2) advance the meaningful participation of social scientists in interdisciplinary collaboration, 3) assist in the development of proposals and administration of funded research projects, and 4) promote the visibility of cutting-edge social science research.

 The University of Massachusetts Amherst is the flagship campus of the University of Massachusetts system and is part of the Five-College Consortium in the beautiful Pioneer Valley of Western Massachusetts, with excellent social, cultural, and recreational amenities. We are two hours from Boston and three hours from New York City.

 To Apply:  Applicants must apply online through Interview Exchange:  Applications must include: 1) cover letter describing interest in this position and funded research plans, 2) curriculum vitae, and 3) short writing sample, such as a published article or research grant proposal; Interview Exchange accepts these as uploads.  In addition, three letters of recommendation from scholars familiar with your research and mentoring capabilities must be submitted via email or U.S. mail to Karen Mason (, Attn: Research Methodologist Search, ISSR, 108 Bartlett Hall, University of Massachusetts, 130 Hicks Way, Amherst, MA 01003.

For further information on ISSR, visit our website:  Please direct questions to Dr. Henry Renski (

The University provides an intellectual environment committed to providing academic excellence and diversity, including mentoring programs for faculty.  The College and Institute are committed to increasing the diversity of the faculty, student body and curriculum.  The University of Massachusetts Amherst is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer of women, minorities, protected veterans, and individuals with disabilities and encourages applications from these and other protected group members.

Call for Papers- World Society for Transport and Land Use Research

Click Link for Details: World Society for Transport and Land Use Research


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 2016-2017 Fellowship should be sent electronically by the applicant to the Selection Committee Chair, Professor Laurie A. Schintler, and received by April 15, 2016. (Although the normal application deadline is February 15, in 2016 the application deadline was extended.)

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 Professor Laurie A. Schintler. 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 Laurie A. Schintler at Questions may also be sent to her at For information about NARSC, go to For information about RSAI, go to

May 13, 2015
Revised, January 25, 2016

Assistant Professor for Public Sector/Local Government Financial Planning University of Wisconsin-Madison/Extension

The University of Wisconsin-Madison in partnership with the University of Wisconsin-Extension is looking an assistant professor in local government finance.  The person filling the position is expected to conduct applied research in local government finance and work with the University of Wisconsin-Extension Local Government Center in conducting outreach educational programs.  The position is tenure tract with the Department of Urban and Regional Planning, UW-Madison.

Assistant Professor for Public Sector/Local Government Financial Planning Official Title:


Degree and area of specialization:

Ph.D. required in Urban Planning, Administration, or related area.
  Minimum number of years and type of relevant work experience:
Teaching experience in non-formal and formal settings and scholarly research required.

Principal duties: Successful candidate for this tenure track faculty position will be expected to develop and lead a statewide Extension program of research and teaching in the area of public sector financial planning, fiscal impacts of development, and local government budgeting. This is a UW-Madison faculty position with a tenure home in the Department of Urban and Regional Planning. The successful candidate will be expected to establish partnerships and relationships for identifying and conducting applied research as a foundation for long-term programming with UW-Extension. Areas of interest include local government finance associated with a breadth of planning and community development issues which could include sustainable development of the built environment, downtown revitalization, gentrification and displacement, public health initiatives, community food systems, and civic engagement through public-private partnerships, among others. Scholarly research is expected and should lead to a record of excellence which will meet the University of Wisconsin-Madison guidelines for achieving tenure . Professional, university, and UW-Extension service is required.

University of Idaho – Open Rank Tenure-Track Position in Human or Physical Dimensions of Climate Change

Assistant/Associate/Full Professor (Ph.D. required) with research focus on quantitative approaches to either human or physical aspects of climate change. This hire will further contribute expertise to transdisciplinary research at the University of Idaho in climate change science, impacts, adaptation, and mitigation. Relevant theme areas would include (but are not limited to) climate change impacts to water, energy and food resources, or human health; societal adaptation to climate change impacts; mitigation of future climate change. The position will have responsibilities in research, teaching, service, and undergraduate and graduate advising.

The successful candidate will join a dynamic department with GIS Certificate, B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. programs and department research expenditures over $1M per year.  The new hire will is encouraged to contribute to an active community of transdisciplinary climate-related research at the University of Idaho.  Our location in the small town of Moscow, Idaho, in the beautiful Inland Northwest provides for high quality of life and was recently ranked among the top 10 college towns in the U.S.  Washington State University is eight miles away and provides additional opportunities for collaboration.

Review of applications for this position will begin on January 6, 2016.  For more detail on required and desired qualifications and procedures for application, please see:  For questions, please contact Search Chair Dr. John Abatzoglou(


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