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Invitation to apply for the LLD Academic English coaching position for 2012-2013

posted Jun 5, 2012, 1:08 AM by Urban Planning Coalition SJSU

The SJSU Language Development Center has been fortunate to have a
number of Urban Planning graduate students work as Academic English
coaches guiding first-year SJSU students in developing their academic
reading and writing  skills. The focus of the LDC portfolio unit on
public transportation systems in Silicon Valley makes it especially
apropos to have coaches working here with an urban planning

Attached is a letter inviting qualified graduate students to apply for
the Academic English coaching position offered through the Department
of Linguistics and Language Development for the 2012-2013 academic
year. Please pass this letter on to students who have excellent
writing skills and show promise in roles as tutors and seminar


John Leih, LDC Director
Language Development Center, 244 Clark Hall
Department of Linguistics and Language Development
San Jose State University
Office: 408-924-4420

Edward McClure Award for the Best Master’s Student Paper

posted Jun 5, 2012, 1:06 AM by Urban Planning Coalition SJSU

Deadline: June 30, 2012

Recognizes superior scholarship in a paper prepared by a masters
student in an ACSP-member school. Submissions may address any topic of
investigation generated in the course of pursuing a master’s degree in
urban/city/community/town/regional planning.

Papers should result from a one-term regular class. Master's theses,
terminal professional reports and student group projects are NOT
eligible. Submissions should have been prepared during academic year
2010-2011 or 2011-2012. Nominations (limited to one per program) must
come from the program chairperson or the faculty advisor; students are
urged to ask the appropriate faculty members to nominate their papers.
Nominations should indicate the course for which the paper was
prepared. This award carries a cash grant of $100, a plaque plus full
student registration to the conference. The award is presented at the
ACSP Annual Conference and the winner is asked to present the paper
during the conference.

Submissions, not exceeding 45 pages of text including graphics, must
be double (or 1.5) spaced with margins of 1" or greater and a font not
less than 12 points. Send electronic version of paper plus letter of
nomination by a faculty member to the committee chair in a Word or pdf
file with “McClure Submit” in the subject line by June 30, 2012.


Ayse Pamuk
Committee Chair
Email: pamuk@sfsu.edu

Graduate Assistant - Net Effects of Gas Price on Transit Ridership in US Urban Areas

posted May 25, 2012, 5:38 PM by Urban Planning Coalition SJSU

Net Effects of Gas Price on Transit Ridership in US Urban Areas

Hiroyuki Iseki, PhD - National Center for Smart Growth Research and Education, University of Maryland, College Park
I have a graduate assistant (GA) position available for my research project funded by Mineta Transportation Institute.  The following is the project description, qualifications for a GA, and tasks that a GA is expected to perform and assist for the project.  

We have seen a substantial increase in gasoline prices since 1999; as a result, there is an increasing concern regarding its impact on people’s travel behavior and the transportation system in the US.  Combined with concerns over traffic congestion, global warming, other environmental issues, and emergency preparedness, it is important to examine how the gasoline price increase will affect transit ridership, how transit agencies can respond to such changes in transit demand, and how much reduction in vehicle traffic can be expected through the modal shift.  

In order to gauge the net effects of gasoline price changes on transit ridership, the proposed study applies advanced statistical methods on panel data of monthly retail gasoline prices, transit ridership and operating data from 2002 to 2011 in US urban  areas, obtained from the Energy Information Administration and the Federal Transit Administration (FTA: the National Transit Database—NTD) and supplemented by other variables that can influence transit ridership.  The study improves upon research methods used in past studies on the subject as well as transit ridership modeling studies in general.  The study will test for statistical problems, such as simultaneity of transit service supply and consumption (ridership), simultaneity among time, gasoline price, and ridership, and omitted variable bias, and address them if problems are identified in the data sets, and examine possibility of non-constant/non-linear relationship between transit ridership and gasoline prices, including different elasticities between gasoline price increase and decrease. 

The findings from the proposed study will provide valuable information for policy makers and managers of transit agencies to predict changes in ridership, fare revenues, and operating conditions due to gasoline price changes, and enable them to prepare for necessary adjustments in service supply level, fare level, and vehicle procurement in both the short- and long-term, and will also support preparation for energy emergencies in the transportation sector.

