Category: Event

Public Event: Vanguards in Urban Planning: Transforming Vancouver, Toronto, & Minneapolis

Time & Location: Monday August 5, 2019, 7 to 8:30 pm at WBUR CitySpace, 890 Commonwealth Avenue, Boston, MA 02215 This event has passed, but you can watch it online! Vanguards in Urban Planning: Transforming Vancouver, Toronto, & Minneapolis Vancouver, Toronto and Minneapolis are flourishing. Through innovative housing, green space and transportation policies, plus shifts to renewable […]

Science Policy Workshop – February 5, 2019

Trainees in the BU URBAN program want their research to go beyond the boundaries of the Boston University campus research labs. Why? These remarkable Ph.D. students work on environmental challenges in cities that can impact how communities deal with heat waves, what air people breathe, how people living along shorelines can protect themselves from sea level rise, and which strategies communities can use to protect themselves from diseases like lyme. The common thread among these topics? The scientific knowledge gained from these studies can inform policy decisions.

Initiative on Cities Early Stage Urban Research Awards

The Initiative on Cities is pleased to announce our Spring 2019 Request for Proposals for our Early Stage Urban Research Awards page. These seed grants support research addressing urban challenges and urban populations in the US and abroad. This year, we are particularly interested in proposals related to community engaged research, international projects, and projects related to the Boston region.

Spring 2019 BU URBAN Seminar Series

Interested in Urban Science? We have some exciting talks lined up for our seminar series this semester that emphasize the connection between urban biogeoscience and environmental health. 

The first BU URBAN Workshop is a success!

One day into the fall semester at Boston University we hosted our first BU URBAN Introductory Workshop. We were excited to meet our 14 trainees of the 2018 cohort for the first time and made sure to help them get the most out of this 4-hour event. The weather could not have been better for our planned trip to the BU Urban Laboratory atop the roof of one of BU’s largest buildings. Here, students learned about our urban measurement site that has high-precision sensors that measure atmospheric mercury, carbon dioxide, water vapor, and nitrogen deposition.

Welcome 2018 BU URBAN cohort!

We welcome the 2018 cohort of NRT trainees into the BU URBAN program! Our trainees come from 4 departments and are at various stages of their Ph.D.: Departments: 1 Biology, 6 Earth & Environment, 6 Environmental Health, 1 Statistics PhD stages: 5 Incoming, 4 first year, 3 second year, 1 third year, 1 fifth year To learn more […]

Steps to a Fulfilling Career in Science

It is never too late to start thinking about career plans. Get inspired byJoanne Kamens’s presentation on September 26, 2018 to seek information and connections that will help chart a course for a happy and long-term career in science.

2018 Spring Symposium Recap

Cities are the powerhouses that have the opportunity to change our livelihoods by virtue of being centers of economic activity and home to more than half of the globe’s population. Cities also contain hotspots of air pollution and public health challenges, but through robust policies and long-term thinking, our cities can support both human populations and natural ecosystems. Our graduate program in Biogeoscience and Environmental Health aims to train students to conduct research to advance environmental policy and make cities more sustainable. The first BU URBAN Spring Symposium brought together students, postdocs, faculty, and staff to share and brainstorm ideas for new collaborative projects that blend science with action.