ITS News

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    Betty Deakin, Professor of City and Regional Planning and former director of the University of California Transportation Research Center, was recently awarded the Berkeley Faculty Service Award for 2012.


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    Dan Krummes, who joined the ITS library in 1976 and later served as library director until his retirement in 2006, has died. In 2005 he was named the "Distinguished University Librarian" by the Librarians Association of the University of California, Berkeley. (See story for memorial plans.)

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    Contrary to what many may think, older adults living in senior adult communities seem more than willing to give carsharing and electric vehicles a try, according to TSRC co-director Susan Shaheen.


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    Caravans of traders began moving goods along the Silk Road--actually a number of interconnected routes--in 200 B.C. Today the roads of Kyrgystan are still moving goods, but the increasing number of motor vehicles has become a safety hazard according to a visiting scholar at SafeTREC.


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    Are smartphones and other electronic technologies replacing cars among teens and young adults? Brian Taylor, an Institute alum and director of ITS at UCLA, has analyzed demographic and economic data to find some answers.



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    Late August brought the newest group of transporation and transportation planning students to the Transportation Library for orientation. The group met faculty, staff, research directors, continuing students--and each other.



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    ITS centers, SafeTREC and Tech Transfer, have been awarded nearly $2.5 million in grants from California's Office of Traffic Safety to improve safety for pedestrians, bicyclists, motorcyclists, and drivers. The funding also helps support graduate student researchers.


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    Yi Liu has become the first grad student from UC Berkeley to receive a research stipend from the Graduate Research Award Program on Public-Sector Aviation Issues, a program sponsored by the FAA and the U.S. DOT to foster the next generation of aviation community leaders.


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    A new study by ITS professor Arpad Horvath and alum Mikhail Chester, now a professor at Arizona State University, gives good environmental marks to California's high-speed rail system when compared with car and plane travel. Their analysis is based on a fully built system using state-of-the-art trains powered by greener electricity.

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    ITS Ph.D. student Juan Argote has received an Eisenhower award for research aimed at solving a problem plaguing all transit agencies that operate bus services: bus bunching.