Must: Good knowledge of the use of MS Word, MS Excel; good understanding of Statistics (up to multiple regression analysis); good skill on a literature search using the library system and the internet; good skill on STATA, SAS, or a database software program (e.g. MS Access) (not including SPSS); good communication skill; good working ethics.

Plus: Knowledge on econometrics; good understanding of microeconomics; experience to work on some of data sources described below; good sense in creating graphics and tables; good writing skill

A list of tasks that a graduate assistant (GA) is expected to perform and assist:

Literature search/review
A GA is expected, under close supervision, to conduct a literature search and identify articles on the background of gasoline price increase in the US, as well as those of the past studies on the subject.  As improvements on an analysis method are the main purpose of the study, a GA is required to have a good background in statistics.  Further knowledge on econometrics is a big plus, as this study will conduct a review on advanced econometric methods: longitudinal and panel data analysis, methods to test endogeneity among variables, and simultaneous equation models.  A GA may be asked to assist a preparation of a literature review, writing an annotated bibliography and organizing information in an excel file.

Data collection, processing, and assembly
A GA is expected, under close supervision, to play a main role to collect, process, and assemble data for the analysis.  Key data sources include: 1) the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) National Transit Database (NTD) monthly module data, 2) the Energy Information Administration (EIA) of the Department of Energy (DOE) monthly retail gasoline prices for selected major urban cities, states, regions and the nation, 3) Census 2000 and 2010, 4) American Community Survey, 5) Bureau of Labor Statistics, and 6) Texas Transportation Institute (TTI) Urban Mobility Study.  

Information collection from transit agencies
A GA is expected to contact major transit agencies in selected urban areas to ask about any particular events (e.g. significant service changes, introduction of new rail services, service disruptions, fare increase, introduction of new fare cards, severe funding shortfall) that have had significant impacts on the ridership of their transit systems.   

Assistance in a basic statistical analysis
A GA is expected, under close supervision, to assist to conduct a basic analysis of collected data, using descriptive statistics, data plotting, arc elasticity, correlations, and simple regression analysis.

This position pays $15 an hour for immediate start.. Please contact Deputy Executive Director and Director of Research Karen E. Philbrick, Ph.D at karen.philbrick@sjsu.edu

Volunteer & Youth Mentorship Opportunity with Spartan Keyes NAC

posted May 17, 2012, 1:41 AM by Urban Planning Coalition SJSU

The Spartan Keyes Community Center operated by the Neighborhood Action Coalition (NAC) is in need of volunteers at their center. Currently the NAC (community center) is staffed and run by only three volunteers. 

The NAC leaders would like SJSU students to volunteer at the center, helping kids with homework and also becoming somewhat of peer mentors, especially to the preteen and teenage boys. These kids need someone to look up to and of course I believe all of the UPC members are great role models for any young kids and teens. 

If you would be interested in volunteering some time this summer (or know anyone who would) please contact Laura Williams, UPC Social Chair at laurawilliamsupc@gmail.com. The community center would greatly appreciate the help and volunteers would be a great ambassador of SJSU and the UPC to the community. For students enrolling in the SJSU Master of Urban Planning URBP 201 Studio course, this is the community you will be working with.

Applications for the 2012-2013 UPC Board now available!

posted May 1, 2012, 10:21 PM by Urban Planning Coalition SJSU

Dear Fellow MUP students,

It's truly been a great year serving as your UPC President and working with the amazing UPC leadership team!  

