The Green Bay Press-Gazette is reporting on a new initiative by the Police Department to reach out to residents in the South Broadway neighborhood in a new way that involves UW-Green Bay. The GBPD is partnering with the academic programs in Urban and Regional Studies, and Psychology, to assess needs and make recommendations. Interns are helping police analyze crime data from the neighborhood. Students and Assistant Prof. Adam Parrillo of Urban and Regional and Georjeanna Wilson-Doenges of Psychology helped police develop and distribute a survey designed to identify the neighborhood’s composition, people’s perception of police and everyone’s overall feeling of safety within the community. Student Lisa Coffen, who helped on the survey, is also doing a blight survey, to assess the quality of housing stock; she says she was pleasantly surprised that, so far, it appears much of the housing in the generally low-income neighborhood income is in fact in decent shape, by objective standards. She thinks the city could help revitalize the area with road improvements and upgrades to Eighth Street Park. Read more.
Associate Prof. Tom Nesslein of Urban and Regional Studies was the guest economist joining politicians of both major parties in talking to TV-5 News about the contentious new “right-to-work” proposal in the Wisconsin Legislature. Nesslein says the politics are fairly straightforward, in that passage would likely further erode the power of labor unions. As for the reputed economic impact, he said, it’s more difficult to predict whether business growth would be noticeable if Wisconsin becomes the 25th right-to-work state. States that have legislated against “closed shops” are mostly southern and western states with lower taxes and less regulation to begin with. See the news story.
Profs. Ray Hutchison (Sociology and Urban and Regional Studies) and Pao Lor (Education) have received word that their paper “Educational Achievement of Hmong College Students has been accepted for presentation at the Hmong Studies Conference sponsored by the Hmong Studies Consortium (Southeast Asian Studies Center) at the University of Wisconsin-Madison April 10-11. Hutchison (who serves as Director of the Hmong Studies Center at UW-Green Bay) has published research on marriage patterns, educational achievement, and language use of the Hmong in Wisconsin and Minnesota, and Lor has written extensively about educational issues in the Hmong community. And to make this line-up even more interesting, as an undergraduate before earning his Ph.D., Lor worked on the original Acculturation in the Hmong Community study that was part of a research grant Hutchison received from the UW Institute on Race and Ethnicity shortly after he arrived at UW-Green Bay.
Sociology Prof. Ray Hutchison of Urban and Regional Studies has announced the call for papers for a conference on “Everyday Life in the 21st Century City” to be held July 17-20, 2015 in Florence, Italy. Hutchison is coordinating the conference, which recalls the July 2000 “Everyday Life in the Segmented City” conference in Florence that attracted some 80 participants from more than a dozen countries. This year’s event will address rapidly increasing diversity and urbanization — by 2050, two-thirds of the world’s population will reside in metropolitan areas — and look at issues related to huge rural-to-urban migration taking place in countries including India and China. The call for papers is organized into five topic areas (The Right to the City, Urban Nightlife, Suburbanization and New Communities, Neoliberal Urban Policy and its Discontents, and Well-being in the 21st Century City). The complete call for papers can be viewed at the website and there also is a Facebook page where you can “like” the conference.
Prof. Ray Hutchison’s “21st Century City” conference is being co-hosted by the Romualdo Del Bianco Foundation of Florence, an organization devoted to promoting international exchange. UW-Green Bay was the first U.S. university to connect with the Del Bianco Foundation. The July conference has an international planning committee in the form of Hutchison and colleagues: Corinna Del Bianco (Politecnico di Milano), Luís António Vicente Baptista (CESNOVA, Universidade de NOVA Lisboa), Mark Clapson (Westminster University, London), Derek Hyra (American University), João Teixeira Lopes (Universidade do Porto), Gabriele Manella (Università degli Studi di Bologna), Circe Monteiro (Universidade Federal de Pernambuco, Recife, Brazil), Camilla Perrone (Università degli Studi di Firenze), and Nicola Solimano (Fondazione Giovanni Michelucci, Fiesole). The Del Bianco Foundation is co-sponsoring the conference with the Fondazione Giovanni Michelucci, also of Florence.
Consumers and businesses don’t need to fear a sudden spike in prices at the pump, Associate Prof. Tom Nesslein told WBAY, Channel 2 last week. Nesslein’s comments were part of a story on how public works departments, school districts and other entities are saving — or spending — the cost savings realized from lower gas prices. Nesslein offers the economist’s perspective for the story.
When we last checked in to see his condition, Kenny Rogers was still working with his First Edition. That’s not unusual in the university world, either — academic textbooks rarely make it to a second edition. But we are happy to report that the path-breaking textbook, The New Urban Sociology, has now appeared in a fifth edition (published last month by Westview Press). The authors are Mark Gottdiener and Ray Hutchison (Urban and Regional Studies), joined for this volume by Michael Ryan.
Marcello Cruz, associate professor of Urban and Regional Studies, gave a talk last week at the University of New Mexico on the topic of regional planning and indigenous communities in Ecuador. The talk was titled “Community and Regional Planning in Tena, Ecuador.” The presentation explored how community and regional planning using “agropolitan” approaches can provide an alternative model of community wellbeing that attempts to improve the quality of life focusing on equity, sustainability, and local community decision making among various indigenous communities residing in the region.
Ray Hutchison, professor of sociology and Urban and Regional Studies, has added several other activities to his upcoming appearance at the Forum of the Future in Portugal, where he will appear along with Nobel Prize and Pritzker Prize winning scientists and architects. The new events include the keynote address to the European Sociological Association on The Racialization of Urban Space at their annual conference, to be held in Lisbon Nov. 17-19. Hutchison will also speak at a graduate workshop at the University of Lisbon and to a faculty symposium at the University of Porto later that week.
Sue Mattison, dean of the College of Professional Studies, sought applications from CPS faculty and academic staff for summer fellowships that she hopes will assist and support research and grant applications. The following faculty members and projects were recently named to receive awards:
• Christin DePouw, assistant professor of Education, “Role of Critical Race Consciousness in Strengthening Students’ of Color Academic and Cultural Identities.”
• Pao Lor, associate professor of Education, and Ray Hutchison, professor of Urban and Regional Studies, “Academic Profile of Hmong-American Students’ Matriculation, Retention, and Graduation at UW-Green Bay.”
• Mary Gichobi, assistant professor, and Scott Ashmann, associate professor, both of Education, “What Influence Does Regularly Using Einstein Project Materials Have on State Standardized Fourth and Eighth Grade Science Test Scores?”