ITS News

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    Three TSRC researchers have won TRB’s second annual Outstanding Research Paper in Public Transportation award for their paper illuminating car ownership changes of people belonging to carsharing organizations. Lead researcher Elliot Martin reports that carsharing has taken between 90,000 and 130,000 vehicles off North American roads, which translates to between 9 and 13 vehicles removed for every carsharing vehicle.

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    The California High-Speed Rail Authority’s forecasts of demand and ridership for a new San Francisco-to-Los Angeles high-speed train are not reliable because they are based on an inconsistent model, according to a new study by researchers at the Institute of Transportation Studies at the University of California, Berkeley.

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     For her work in advancing transportation innovation in the international arena, the Women in Transportation Seminar has awarded Thomas the 2010 Elaine Dezenski Legacy Scholarship. Thomas has spent years in China investigating how increasing car ownership is affecting the country's cities and its pedestrians. She is a doctoral student in City and Regional Planning.


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     Wolf Homburger, who joined ITS Berkeley as a junior research engineer in 1955 and later became assistant director of the Institute, has died. He influenced thousands of students and transportation professionals through the courses he taught and the textbook he developed.



  •  So far this year, nine Berkeley transportation and planning students have been awarded Eisenhower Fellowships. They are Sebastien Blandin, Elisa Barbour, Andrea Broaddus, Ian Carlton, Eleni Christofa, Kristen Carnarius, Weihua Gu, Erick Guerra, and Carmen Olensinski.

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    Ph.D. student Christian Claudel has won the Leon O. Chua Award for his work on applications of Hamilton-Jacobi equations to traffic monitoring systems. Claudel works under the supervision of Systems Engineering Assistant Professor Alexandre Bayen on the Mobile Millennium project, which is managed by the California Center for Innovative Transportation.



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    Secretary of State Hillary Clinton yesterday (Thursday, April 15) named Daniel Kammen, the Class of 1935 Distinguished Professor of Energy, a Senior Energy and Climate Partnership of the Americas (ECPA) Fellow to advise our neighbors in the Western Hemisphere on clean energy issues. Kammen is the co-director of the Transportation Sustainability Research Center, part of the UC Berkeley Institute of Transportation Studies. 



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    Therese McMillan, Deputy Administrator of the Federal Transit Administration, described changes in transportation policy in the Obama administration, and invited ITS transportation and planning students to consider a career in public service.


  • Two ITS Berkeley students Eric Gonzales, Transportation Engineering, and Dan Work, Systems Engineering, have been selected as 2010 Eno Fellows.

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    California Senator Alan Lowenthal (D-Long Beach) visited ITS Berkeley on Wednesday, March 10, to gather information on high-speed rail and other transportation-related topics. Senator Lowenthal is the Chair of the Transportation and Housing Committee and represents the 27th District. He was joined by Arthur Bauer, Staff Director of the Senate Transportation and Housing Committee.