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Summer camp sparks students’ interest in transportation

Group photo of the 2017 NSTI summer campersLast month, 31 middle schoolers participated in CTS’s third National Summer Transportation Institute (NSTI), a two-week program that introduces students to transportation topics through classroom activities, lab sessions, and field trips around the Twin Cities.

Check out highlights and a photo slideshow of this year’s activities.

Posted in Education, Workforce development

Students deliver fresh look at Brooklyn Park transportation issues

Pedestrian safety and access to healthful foods were some of the issues tackled by U of M students during the 2016–2017 academic year as part of the U’s Resilient Communities Project (RCP).

In its fifth year, RCP—a program of the Center for Urban and Regional Affairs—partnered with the City of Brooklyn Park to advance an array of the city’s strategic priorities. RCP connects communities in Minnesota with U of M faculty and students through collaborative, course-based projects. Communities are chosen in a competitive process.

Posted in Education, Pedestrian, Planning, Public transit, Safety

U of M students gain first-hand view of Chinese transportation in study-abroad course

The Global Transit Innovations (GTI) program coordinated a study-abroad course in spring semester 2017 that included visits to five cities in the Yangtze and Pearl River Delta regions in China. The course—PA 5880: High-Density Urban and Regional Development in China—was offered by the Humphrey School of Public Affairs.

Led by GTI director Yingling Fan, U of M coordinators took 16 students to Shanghai, Suzhou, Nanjing, Shenzhen, and Hong Kong for the intensive two-week course in May.

“The course gave students first-hand experiences in two of the most densely populated regions on earth,” Fan says. “These two regions are at the center of Chinese economic development, surpassing other regions in levels of economic growth and productivity.”

Posted in Education, Planning, Public transit, Workforce development

Camp session introduces White Earth Nation students to transportation

Last week, the Roadway Safety Institute (RSI) introduced White Earth Nation students to transportation-related topics as part of the White Earth Indian Reservation Summer Academy of Math and Science.

The two-week day camp uses hands-on learning and Indian culture to teach students in grades 4 to 8 about math, science, and engineering. It is offered in partnership by the White Earth Nation and the University of Minnesota Extension. This is the third year that RSI has participated in the program.

Posted in Education, Safety

WTS Minnesota honors CTS Scholar Cathy French, U of M students

frenchCTS scholar Cathy French and three U of M students were honored by WTS Minnesota at the organization’s 2017 Scholarships and Recognitions Luncheon on April 27.

French, a CSE Distinguished Professor in the U’s Department of Civil, Environmental, and Geo- Engineering, received the 2017 Woman of the Year Award. The annual award recognizes women who are outstanding role models in transportation.

U of M students Maria Wardoku, Ella Rasp, and Claire Warren received scholarships that recognize women pursuing undergraduate and graduate degrees in transportation-related fields.

Posted in Bridges and structures, Education, Infrastructure, Transportation research, Workforce development

Resilient Communities Project to partner with City of Ramsey

City of RamseyLast month, the U of M’s Resilient Communities Project (RCP) announced that the City of Ramsey, located in Anoka County, will be its next partner community. During the 2017-2018 academic year, Ramsey and the U of M will work together on approximately 20 multidisciplinary projects from the city’s Strategic Plan.

Now in its fifth year, RCP is an initiative supported by the U’s Center for Urban and Regional Affairs that organizes yearlong partnerships between the University and Minnesota communities, matching graduate and undergraduate students to projects identified by the chosen community. RCP’s goal is to provide the community with efficient access to the resources and expertise of the U, offer students a professional opportunity to apply their knowledge and skills to a real-world project, and provide faculty with ready-made applied-learning opportunities for the classroom.

Posted in Education, Planning, Workforce development

April is National Distracted Driving Awareness Month

36667April is National Distracted Driving Awareness Month—a perfect time to remind all drivers to put safety first, put down their devices, and focus on driving.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, distracted driving claimed nearly 3,500 lives and injured approximately 391,000 people across the country in 2015. Teens were the largest age group reported as distracted at the time of fatal crashes.

At the University of Minnesota, efforts to reduce distracted driving range from research projects to education initiatives.

Posted in Education, Safety, Transportation research
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