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DUSP IDG GRADUATE, YU MIN JOO, SELECTED FOR FACULTY POSITION AT THE NATIONAL MUSEUM OF SINGAPORE
Yu Min Joo reports he has been selected for a tenure track faculty job at the National University of Singapore, Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, and will be starting next semester.
DUSP IDG STUDENT, DIANA JUE, SELECTED FOR FULBRIGHT AWARD
Congratulations to Diana Jue. She has been selected for a US Student Fulbright award for 2012-2013 to India. The Fulbright U.S. Student Program offers fellowships for U.S. graduating seniors, graduate students, young professionals and artists to study abroad for one academic year.
DUSP IDG STUDENT, DIANA JUE, MENTIONED BY THE MIT NEWS OFFICE
MCP2 Diana Jue is working on a new project called Essmart (http://www.essmart-global.com/), which has been mentioned by the MIT News Office as one of the IDEAS Global Challenge teams http://web.mit.edu/newsoffice/2012/ideas-iap-challenge.html
For this project, Diana has been awarded:
- MIT Department of Urban Studies and Planning William Emerson Travel Award
- MIT IDEAS Global Challenge Development Grant
- MIT International Development Initiative Technology Dissemination Fellowship
- MIT Legatum Center Independent Activities Period Seed Grant
- MIT Public Service Center and D-Lab Technology Dissemination Fellowship
Additionally, the Devex-USAID Essay contest accepted one of her essays.
IDG MCP STUDENTS ALPITA MASURKAR AND KEREN CHARLES FEATURED IN IMMIGRATION ARTICLE
Alpita Masurkar and Keren Charles are featured in the Community Innovators Lab feature on immigration. See here for the article.
IDG PHD STUDENT TOPHER MCDOUGAL HAS ARTICLE PUBLISHED BY UNITED NATIONS UNIVERSITY
"How Production Firms Adapt to War: The Case of Liberia" has been been published this past June by UNU-WIDER - World Institute for Development Economics Research. From the abstract: "How do production firms adapt to civil war? The answer to this question will inform the potential for economic development during and after conflict. Many businesses survive violent conflict, and in some cases even thrive. Understanding these successes will help policymakers to support the “coping economy” during civil wars, and to understand better the post-conflict economy as a system. In this paper I use the case of production firms operating in Liberia’s capital, Monrovia, during the country’s civil war to argue that successful wartime firms continually adapt their supply chain structures in response to a shifting combat frontier by dispersing their functions spatially and temporally." The full article is available here
IDG STUDENT MELISSA HAEFFNER - "WATER WALKERS: PORTRAITS OF GHANA'S STREET VENDORS" IN THE ROTCH GALLERY
"Through digital storytelling, this project presents the daily experience of water vendors as they negotiate their way through spatial dimensions of traffic and market, home and school. Although my portraits are often of individuals, collectively, they represent the broader community of a new generation of young adults growing up on the rapidly urbanizing streets in the developing world. The implication of this work is to contribute to the current discourse in sustainable development by adding the social context to this primarily technical project of water distribution to urban populations." Exhibit will be open weekdays from April 2nd to April 30th. More information and a link to a prevew of the book can be found at Melissa's website
In the face of a recent flood, Flores and Correa recount how the long history of similar phenomena in Mexico City has consistently triggered the same kind of policy "solution" from the authorities: Announcing and hastily building a new megaproject to expand the capacity to evacuate drainage water from the valley. Given the failure of this approach, they question whether it makes sense to "build" a solution, particularly when decision-makers are thinking "with water up to their necks" -a phrase that also serves as title for their article. The full article, in its original Spanish, can be found here. Onesimo and Jose plan to make an English translation available, which will be available from a link here.
IDG STUDENT KARIN BRANDT IN PHILADELPHIA WEEKLY
Karin Brandt was quoted in the cover story "Refugees settling in Philadelphia: Refugees seek new beginnings in the City of Brotherly Love" from the March 2nd philadelphia weekly. The article can be found here.
IDG PHD STUDENT PUBLISHES ARTICLE IN EL UNIVERSAL
Ernest Hemingway alguna vez describió llegar a la bancarrota como algo que le ocurrió “gradualmente y, de pronto, con gran rapidez”. Si bien la ciudad de México aún no ha llegado a la bancarrota hídrica, la crisis que se ha vivido en los últimos meses puede ser vista como la culminación de pequeños episodios que sucedían en la ciudad cada época de estiaje en los que el agua no llegaba a algunas colonias o era racionada. The full article can be read here.
IDG PHD STUDENT PUBLISHES ARTICLE ON THE LIBERIAN STATE OF EMERGENCY
What befalls the economy in countries that descend into violence? Topher McDougal, IDG PhD student explores the question in his recent article in the scholarly journal, Peace Economics, Peace Science and Public Policy. The full article can be read here
MIT STUDENTS ADVISE COLOMBIAN MAYOR AS PART OF IDG PRACTICUM COURSE
In Loma Fresca, a poor hillside neighborhood in the City of Cartagena, Colombia, residents live among rumors of relocation. In Bazurto, the city's central market, merchants compete with cars and bikes for scant space. Both of these areas are on the agenda of the recently elected Mayor, Judith Pinedo, and both are likely to undergo profound transformation in the short term. But what should this transformation imply? Ten Master in City Planning students from MIT, and their local partners from Universidad Tecnologica de Bolivar (UTB) spent the fall and IAP [January term] thinking about alternatives. See the whole story here.