SPPD Distinguished Lecture: Dalton Conley

Dr. Dalton Conley (NYU)

April 1, 2011 (Friday)
12:30 – 2:00pm
Ralph & Goldy Lewis Hall / RGL 101 (Auditorium)
RSVP: Vicki Valentine VictoriV@usc.edu

Conley is one of the most formidable researchers in sociology and public policy, particularly in the areas of race and class. Conley is the recipient of the Waterman Award, and the second social scientist after Larry Summers, to win this award. He is a frequent contributor to the New York Times and his work has been featured in the Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, NPR, and on Today, 20/20 among others.

Dalton Conley is University Professor and Dean for the Social Sciences at New York University. He is also Adjunct Professor of Community Medicine at Mount Sinai School of Medicine and a Research Associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER). He also serves as a Senior Advisor to the UN Millennium Project.

“US Wealth Mobility and Volatility in Black and White”

Despite wealth being central to upward economic mobility and financial security, we know very little about the wealth transmission process. The current paper documents intra- and inter-generational wealth mobility and volatility in the United States among blacks and whites using data from the Panel Study of Income Dynamics. To this end, we attempt to answer four questions:

1. How hard is it for individuals who begin from a position of low wealth in childhood to obtain a position of high wealth in adulthood?
2. How able are individuals to hold onto wealth during their prime working years of adulthood?
3. How do wealth mobility (and security) dynamics differ by race?
4. How does health and health insurance status contribute to wealth volatility?


April 1, 2011 (Friday)
12:30 – 2:00pm
Ralph & Goldy Lewis Hall / RGL 101 (Auditorium)
RSVP: Vicki Valentine VictoriV@usc.edu

Upcoming event: Elizabeth Currid-Halkett on the Geography of Stardom

The Geography of Stardom: An Empirical Network Analysis of Elite Cultural Labor Pool Mobility

With Elizabeth Currid-Halkett Assistant Professor School of Policy, Planning, & Development

On Thursday, October 28, 2010 the Spatial Sciences Institute welcomes Elizabeth Currid-Halkett to speak about the Geography of Stardom.

The presentation will be held at 12:00 noon in the Spatial Sciences Conference Room, Kaprielian Hall 446 (Lunch provided).

Professor Currid-Halkett’s research is in economic development with a focus on art and cultural industries. She explores the role of nightlife and informal social environments in generating economic growth for cities. Her most recent work has been the study of Getty Images media photographs to track where cultural and entertainment events occur. She is currently writing a book on the economics of celebrity. She holds a B.A. in creative writing and a master’s degree in Public Policy from Carnegie Mellon University. She received her Ph.D. in urban planning from Columbia University in 2006.

Contact Christine Dennis at 213.740.5910 OR cdennis@usc.edu

Add to FacebookAdd to DiggAdd to Del.icio.usAdd to StumbleuponAdd to RedditAdd to BlinklistAdd to TwitterAdd to TechnoratiAdd to Yahoo BuzzAdd to Newsvine

Pengyu Zhu on telecommuniting and travel for the Lusk Center

The University of Southern California

Lusk Center for Real Estate

Spring 2010 Research Seminar Series


Pengyu Zhu

University of Southern California

“Complements or Substitutes? U.S. Travel Patterns and Information Technology”


The debate on whether information and communications technology (ICT) and traditional

travel are complements or substitutes has concerned urban planners for some years. Using survey responses on telecommuting as a proxy for ICT use, previous empirical studies relied on small regional samples and concluded that telecommuting is more likely to function as a substitute for conventional travel (especially commute trips). These studies also agreed that the substitution effect was small. Using data from the 2001 and 2009 National Household Travel Surveys (NHTS), this study involves two large national samples to try to identify the impacts of ICT on people’s travel patterns. Commute trips as well as non-work trips are studied, as are multiple workers in two-worker households. Three questions are addressed: (1) What was the impact of telecommuting on workers’ commute trips? (2) What was the impact of telecommuting on household total commuting? (3) What was the impact of telecommuting on households’ non-work trips made by both their workers and non-workers? In each case, changes over the time span between the two surveys were of interest. It appears that telecommuting had a complementary effect on not just individual or household commute trips but also on people’s non-work trips.

Friday, June 11, 2010

12:00 pm – 1:30 pm

RGL 103 (Ralph and Goldy Lewis Hall)

Please RSVP to tibayan@sppd.usc.edu

The Green Line and Transit-Oriented Development

The County of Los Angeles has partnered with the Urban Land Institute to conduct an intensive one-day study of the Green Line Vermont Station and surrounding community by a panel of experts and to make recommendations for enhancing the Vermont Station Transit Oriented District.

