New Research Grants Received to Study Accessibility and Safety Issues

With co-PI Michael Duncan from FSU’s Department of Urban and Regional Planning, I have been awarded a grant from FSU’s University Transportation Center (ASAP) to examine accessibility issues in the context of aging populations.  Among our activities, we will be developing GIS-based models of multi-modal accessibility.

I will also be collaborating on two other ASAP-funded projects with Eren Ozguven and Lisa Spainhour (College of Engineering) looking at disaster relief issues and roundabout safety dynamics, respectively.


Using GIS to Identify Challenges in Access to Dental Care: A presentation at the National Oral Health Conference

With colleagues from the Minnesota State Department of Health, I have been invited to discuss technical issues in the use of GIS for analyzing people’s access to dental care at the National Oral Health Conference (NOHC). The NOHC will be held in Huntsville, AL from April 22-24, 2013.


Advisee wins AAG HMGSG 2013 travel award

FSU Geography graduate student Brittany Wood received a competitive graduate student travel award based on her Association of American Geographers (AAG) annual meeting abstract entitled ‘Accessibility to SNAP Accepting Retail Food Locations.’  Brittany’s abstract was selected for funding by the AAG’s Health and Medical Geography Specialty Group, and the award will be given to her during their 2013 business meeting in Los Angeles.  Brittany successfully defended her Master’s thesis prospectus in October 2012, and her AAG abstract is related to her ongoing thesis work looking at food deserts and accessibility.

Healthy food accessibility paper to be presented at the 2013 Transportation Research Board meeting

With the program now posted, here is a link to a new paper which will be presented at the Transportation Research Board  (TRB) Annual Meeting (Washington, DC) in January of 2013. This multi-authored paper led by Dr. Michael Widener (University of Cincinnati) describes a new approach to measuring people’s accessibility to healthy food options in urban environments, controlling for selected activity constraints.