I want to announce that we are currently seeking to fill several UPC positions for the next academic year and invite all of you to consider applying for one of the available board positions.  Many of these positions do not require a large time commitment.  Terms begin July 1st and many of current officers will be around to help transition new officers into their roles.  Attached to this email you'll find the board member application that includes a current list of all positions.  The deadline to submit your application is Wednesday, May 2nd, by 5PM.  
The Urban Planning Coalition is a great way to connect with fellow students, alumni, and professionals in the field.  This past year we've really boosted the profile of the UPC and established a number of new relationships with organizations like Oakland Pride and SPUR San Jose.  We've also organized and collaborated on a number of activities and events including:
  • SJSU Urban and Regional Planning Department New Student Orientation Panel and Social Hour: (August 19, 2011) 
  • SJSU (PARK)ing Day Event: (Sept 16) 
  • Fundraiser at Oakland Pride: (Sept 4) 
  • UPC Speaker Series: Plan Bay Area (SB375) Forum: (Oct 3rd) 
  • Oakland Cemetary Tour: (Oct 22) 
  • Symposium: "The Current State of Planning: Navigating New Roles and Careers in Planning" (Nov 5) 
  • Social: East Bay Planners Meet up at Jupiter Bar in Berkeley (Jan 15) 
  • Social Event: Nightlife at the CA Academy of Sciences (Feb 9)  
  • UPC Speaker Series: A Holistic Approach to TOD’s (Feb 28) 
  • Oakland Art Murmur Tour- (March 4).  

We do hope you'll consider serving on the board this upcoming year.  If you have questions about what it's like serving in one of these roles, please don't hesitate to contact me or any of the current officers.

Best Regards,

Johnasies McGraw

Please feel free to contact admin@theupc.org or any board member with questions concerning the UPC Board positions!

SJSU Graduate Equity Fellowship - Due June 25th

posted May 1, 2012, 10:17 PM by Urban Planning Coalition SJSU

The purpose of the Graduate Equity Fellowship Program is to encourage and assist students in their pursuit and completion of master’s degrees and careers in post-secondary education.  This fellowship is available only to California resident graduate students admitted and enrolled in a master’s degree program.  Students must demonstrate a minimum financial need of $1,000.  In order to find out if they are eligible to receive financial aid, students must complete a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) via http://www.fafsa.ed.gov/ and submit it to the Financial Aid Office.  A copy of the FAFSA form must be attached to the Graduate Equity Fellowship Program application form.

Under the Graduate Equity Fellowship Program, awards of up to $3,000 are made to graduate students admitted and enrolled in a master’s degree program at San José State University for the 2012-2013 academic year.  Credential ONLY candidates are not eligible.  Students must be enrolled in both academic terms and complete a minimum of 6 units in each term.  These 12 units must appear on the special Petition for Advancement to Graduate Candidacy designed expressly for this fellowship program and available on the website below.

An application form is available online at http://www.sjsu.edu/gradstudies/funding/graduate_equity_fellowship/. The applications will be reviewed by the Graduate Fellowship Program Committee and eligibility will be assessed on the basis of financial need, academic standing, and career goals.  The completed applications are due in Graduate Studies & Research, Administration Building, Room 223B, no later than Monday, June 25, 2012, at 4:00 pm.  Any applications with missing documentation will not be considered by the committee.  Fellowship awards will be announced by Monday, August 27, 2012, and are subject to funding availability.

Got sidewalks? A community conversation on Complete Streets

posted May 1, 2012, 10:13 PM by Urban Planning Coalition SJSU

Greenbelt Alliance | San Jose State University | Urban Planning Coalition presents

Got sidewalks?
- A West San Carlos / South Bascom Community Conversation about building complete, connected communities in San Jose

How would you make a street complete? After weeks auditing the streets block by block, our team of graduate students will share their findings and present a menu of options for improvements to the streets.

Join the conversation as we mark up maps with the strengths, challenges and opportunities of West San Carlos Street and South Bascom Avenue.

Thursday, May 10
San Jose City College
2100 Moorpark Ave.
College Theatre Main Auditorium

For more information, please contact Michele at mbeasley@greenbelt.org or at 408.983.0856.
Food and beverages will be provided.

Healthy Communities Workshops - April Series

posted Apr 8, 2012, 10:52 AM by Urban Planning Coalition SJSU

Share your ideas about making Santa Clara County a healthier place to live. Physical, social and economic factors all determine the well-being of a community. How can we make our communities healthier?Come to the Healthy Communities Workshops, hosted by the County Planning and Public Health Departments, to help create the County’s General Plan Health Element. 

