Research conducted by two doctoral students in Urban and Regional
Science, Zhenghong “Tommy” Tang and Liang Chang,
earned first place honors and other awards in their respective
categories at Texas A&M University’s 2006 Student
Research Week (SRW) competition. Both are research assistants
in the Hazards Reduction and Recovery Center.
Tang, who hails from Hunan, China, presented an oral presentation,
on “measuring strategic environmental assessment capacities
of local land use comprehensive planning in California.” In
addition to first place honors, Tang’s presentation earned
the SRW Interdisciplinary Research Recognition Award.
Liang Chang, from Nanyang, China, earned first place for his
social science poster presentation, "A Hurricane Wind Risk
Assessment Methodology." He also garnered the Lone Star
Graduate Diversity Colloquium Choice Award and an SRW Interdisciplinary
Research Recognition Award. Chang is a graduate fellow in the
HRRC’s Sustainable Coastal Margins Program.
Also, Sudha Arlikatti from Kerala, India, another HRRC research
assistant and URS Ph.D. student, earned third place at the SRW
competition for her presentation, “The Role of Trust and
Stakeholder Interactions in Seismic Safety.” She has accepted
a faculty post at the University of North Texas, and will be
starting in the fall.