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SPPUA in Action | April 2016
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Dear Friends,

It is my pleasure to introduce you to a group of students in the School of Public Policy and Urban Affairs who are in the final stage of their graduate education. Working in small teams, they are applying the knowledge they’ve acquired in the classroom to address challenging, client-oriented capstone projects.
 
#TeamClark, a group of policy and architecture students, is participating in the annual Affordable Housing Design Competition hosted by the Federal Home Loan Bank of Boston. The team’s proposal calls for the development of seven acres of land, owned by the Sisters of St. Joseph in South Framingham, into 85 units of new rental housing. The Social Host Law Committee, an online group with members as far away as Seattle, is exploring the possibility of expanding social host law within Livingston County, N.Y. MELA Consulting is working with the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection to improve mitigation payment algorithms associated with waterfront development under Chapter 91 jurisdiction. The Brookline Succession Planning Project is exploring diversity measurement in new leadership in the town of Brookline. The Newton Group is completing a needs assessment for preschools in the city of Newton. Flip This Lot is exploring potential uses for a one-acre site in Jaffrey, N.H. The Dedham Housing Production Plan Committee is designing an affordable housing plan for the town of Dedham that addresses a lack of affordable and suitable housing for an aging population. And “Air Quotes” is working with the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston to gauge the state of civic infrastructure in Gateway Cities across Massachusetts. These teams and others will present their findings on April 27 to clients, faculty, and fellow students.
 
In this issue, we also highlight professor Alicia Sasser Modestino’s research of youth summer jobs programs, and we take you inside Teaching Professor Emily Mann’s library. We also share exciting new appointments and an impressive list of faculty who have been quoted in the press on a variety of subjects, from national security and resilience to housing, economic development and education—among other topics.     
 
As always, I encourage you to stay current with our news and accomplishments by visiting our website regularly and following us on Facebook and Twitter.
 
Matthias Ruth
Director and Professor, School of Public Policy and Urban Affairs

Get to Know the Spring 2016 Capstone Teams

#TeamClark


"We are part of a team of four students from the School of Public Policy and Urban Affairs (plus six architects from the Boston Architectural College) competing in an Affordable Housing Development Competition, hosted by the Federal Home Loan Bank of Boston. Our proposal calls for the development of seven acres of land currently owned by the Sisters of St. Joseph in South Framingham into 85 units of new rental housing for seniors, families with children adopted from the foster system, and transitional youth." Read more.
 

Social Host Law Committee



"Our project explores the possibility of expanding social host law within Livingston County, N.Y. Substance abuse prevention is one of the biggest health concerns in the county, and social host law would specifically target underage drinking." Read more.
 

MELA Consulting

"Our capstone group is currently working with the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (MassDEP) to improve mitigation payment algorithms associated with waterfront development that fell under Chapter 91 jurisdiction. MassDEP seeks to clarify and solidify 1) how much should be paid in mitigation payments when development does not comply with Chapter 91 regulations, and 2) how should mitigation payments be allocated to fund city projects and efforts." Read more.
 

Brookline Succession Planning Project



"We were assigned a project to develop a succession plan focused on new leadership in the public sector of Brookline that incorporates diverse representation in the town’s leadership. We've learned a great deal about administrative functions of local government, including hiring, training and planning." Read more.
 

Newton Group



"We are completing a needs assessment for preschools in Newton by conducting several analyses to better understand preschool access and utilization and to develop recommendations to enhance preschool utilization. More specifically, we are studying how the city of Newton can increase the preschool enrollment rates for children of low-income families." Read more.
 

Flip This Lot



Sarah Catherine Ward, Daniel Whalen and Edwin Obras feel the capstone project would make a great television show, so they named their team Flip This Lot.

The group is exploring potential uses for a one-acre site in the rural town of Jaffrey, N.H. Their project includes a comprehensive analysis of the demographics and data of the area and identifies opportunity gaps in the community. Read more.
 

Dedham Housing Production Plan Committee


As the name suggests, the Dedham Housing Production Plan Committee is designing an affordable housing production plan for the town of Dedham that addresses a lack of affordable and suitable housing for an aging population and complements the town’s overall goal of revitalizing the local economy. Members include Jonathan Maple, Ali El Toukhy, Huixin Hou, and Bashir Martin. Read more.

