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Assistant professor of urban and regional planner; major research interests: disaster planning, mitigation of effects of natural hazards (e.g., hurricanes), sustainable development, global warming. Noteworthy career as planning consultant: winner of AIA award for study of site proposal for Chicago's third commercial airport; winner of National Planning Award for Focus Kansas City plan; consultant to US Department of Justice in civil rights case; first Empowerment Zone/Enterprise Community plan for City of New Orleans finished in top 5% (HUD). PhD University of New Orleans; MURP University of Pittsburgh; BS (Architecture) University of Michigan. Hobbies: gardening, horseback-riding, reading, nature, writing fiction (novels, none published but last manuscript submitted to literary agents, mostly NYC-based, for review second week of September, 2001 -- subsequently not pursued due to other activities, like finding a job -- and assistant professors must work 18-20 hours/day in hopes of gaining tenure). Loves, protects, and converses with animals, nearly all phila (just keep ants and wasps away from me). Slave to 19-year-old brown tabby. Politics: Progressive, even though I believe personal responsibility is essential. Things I detest: blind faith, dogma, any attitude/policy/ program/action/condition that discriminates against any human being, wasting human potential out of fear or for the sake of power; capital punishment; overcooked brussels sprouts; willful ignorance; lies; South Florida summers; South Florida drivers (recent immigrants + very elderly + cellphone addicts = CHAOS). Sun sign: Taurus; moon: Pisces; rising: Aquarius. Origin: born in Chicago, raised in Detroit (a good place to be FROM), died-in-the-wool Midwesterner (Michigan, Iowa, Illinois, Minnesota) -- have also lived in Pennsylvania, Louisiana, and Mississippi. (Love that Mississippi River.) What I cherish most: Real people, real friends, and my sister and niece; hours surrounding sunset; beaches; stimulating conversation; the truth. (We're a family that has 3 PhDs among the 3 people in my generation and 3 MDs of the four people in the next. My father used to joke, "What did I do wrong?") Anything else: Query and we'll see.

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