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September 18, 2020

ASU student project recognized for work with the Town of Clarkdale

Tucked just north of the Phoenix metropolitan area, adjacent to popular travel destinations including Sedona and Jerome, sits the smaller and perhaps lesser-known 10-square-mile town of Clarkdale.

The historic mining town situated in Arizona’s Verde Valley boasts a unique history as Arizona’s first “master-planned community” and is host to a tourism economy with a burgeoning art scene, outdoor recreation opportunities and scenic vistas. 

But like many small aging historic towns, Clarkdale faces modern-day urban planning challenges. In recent years, many of the historic commercial buildings have remained vacant, 100-plus-year-old residential structures have evolved without historic preservation, and an undeveloped section of a highway commercial corridor has yet to be fully utilized for its potential. 

This past spring, a class of ASU Master of Urban and Environmental Planning students — led by Meagan Ehlenz, assistant professor in the School of Geographical Sciences and Urban Planning, and co-instructor, Kim Kanuho — took on these challenges, partnering with the town of Clarkdale to create a set of design guidelines that established a vision and could guide future development within the town.

For their work, the class was recently recognized by the American Planning Association (APA) Arizona Chapter as the winners of the Honorable Mention Award in the Student Planning Project Category at the APA Arizona annual conference. 

Read more. 

The rescue, resilience, renewal of space

Communities are often defined by the space they take up or the marks they make. One particular space in Phoenix has impacted the surrounding cultural, religious and historical meaning for the community. That place is Beth Hebrew.

A recent article about the building was published in the Journal of Arizona History by a group of Arizona State University faculty including Kevin McHugh, associate professor in the School of Geographical Sciences and Urban Planning, and David Pijawka, professor emeritus in the School of Geographical Sciences and Urban Planning.  

Learn more.  

In the News

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SGSUP Events
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Arizona Chapter of the American Planning Association Webinar 

The Arizona Chapter of the American Planning Association webinar with Kelli Larson, deputy director and professor in ASU's School of Geographical Sciences and Urban Planning, and Kelly Turner, assistant professor in the Luskin School of Public Affairs and associate director of urban environment research at the Luskin Center for innovation at UCLA: "Grass, Desert, or Mixed ‘Oasis’ Landscapes? From What Residents Want to What They Actually Do and Why"

October 9, 2020 | Time: 12:00 - 1:30 p.m. 
Zoom Link: (Forthcoming)

Fall 2020 School of Geographical Sciences and Urban Planning Research Showcase

SGSUP Research Showcase with Sara Meerow, assistant professor, School of Geographical Sciences and Urban Planning: "Planning for Resilience to Extreme Heat in U.S. Cities" 

October 15, 2020 | Time: 12:00 - 1:00 p.m.
Zoom Link:

Fall 2020 School of Geographical Sciences and Urban Planning Colloquium Series

SGSUP Colloquium with Julian Agyeman, Tufts University: “Just Sustainabilites in Policy, Planning and Practice” 

October 19, 2020 | Time: 2:00 - 3:30 p.m.
Zoom Link:  

Full listing of events

American Planning Association Arizona Chapter Mentorship Program 

Attention planning students and recent alumni: Are you interested in being paired up with an experienced planning professional working in the field? The American Planning Association Arizona Chapter's Mentorship Program is now open for applications. This year’s program will be virtual, which enables more flexibility for students and recent alumni to be a mentee regardless of location. Students will need a letter of recommendation from a faculty member. The application deadline is September 25. Apply here  

AGIC Education and Training Symposium Maps & Apps Contest 

AGIC, the Arizona Geographic Information Council, is Arizona’s primary organization for GIS professionals. AGIC’s annual meeting will take place Oct 19-23; it will be virtual and there will be no cost to attend. The Maps & Apps Contest is a great opportunity to share your work with professionals & earn recognition! Consider entering the Student Poster competition, which can be a poster or a map; anything that includes some GIS mapping or analysis. Additional awards will be given for the Best Story Map and Best Overall Application. More info

Reimagine Challenge 2020 Scholarship 

In coordination with the launch of a new podcast (Reimagine with Eric Schmidt), Eric and Wendy Schmidt have invited college and university students to submit inventive and compelling ideas about changes that could create a better world. The Reimagine Challenge 2020 will award $25,000 to twenty undergraduate or graduate students, plus an additional $25,000 to the institution in which they are enrolled. This is a competitive scholarship, with two rounds of vetting before winners are selected and announced. Application materials are due on September 25th and office hours are available for students who may benefit from support with their applications. More info 

GIS and Database Specialist, ASU Laboratory for Energy And Power Solutions (LEAPS) – Phoenix Metro or Remote
ASU’s LEAPS creates technical and business solutions that facilitate the global transition to a resilient low-carbon economy. They anticipate hiring one or more GIS-focused students soon. The student will develop an integrated approach across software packages for creating streamlined geospatial data analysis and mapping with a focus on electrical infrastructure, roads, and buildings. Experience in databases and programming is a must. Expected duration 9-24 mo/typical rate of pay $15-20. Apply ASAP. More info
Land Broker GIS Mapping Intern, McArthur Land Company –Phoenix, AZ
This north Phoenix-based land brokerage has a paid internship opportunity, to begin as soon as a qualified applicant is identified. The intern will learn and assist a mapping professional and work closely with owner of the company in updating and maintaining an ArcGIS database and maps. There's also an opportunity to learn about the land brokerage business. $12/hr, 8-13 hrs/week, ongoing position. More info

(Spring 2021) NASA DEVELOP Applied Sciences Program – Locations across US, including ASU Tempe (may be remote)
A great opportunity for current students or recent graduates interested in practical applications of remote sensing and GIS. Projects focus on addressing local and international community concerns while utilizing NASA's Earth observations. Participants will work with NASA scientists and partner organizations to learn about the use of NASA remote sensing imagery for use in water resources, disaster management, ecological forecasting, and other applications to address environmental community concerns. Responsibilities will include: literature review, data processing and analysis composing of deliverables including a technical paper, presentation, and poster. Previous GIS or remote sensing knowledge, while beneficial, is not required for acceptance. Applicants must have excellent verbal and written communication skills and be able to work in a fast-paced environment. Days of the week are flexible, but applicants should be able to commit to approximately 29 hours per week. The position is paid on an hourly basis. Apply by Oct 9.  More info

To review previous internship & part-time postings that are still current, as well as other internship resources, see
0-2 Years of experience
Permit Technician, City of Maricopa - Maricopa, AZ
Planning Technician, City and County of Broomfield - Broomfield, CO  (Apply by 9/24)
GIS Specialist (Science Coordinator), US National Park Service - Twentynine Palms, CA  (Apply by 9/30)
GIS / Data Processing Technician, Infrastructure Management Services (IMS) – Tempe, AZ
Planner, Town of Oro Valley - Oro Valley, AZ

2+ Years of experience 
Outreach Coordinator, IPUMS, University of Minnesota - Minneapolis, MN
Senior Research Analyst, ASU Morrison Institute – Phoenix, AZ  (Apply by 9/24)
Extension Professional III, Arizona Meteorological Network – Tucson, AZ
Planner II / Scheduler (Service Planning), Valley Metro – Phoenix, AZ
GIS Project Manager, Sanborn – Phoenix, AZ
Technical GIS Software Content Writer & Editor, Blue Marble Geographics – Hallowell, MN
Sustainable Finance Geospatial Data Engineer, Morgan Stanley – New York, NY

To review additional full-time postings that are still current, as well as other relevant job websitessee

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