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Alumni Spotlight: Joe Wilensky

Thursday, April 20, 2023
Land Use Planner and UI alum, Joe Wilensky, currently works as an Assistant Planner for Johnson County in Iowa City. He focuses on researching and reviewing development applications for Board of Supervisor action while also preparing policy proposals and measures for long term county land use planning.
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Sepehr Yadollahi Receives Student Leadership Award

Wednesday, April 12, 2023
Sepehr Yadollahi, master’s student in Urban Planning, has received a 2023 President’s Student Leadership Award from Iowa & Minnesota Campus Compact for his curiosity, commitment, and talent of as an effective leader and public servant.
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Alumni Spotlight: Kansha Tiwari

Wednesday, April 12, 2023
Kansha Tiwari started out working as an architect in India. Her desire to identify community and regional issues and develop strategies to achieve economic development and prosperity led her to pursue a Master's of Urban and Regional Planning from the University of Iowa.
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Alumni Spotlight: Mike Norris, one of our 1000 alumni

Tuesday, March 28, 2023
Mike Norris, class of 2003, has contributed to solving housing issues for over 25 years.
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Making an Environmental Impact with Urban Planning Degree

Monday, February 20, 2023
URP alumna Jennifer Jordan’s exuberance for conservation continues to influence municipal waste and resource management.
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Improving Equitable Home Ownership in Iowa

Wednesday, January 11, 2023
Stephanie Murphy, SPPA alum and Executive Director of the Neighborhood Finance Corporation (NFC), was recently quoted in the Cedar Rapids Gazette in an article about equitable home ownership.
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Spak Selected for EPA Advisory Panel

Wednesday, December 14, 2022
Associate Professor Scott Spak was recently appointed to the Environmental Protection Agency's Science Advisory Board (SAB).
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Zuhlke Publishes Book on Trust in Government and Drinking Water

Tuesday, November 8, 2022
Samantha Zuhlke's new book, The Profits of Distrust: Citizen-Consumers, Drinking Water, and the Crisis of Confidence in American Government, has recently been published and is now available from Cambridge University Press.
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Public Affairs Student Receives Human Rights Award

Wednesday, November 2, 2022
The Iowa City Human Rights Commission has chosen UI public affairs master’s student, Jocelyn Williams, as the Kenneth Cmiel Human Rights Award recipient, based on her strong commitment to housing as a human right.
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Virtual Admissions Info Sessions on Public Affairs and Planning Oct. 27 & Nov. 9

Thursday, October 20, 2022
All undergrad majors are welcome! WHAT: Info. sessions to learn more about our masters degrees in Urban & Regional Planning (URP) and Public Affairs (MPA). Join us to: