For the 11th time in the past fourteen years, a UCLA Urban Planning student has won an award for the best transportation policy and planning master’s project, thesis, or dissertation from the Council of University Transportation Centers (CUTC) in Washington, DC. The CUTC (http://cutc.tamu.edu ) was established in 1979 as the umbrella organization representing more than 70 major transportation research centers and institutes in the United States.
This year, Colleen Callahan, who is currently the Deputy Director of the UCLA Luskin Center for Innovation in the UCLA School of Public Affairs, won for her analysis of air pollution mitigation strategies in Southern California entitled, The Plane Truth – Air Quality Impacts of Airport Operations and Strategies for Sustainability: A Case Study of the Los Angeles World Airports. Ms. Callahan received her M.A. degree in Urban Planning at UCLA in June of 2010.
Before coming to UCLA, Ms. Callahan was the Manager of Air Quality Policy for the American Lung Association. She has also worked for the Urban and Environmental Policy Institute of Occidental College and at Adi Liberman and Associates, a public and government affairs practice specializing in environmental policy. She is a founding Board Member of the Los Angeles Sustainability Collaborative, and holds a B.A. in Urban and Environmental Policy, Phi Beta Kappa, at Occidental College. The Plane Truth was commissioned by the Coalition for Clean Air (CCA) with support from Environment Now as a first step to potentially develop a campaign to reduce air pollution from airports in the Los Angeles region.
Ms. Callahan will receive her award at the Annual Council of University Transportation Centers Banquet in Washington, DC on January 22nd.
More UCLA students have won awards for the best capstone, thesis, or dissertation in transportation policy and planning from the Council of University Transportation Centers (CUTC) than students at any other university. This year, the winner of the 2011 Wootan Award for the best PhD dissertation in transportation policy and planning – Gian-Claudia Sciara – is also a graduate of the MA program in Urban Planning at UCLA.