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    The University of California Transportation Center (UCTC) has received a $3.5 million grant from the U.S. Department of Transportation and a matching amount from California's Department of Transportation to oversee a new research consortium of five other UC and four Cal State University campuses. Read UCTC Director Robert Cervero's message on the new UCTC 2.0.

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    Vikash Gayah, a Ph.D. student in Civil and Environmental Engineering, has been named 2011-2012 UCTC Outstanding Student of the Year. His dissertation work focuses on the dynamics of traffic networks and operations. Gayah will join other award recipients from university transportation centers around the country at a ceremony preceeding the annual meeting of the Transportation Research Board in Washington, D.C.

     

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    Professor Carl Monismith, director of the Pavement Research Center at Berkeley for more than five decades, has stepped down and assumed the position of assistant director. Dr. James Signore, who has worked with Professor Monismith for six years, has been appointed to the directorship. 

     

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    A year-long study into the effects of increased tolls and congestion pricing on Bay Bridge traffic conditions has revealed a number of surprising changes in travel behavior. ITS-affiliated researchers presented their final report to the Bay Area Toll Authority oversight committee on Nov. 9.

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    Dan Work, who received his Ph.D. in 2010 and is now an Assistant Professor in the Civil and Environmental Engineering Department at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, won this year's "Best Dissertation" award from the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Intelligent Transportation Systems Society. 

     

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    ITS faculty, Joan Walker and Raja Sengupta, teamed up with ITS grad students and undergrads to teach high school students from around the country how to track trips using smartphones. The intensive three-week program grew out of a National Science Foundation grant Walker received for research into predicting travel behavior. The program is featured in the current issue of the Berkeley Transportation Letter.

     

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    Michael Cassidy, professor of civil and environmental engineering, and ITS doctoral student Kitae Jang present research showing that kicking single occupant hybrids out of California's carpool lanes has backfired, slowing traffic for drivers in all lanes. Their research is highlighted in the current issue of the Berkeley Transportation Letter.

     

     

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    Former ITS Director Adib Kanafani will receive one of the Transportation Research Board's highest honors, the W.N. Carey, Jr., Distinguished Service Award, at its annual meeting in Washington, D.C. in January. He has been actively involved in TRB for more than 35 years.

     

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    UC Berkeley's transportation librarians Rita Evans and Kendra Levine have contributed a chapter to a newly updated reference book on engineering research resources. The book, "Using the Engineering Literature," was published by CRC Press and is available in the Transportation Library, which is located on the fourth floor of McLaughlin Hall.

     

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    ITS welcomed 23 incoming transportation graduate students Tuesday, who met faculty, staff, and continuing students during an all-day orientation held in the Transportation Library. The new group includes 10 international students, 13 domestic students and a visiting scholar from Chile.