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.
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
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.
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 (email@example.com) 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.
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 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
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.
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/
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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
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.
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 email@example.com. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 email@example.com. 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.
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.
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Send resume, cover letter with compensation requirements and references to: Ms. Brett Matik, Search Committee Chairperson,ACEDAsearch@acbiz.org .
Deadline for submissions: April 22, 2016.
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: http://umass.interviewexchange.com/jobofferdetails.jsp?JOBID=68995. 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 (firstname.lastname@example.org), 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: www.umass.edu/issr. Please direct questions to Dr. Henry Renski (email@example.com).
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.