Workshop Locations
(Same agenda at all 3)

Morgan Hill
Thursday, April 12, 6:00 - 8:30pm
Morgan Hill Community Center
(Hiram Morgan Hill Room)
17000 Monterey Rd, Morgan Hill, CA

Thursday, April 26, 6:00-8:30pm
Quinlan Community Center 
(Cupertino Room)
10185 N. Stelling Rd, Cupertino, CA

San Jose
Monday, April, 30, 6:00 - 8:30pm
Sobrato Center for Non-Profits 
(Cupertino Rooms A and B)
1400 Parkmoor Ave, San Jose, CA

Refreshments will be provided

Cost: FREE
Web address containing more event information: www.HealthySantaClaraCounty.org
Contact person (either UPC board member or person advertised as event contact): info@healthysantaclaracounty.org
Register online: https://www.facebook.com/HealthySantaClaraCounty

We want to create a vision for the future. Your voice is important.
Community members who live or work in any of the cities or unincorporated areas of Santa Clara County are invited to attend. Adults, youth, businesses, community groups, and institutional representatives are all encouraged to participate!
The workshop will be bilingual in English and Spanish. Vietnamese translation will be provided upon request.

Share your ideas about:
* Public safety
* Healthy foods
* Mental health
* Safe streets
* Walking and bicycling
* Health care facilities
* Environmental quality
* Parks and recreation
* Smoking 
* Obesity
* Healthy housing
* And more…

For more info, visit www.HealthySantaClaraCounty.org. For questions or to request translation services, contact info@healthysantaclaracounty.org or (408) 658-8722. 
This project is made possible, in part, with funding from the Health Trust and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

David J. Powers Scholarship - $1,800

posted Apr 8, 2012, 10:50 AM by Urban Planning Coalition SJSU



The scholarship was created in memory of David J. Powers. As explained in the document creating the scholarship: 

"David I. Powers (1947-2008) graduated from San José State University in 1971 with a  B.A. in Biological Sciences (Botany). In 1972, Dave founded David ]. Powers Associates (D]P&A) based on his vision of providing objective and thorough environmental review, excellent client service, and completing "a day‘s work for a day's pay."  has served nearly every city in Santa Clara County, many jurisdictions throughout Northern California, and numerous private sector clients as Well. Notable projects in San Jose include the San Jose General Plan, most of San Jose’s redevelopment and specific plans, the San Jose Arena, Santana Row, San Jose International Airport Master Plan, numerous highway and transit projects, and the Guadalupe River Park Master Plan. 

"Dave was passionate about sound land use planning and high quality environmental review. His straightforward honesty and personal integrity characterized his environmental documents and business practices. His legacy is the extent to which every project he worked on was better because of his honesty and skill. 

"Dave loved the outdoors, natural and man-made. He hiked the Sierras, climbed many of the tallest mountains in the world, including Everest and  and visited the cities of Europe and South America. He also participated in cross Country ski races all over the world."


To be eligible, you must be:
- Enrolled full-time in the MUP program
- Have demonstrated a commitment to preserving or improving the environment
- Be eligible for federal financial aid (to find out, see http://www.fafsa.ed.gov/)


By April 30, email to me a SINGLE pdf that includes the following materials:

- A statement of no more than 1/2 page describing past studies, work experience, and/or volunteer experience that demonstrates your commitment to preserving or improving the environment
- A statement that you are eligible for Federal financial aid (note that eligibility will be confirmed before the scholarship is awarded)
- A copy of your current unofficial transcript for the MUP program at SJSU

Contact Professor Asha Weinstein Agrawal at asha.weinstein.agrawal@sjsu.edu for more information.

San Jose Workshop: Navigating and Utilizing LinkedIn

posted Apr 8, 2012, 10:47 AM by Urban Planning Coalition SJSU

LinkedIn, with over 100 million registered users, is the fastest growing networking and job search tool for launching careers. This workshop will teach you how to network your way into a desired internship or career position. Attendees will leave the meeting with a LinkedIn profile, a thorough understanding of LinkedIn's networking and job search features and tips to strengthen their online presence. Profiles will be reviewed by an experienced advisor following the session. Laptop is required. 

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