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GRAD5134 Interdisciplinary Study: Principles of Disaster Resilience and Risk Management August 21, 2015

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GRAD 5134 Interdisciplinary Study: Principles of Disaster Risk Management is a graduate course that utilizes a scenario- and case-history-based learning approach and features a capstone team project to mimic the way interdisciplinary teams have to collaborate in the real world. Enrolled students will be problem-focused around central issues, rather discipline-focused.

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Yang Zhang will serve as the Master of Urban and Regional Planning program director and coordinator starting fall 2012 May 11, 2012

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Yang Zhang will serve as the Master of Urban and Regional Planning program director and coordinator starting fall 2012. His term ends in May 2017. The program director/coordinator’s responsibilities include recruiting, admission, graduate curriculum, student advising, and outreach.

Yang Zhang was on the panel on Forms of Urban Resilience at the Distressed Cities Conference May 11, 2012

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Yang Zhang and five other panelists ( Margaret Cowell, Patrick Roberts, Laura Jensen, Max Stephenson, Laura Zanotti, Kevin DeSouza) discussed forms of urban resilience at the Distressed Cities: Ridenour Faculty Fellowship Conference 2012 (April 12-13 2012). The Ridenour Faculty Fellowship Fund is an endowment gift from the Strickler Family of Harrisonburg, VA to honor Mr. Minnis Ridenour’s service to Virginia Tech and the State of Virginia and to foster the creative advancement of faculty in the School of Public and International Affairs.

Yang Zhang is appointed as a member of the Virginia Tech Graduate Curriculum Committee May 11, 2012

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Yang Zhang is appointed as a member of the Virginia Tech Graduate Curriculum Committee representing the College of Architecture and Urban Studies. His term starts on April 10, 2012 and ends on June 30, 2014.

Yang Zhang received the Mentoring Micro-Grant to boost research and teaching collaboration with universities in China May 11, 2012

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Yang Zhang received the 2012 Mentoring Micro-Grant from the AdvanceVT office to strengthen research and teaching collaboration between the School of Public and International Affairs at Virginia Tech with universities in China

Yang Zhang, John Randolph, and William Drake are named Summer Scholars by the Institute of Society, Culture, and Environment May 11, 2012

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Yang Zhang, John Randolph, and William Drake from the Urban Affairs and Planning Program at Virginia Tech received a research grant ($17,272) from the Institute of Society, Culture, and Environment as the institute’s Summer Scholars. The team will work on a project titled Developing a Policy Framework for Community Resilience Building after Disaster. This project seeks to examine the policy environment which not only allows disaster-stricken communities to meet their time sensitive needs after a disaster, but also to effectively use the recovery as an opportunity to implement policy adjustments that aim to reduce communities’ long term vulnerability. This remains one under-studied, but critical aspect of building community resilience.

 

Yang Zhang and William Drake are awarded an Imagery Grant by the GeoEye Foundation May 11, 2012

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The GeoEye Foundation awarded an Imagery Grant to Yang Zhang and William Drake to study the rebuilding and recovery following the destructive 8.0 Wenchuan Earthquake in 2008, which affected 46 million people, caused over 88,000 deaths, and paralyzed the economy of a large part of western China. In the rural region where the massive earthquake hit, many small towns were partially or completely destroyed. Following the earthquake, the Chinese government made an ambitious rebuilding plan, with poorly constructed houses being replaced by reinforced concrete buildings, and entire towns being relocated to areas with lower seismic risk.

Satellite imagery from GeoEye will be utilized to provide accurate base maps of infrastructure, building structures, natural features, and land use patterns in the impacted area prior to the earthquake and the changes occurred during the rebuilding period. Specifically, GeoEye imagery will be used to map temporal changes in land use and development patterns before and after the earthquake. This will allow the researchers to gauge the extent to which seismic mitigation strategies were implemented in the recovery period.

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Yang Zhang is featured in the current issue of the UAP newsletter April 26, 2012

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Yang Zhang is featured in the current issue of the UAP newsletter.

Virginia Tech Urban Affairs and Planning Newsletter 1(4)

Excellence in Teaching Award April 26, 2012

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Yang Zhang won the 2011-2012 Virginia Tech College of Architecture and Urban Studies Certificate for Excellence in Teaching.