With lead PI Mike Duncan from FSU’s Department of Urban and Regional Planning, and a team of FSU investigators, we have been awarded a research grant from the Florida Department of Transportation to study issues at the intersection of autonomous vehicle adoption, technology, and an aging population. Among our activities, surveys of people’s perceptions of new technologies will be conducted.
Students interested in pursuing M.S. or Ph.D. degrees with a focus on GIS, transportation, and/or urban topics are encouraged to contact me and discuss their interests. Opportunities remain for students wishing to enter one of our graduate programs beginning this Fall, 2014.
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.
FSU was recently awarded a $1.4 million grant from the U.S. DOT to start a University Transportation Center (UTC) . The Center will focus on safe and accessible transportation for an aging population. The full story may be found here.
I’m pleased to announce that I have joined the Editorial Board of the journal Travel Behavior and Society (Elsevier). I look forward to serving the transportation community in this new role.
In February 2013, I was appointed to serve as a U.S. Editor for the international journal Transportation (Springer). I look forward to working with the transportation community in this capacity.
Here is a press release featuring my colleague (and former M.S. student) Dr. Michael Widener of the University of Cincinnati discussing some of our recent work integrating transportation data with food accessibility measures.
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.
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.