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2015-16 Academic Year Kicks-Off with New MURP Department Chair

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August 17, 2015

Denver, CO – The new semester kicked-off on August 17 with a couple of exciting faculty updates! Jeremy Németh, Associate Professor and former Chair of the MURP program, is on sabbatical this year and Austin Troy is stepping in as Chair of the department.

Jeremy was awarded a Fulbright Scholar grant to conduct research in Italy, where he will be studying pedestrian space and walkability. According to the Fulbright Commission, fewer than three percent of applicants win the prestigious grant each year. Jeremy will be hosted by the Università degli Studi Roma Tre in Rome. Through his project, “Pedestrian space and walkability in Italy and the U.S.,” he hopes to understand why pedestrian-only zones tend to thrive in Italian and European cities but fail in cities throughout the U.S. His research will take him to various European cities to better understand how cultural, political, economic, and design conditions shape the success and failure of these zones. Jeremy aims to develop a set of best practices for planners and designers in U.S. cities. He will also live in Barcelona for several months, where he will be a Visiting Professor in the Institute of Environmental Science and Technology at the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona.

Jeremy ended his term as chair of the Department of Planning and Design on August 1 and Austin took up the post effective August 10.

Austin came to CU Denver in 2013 from the University of Vermont’s Rubenstein School of Environment and Natural Resources, where he taught for 12 years and is still an adjunct professor. He was also the Director of the Transportation Research Center and of the Spatial Analysis Lab at UVM. He served as a planning commissioner for Burlington, Vermont, for four years. Austin is author of The Very Hungry City (Yale University Press, 2012), which looks at the determinants of urban energy consumption, what makes some cities more efficient than others, and what rising global energy prices will mean for cities. He is a co-principal investigator of the National Science Foundation’s Baltimore Ecosystem Study, and Principal and Co-founder of Spatial Informatics Group, LLC, an environmental consulting firm. Austin is an associate editor for two journals, Ecosystem Health and Sustainability and Wiley Interdisciplinary Reviews: Energy and Environment. Austin is an alumnus of Yale College (B.A.), Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies (M.F.), and University of California Berkeley (Ph.D.).

Congratulations to both Jeremy and Austin!