Thursday, March 27, 2014

A New Season at the WSU Garden for All Ages


Even though it's still cold out there, the days are getting longer and they're slowly warming up.  At least, we hope they are.  

But in the Department of Urban Studies, we're also making preparations for this year's growing season at the WSU Garden for All Ages. 

Members of the garden team have been meeting all semester and now they're putting their plans into motion. They've installed small greenhouses in Chandler Magnet School and Bet Shalom Apartments, and they're working with students, teachers, and community members to stock them with seedlings in anticipation of the warmer days.  

At left (or below depending on your browser), Urban Studies student Tyler Levine works with a Bet Shalom resident installing the first of the greenhouse seedlings. 

We're anticipating a great year in the garden.  If you are interested in learning more or helping out, drop us a line at UrbanStudies@worcester.edu.  

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

NSF, Art of Science Learning Fellows

Urban Studies students Dannielle Morrow and Nick Beaudoin (pictured at the right), along with Dr. Thomas Conroy, began their year-long fellowships with the National Science Foundation, Art of Science Learning this weekend.  

The project has three national "incubator cities" 
across the country, each working on a separate civil problem. San Diego is working on water resources; Chicago is working on urban nutrition, and the Worcester incubator is working on transportation. 

The first session was at the Ecotarium, a local NSF partner.  Other sessions will be held at Clark University and Worcester Polytechnic Institute.  


For more information, click for a Worcester Telegram article about it. 





Friday, February 28, 2014

Recent Urban Studies Department Scholarship


New CityLab Report

Urban Studies faculty and students have recently released a new CityLab report, Suspension in Worcester:  A Continuing Conversation.  

Written by Dr. Thomas Conroy and Dr. Madeline Otis Campbell with Urban Studies students Dannielle Morrow and Jennifer Velez, the report explores the reasons behind a suspension disparity in Worcester Public Schools.  In that disparity, Latino students, who comprise 38% of the WPS population receive 53% of the total system suspensions.  The report solicited input from students, parents, teachers, and principals to better understand the story behind the statistics. 

The Vincent "Jake" Powers CityLab is a research instiute and archives housed in and managed by the Department of Urban Studies.  Its mission is to engage in informative projects with and for the people, groups, and organizations of Central Massachusetts about topics of interest to their lives and the world around them. 

Student To Present Paper at Conference

Kaitlyn Benoit, a junior Urban Studies/History major, will present a paper at the April 2014 Meeting of the New England Historical Association. 

The paper, entitled "Illusion Wrapped in Superficiality":  The Civil Rights Movement in Worcester, MA, came out of her Urban Studies coursework last semester and the title comes from a Martin Luther King, Jr. speech delivered in the Temple Emanuel in Worcester, across from Worcester State University. 

Katie will join 5 other WSU students from the History Department, and history professors Dr. Tona Hangen, Dr. Erika Briesacher, and Prof. Bruce Cohen in presenting papers at the conference.  For more see:  http://www.newenglandhistorians.org/
 

Friday, February 14, 2014

Recent Alum News

Congratulations to two alums on their recent endeavors: 

  • Katie Donovan, a 1996 department graduate who works in the City of Worcester Inspectional Services Office, will be honored in March with one of the Worcester Regional Research Bureau's Thomas S. Green Public Service Awards

  • Elizabeth Malone, Class of 2011, has been accepted into the graduate program in Public Humanities at Brown University for next fall. 
 
If you have any updates or news we can share with the department, current students, and other grads, send a message to one of the faculty members or to urbanstudies@worcester.edu
 
 

Saturday, December 14, 2013

New CityLab Acquisitions


The New (right foreground) and Old (back left)
Union Stations in Washington Square. 
CityLab has recently acquired a good number of research materials from a bulk purchase at an antiquarian book sale. 

Among the new volumes are additional City Directories and House Directories, some institutional histories, and three years of the monthly Worcester Magazine (1912-1914). Of particular interest in the Worcester Magazines are the descriptive articles and images including the one on the right. 

Below you can find a detailed list of the new materials.  You can also go to the developing CityLab webpage to explore an in-progress listing of the CityLab Collection.


