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Randall Rook (City Planning MS) Awarded Fellowship

Author: Tracy Purdy

Randall Rook (MSCRP '16) recently was awarded a Wagner Free Institute of Science Humanities & Arts Research Fellowship. The Wagner Free Institute of Science at 17th and Montgomery Avenue is a Victorian-era National Historic Landmark museum and educational institution, with free public education courses on science, now in their 160th year. The Temple University - Wagner Free Institute of Science Humanities & Arts Research Alliance is intended to stimulate opportunities for faculty and graduate students in the humanities and the arts at Temple to work with the institute. This will  establish a research alliance between the University and the intitute and the hope is that these fellowships expand into continuing research and an ongoing research alliance.

Prior to coming to Temple, Randall worked in the rail and transit industry for many years, largely on the engineering side, occasionally dabbling in planning tasks. He earned a B.S. in Construction Management from Drexel University. WIth an interest in the geographic, historic and regulatory aspects of the industry and eager to stretch his imagination in the workplace, he entered Temple's Master in Community and Regional Planning program. The CRP course Sustainability in Suburban Communities sparked an interest in social justice issues. Randall and his family have become involved with various immigrant groups - refugees, undocumented, students, and guest workers. Volunteer efforts have utilized his GIS and demographic analysis skills gained in the CRP program.

"Having my interests broadened beyond transportation permitted me to see potential in the opportunity the Temple University - Wagner Free Institute of Science Fellowship presented. My research project is to perform a geospatial analysis of Wagner students with respect to Philadelphia's population trends in five year increments from 1905 to 1935. This involves student data collection, historic research, developing GIS tables and maps, and an analysis of the results," describes Rook. The final project will be a written report including a series of maps indicating where Wagner students lived in the city, overlaid onto population densities by ward.

For more information on the fellowship and the Wagner Free institute, follow this link: https://sites.temple.edu/templewagnerfellowships/ .