MSU professors receive Bringing Theory to Practice grant

August 9th, 2012 Comments Off on MSU professors receive Bringing Theory to Practice grant

Alexis Gregory, AIA, assistant professor in the School of Architecture, and her research partner, Dr. April Heiselt in the Department of Counseling and Educational Psychology, have been awarded a $1,000 Seminar grant.  The grant comes from the Bringing Theory to Practice Project, an independent organization working in partnership with the Association of American Colleges and Universities.

AAC&U’s website states:
The proposed project is a civic seminar on the importance of community engagement in architecture education. The seminar brings together members from the Mississippi State University School of Architecture, College of Education, T.K. Martin Center for Technology and Disability, and the Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Blindness and Low Vision (RRTC), as well as the Starkville Commission on Disability, and the Starkville Area Habitat for Humanity to discuss the creation and implementation of service-learning architecture coursework that will teach students about the importance of universal design through community engagement. The grant will facilitate a community-wide effort to engage students in a transformative experience to better the lives of their fellow citizens through the design of accessible architecture.

Carl Small Town Center awarded grant to help communities plan for growth

August 1st, 2012 Comments Off on Carl Small Town Center awarded grant to help communities plan for growth

The Carl Small Town Center at Mississippi State University has been awarded a grant to work with communities along the Tanglefoot Trail on transportation and economic development issues.

The $120,000 grant comes from the federally funded Southeastern Transportation Research, Innovation, Development and Education Center, a regional university transportation center located at the University of Florida.  The funds will be shared by MSU, North Carolina State University and The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

The Tanglefoot Trail is a new bike/hike route linking New Albany to Houston, Miss. CSTC will craft a plan for the adjacent towns to grow in a way that improves the quality of life for all residents and increases transportation choices.

The project’s goal is to develop a plan over the next 15 months for increasing pedestrian and bicycle travel and decreasing traffic congestion, air pollution and unnecessary expenditures on new or wider roads.

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