'Air Quotes'


In a team of five, “Air Quotes” is working with the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston to gauge the state of civic infrastructure in Gateway Cities across Massachusetts in order to better understand how to measure the impact of the Working Cities Challenge. Members include W. E. David Halbert, Hassan Bial, Joe Nania, Octa Soehartono, and Elizabeth Way. Read more.
Faculty Research: A look at teen summer jobs

High schools will soon close for summer break leaving teenagers with plenty of free time to get a seasonal job. But a persistent decrease in labor force participation among youth—even among those who have been searching for a job—has contributed to a double-digit decline in teen employment rate since 2000, according to Alicia Sasser Modestino a labor economist at the School of Public Policy and Urban Affairs.
 
In 2000, roughly 45 percent of teens were working whereas now only 25 to 30 percent have jobs, adding to a steady decline that started before the Great Recession, Modestino said. Read more.
Behind the Scenes: Inside the library of Teaching Professor Emily Mann

 

Here’s what’s currently on the bookshelves of Emily Mann, teaching professor in the Human Services Program:

1. The Boston Girl by Anita Diamant. The story looked interesting and somewhat familiar. Both my grandmothers were first generation Jewish immigrants in New York City. Both were smart, savvy, and independent. Both my grandmothers have similar backgrounds to the title character, as they are daughters of immigrants. This book is an immigrant story, and how the children of immigrants build their lives. That immigrant story resonates with me because it is the story of my grandmothers. How people grow and develop, succeed and fail, move on, recover, and thrive—these are all interests of mine. What is the role of personality, family, school, community, and social structure on the outcomes of individuals? These themes arise in my teaching, especially in my “Child Intervention and Treatment” course. Read more.
Guest Column: Earth Day and the end of business as usual

By Matthias Ruth, Director, School of Public Policy and Urban Affairs
 

I have considerable hope that humanity begins to appreciate the fact that all aspects of our lives depend on the presence of healthy and plentiful ecosystems that provide us with resources and absorb our wastes. At no rate of technological change can those resources be created in our economies – all we can do is get ever better at using and recycling them while, along the way, the energy needed to convert and recycle materials is irreversibly degraded. Read more.

Student News

Student wins energy policy challenge


Graduate student Fernando Ayres won the Tufts Energy Conference Energy Policy Challenge by submitting a paper he wrote for professor Alicia Sasser Modestino’s “Economic Analysis for Law, Policy and Planning” class.

Ayres scored $500 and his paper, Solar Investment Tax Credit, will be published on the website of The Fletcher School’s Center for International Environment and Resource Policy. Read more.  

Are you GAME?



A Human Services student presented an innovative project and placed as a finalist at RISE 2016, an event that showcases student research and innovative thinking.

Working with a group of students, Martha Durkee-Neuman, Human Services ’18, developed Girls Access Menstruation Education (GAME), a unique model coalescing the best practices of feminine hygiene intervention in the developing world into a comprehensive, eco-friendly, long-term, sustainable program. Read more.
 

Completing the Capstone

Lauren Costello, a student in the Master of Science in Urban and Regional Policy (MURP) with a focus on urban policy, design and economic development, is documenting her final capstone project through her blog “Completing the Capstone.” In a team of policy and architecture students, she is participating in this year's Affordable Housing Design Competition hosted by FHLB Boston. Follow her blog for weekly posts about the team's progress in completing their final capstone project.
 

SPPUA Update

Professors Gardinier, Mann promoted



Two SPPUA faculty members, Emily Mann and Lori Gardinier, have been promoted to the rank of teaching professor.

SPPUA Director Matthias Ruth said the promotions are a tribute to the many contributions Mann and Gardinier have made over the years to the Human Services Program in the classroom, in Boston and around the world, as well as the dedication they have shown developing and growing the program to new heights. Read more.
 

