Dr. Bumseok Chun

Assistant Professor
Assistant Professor
Ph.D.
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Departments: Urban Planning & Environmental Policy

Areas of Specialization:
Community and Regional Planning, Urban

Curriculum Vitae

Dr. Bumseok Chun PhD, is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Urban Planning and Environmental Policy at Texas Southern University.

His research focuses on developing practically preventive intervention based on advanced scientific understanding of the environmental determinants by geospatial and statistical modeling.  It also includes UHI modeling and analysis, urban climate change management, and 3-D environmental simulation.  For the area of urban climate, he is currently working on GIS-based UHI analysis to resolve diverse environmental problems based on the relationships between three dimensional urban form and LST (land surface temperature) in the micro scale.  Prior to joining at this place, he was a post-doctoral researcher in Center for Geographic Information Systems and a research scientist in Urban Climate Lab at Georgia Institute of Technology.  He received his PhD from City and Regional Planning and MS from Civil, Environmental and Geodetic Engineering at The Ohio State University.

 

Dr. Robert Bullard

Professor
Distinguished Professor
Ph.D. , Iowa State University
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Departments: Administration of Justice, Urban Planning & Environmental Policy

Areas of Specialization:
Environmental Health, Environmental Justice, Environmental Policy Environmental Racism, Sustainable Development, Urban Land Use

Curriculum Vitae

Robert D. Bullard is the former Dean of the Barbara Jordan-Mickey Leland School of Public Affairs at Texas Southern University 2011-2016, he is currently Distinguished Professor of Urban Planning and Environmental Policy. Prior to coming to TSU he was founding Director of the Environmental Justice Resource Center at Clark Atlanta University. He has been described as the father of environmental justice. He received his Ph.D. degree from Iowa State University. He is the author of seventeen books that address sustainable development, environmental racism, urban land use, industrial facility siting, community reinvestment, housing, transportation, climate justice, emergency response, smart growth, and regional equity.

Professor Bullard was featured in the July 2007 CNN People You Should Know, Bullard: Green Issue is Black and White. In 2008, Newsweek named him one of 13 Environmental Leaders of the Century. And that same year, Co-op America honored him with its Building Economic Alternatives Award (BEA). In 2010, The Grio named him one of the “100 Black History Makers in the Making” and Planet Harmony named him one of Ten African American Green Heroes.”

His book, Dumping in Dixie: Race, Class and Environmental Quality (Westview Press, 2000), is a standard text in the environmental justice field. His most recent books include Just Sustainabilities: Development in an Unequal World (MIT Press, 2003), Highway Robbery: Transportation Racism and New Routes to Equity (South End Press, 2004), The Quest for Environmental Justice: Human Rights and the Politics of Pollution (Sierra Club Books, 2005), Growing Smarter: Achieving Livable Communities, Environmental Justice, and Regional Equity (MIT Press, 2007), and The Black Metropolis in the Twenty-First Century: Race, Power, and the Politics of Place (Rowman & Littlefield, 2007). Dr. Bullard is co-author of In the Wake of the Storm: Environment, Disaster and Race After Katrina (Russell Sage Foundation, 2006) and Toxic Wastes and Race at Twenty: 1987-2007 (United Church of Christ Witness & Justice Ministries, 2007). His latest books include Race, Place and Environmental Justice After Hurricane Katrina: Struggles to Reclaim, Rebuild, and Revitalize New Orleans and the Gulf Coast (Westview Press, 2009) and Environmental Health and Racial Equity in the United States: Strategies for Building Just, Sustainable and Livable Communities (American Public Health Association Press, April, 2011). He is completing work on a new book entitled Wrong Complexion for Protection: How the Government Response to Disaster Endangers African American Communities (New York University Press, 2012). In 2014, the Sierra Club named its new Environmental Justice Award after Dr. Bullard.  And in 2015, the Iowa State University Alumni Association named him its Alumni Merit Award recipient—an award also given to George Washington Carver (1894 ISU alum) in 1937.

Dr. Sheri Smith, AICP

Associate Professor
Ph.D., Texas A&M University
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Departments: Urban Planning & Environmental Policy

Curriculum Vitae

Since 2009, Dr. Sheri Smith has been an Associate Professor at Texas Southern University in the Public Affairs Department at the Barbra Jordan- Mickey Leland School of Public Affairs. Prior to, she was an Assistant Professor, and later an Associate Professor, in the Department of Landscape Architecture/Regional and City Planning at Kansas State University.