You are invited to attend the Urban Land Institute’s Community Presentation relating to their recommendations, to be held on:

Friday, March 26, 2010 – 4:30 PM

Lennox Sheriff’s Station

Audrey & Sydney Irmas Youth Activity Center

11911 Vermont Avenue

Los Angeles, CA 90044

Free parking available at the Youth Activity Center

Please feel free to distribute this email and attached flyers to any person or group that would be interested. Contact me with any questions you may have.

Thank you,

Rich Morallo

Transit Operations Community Relations

Office 213 922 1341 or 310 354-1645

Fax 310 354-1611

The meeting location is well served by Metro Bus Lines: 204, 206, 209, 754, and Gardena Line 2

Lecture on NEPA and Transportation Compliance

I have recorded and posted a videocast, found here, of a supplemental lecture for my PPD 692 class. There will probably be more lectures as the class goes on, which I will post to this pared-down site.

Today’s topic is an introduction to the National Environmental Policy Act and its application to transportation projects. It’s meant for advanced undergraduates or relatively new master’s students who are just learning the policy context for project analysis in transportation planning.

I have no idea how permissions work, but as far as I am concerned, you can use this in your classes or pass it along to anybody who wants to learn more about NEPA.

Equity Issues in Financing Transportation Symposium

Registration is free, but required for attendance. See the link here.

Equity Issues in Financing Transportation Symposium

Keck Center of the National Academies
Wednesday, September 2, 2009
Hosted by Committee on Equity Implications of
Alternative Transportation Finance Mechanisms
Preliminary Agenda

8:30am – 8:45am Welcome and Introduction, Joseph Schofer, committee chair

8:45am – 10:15am Talks by authors of expert papers commissioned by the Committee

•Passing the Buck: Who Gains and Who Loses from Taxes and Other

Fund-raising Ideas? Sarah West, Associate Professor, Macalester

College, St. Paul, Minnesota

• Equity Consequences of Current and Emerging Transportation Finance Schemes, Lisa Schweitzer, Assistant Professor, University of Southern California, Los Angeles

• Remedies for Problems of Transportation Equity, David King, Assistant Professor of Urban Planning, Columbia University, New York, New York

10:15am – 10:45am BREAK

10:45am – 11:15am Transportation Financing Mechanisms, Land Use Patterns, and Equity,
John Douglas Hunt, Professor of Transportation Engineering and
Planning, University of Calgary, Alberta, Canada

11:15am – 11:45am International Experience with Equity Issues in Transportation Finance,
Peter Bonsall, Professor of Transport Planning, University of Leeds,England

Noon – 1:00pm LUNCH

1:00pm – 1:30pm How Do Equity Concerns Influence Public Acceptance of Alternative
Financing Mechanisms? Robert Mitchell, committee member

1:30pm – 2:15pm Equity in Surface Transport Finance: A Political Perspective, Alan
Altshuler, Distinguished Service Professor and Stanton Professor of Urban Policy and Planning, Harvard University, Cambridge,Massachusetts

2:15pm – 2:45pm BREAK

2:45pm – 4:15pm Presentation and Discussion of Case Studies
Four guest presenters will each describe and discuss a transportation
project in which they were involved in the decision-making process. To
the extent that equity issues were a factor in the decision-making
process, these issues will be discussed in the talk.
• Mike Krusee, former chair, Transportation Committee,
Texas House of Representatives
• Senator Bruce Starr, Oregon State Senate, District 15
• James Dinegar, President and CEO, Greater Washington
Board of Trade
• Bruce Schaller, Deputy Commissioner for Planning and
Sustainability, New York City Department of Transportation
• Mortimer Downey, President, Mort Downey Consulting, LLC, and
Senior Advisor, Parsons Brinckerhoff

4:15pm – 5:15pm Open Discussion

5:15pm – 6:15pm RECEPTION

4th International Symposium on Transportation Network Reliability

July 22-23, 2010

University of Minnesota

The aim of the International Symposium on Transportation Network Reliability (INSTR) is to bring together researchers and professionals interested in transportation network reliability, to discuss both recent research and future directions in this increasingly important field of research. The scope of the symposium includes all aspects of analysis and design to improve network reliability, including:


This event will be held on campus at the University of Minnesota. More details will be available as the date approaches.

This conference is being sponsored by CTS at the University of Minnesota.

You can find the conference website here.