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STRIDE E-Newsletter - Spring 2014

Spring 2014 - 4/18/2014

Welcome to the Spring 2014 edition of the STRIDE e-Newsletter. STRIDE is a USDOT grant-funded University Transportation Center in the southeast (Region 4), housed within the University of Florida Transportation Institute (UFTI). The STRIDE Center addresses transportation-related problems focusing on the southeast U.S. and serves as a central point for transportation research, education, workforce development, and technology transfer activities as they relate to the areas of safety, livability and economic competitiveness.

I hope you find the STRIDE e-Newsletter informative and useful. As always, we welcome suggestions, feedback, and collaboration.  Enjoy reading!


Lily Elefteriadou, Ph.D.
Professor & Director
UF Transportation Institute/STRIDE



The Dangers of Distracted Driving

A study by: Despina Stavrinos, Ph.D. & Lesley Ross, Ph.D. of the University of Alabama at Birmingham

Dr. Despina Stavrinos of UAB, one of the lead researchers of the STRIDE-funded project titled A Naturalistic Driving Study across the Lifespan, was featured in a radio segment broadcast of a Public Health Minute on the dangers of distracted driving. The study focuses on teens as they are the most frequent users of technology behind the wheel...[read more]

So, How Much Does it Really Cost to Get Students to School?

A study by: Noreen McDonald, Ph.D., University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill; Ruth Steiner, Ph.D., University of Florida; & Thomas Cook, Ph.D., North Carolina State University

Big yellow buses are an integral part of the American school experience. But have you ever stopped to think about how much it actually costs to get children to school?[read more]

Researchers Use Virtual Reality to Teach Children to Cross the Street

A study by: David Schwebel, Ph.D., University of Alabama at Birmingham; Daniel Rodriguez, Ph.D., University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill; & Virginia Sisiopiku, Ph.D., University of Alabama at Birmingham 

Over 4100 American pedestrians are killed annually, and over 215,000 injured. Globally, rates are much higher. Children have particularly high rates for pedestrian injury, largely because they lack the cognitive sophistication of adults. Crossing a street requires complex...[read more]

Comparing Dynamic Pricing Strategies for Managed Lanes

A study by: Jorge Laval, Ph.D., Georgia Institute of Technology; Yafeng Yin, Ph.D., University of Florida; & Yingyan Lou, Ph.D., Arizona State University 

The United States has more than 20 Express Toll Lanes currently in operation, where drivers have the option to pay a toll to travel faster. It might seem that express lanes are beneficial only to toll payers, but they actually...[read more]

GIS Tool Developed to Reduce Automobile Travel 

A study by: Brian Morton, Ph.D., University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill; John Poros, Ph.D., Mississippi State University; & Joe Huegy, Ph.D., North Carolina State University

A colossal change is occurring at Mississippi Hills Heritage, an area comprising 19 counties in the northeast part of the state. With the opening of a Toyota vehicle assembly plant in Blue Springs (near Tupelo) and six tier one suppliers throughout the region (3,628 jobs altogether), long and short distance commuting has increased in this rural environment, straining local road systems and contributing to...[read more]


Signalized Intersection Simulation Program for Education    

A study by: Scott Washburn, Ph.D., University of Florida

In the "Introduction to Transportation Engineering" class, two of the most difficult topics for students to learn are often queuing theory and signal operation and analysis. The large majority of today's students are 'visual' learners and 'active learning' is proving to be a more effective teaching method than the traditional lecture. This learning paradigm for students lends itself well to the use of...[read more]

A Spotlight on Five STRIDE Graduate Students

Every issue, we focus on STRIDE-affiliated students from our consortium partners.  Click on the images below to find out more about David Farris (Auburn), Jack Halsburg (UF), Bahreh Inanloo (FIU), Gökçe Palak (MSU), and Don Watson (UF).  


