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Dr. Traci Birch, AICP, is participating as the coastal planning expert on a multi-disciplinary team tasked with professional social science services in support of multiple regional coastal projects. Funding for this project came from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).

Dr. Misun Hur continues to pursue and demonstrate in teaching and course content. Innovations have included creating a "mocumentary" (mock+document) in her housing and neighborhood planning course and initiation of the "flipping the classroom" technique in her computer applications in planning course. Dr. Hur's research continues to focus on housing and neighborhood satisfaction. She also presented a paper in April 2015, titled “Challenges and Opportunities for Latino Immigrants in Eastern North Carolina” at the annual meeting of the Urban Affairs Association in Miami, FL.

Dr. Anuradha Mukherji is returning to Japan during summer 2015 to continue research on land use change adaptation. Her work is funded in part by an Abe Fellowship. The project title of her research is "Planning Urban Recovery and Resilience: Compering Land Use Policy and Adaptation after Catastrophic Events".

Dr. Mulatu Wubneh continues research, publication, and service in Ethiopia. He presented a case study of urban revitalization in Addis Ababa, Ethiopa at the national conference of the Association of Collegiate of Planning (ACSP) in Philadelphia, PA, in November 2014. Dr. Wubneh also continues to be active in committee work of ACSP.

On October 2, 2014, the Guidebook on Local Planning for Healthy Communities, prepared by faculty member Jerry Weitz, received the 2014 North Carolina Marvin Collins Outstanding Planning Award in the Innovation in Planning Services, Education, and Public Involvement Category, from the North Carolina Chapter of the American Planning Association (APA-NC). The recipient was NC Department of Commerce. Weitz was project manager and author of the guidebook which was produced per agreement with East Carolina University's Office of Sponsored Programs.

On April 21, 2015, the Private Planning Practice Handbook, published by the American Planning Association's (APA) Private Practice Division in March 2014, was selected for the APA Division Council Achievement Award in the category of "Best Practices." Faculty member Jerry Weitz was primary author, editor, and project manager for this handbook document/project.

Recent Graduates

The following eight students received the BS in Urban & Regional Planning on May 8, 2015:
Frederick Wyrsch, Sean Johnson, Jeffrey Vaccarella, Christoper O'Connell, Ethan Brogden, Malcolm Bryant, Jarrod Carr, and Sarah Davis

The following two students received the BS in Urban & Regional Planning on December 19, 2014:
Bradleigh S. Sceviour, and Eric M. Vitale

The following nine students received the BS in Urban & Regional Planning on May 19, 2014:
Katlyn A. Benedek, Dustin R. Carney, Kelsey R. Morrow, Cameron C. Ray, Joseph A. Samuels II, Thomas M. Shreve, and Bryn E. Terry

The following four students received the BS in Urban & Regional Planning on December 13, 2013:
Brandon M. Hackney, Jasmine N. Holmes, Patrick S. Rubright, and James R. Sasser

Other News

The American Planning Association (APA) is offering free membership to third year planning students and graduate students in planning.  Contact the program for more information.