16 graduate students earn dissertation fellowships

November 12, 2009

The Graduate College has awarded 16 dissertation fellowships to outstanding graduate students who are in the final stages of post-candidacy doctoral work. Fellowships are awarded across five areas: arts, humanities and social sciences; natural sciences and mathematics; engineering; professional programs and education; and interdisciplinary research. 

The fellows' varied research includes justice issues in deaf education, improvements in fuel cell efficiency, vaccine development, connections between literature and cinema in Latin America, and the relationship between climate and human behavior in prehistoric Arizona.  Download Full Image

"We had some of the best students from across the university nominated for this year's dissertation fellowships," says Andrew Webber, associate vice provost. "These students have made strong contributions to advancing their fields of study. They should feel very proud of their accomplishments so far, and for their potential as future leaders in their chosen professions." 

The sixteen dissertation fellowships were awarded to:

• Neslihan Cevik, School of Social and Family Dynamics 

• Laura Dougherty, School of Theatre and Film

• Daniel Farrell, Department of Physics

• John Finn, School of Geographical Sciences and Urban Planning

• Dorothy Griffin, Environmental Design & Planning

• Thomas Horejes, School of Social Transformation

• Scott Ingram, School of Human Evolution & Social Change

• Assen Kokalov, School of International Letters and Cultures

• Rucheeta Vedant Kulkarni, Division of Educational Leadership & Policy Studies

• Nicholas LaRowe, School of Politics and Global Studies

• Alberto Perez Pereiro, School of Human Evolution & Social Change

• Amy Rector, School of Human Evolution & Social Change

• Jeffery Thomson, Materials Science Engineering

• Emel Topal, School of Life Sciences/Biodesign Institute 

• Andre Valdez, Department of Psychology

• Johanna Wagner, Department of English

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ASU report: Challenges remain for Phoenix-area housing market

November 12, 2009

Though the number of home resales in the Phoenix-area housing market is actually higher than normal for this time of year, foreclosures still appear to be driving the market. The latest Realty Studies report from the W. P. Carey School of Business at Arizona State University shows two-thirds of the activity in the Valley housing market remained foreclosure-related in October, and the current recovery is full of challenges.

"Typically, a housing recovery happens in a growing economy and with declining interest rates," says associate professor of real estate Jay Butler, author of the new report. "However, the current recovery is limited with the possibility of higher rates and a continuing weak job market. Further, the housing tax credit could be dissipating the pent-up demand for new buyers to get into the market, weakening their influence in the future." Download Full Image

Butler adds that all of these foreclosures will eliminate some households from being able to obtain financing to buy a "move-up" home. Others may be "seriously limited by declining neighborhood values [on their current homes] and restrictive debt amounts."

The level of home resales is bucking the usual trend for this time of year. Historically, fewer people move after the summer ends. However, this October, the Valley recorded more than 6,100 home resales. That's about the same as September, but way up from about 4,500 last October. Still, a big portion of the transactions this October were sales of previously foreclosed property – a whopping 45 percent.

More than 3,800 homes were newly foreclosed on during October of this year. That's up from the September foreclosure rate of more than 2,900.

The median single-family home price in the Valley in October was $143,000, up from September's median price of $140,000, but still way below last October's median of $167,000.

"For the last year, approximately half of the home resales in the Phoenix area were foreclosed homes that were sold again with a median price markdown of 19 percent," says Butler.

Butler's full report, including statistics, charts and a breakdown by different areas of the Valley, can be viewed at http://wpcarey.asu.edu/realestate/Phoenix-Resale-Market-Reports.cfm" target="_blank">http://wpcarey.asu.edu/realestate/Phoenix-Resale-Market-Reports.cfm. More analysis is also available from Knowledge@W. P. Carey, the business school's online resource and biweekly newsletter, at http://knowledge.wpcarey.asu.edu/article.cfm?articleid=1831" target="_blank">http://knowledge.wpcarey.asu.edu/article.cfm?articleid=1831.