Sustainable Transportation Book Exceeds 19k Downloads

2 06 2017

I recently received a report from Springer that provided the following information about the Sustainable Transportation book I co-authored with Henrik Gudmundsson, Greg Marsden, and Joe Zietsman. It’s great to see the interest in the book and to learn that it was one of the top 25% most downloaded eBooks in its category in 2016.

Congratulations EPP and PUA Graduates!

19 05 2017

This past weekend I had the pleasure of accompanying the 2017 Environmental Policy and Planning (EPP) and Public and Urban Affairs (PUA) graduates at the CAUS commencement ceremony. I captured a few moments from this ceremony that are shared in the video below. Congratulations to all of our EPP and PUA graduates!

2017 International Development Studio

27 04 2017

Today marked the end of the 2017 International Development Planning Studio, where students presented the international development project proposals they crafted throughout the semester. This year, the proposals focused on projects in Ghana, Peru, the Dominican Republic, Nepal, and South Africa. The titles of the projects were as follows:

  • Increasing Small-Scale Crop Production in the Nandom District, Ghana
  • After School Bilingual Cultural Program in the Province of Urubamba, Cusco, Peru
  • Vocational Training for Haitians in the Dominican Republic
  • Strengthening Outreach Potential of Agricultural Extension (SOPAE) in Mid-Western Nepal
  • USAID Proposal: Creating Self-Help Groups in South Africa to Aid Rural Women Empowerment

I’d like to thank Sophie Wenzel, James Foreman, John Lipsey, and Daniel Sumner for serving on the proposal review panel and for sharing their expertise with the students during the semester.

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VT Engage Poster Showcase

25 04 2017

This afternoon, I had the pleasure of being a judge at the VT Engage Poster Showcase. At this annual event, students present conference-quality posters that outline how their community projects advance the core values of VT Engage and benefit community partners. Each year the quality and impact of these projects seems to increase. The students’ passion for their work is palpable and embodies the Ut Prosim spirit of Virginia Tech. The pictures below provide a sample of the students and posters that were presented at the event.

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CUGH Global Health Conference

5 04 2017

This weekend, Drs. Penny and Andy Muelenaer will be presenting the poster below at the 8th Annual CUGH Global Health Conference entitled Healthy People, Healthy Ecosystems: Implementation, Leadership, & Sustainability in Global Health. The conference will be held at the Washington Hilton Hotel, Dupont Circle.

The poster captures captures some of the work of Virginia Tech’s TEAM Malawi.

Dr. Virgil Wood Talks About His Life and Working with Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

28 03 2017

Last week, Dr. Virgil Wood was interviewed by Rebecca Powell-Doherty and Ben Grove on Andy Morikawa’s Trustees Without Borders show. During the conversation, Dr. Wood talked about his life and work with Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Louis Kelso, and many other leading American figures. The interview can be accessed by clicking on the image below.

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The Future of Work and Income

17 03 2017

On March 24-25, the School of Public and International Affairs will be holding its Ridenour Faculty Fellowship Conference & High Table Celebration, at the Virginia Tech Inn. The title of the conference is Faith in the System: Rebuilding Trust in Government in a Time a Complex Governing Challenges.

During the conference, I will moderate a panel discussion (at 2:45pm on Friday, March 24) on The Future of Work and Income in an Era of Economic Inequality.

The panelists include Dr. Virgil A. Wood (Pastor Emeritus, Pond Street Baptist Church; Former Dean, Northeastern University; Former ten-year working associate of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.), Dr. Joyce Rothschild (Professor, School of Public and International Affairs, Virginia Tech), and Dr. Christian Matheis (Visiting Assistant Professor, Government and International Affairs, Virginia Tech).

Dr. Virgil Wood beside Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. (Source: Getty Images)

During the panel discussion we will explore how the forces of globalization and rapid technological change, along with an overall decline in pay and wages, have resulted in the perception of a stagnant post-recession economic recovery. Emphasis on economic inequality was persistent in the 2016 presidential election along with promises to bring back jobs and industries that once supported the American Dream. The panel members will examine these major socio-economic and political shifts, and discuss what could be done to reduce economic inequality and reestablish trust in government.

The conference sessions are free, but participants are asked to register.