Currently, Dr. Smith lectures primarily encompass- Growth and Development of cities, Infrastructure Planning and Development Review, Community Development and Citizen Participation. Also, she is working on a research project entitled: Evaluation the Current Future Role of Cultural and Heritage Tourism in the Redevelopment of the cities’ Urban Core. An ardent researcher, another project she has worked on consisted of being the Principal Investigator for Technical Assistance to Urban Core Communities, whereby she provided technical assistance to the Washington Wheatley and Wendell-Phillips neighborhoods in Kansas City, Missouri.

Alongside her researching, she has presented at several conferences: Identifying Vulnerable Populations while Meeting Public Transportation Needs at the Urban Affairs 41st Annual Meeting (2011); Cultural capital to cultural asset: pros and cons of making the transition at the Community Development Society/International Association of Community Development International Conference (2010).

Dr. Laura Solitare

Associate Professor
Ph.D., Rutgers University
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Departments: Urban Planning & Environmental Policy

Areas of Specialization:
Brownfield’s Redevelopment, Community and Economic Development, Environment Planning, Environmental Planning, Health Impact Assessment, Land Use, Public Health and Environmental Justice, Qualitative and Quantitative Research Methods, Research Methods, Sustainability in Urban Communities, Sustainable Development

Curriculum Vitae

Laura Solitare is an Associate Professor in the Department of Urban Planning and Environmental Policy at the Barbara Jordan-Mickey Leland School of Public Affairs at Texas Southern University. Having earned her Ph.D. from Rutgers University in Urban Planning and Policy Development, she has been as asset to the department since 2003. Prior to coming to Texas Southern she was a lecturer at the Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy at Rutgers University.

Dr. Solitare research generally focuses and specializations lie within the arena of: Sustainable Communities, Environmental Justice, Healthy Communities, Health Impact Assessment, Environmental Planning, Land Use, Community Development, Research Methods and Planning Theory. These specializations have allowed her to present and publish a magnitude of manuscripts. In 2011, in New Orleans, LA , she presented “The Role of Health Impact Assessments in Promoting Environmental Justice” for the 41st Annual Urban Affairs Association Meeting. She has also written articles for several Journals- the Journal of Environmental Planning and Management, The Environmentalist, Journal of Policy Modeling and the Urban Affairs Review.

For many years, Dr. Solitare has been a part of the Brownfield’s Redevelopment Project in New Brunswick, New Jersey developing a series of Assistance Modules with the latest titled: Financing and Insurance Programs for Brownfields Assessment and Cleanup” . At the university, she has served in several capacities; as the Chair of the Faculty Search Committee, Member of the Planning Accreditation Board Self-Study Committee, as a Member of the Graduate Admissions Committee and as a Member of the Library Acquisitions Committee.

Dr. Lalita Sen

Professor
Ph.D., Northwestern University
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Departments: Urban Planning & Environmental Policy

Areas of Specialization:
Accessibility, Accessible Tourism, Accessible Transportation and Mobility for Seniors Disabled, Application of GIS in Spatial Analysis and Community Development, Emergency Management of Vulnerable Population, Housing, International Policy on Accessible Transportation, Smart Growth and Health Service Planning, Universal Design

Curriculum Vitae

Lalita Sen received her PhD from Northwestern University and uses it to cultivate minds at Texas Southern University as a Professor in the Public Affairs Department in the Barbra Jordan- Mickey Leland School of Public Affairs.

She teaches both undergraduate and graduate courses ranging from Public Management Budget and Information Systems, Urban Planning and Fiscal Policy, Planning Theory and Practices and Regional Development. All of which include some of her professional interest. Dr. Sen is adamant about planning for marginalized groups such as seniors, the disabled and low income populations as well as the need assessment and evaluation of public transportation for those marginalized groups.

An avid researcher, she has used her research to compose such publications as “Road Design and Accessibility for Person with Disabilities in India: Challenges and Prospects” in the International Journal of Disability Studies; “What Next After the American with Disabilities Act? An Assessment of the Accessibility Needs of the Disabled to Live a Quality Independent Life in The Urban Environment” and “A proposed Central Regional Business District in India Using Universal Design Concepts, both listed in the Design for All Institute of India.

Among numerous publications, Dr. Sen was awarded the William G. Bell Award for outstanding contributions to the field of accessible transportation and mobility through practice, research and commitment to outreach and service, given by the Transportation Research Board, of the National Academy of Sciences in June 2010.

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