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Urban Ecology Research Lab's Dr. Marina Alberti speaks to NPR on "Rethinking the Relationship Between Civilization and Nature"

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Announcing the Mitch Cushman Scholarship Fund
The Department of Urban Design and Planning announces the establishment of the Mitch Cushman Scholarship, made possible by a generous bequest from Dr. Mitchell Cushman. Dr. Cushman earned his Ph.D. in Urban Planning from the University of Washington in 1973. He went on to lead a successful career as a professor, teaching at the University of Arizona in Tucson, the University of Rhode Island, and the University of Texas. In 1993 he began a new career in real estate. Dr. Cushman's legacy as a teacher and member of the planning and real estate communities will continue through this scholarship, which will be used to support students in the Department of Urban Design and Planning.

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Professor Don Miller Chairs International Urban Planning Symposium
Don Miller, Professor of Urban Design and Planning, chaired the 11th International Symposium on Urban Planning and Environment, at the National University of La Plata, Argentina, in September. This four-day event brought together planning professionals, governmental officials, and researchers to exchange information on experiences with implementing planning for sustainable urban development. This was the first of the series of symposiums that Miller initiated in Seattle twenty years ago to take place in Latin America and attracted nearly 300 participants. Plans are underway for UPE12 in Lisbon in 2016.

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