White House Cites Ecological Restoration Research of CURS Faculty Fellows

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“Surface Elevation Table Installation” by NOAA’s National Ocean Service is licensed under CC-BY-2.0.

The White House cited the ecological restoration research of Todd BenDor and T. William Lester in a blog post last week called “Encouraging Private Investments in America’s Natural Resources.” The post was prompted by the signing of a Presidential Memorandum by President Obama to “accelerate restoration efforts and incentivize private investment in our land, water and wildlife.” Continue reading

CURS Announces Research Development Initiative

The Center for Urban and Regional Studies is pleased to accept applications for the Research Development Initiative, a peer-supported program designed to foster new research projects by its Faculty Fellows and other social science faculty members on campus. This program will involve the selection of a cohort of 4 to 6 researchers who will interact over a six-to-nine-month period for the purpose of developing a set of research proposals for submission to external funders, including NSF, other federal agencies, and national and state foundations. During this program each participant will develop a proposal with support provided through a series of monthly activities including presentations, discussions, peer feedback sessions, and individual consultations with CURS staff. CURS will also provide each participant with up to $500 to support activities directly related to the development of a research proposal, such as paying a student to assist with a literature review, buying a data set or taking a trip to confer with a potential funder.

Click here for more information and to apply. The deadline for applications is Friday, September 18, 2015.

Dr. Mimi Chapman, 2014-2015 China Urbanization Research Competition Winner


chapman12The Center for Urban & Regional Studies is pleased to announce that Dr. Mimi Chapman from the School of Social Work is the winner of the first China Urbanization Research Proposal Competition.  Dr. Chapman will work with Dr. Gina Chowa, also of the School of Social Work, to explore the utility and feasibility of an asset building approach to support urban Chinese youth who are disengaged from education and employment as a result of their status as in country migrants.  Migrant youth who become disengaged from education are receiving attention in China and asset building may provide a pathway to productive economic and civic engagement as well as overall well-being.  Chapman and Chowa plan to collaborate on this project with two long-term Chinese partners, Professor Zhu Meihua of East China University of Science and Technology in Shanghai and Professor Hou Xin of China Youth University for Political Sciences in Beijing. Continue reading

Upcoming Brown Bag: North Carolina Coastal Federation: Working Together for a Healthy Coast

coastal fedTodd Miller, Executive Director and Sarah King, Development Officer, North Carolina Coastal Federation 

Todd Miller and Sarah King will speak at the Department of City and Regional Planning about the Coastal Federation’s work, from its inception in 1982 to the changing political climate in North Carolina today. This will include a case study on low impact development and applying the skills of city and regional planning to the environmental field. This presentation is sponsored by the Center for Urban & Regional Studies and the Planner’s Forum.

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