Webinar by FDOT Secretary Ananth Prasad on Autonomous
& Connected Vehicles in Florida

FDOT Secretary Ananth Prasad spoke on The Future of Transportation in Florida and Beyond: Autonomous and Connected Vehicles at the auditorium of New Engineering Building on the UF campus on March 13, 2014. [read more]

STRIDE Student Poster Showcase & Competition,TRB 2014

Twenty-two students participated in the STRIDE Student Poster Competition held in conjunction with University of Florida Transportation Institute (UFTI) Reception during the 93 Annual Meeting of the Transportation Research Board in Washington, D.C. this January. [read more]

UTC Conference for the Southeastern Region Held in Atlanta, Ga.

The University Transportation Center (UTC) Conference for the Southeastern Region was held on March 24-25, hosted by the National Center for Transportation Systems Productivity and Management (NCTSPM), a Tier-1 UTC at Georgia Tech. Approximately 160 people attended the conference. There were 36 papers presented and 47 posters. [read more]

Mohammed Hadi of FIU Speaks at USDOT/RITA on Students & ITS Careers

Associate Professor Mohammad Hadi from Florida International University in Miami, was one of the guest speakers during the Educating Students for ITS Careers: Are Universities Meeting the Challenge? [read more] 

Robert Bertini of Portland State University Gives Webinar on
Big Data & Improving Public Transport Operatio

FIU and STRIDE hosted a webinar by Professor Robert Bertini of Portland State University  on Can Big Data Serve as a Foundation for Measuring and Improving Public Transport Operations? [read more] 


Engineers Change the World: A Hands-on Workshop for Girls 13 to18 Years Old

NCSU and UF are continuing their collaboration to introduce girls to engineering in the second year of the STRIDE center funded project Engineers Change the World: A Hands-on Workshop for Girls 13-18 years Old, previously titled Engineering: It's for Girls, Too. The project is a response to the USDOT Transportation YOU initiative, a partnership with the Women Transportation Seminar (WTS) to provide hands-on interactive, mentoring programs to young girls to introduce them to a wide variety of transportation careers. [read more]

K-12 at STRIDE Partner Universities  

Click directly on the schools below to read about K-12 activities at the STRIDE Center consortium member universities.

Florida International University

University of Alabama at Birmingham

University of Florida


WTS Student Chapters

As a newly established chapter, the Florida International University (FIU) Women's Transportation Seminar (WTS) Student Chapter currently focuses on advertising its chapter and attracting more students, especially female students, to the area of Transportation Engineering in the academic year of 2013-2014. [read more]

The 2013 Fall Semester ended with two successful events! One was a Transportation YOU Big-Little Sister Meeting at Grady High School in conjunction with the WTS Atlanta Chapter. During the meeting, WTS at GT members led a college prep activity and played "Transportation Jeopardy" with the "little sisters". [read more]   

During the spring 2014 semester, the WTS student chapter held general body meetings every few weeks to allow UF students to stay updated on current issues in transportation and upcoming activities and events. These meetings also promoted networking by inviting students to gather at social events afterwards. [read more]  

ITE Student Chapters

ITE, Florida International University
After completing a hectic and a victorious semester, the ITE Student Chapter at Florida International University hosted six distinguished professionals from both the academia and industry as guest speakers this semester. [read more]

ITE, Georgia Tech
During the spring semester, ITE@GT has continued to host their speaker series; recently, had speakers from Metro Planning and Engineering as well as the University of Virginia Department of Civil and Environmental  Engineering. [read more]

ITE, University of Alabama at Birmingham
This February, the UAB ITE student chapter was proud to have its very own treasurer, Jamieson Matthews, selected by the American Society of Civil Engineers as one of the ten talented early achievers to be this year's College Edition of the New Faces of Civil Engineering. [read more]

ITE, University of Florida
Over the last few months, the ITE student chapter at the University of Florida has hosted a number of different events. Two of these events were transportation seminars featuring work conducted by transportation professionals. [read more]   

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