Yonah Freemark, who is teaching SUST 320, Sprawl, Transportation, and Planning this Fall, recently published an important opinion piece on the failure of political will in the U.S. to build more High-Speed Rail. Freemark explains the federal government’s unwillingness to prioritize, and how other countries have successfully modernized their rail systems. He argues the U.S. has the skill and resources – we built the Interstate Highway System, in the1950s, after all – but High-Speed rail takes leadership at the federal level that is sorely lacking.
The piece appeared in CityLab, the influential media outlet run by The Atlantic magazine on all things urban. (I highly recommend subscribing for free at the bottom of this page).
Freemark has published numerous pieces in CityLab as well as on his own highly-regarded website, The Transport Politic. His work has also appeared in The New York Times. And you can follow him on Twitter. He currently works in Chicago for the Metropolitan Planning Council, the city’s oldest think-tank and advocacy group for better urbanism. He comes to Chicago from Yale and MIT, where he earned a Masters of Science in Transportation and a Masters of City Planning.
Congratulations to Professor Freemark on his important contributions to the national dialogue on high-speed rail and many other planning subjects. We are fortunate to have him teaching in our Sustainability Studies Program at Roosevelt!
Brad Hunt, Dean, Evelyn T. Stone College of Professional Studies
This summer the adventure into the microscopic universe with the ocean continues as SUST Adjunct Professor of Sustainability Studies Michele Hoffman Trotter and crew hit the road to pursue more interviews and information for her upcoming documentary Microcosm. Michele and her team have headed to the University of Washington’s Friday Harbor Lab in the beautiful San Juan Islands of Washington State.
While there, Michele (pictured at right) will interview leading researchers studying the impacts of ocean acidification, evolutionary biology, and food web interactions as it relates to the base of the food web. In addition, she will visit a local shellfish farm to film the very sustainably grown oysters and clams feeding on the microcosm as they naturally filter the waters of the Puget Sound (she plans to bring Tabasco sauce).
A trip to the San Juan Islands would not be complete without an attempt to see the endangered killer whales, so Michele and crew plan to voyage out for three days by kayak in the hopes of a life altering encounter. Be sure to follow the Microcosm travel blog here!
Here at Roosevelt next week, a science research symposium highlighting the work of 17 undergraduate researchers who have been participating in the NSF-STEP Summer Research Experience will take place Wednesday, July 30th, from 12:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. in WB 1015 at RU’s Chicago Campus. Students will be presenting posters and short talks in the areas of biology, ecology, chemistry, environmental science, math, and pharmacy. All are welcome to attend for some or part of the afternoon. This is a great opportunity to get a glimpse of some of the research taking place in the math and science departments at RU and to support the accomplishments of the students.
For more details contact Thea Wilson, Visiting Postdoctoral Teaching Fellow and Coordinator of Science Initiatives (firstname.lastname@example.org)