Wednesday, March 27, 2013

UAP Professors Paul Knox and Ted Koebel Elected to Urban Affairs Association’s UAA Honor Roll

UAP Professors Paul Knox and Ted Koebel have been unanimously elected members of the Urban Affairs Association’s UAA Honor Roll.  The Honor Roll was created by UAA to recognize members who have contributed outstanding service over the years to the association.

“Over the 44 years of its existence, the Urban Affairs Association (UAA) has relied on the commitment, intellect, and energy of its service leaders,” the 2012-2013 UAA Governing Board stated in making the announcement.  “Without these contributions, UAA would not have developed into the strong and dynamic organization it is today, and the field of urban studies would lack its current breadth and richness.”

Paul Knox, Ph.D.
Virginia Tech has made significant individual and institutional contributions to the advancement of the Urban Affairs Association.  The Division of Environmental and Urban Systems, predecessor of the Urban Affairs and Planning program, was instrumental in launching the association and the journal, which was initially published through Virginia Tech.  Professor Emerita of Urban Affairs and Planning and Dean Emerita of the College of Architecture and Urban Studies Patricia Edwards and Professor Richard Zody (deceased) were early editors of the journal.

Knox is a University Distinguished Professor and Senior Fellow for International Advancement at Virginia Tech.  He previously served as the dean of the College of Architecture and Urban Studies, Virginia Tech. His service to UAA includes a spell as co-editor of the Journal of Urban Affairs (1986-1991).

Ted Koebel, Ph.D.
Koebel is a professor and former chair in the Urban Affairs and Planning program and on the faculty of the Myers-Lawson School of Construction in Blacksburg, Va.  He also serves as Senior Associate at Virginia Tech’s Center for Housing Research, a research institute that is the official housing research center for the Commonwealth and is a college center in Virginia Tech's College of Architecture and Urban Studies.  He served as deputy editor and co-editor of the Journal of Urban Affairs from 1986 to 1992.

Knox and Koebel will be inducted into the Honor Roll at the Awards and Recognition Luncheon on April 5, during the 2013 UAA conference in San Francisco.  Please join us in extending our congratulations to Dr. Knox and Dr. Koebel on this noteworthy professional recognition.

Friday, March 22, 2013

April 10 Info Session about Graduate Studies in Urban Planning at VT in Old Town Alexandria, VA

2013 SPIA Graduate School Information Sessions in Alexandria, VA

Wednesday, April 10
Tuesday, July 9
Wednesday, October 9
Tuesday, November 12

Virginia Tech's School of Public and International Affairs (SPIA) in the National Capital Region offers five graduate degree programs at its Alexandria location:

    Masters of Public and International Affairs
    Masters of Public Administration
    Masters of Urban and Regional Planning
    Ph.D. in Public Administration and Policy
    Ph.D. in Planning, Governance and Globalization

The information session for the Masters programs begins at 6 p.m.
The information session for the Ph.D. programs begins at 7 p.m.

An RSVP to the email below is encouraged.

Location: 1021 Prince Street, 2nd Floor, Alexandria, VA 22314 (King Street Metro, Blue/Yellow lines)
Sponsor: School of Public and International Affairs

Wed March 27: ULI Meeting on Planning Federal Triangle South

Courtesy of NCPC:

"ULI Washington:
Planning Federal Triangle South

Wednesday, March 27, 2013
9:00 to 11:45 AM
National Capital Planning Commission  |  401 9th Street, NW  Suite 500N  |  Washington, DC

Pre-registration deadline - Friday, March 22, 2013
Join ULI Washington on March 27 to learn about and provide input on redevelopment opportunities in Federal Triangle South - 22 acres in the heart of the Metropolitan Washington, DC area.

Federal Triangle South is located immediately northwest of L'Enfant Plaza Metro station, generally bounded by Independence Ave to the North, 6th Street to the East, Maryland Avenue and portions of D Street to the South and 12th Street to the West.

The area currently accommodates over 12,000 federal employees in:
  • the Cotton Annex building;
  • the Department of Energy's Forrestal Complex;
  • Federal Aviation Administration's Orville and Wilbur Wright Buildings, and
  • GSA's Regional Office Building.

