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Marcy Ostberg featured in Boston Globe for Boston's Housing Innovations Lab
December 1, 2015
UEP alum Marcy Ostberg (MA14) was recently featured in the Boston Globe. Working for Boston's Housing Innovations Lab, Marcy and her colleagues study the effects on housing in the Boston area and study examples of policy in action. Much of their work looks at how the middle class is missing out on housing boom in Boston.
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Kasia Hart mentioned for Work in Philadelphia's Land Bank of Vacant Properties
August 13, 2015
UEP graduate Kasia Hart (MA15) was recently mentioned in the Practical Visionaries blog for her case study work with regards to the Philadelphia land bank. Her research paper won the Vacant Property Research Network's student scholarship award for 2015. The paper focused on the different functions of a land bank and community land trusts, exploring their partnership potential in Philadelphia. The city recently established a land bank, creating a diverse partnership of city-wide allies including for-profit, non-profit builders, neighborhood civic associations, realtors, architects, environmental groups, and anti-blight organizations. Read the article >

Kasia Hart Awarded in First Student Paper Competition
July 24, 2015
UEP Alumni Kasia Hart (MA15) was recently awarded for her paper submission by the Vacant Property Research Network. The organization had their first student paper competition and received a number of strong submissions and competition was fierce. It was decided that Kasia's was one of the best and was awarded $250. Her paper focused on land trusts and land banks in the Philadelphia area. The competition looked to sponsor two masters students whose research contributes to new knowledge and practice around vacant properties. The scholarships recognize the success of outstanding students of planning, public administration, geography, environmental sciences, architecture, and other closely related fields.

John Dugan Featured in Tufts GSAS Newsletter
June 10, 2015
UEP alumni John Dugan (MPP15) was recently featured in the Tufts Graduate School of Arts and Sciences newsletter. He was asked about what made him decide on UEP, how his degree plays a role in his career, and how his relationship to the UEP community continues after graduating. John works as a project manager with the U.S. General Services Administration, overseeing underutilized or unutilized real estate out of federal ownership. This position entails finding new owners who wish to adaptively reuse a wide range of real property that federal agencies no longer have a need to own including military bases, office buildings, lighthouses, and much more. Reflecting on his experiences, "through UEP, I have made a lot of really great friends, both personally and professionally. The close-knit community was among the most important things I got out of the program, and something I will value for years to come."

Gayle Goldin Writes Opinion Editorial on Paid Family Leave in the Boston Globe
May 19, 2015
UEP Alum Gayle Goldin (MA98) recently co-authored an op-ed in the Boston Globe with regards to why paid family leave should be available to everyone. Her article focuses on how the United States lags behind other advanced industrial nations in providing paid leave to new mothers and fathers and how the state of Rhode Island has taken the initiative offering up to four weeks of paid leave through the Temporary Caregiver Insurance. Gayle is a Rhode Island state senator who in 2013 championed the passage of Temporary Caregiver Insurance. Read the article >

Brad Rawson Named Head of Transportation and Infrastructure
May 10, 2015
The City of Somerville recently selected UEP alumnus Brad Rawson to lead the Transporation and Infrastructure division within the Office of Strategic Planning & Community Development (OSPCD). Having served as a planner for the City of Somerville since 2007, Brad played an instrumental role in the community planning process behind SomerVision, Somerville's comprehensive plan, and Somerville by Design, a series of collaborative workshop providing residents a forum to communicate their hopes and vision for the City's future development. Read the press release >

Juan Leyton named Executive Director of Dudley Street Neighborhood Initiative
April 13, 015
UEP alum Juan Leyton was recently named the Executive Director of the Dudley Street Neighborhood Initiative. The DSNI decided he was best candidate based on his extensive experience in community organizing, advocacy and leadership development reflect his deep commitment and alignment to the values and mission of DSNI. Juan begins his new position at DSNI in May, 2015. He graduated from UEP with a Master of Public Policy in 2009.

UEP Alumni Adrian Madaro wins East Boston primary
March 4, 2015
Congratulations to Adrian Madaro (MA13), who just won the Democratic nomination to the East Boston seat in the Massachusetts House of Representatives. He topped a field of 5 and is now moving on to general election on March 31. A recent UEP graduate, Adrian will hopefully join another UEP alum, Senator Ben Downing in the State House. Read the story >

UEP Alumni to present at IAAE conference in Milan
March 3, 2015
Tufts UEP Alumni Denise Chin was recently notified by the International Association of Agricultural Economists (IAAE) that her paper has been accepted at the 29th Triennial Coference. Her paper, Supermarkets in Malaysia's Food Supply Chain: Influence on Traditional Supply Chain and Implications for Contract Farmers, continues her thesis work focused on supermarkets in Malaysia between farmers and national policy. The conference is to take place in Milan, Italy from August 8th to 14th. Denise works for the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) as a senior research assistant for the Director's General Office in Washington D.C.

UEP Alumni Alexandra Reisman and Mark Chase published in Transit Integration
January 21, 2015
Tufts UEP faculty member Mark Chase and UEP Alumni Alexandra Reisman were recently published for a Transit Cooperative Research Program report for Improving Transit Integration Among Multiple Providers. The report, sponsored by the Federal Transit Administration, is a transit integration manual that shows how integrating service or programs can benefit the consumer and improve the agencies buying power and access to funding. Using examples from around the world, the report documents how different transit agencies have tackled the issues of sustaining intrastructure in the 21st century. This report follows a previous paper of a few years ago that involved other UEP students (Markie McBrayer and Eunice Kim).

Alumni Suzanne MacDonald interviewed for Green Energy article in New York Times
January 20, 2015
Tufts UEP alumni Suzanne MacDonald was quoted in this recent story in the New York Times that shows how her work has progressed in Maine since graduating Tufts in 2009. Suzanne is the community energy director at the Island Institute and is currently the program leader on the Maine-based sustainability projects mentioned. The story is the first part in a series that will follow the sustainability work in Maine over the coming months.
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