ITS News

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    An economist with an interest in the interplay of economics, transportation and health is the latest addition to the list of affiliated ITS faculty. His research projects include the long-term effects of pollution and the relationship between car weight and mortality. 
     

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    ITS Ph.D. student André Carrel has won an Eisenhower Transportation Fellowship for research aimed at learning how passengers react when a train or bus is late or doesn't show up at all. Transit reliability is an important factor in passenger mode choice, yet Carrel says little is known on the subject.

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    Two recent ITS Ph.D. graduates received “Best Paper” awards at the Fifth International Conference on Research in Air Transportation (ICRAT) held at UC Berkeley May 22-25. The four-day conference attracted participants from Europe and the U.S. 

     

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    Rita Evans, Director of the Harmer E. Davis Transportation Library, will travel to Chicago in July to receive the 2012 Professional Achievement Award of the Transportation Division of the Special Libraries Association.

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    ITS Professor Carlos Daganzo has received an honorary doctorate in his native Barcelona for his contributions to transportation science, his mentorship of transportation students from Spain, and research that led to development of a plan for a bus rapid transit network in the Catalan city.

     

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    ITS faculty, Alexandre Bayen and Paul Waddell, are part of a UC Berkeley team that has won a multi-million dollar grant to develop powerful tools to extract vital information from Big Data--the fast-growing volumes of images, audio, video, tweets, texts, and other data--in order to solve a variety of societal problems. 

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    In a paper recently published in Nature Climate Change, TSRC's Richard Plevin and colleagues warn that large-scale cultivation of bioenergy crops, once thought a panacea for energy needs, could result in increased greenhouse-gas emissions under certain conditions.  

     

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     The California Office of Traffic Safety has announced that deaths due to hand-held cell phone use by drivers has dropped since California enacted a ban on hand-held cell phone use while driving in July 2008. 

     

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    The national organization representing 58 technical assistance programs that provide transportation expertise to communities and transportation agencies around the country presented ITS Assistant Director Laura Melendy with its annual award in Washington, D.C. in late January.

     

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    Former ITS Director Adib Kanafani received the W.N. Carey, Jr., Distinguished Service Award for his outstanding service to both transportation research and the Transportation Research Board at a luncheon held in Washington, D.C. on January 25. Among his many accomplishments, he was cited for major contributions to transportation systems, transportation engineering, airport planning and design, and air transport economics.