GSA is currently seeking input from the development community on how the agency can leverage federal land value in exchange for more efficient and sustainable facilities that meet the needs of federal customers, while enhancing surrounding amenities. Learn more about Federal Triangle South at

This FREE ULI event will include an address by Dorothy Robyn, Commissioner of the Public Building Service, as well as presentations from leaders at GSA, D.C. Office of Planning and the National Capital Planning Commission. Then, attendees will have the opportunity to weigh in on the project during break-out sessions on the topics of Land Use, Sustainability, Transportation, Transaction Structure/Ownership and Public Realm/Cultural Amenities.

  9:00 to 9:30 AM    Registration and Coffee
  9:30 to 10:30 AM  Overview of the Site by GSA, Office of Planning and NCPC
10:30 to 11:00 AM  Break-Out Session I
11:00 to 11:10 AM  Intermission|
11:15 to 11:45 AM  Break-Out Session II |

Questions? Contact Alia Anderson, ULI Washington Director of Community Outreach, at
Registration Information:

To check availability after Friday, March 22, please call: 240.497.1919

Register ONLINE

Download a faxable registration form
Call 800.321.5011 (mention meeting code: #8138-1326)"

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

You're Invited: Harriet Tregoning Speaking March 28 at VT in Arlington on "Greening the Nation's Capital: the Promise and Potential of Sustainable DC Plan"

Update: the audio recording from the March 28th program is now available at 

Please join us for the second of our three Spring MI+SPIA Lecture Series, hosted by the Virginia Tech Urban Affairs and Planning Program.

“Greening the Nation’s Capital:
the Promise and Potential of Sustainable DC Plan”

A Lecture with Harriet Tregoning, Director DC Office of Planning

Harriet Tregoning, Director of the District of Columbia Office of Planning, will discuss the Sustainable DC Plan and how her office, along with the District Department of the Environment and other partner agencies, plans to transform the District into a “more socially equitable, environmentally responsive and economically prosperous community.” Tregoning will share her insights about the plan’s sustainability principles and elements, the experience of engaging the public, and the District’s thoughts on implementation of the plan across departments.

Thursday, March 28th
6:30 to 7:30 pm (presentation); 7:30-8:30 (discussion)
Virginia Tech Research Center
900 N. Glebe Road
East/West Falls Church Room
Arlington, VA
RSVP by 3/28/13

6:00 – 6:30 PM UAP Alumni Networking Reception with students and prospective students
Light refreshments will be served

March 23 EndNote for VT National Capital Region Faculty, Students, Staff

Courtesy of the Resource Center Library at Virginia Tech, Northern Virginia Center

"EndNote for National Capital Region – Faculty, staff, and students
Room 102, Northern Virginia Center Falls Church
Saturday, 23 March 2013 from 10:30 – 11:45
Email or to register for Saturday’s session.

EndNote is a licensed software package from Thomson Reuters that is available at no charge to Virginia Tech faculty, staff, and students. EndNote is defined in its promotional materials as an online search tool, a reference and full text organizer with a collaborative Web tool, and a bibliography maker using Cite While You Write™ formatting. EndNote has a web-based product called EndNote Web that can be used in place of the software product or as a supplement to it. In addition, EndNote for iPad sells for $0.99.

The latest EndNote software version is X6 and can be downloaded from the university’s network software site If downloading from home you will need to access the site through a VPN connection. You can download from the Northern Virginia Center if you have registered for VT wireless access. For assistance, contact the staff in the Resource Center on the first floor. You can also load the software onto your laptop from discs (Windows and Mac) the instructor will bring to the session.

The purpose of these sessions is to provide a quick, informal, hands-on introduction in using the basic elements of EndNote. Activities will include learning how to:

· Create a library.
· Add records to a library manually.
· Export records from online databases (e.g., Google Scholar, EBSCOhost, Web of Science) into a library.
· Add PDF articles to existing records in a library.
· Import existing PDF articles into an EndNote library (works best with articles containing DOIs).
· Create bibliographies and in-text citations from records in a library.

The instructor is Dave Beagle. If you cannot make a session, but would like to schedule a 1:1 appointment at a later time using videoconferencing or Skype, please contact him by email (, telephone (540-552-0414), or Skype (drbvatech).

For assistance with library research, accessing resources, or using EndNote please contact staff at the Resource Center Library on the first floor of the Northern Virginia Center in Falls Church. We can be reached by email (, telephone (703-538-8340), or chat (

The EndNote class will be held in room 102 at the NVC Resource Center, which is located at 7054 Haycock Road, Falls Church, Virginia, 22043, near the West Falls Church/VT/UVA Metro station. Parking is FREE on Saturday. Visitors can park in the MarcParc parking lot adjacent to NVC or use the Metro parking lot across the street. There are also some metered spaces in front of NVC."

Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Apr 2 #ArlingtonVa Lecture and Reception: Leaders in Science and Technology Seminar Series - Water: A Global Security Issue for the 21st Century

Leaders in Science and Technology Seminar Series - Water: A Global Security Issue for the 21st Century
Tuesday, April 2nd

Major General Richard Engel, director, Environment and Natural Resources Program Strategic Futures Group, National Intelligence Council, will discuss how the scarcity, control, and quality of water will shape global security issues in the next year, especially as it relates to public policy approaches.

Following Engel's presentation, a panel of three experts will lead a discussion based on his remarks. They are: Major General (Ret.) Bruce Lawlor, Enterprise Director, National Security Decision Informatics, Virginia Bioinformatics Institute at Virginia Tech; Stephen Schoenholtz, director, Virginia Water Resources Research Center and professor, Forest Hydrology and Soils, Virginia Tech; and J. Alan Roberson, director, Federal Relations, American Water Works Association.

A reception will follow the event.  The Leaders in Science and Technology Seminar Series is sponsored by the Office of the Vice President for Research, Virginia Tech, and the Office of the Vice President, National Capital Region.

Location: 900 N. Glebe Road, 2nd Floor, Arlington, VA 22203

Free but limited seating. Please register by March 26.

March 12 Tuesdays at APA: Supporting Conservation as a Land Use

Courtesy of the YIPPS listserve:

"You’re Invited!

Tuesdays at APA-DC

March 12 @ 5:30pm

Supporting Conservation as a Land Use

Speaker:  Leslie Honey

                 Vice President of Conservation Services, NatureServe


Conservation has often been considered a non-use of land, what is left over when other human needs have been accommodated. More recently, the importance of conservation as an intentional land use has been recognized for its role in supporting a variety of human needs: cultural, recreational, and ecosystem services with significant socioeconomic benefits.

NatureServe, an international conservation nonprofit organization, supports assessment and planning for conservation land use through a variety of products and services. The NatureServe Network of state natural heritage programs collect and provide data on the location of rare and imperiled species and ecosystems as well as expertise in the conservation of biodiversity.

In this presentation featuring Vice President of Conservation Services Leslie Honey, we will highlight data and a variety of online tools from NatureServe with some examples from around the U.S. to illustrate how they can inform better land use planning.

CM | 1.0

Learn more about this event and upcoming events on the APA website

Tuesdays at APA–DC

Join APA in Washington, D.C., each month for this after-work lecture and discussion series. Practicing planners, researchers, and professionals from allied fields discuss innovative ideas and concepts or present their latest projects.

The events are free and open to APA members and nonmembers.


Please enter on 15th Street and check in with security desk.

American Planning Association - Headquarters

1030 15th Street, NW, Suite 750 West

Washington, DC 20005

Metro rail stations– Farragut North (red line)

                                      McPherson Square (orange/blue lines)

Many Metro bus lines are convenient.

Several Capital Bikeshare stations are nearby.

Parking available in paid parking lots or on street.

We hope to see you there!"

Monday, March 4, 2013

Detropia Viewing on March 20, Part of Spring 2013 Lannan Spring Symposium and Literary Festival

Courtesy of the Lannan Center:
The public is invited to a screening of Detropia, a documentary on the current state of Detroit: on March 20, at 5:30 pm, in Lohrfink Auditorium (the business school building at Georgetown).

The screening is part of the 2013 Lannan Spring Symposium and Literary Festival on America from the Outside: How the World Sees US

The film is the winner of the U.S. Documentary Editing Award and it was nominated for the Grand Jury Prize at Sundance.

You can see the full schedule of Symposium events here:

Two New Reports on #Transportation & #LandUse in #Stuttgart and #DC, #Cycling in #DC

UAP Professor Ralph Buehler recently co-authored the report "Transportation and Land-Use Planning in Germany and the U.S.: Lessons from the Stuttgart and Washington, DC Regions,” with Wolfgang Jung.  The report was published by the American Institute for Contemporary German Studies and is part of their project on The Transatlantic Climate and Energy Dialogue: Urban and Regional Transportation and Energy Problems and Solutions.

Read more and download the report at

Buehler also co-authored the report, “Trends and Determinants of Cycling in the Washington D.C. Region,” with Andrea Hamre (a UAP graduate assistant), Dan Sonenklar, and Paul Goger.  The report was published by the Mid-Atlantic Universities Transportation Center.