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18th Annual Event Honors ‘the best of tech in Indiana’ IndyVitals–a digital neighborhood monitoring tool developed by The Polis Center at IUPUI in partnership with the Greater Indianapolis Progress Committee (GIPC) and the City of Indianapolis Department of Metropolitan Development–has been nominated as Innovation of the Year for the 18th annual TechPoint Mira Awards presented by Angie’s List, Genesys, and Salesforce. The Innovation of the Year Award category recognizes scientific achievements, the results of R&D...read more
POLIS CENTER OFFICIAL WINS PLACEMAKING AWARD TO GALVANIZE BLIGHTED INDIANAPOLIS COMMUNITY AND IMPROVE PUBLIC SAFETY
Lashawnda Crowe Storm, Spirit & Place Community Engagement Director for the Polis Center at IUPUI, and Phyllis Viola Boyd are the award-winners of a three-year, $200,000 grant from Artplace’s National Creative Placemaking Fund to support their public safety and neighborhood improvement project, RECLAIM. RECLAIM will use art to develop vacant spaces along an unsafe, walking corridor traveled by elementary school children in northwest Indianapolis into a safe pathway where blight is transformed into beauty and economic opportunity. The...read more
On Wednesday, December 14, delegates from the World Bank Group visited IUPUI as guests of The Polis Center and the Office of the Vice Chancellor of Research (OVCR). The group included officers and specialists from the South Asia Disaster Risk Management team and the Global Facility for Disaster Reduction and Recovery (GFDRR). The World Bank team came to IUPUI specifically to learn more about The Polis Center’s risk analysis and disaster mitigation planning. It was especially interested in how Polis engages communities in mitigation...read more
On December 8, 2016, The Hoosier Environmental Council (HEC) convened several Indianapolis/Marion County stakeholders for a conversation on environmental disparities in Indianapolis. The Polis Center and the IU Fairbanks School of Public Health collaborated to present data to inform the conversation. Jay Smirat and Dr. Yi Wang with Fairbanks presented their work on the creation of an environmental index and maps to assess neighborhood vulnerability and environmental burden. Sharon Kandris, Director of Community Informatics at the Polis...read more
We are pleased to announce that a paper co-authored by Karen Comer, Director of Collaborative Research and Health Geoinformatics; Dr. Brian Dixon, Richard M. Fairbanks School of Public Health and Regenstrief Institute; Dr. Joe Gibson, Marion County Public Health Department; Dr. Marc Rosenman, IU School of Medicine; Jennifer L. Craig, Regenstrief Institute; and Dr. Jian “Frank” Zou, Worcester Polytechnic Institute, was published in the October 2016 issue of the peer-reviewed journal Frontiers in Public Health Systems and Services Research...read more
Polis Center Geoinformatics Director Tapped for Centre for Sustainability & Future Studies Advisory Board
Tarek Rashed, PhD, Director of Geoinformatics at the Polis Center at IUPUI, has been appointed to a three-year term on the advisory board of the Centre for Sustainability and Future Studies at the British University in El Sherouk, Egypt. The Centre’s research goals for sustainable communities apply to world-wide issues, which is why it seeks international contributions. The advisory board includes distinguished professors, deans, or directors of geospatial, urban planning, and architecture centers from Great Britain, the US, and...read more
Indianapolis is routinely recognized as one of the more affordable regional housing markets in the nation. This relative affordability lies within the eye of the beholder as Indianapolis also fares relatively poorly in income inequality. To many low-and moderate-income households, the housing of their choice may be out of reach. Urban Analyst John Marron looks more deeply into this issue in the report, The Affordable Housing Market and Why It Matters, produced in partnership with The Polis Center at IUPUI for the SAVI community information...read more
Financial stability for individuals and families is critical on many levels, providing a sense that one can, at minimum, consistently provide shelter and food. A living wage is a determining factor of economic stability; it is a path to quality education that provides marketable skills. Owning a home is often considered a reflection of a family’s financial health. This magazine’s feature story, “A Better Foundation: Building Economic Prosperity with Truly Affordable Housing,” highlights a central theme of the report, The...read more
Kevin Mickey, Director of Professional Education & Outreach During the week of November 28, Kevin Mickey, Director of Professional Education & Outreach, is teaching a flood modeling workshop at FEMA’s National Emergency Training Center in Emmitsburg, MD, for 20 participants from across the US. This course builds on the information provided in the E0313 Basic Hazus course by providing an in-depth exploration of the Hazus Flood model. An overview of the flood related inventory components is provided. An emphasis is placed on...read more
Tarek Rashed, Director of Geoinformatics; Lacey Bannon, GIS Project Coordinator; and Matt Riggs, GIS Analyst, presented at the Indiana Department of Transportation (INDOT)/Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) GIS Users Group meeting on October 27, sharing Polis’ expertise and current projects.read more