American Society for Public Administration (ASPA) Section on Transportation Policy and Administration
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February 2016
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Events of Interest

Annual STPA Meeting at ASPA in Seattle at the 2016 Annual Conference on Saturday, March 19, 2016 from 12:30pm - 1:45pm. Meeting will take place in the Vashon I Room in the Westin Hotel, Seattle, WA.
March 3-4th, 2016 at the University of Memphis
ASPA's 2016 Annual Conference
March 18-22 in Seattle Washington
April 11-12, 2016 in New Orleans, LA
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Nominations Sought for Truitt-Felbinger Award  
The award was established in memory of Lawrence J. Truitt and Claire Felbinger, former STPA Chairs, valued colleagues, scholars, practitioners, and teachers and is presented annually to an individual who has made significant contributions to the field of transportation policy and administration. Some of the previous recipients were: Neilson A. "Dutch" Berthof, Aviation Director for the City of Phoenix; Former Deputy Secretary of Transportation, Mortimer L. Downey; James R. Mills, Chairman Emeritus of the San Diego Metropolitan Transportation Board; and, Dr. Brent Bowen, University of Nebraska Foundation Distinguished Professor in Aviation. Send your nominations to STPA Awards Committee Chair
Annual STPA Meeting at ASPA in Seattle
STPA Meeting at the 2016 Annual Conference.
Date: Saturday, March 19, 2016
Time: 12:30 pm - 1:45pm.
Location: Vashon I Room in the Westin Hotel, Seattle, WA
After the meeting, there will be a reception to present the Truitt-Felbinger Award.
Section on Transportation Policy and Administration Panel at ASPA
Time: Sunday, March 20th at 11:45 AM - 1:15 PM.
Panelists: William Ciaccio, MTA New York City Transit Authority
The Language Transportation Planners Use: A Critical Discourse Analysis
-Courtney Jensen, Eastern Washington University
-Gerard Wellman, California State University At Stanislaus
Rooftops Versus Jobs: The Case of the Port of Gulfport
-Chad Miller, University of Southern Mississippi
Bethany Stich, University of New Orleans
STPA Webinar: Equity in Public Administration: The Case of Mass Transit
On Wednesday, Feb. 10th, 1 pm EST , ASPA will be hosting a webinar featuring STPA officers Dr. Olga Smirnova and Dr. Gerard Wellman. Social equity: what is it? How is it defined? Why does it matter? An upcoming ASPA webinar will discuss the difficulty of measuring equity in public administration by focusing on the role of social equity in public transit. The presentation will begin with measurements of equity and modern technology challenges and opportunities. Then, the results of qualitative interviews with public transit administrators will be included to discuss how equity is perceived and operationalized by transit public administrators. This, the presenters will argue, revolves around the administrators' personal characteristics and their beliefs about environmental justice, economic development, and perceived stigma of transit usage. Finally, the webinar will conclude with questions and answers.

The webinar can be access through the Professional Development Webinar Series through
Transportation Related Presentations at ASPA
Session: Public Management Innovations
Presentation: Innovative Finance for Transportation Infrastructure: An Empirical Examination of the Role of State Infrastructure Banks on Leveraging State and Local Transportation Investment
Presenter: Dr. Can Chen -Florida international University
Session: Collaboration in Energy and Environment Policy and Management
Presentation: Natural Gas Pipelines: Analyzing the Diffusion of Information Among Grassroots Opposition Groups in NJ and PA
Presenter: Dr. Michael Brogan-Rider University

Session: Communication, Branding, Reputation, and Public Relations
Presentation: Branding Governmental Mega-Projects: A Case of the New Suez Canal in Egypt
Presenter: Dr. Mohamed Farid- Doha Institute for Graduate Studies
Session: 21st Century Infrastructure Challenges and Innovation: Megaproject Financing, Risk Assessment and Allocation, and Oversight * Getting it Done!
Presentation: Megaprojects: Too Big to Fail?
Presenter; Dr. Wendy Haynes- Bridgewater State University
Session: The William D. Ruckelshaus Center: Fostering Collaborative Solutions to Public Policy Challenges in the State of Washington and the Pacific Northwest
Presentation: Aviation Biofuels and the Northwest Advanced Renewables Alliance (NARA)
Presenter: Jim Kramer-Jim Kramer Consulting

Session: International Perspectives on Disaster Management
Presentation: The 2011 Freighter Rena Oil Spill - A Failure of Lessons Learned
Presenter: Dr. Rick Kurtz-Shawnee State University
Session: Comparative Issues in Budgeting and Finance
Presentation: The Impact of Public Transit Expenditure on City Scaling in China
Presenter: Dr. Hai Guo- Florida International University
Session: Building Resilient and Sustainable Communities
Presentation: Rebuilding Resilience through Green and Blue Infrastructure: Governance Opportunities and Limitations in Post-Katrina New Orleans
Presenter: Dr. Willard Fields - Texas State University
Presentation: Sustainable Infrastructure, Resilient Communities: Harnessing the Capacity of Innovation for Sustainable Governance of our Infrastructure Systems
Presenter: Dr. Cheryl Simrell King - The Evergreen State College

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