Professor Hoff to present in Kansas City


Timothy Hoff, professor of management, healthcare systems, and health policy, has organized a think-tank session for this year’s Association of University Programs in Health Administration (AUPHA) Annual Meeting June 22-25 in Kansas City. The session entitled, “Many Flavors, Much Value: The Baskin-Robbinization of Graduate Health Administration Education,” will also involve healthcare program leaders from Johns Hopkins University and the University of Alabama-Birmingham, two of the leading graduate health management programs in the United States. The session is aimed at stimulating a dialogue among healthcare graduate program leaders nationally related to how best to innovate graduate health curriculum offerings at universities into the near future.
 

Tackling controversial issues in security and resilience studies

Northeastern faculty experts and a regional panel of Pacific Northwest leaders convened March 31 for an urgent discussion on Bolstering National and Global Resilience in the Face of 21st Century Mayhem.

Two College of Social Sciences and Humanities professors led the conversation with presentations: Stephen Flynn, director of the Center for Resilience Studies and an affiliate professor at the School of Public Policy and Urban Affairs, and Mai’a K. Davis Cross, assistant professor of political science and international affairs. Read more.
 

Discussing urban governance



Five Northeastern faculty members recently attended the Urban Affairs Association annual meeting in San Diego and participated in a great panel session entitled, "In The Wake of Disaster: Crises and Urban Governance in Comparative Perspective.” Read more.
 

Professor Fitzgerald travels to Columbia



Professor Joan Fitzgerald is back after traveling to Columbia the week of March 14 to give four lectures—three of them at the 50th anniversary assemblies of Camacol, the organization of the country’s construction industry. Read more.
 
In the Media

The faculty and staff at the School of Public Policy and Urban Affairs continue to be reliable sources of expertise on current pressing issues. Click here for a list of articles during the month of March that reference our knowledgeable staff and their research.

Quote of the Month

Upcoming Events

Spurred by the city of Boston’s Imagine Boston 2030 initiative, which is developing Boston’s first comprehensive master plan since 1965, the Myra Kraft Open Classroom is focused on “Shaping Boston’s Future: Aspirations, Opportunities, and Challenges.” Speakers include several city officials and consultants working on the Imagine Boston 2030 initiative and related city initiatives focusing on housing, transportation, and the arts as well as notable civic leaders, local scholars, and state officials. Classes are held on Wednesdays, through April 20, from 6 to 8 p.m. in West Village F, room 20. Visit our website for the course schedule, directions and materials from past sessions. We’ll live tweet from every session using #OCNEU and #SPPUA. The free semester-long seminar series is open to students, staff, and the general public.

SPPUA Unveiled: Join faculty and staff on Wednesdays, through April 20, from 5 to 6 p.m. in West Village F, in the lobby outside of room 20, for a free drop-in information session before our Myra Kraft Open Classroom.
  • Find out about our interdisciplinary graduate programs in Public Administration, Urban and Regional Policy, Public Policy, International Affairs, and Urban Informatics.
  • Discover our graduate certificate offerings, including Urban Informatics, Data Analytics and Nonprofit Sector, Philanthropy and Social Change.
  • Learn more about our cutting-edge research centers and labs, international exchange program, and experiential learning opportunities.
  • Meet faculty and staff.
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Join us for the final spring 2016 session of “The World in Your Cup: Conversations on the Politics & Culture of Coffee” on Thursday, April 21, from 6 to 7:30 p.m., at 909 Renaissance Park.

The Spring 2016 Capstone Presentations and End-of-Year Celebration will be held at 5:30 p.m., Wednesday, April 27, in the Raytheon Amphitheater, 120 Forsyth St. You are all invited to attend and support graduating students.

Join us for a celebration on Friday, May 6, in the School of Public Policy and Urban Affairs suite in Renaissance Park immediately following the Graduate Commencement Ceremony. The event will feature student, faculty and staff awards. Appetizers and drinks will be provided.  
SPPUA Detective — Do you know where this is?
If you know the answer, send your name and location of the subject in the photo to sppua@neu.edu. Your name will appear in the forthcoming newsletter! Last month’s photo was taken at an office in the Dukakis Center for Regional and Urban Planning.

Do you have what it takes to become a detective and stump the SPPUA community? We are looking for mystery photo submissions for the SPPUA Detective series. Email your mystery photos to sppua@neu.edu. Be sure to include the location of the image in the photograph.

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