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  • America's Thinnest (and Fattest ) Cities
    New research released by Gallup & Healthways in April 2014 speculate about reasons for obesity.
  • Earth Day 2014: Theme is "Green Cities"
    Earth Day will be celebrated April 22, 2014 and the theme this year is "Green Cities."
  • PolicyMap Trial through November 30, 2013  
    PolicyMap is an online (no software installation needed) US national data and mapping tool and analytics platform with varied applications for college students and faculty. It is used in undergraduate & graduate curriculum and in research related to social sciences, urban studies, real estate and housing analysis, community and economic development, public administration, public health, policy and political science, education, business, economics, statistics, and geography, among other disciplines. In the academic environment, PolicyMap enables students to concentrate on their subject matter rather than having to spend time learning a GIS tool. PolicyMap is web-based and geared toward users who may not be GIS experts but want to be able to analyze large amounts of data quickly and produce maps, tables, charts and reports with a minimal learning curve for the application itself.
  • JoVE - Journal of Visualized Experiments
    This dynamic new concept of a journal incorporates videos, films, sound, powerpoints, text & images to demonstrate the experimental sciences. Indexed in PubMed & other sources. Covers Behavior, Bioengineering, Chemistry, Applied Physics, Neurosciences, Immunology & Infection, Clinical & Translational Medicine, and Environment. Increasingly interdisciplinary.
  • Launch of Urban Center for Computation and Data (UrbanCCD)
    A new Chicago-based research center using advanced computational methods to understand the rapid growth of cities will receive a $500,000 grant from the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation
  • 2013 Top Cities for Wellbeing
    Check out the indicators for well-being and a high quality of life.
  • Most Miserable Cities to Live
    The Forbes 2013 list of most miserable cities to live in the US.
  • Providence is Top City in Contest of Ideas
    Providence named recipient of $5M from Bloomperg Philanthropies for competing for innovative ways to address urban issues.
  • Libraries & Civic Engagement  
    Public libraries play a vital role in nurturing an active citizenry, including bringing together neighbors, promoting community engagement and supporting lifelong learning, according to a special issue of the National Civic Review, the quarterly journal of the National Civic League. Featuring essays from local elected and appointed officials, philanthropic leaders, and public library directors and trustees, the issue highlights the value of engaged and empowered citizens and the capacity libraries have to lead the way toward productive citizen engagement.

    "As our recent elections demonstrated, citizens understand that we have a collective and urgent stake in shaping the future of the world we live in," writes Guest Editor Susan Benton, President and CEO of the Urban Libraries Council. "Public libraries, as cornerstones and crossroads of democracy, can help lead the way."

  • Do Neighborhoods Matter?
    Interview with Prof. Maria Rendon about her current research by Dean Jenness,
    Nov 1, 2012
  • Stanford Election Atlas  
    Stanford University’s Spatial Social Science Lab created an amazing database of precinct-level results for the 2008 presidential election, working in conjunction with researchers at Harvard University. The atlas provides multiple perspectives on the data, with maps showing the results and race/ethnicity, income, potential voters per square mile, and margin of victory. The maps show much more variety within cities and even individual neighborhoods than the typical county-level maps of political data.

  • U.S. Cities Growing Faster Than Suburbs
    LA Times Article from June 28, 2012
  • Irvine is No. 2 Best Run City  
    Irvine was No.2 among the Best Run cities in America in the first-ever national ranking by 24/7 Wall St.
  • 'Safe City' Carries the Day in Irvine  
    The City of Irvine was ranked No. 1 in a December crime rating by CQ Press, which released its annual publication, "City Crime Rankings 2011-2012: Crime in Metropolitan America." In that report, Irvine was top-ranked, reporting less crime than any other city in America with a population of more than 100,000.
  • Foreclosed: Rehousing the American Dream Exhibit  
    The American suburbs are in desperate need of a rethink, said Justin Davidson in New York. While suburbanites have long been suspicious of the fixes architects might propose, this "small but magnificently ambitious new show" at MoMA makes an "overwhelming" case that now would be an ideal time for subdivision denizens everywhere to get past such suspicions.
  • Reuters Science News
    Global news summaries about latest science events, policies and findings from news wires and media outlets.
  • ScienceWatch
    Tracks trends and performance in global scientific research since 1989 and includes interview, competitive intelligence, data and rankings, special topics.

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About PPD

The Planning, Policy and Design Department reflects a number of disciplines and academic interests, many with significant intersections underlying a great deal of interdisciplinarity.  These include the subjects of Urban & Regional Planning, Architecture,  Environmental Psychology, Environmental Law, Preservation, Geography, Transportation, Housing, Regional Analysis, Public Arts, Public Policy, Urban Studies, and Environmental Health, Sustainability & Science, Water Resources, Population & Demography and related subjects.  There are also many professional areas and specific applications represented and includes planning, architurecture, forecasting, GIS, etc. 

The library collections have been developed to support instruction and current research efforts by faculty and graduate students and also reflect to the extent possible global coverage of issues.  They include books, journals, conference papers, government information, data sets, films & multimedia, grey literature and are found in all formats.  Always growing, the collections are expanding in scope and depth.  This website is a sitemap of how to find and use some of these resources.

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