December 2011 MAHP News

Release date: December 13, 2011

Shelley Stokes-Hammond (MAHP 2011) is conducting oral histories of key individuals involved in developing the Louis Stokes Health Sciences Library at Howard University.  The library is named in honor of Louis Stokes, former United States Congressman from Ohio who among other achievements is known as a crusader for health care and research for minorities.  He authored the Research Centers in Minority Institutions Act, as well as played a significant role in developing the Minority Biomedical Research Support Program and the Minority Access to research Careers Program, both designed to increase the number of minority scientists.  Ms. Stokes-Hammond is Mr. Stokes' daughter.

Stuart Meck (MAHP Faculty) recently co-authored Planning and Control of Land Development: Cases and Materials , 8th ed., LexisNexis 2011, with a teacher's manual.  In addition to his duties as Associate Research Professor and Director, Center for Planning Practice, Edward J. Bloustein School of planning and Public Policy, Rutgers University Stuart is teaching a graduate course on planning law for the university.  

Tom Russack (MAHP 2007) recently authored Masonry History Integrity: An Urban Conservation Primer available from the National Center for Preservation Technology and Training (  The book grew out of Tom's long standing interest in developing a high school trades program focusing on masonry conservation, which culminated in his thesis The Development of an Introductory Preservation Masonry Training Program for High School Age Students.

Diana James (MAHP 2004) authored Shared Walls: Seattle Apartment Buildings 1900 - 1939, published by McFarland.  The book examines the explosive growth of apartment houses in Seattle from the turn of the 20th century, when only four existed in the entire city, to over 1,400 immediately prior to World War II.