2009 Scott Greer Awards
Dr. Robert Silverman is the recipient of the "Scott Greer Award for Postgraduate Achievement in Advancing Understanding of Urban Social Institutions." He is an Associate Professor of Urban and Regional Planning at the University at Buffalo. He is also a Senior Research Associate in the Center for Urban Studies at UB. Rob holds a B.S. in Political Science from Arizona State University, a M.P.A. in Public Administration from Arizona State University, and a Ph.D. in Urban Studies from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Dr. Silverman's research focuses on the role of community-based organizations in urban neighborhoods, the nonprofit sector, and inequality in inner city housing markets. His work has been published in Urban Studies, Urban Affairs Review, The Journal of Social History, The Journal of Black Studies, Action Research, The Journal of Contemporary Ethnography, Community Development Journal, and other journals. His primary teaching interests are in the areas of community development and fair housing. He currently teaches courses in community development, public finance, nonprofit management and research methods.
Dr. Patrick Falvey is the recipient of the "Scott Greer Award for Postgraduate Contribution to Urban Affairs." He is the Senior Vice President and Chief Integration Officer for Aurora Health Care, Inc. Patrick holds a pre-medicine B.S. from the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater, a M.S. in Industrial/Organizational Psychology from the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh, and a Ph.D. in Urban Studies from the University of Wisconsin- Milwaukee. Since the early 1990s, Dr. Falvey has served in a number of capacities in the health care field with oversight responsibility for quality improvement, organizational measurement and management of key health care functions at Aurora Health Care, Inc: Coordinator of Productivity Improvement, Administrative Director of Care Management/Quality, and since 2007, Senior Vice President/Chief Integration Officer. In addition, Dr. Falvey serves as a member on several state and national organizations creating and implementing health care quality/measurement policy: member of the Premier/ Institute for Healthcare Improvement QUEST initiative and as an Examiner for the Malcolm Bridge National Quality Award. He has received several awards and honor distinctions for his professional work in the field. Dr. Falvey has also been an active researcher, investigating outcomes of care management and quality improvement in the delivery of health care services. He has authored and coauthored numerous reports and papers.
Nicholas Papakis received the "Scott Greer Award for Outstanding Urban Research" for his paper: We Come from the Future: Authoritarianism and Urban Unrest in the Age of Neoliberalism. Niko is a Master's student in Urban Studies at UWM. He received his undergraduate degree from the University of Wisconsin- Milwaukee in Business Administration with an emphasis in Marketing. Niko currently works in the Geography Department at UWM as a Program Assistant.