A Tribute to the Columbian Year by the City of Worcester, a graphic exhibit of a city of diversified industries Board of Trade Book 1893 Purchase, November 2013
Annual Report, No. 144, fiscal year ending June 30, 1990 City of Worcester Report 1990 Purchase, November 2013
Our Progress, History 1861-1927 Scandinavian Societies' Building Association, Inc., Worcester, Mass Book 1927 Purchase, November 2013
The Constitution and By-Laws and House Rules of the Worcester Club, with Lists of Officiers and Members The Worcester Club Book 1895 Purchase, November 2013
Worcester City Directory, 1897   Book, Directory 1897 Purchase, November 2013
Worcester City Directory, 1901   Book, Directory 1901 Purchase, November 2013
Worcester City Directory, 1921   Book, Directory 1921 Purchase, November 2013
Worcester City Directory, 1922   Book, Directory 1922 Purchase, November 2013
Worcester Classical and English High School, a record of forty-seven years Roe, Alfred S. (principal, 1880-1890 Book 1892 Purchase, November 2013
Worcester House Directory, 1906   Book, Directory 1906 Purchase, November 2013
Worcester House Directory, 1910   Book, Directory 1910 Purchase, November 2013
Worcester House Directory, 1926   Book, Directory 1926 Purchase, November 2013
Worcester Magazine, April 1912   Periodical 1912 Purchase, November 2013
Worcester Magazine, April 1914   Periodical 1914 Purchase, November 2013
Worcester Magazine, April, 1913   Periodical 1913 Purchase, November 2013
Worcester Magazine, August 1914   Periodical 1914 Purchase, November 2013
Worcester Magazine, August, 1913   Periodical 1913 Purchase, November 2013
Worcester Magazine, December 1912   Periodical 1912 Purchase, November 2013
Worcester Magazine, December 1914   Periodical 1914 Purchase, November 2013
Worcester Magazine, December, 1913   Periodical 1913 Purchase, November 2013
Worcester Magazine, February 1912   Periodical 1912 Purchase, November 2013
Worcester Magazine, February, 1913   Periodical 1913 Purchase, November 2013
Worcester Magazine, January 1912   Periodical 1912 Purchase, November 2013
Worcester Magazine, January 1914   Periodical 1914 Purchase, November 2013
Worcester Magazine, January, 1913   Periodical 1913 Purchase, November 2013
Worcester Magazine, July 1912   Periodical 1912 Purchase, November 2013
Worcester Magazine, July 1914   Periodical 1914 Purchase, November 2013
Worcester Magazine, July, 1913   Periodical 1913 Purchase, November 2013
Worcester Magazine, June 1912   Periodical 1912 Purchase, November 2013
Worcester Magazine, June 1914   Periodical 1914 Purchase, November 2013
Worcester Magazine, June, 1913   Periodical 1913 Purchase, November 2013
Worcester Magazine, March 1912   Periodical 1912 Purchase, November 2013
Worcester Magazine, March 1914   Periodical 1914 Purchase, November 2013
Worcester Magazine, March, 1913   Periodical 1913 Purchase, November 2013
Worcester Magazine, May 1912   Periodical 1912 Purchase, November 2013
Worcester Magazine, May 1914   Periodical 1914 Purchase, November 2013
Worcester Magazine, May, 1913   Periodical 1913 Purchase, November 2013
Worcester Magazine, November 1912   Periodical 1912 Purchase, November 2013
Worcester Magazine, November 1914   Periodical 1914 Purchase, November 2013
Worcester Magazine, November, 1913   Periodical 1913 Purchase, November 2013
Worcester Magazine, October 1912   Periodical 1912 Purchase, November 2013
Worcester Magazine, October, 1913   Periodical 1913 Purchase, November 2013
Worcester Magazine, September 1912   Periodical 1912 Purchase, November 2013
Worcester Magazine, September 1914   Periodical 1914 Purchase, November 2013
Worcester Magazine, September, 1913   Periodical 1913 Purchase, November 2013

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

An AUD Afternoon

A group of Urban Studies students and Dr. Tom Conroy toured the inside of the Worcester Memorial Auditorium recently.  Traveling both deep and high into the building, they were able to explore many areas not generally seen by people even when the structure was open.

How they got there has everything to do with the department capstone course. 

One of the capstone students, Desiree Cunningham, has been researching the AUD's history and previous plans for its preservation as part of her project.  She is now putting together a preliminary study of the building and working on a proposal of her own.  But during one of the writing workshop days in which students commented on each other's draft papers, Desiree noted that she while she now knows all this information about the AUD, she has never been into the building.  At that point, we began to make some calls about gaining access.

As befits the collaborative dynamic we like to build in the department, the other Public Administration & Planning-oriented students who joined Desiree have been helping her make sense of her research.  Good colleagues all, most of them are simultaneously working on their own capstones, too.  

Thanks to the City of Worcester, City Councilor George Russell (Urban Studies, '81), the Mayor's Office and particularly Michael Lanava for their assistance in setting this up. 



Thursday, December 5, 2013

ELL Programs Finish for the Semester

The department's ELL Tutoring programs are coming to an end as the semester winds down.  The participants and tutors received certificates this week for all their hard work. 

Classes will resume again in February. 

Have a good break!