Education Activities

The strong academic reputation of the planning, public health, and engineering programs associated with CSCRS will assist in recruiting students to the safety field, as well as building a workforce with an understanding of road safety principles and Safe Systems approaches and methods.

Here are examples of CSCRS education activities:

Student Engagement

  • The Duke University Robotics Student Symposium, an interactive, hands-on event held in April 2017, was a highlight of year one. This event provided an opportunity for about 50 robotics students (ranging from high school to graduate level) from a variety of backgrounds to showcase their work, learn from Duke graduate students and faculty, and network with regional peers. View videos from this unique student opportunity on YouTube.  
  • In summer 2018, University of Tennessee, Knoxville will launch CSI (Crash Scene Investigation) Camp, a unique program designed for high school students. The camp teaches students how to investigate a vehicle crash scene and consider potential contributing factors including environment conditions and vehicle condition.
  • CSCRS was proud to select Dr. Becky Naumann as its first Outstanding Student of the Year. Naumann, who recently received her Ph.D. in epidemiology from University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, was honored at the Council of University Transportation Center’s 27th Annual Outstanding Student of the Year Awards ceremony in January 2018. 
  • UNC’s Coffee and Conversation, a 10-part lecture series started in January 2018, is a biweekly dialogue featuring experts in public health, transportation, planning, engineering, and ethics who explore the many interrelated components of our complex transportation system.
  • Florida Atlantic University launched a Safe Streets Lecture Series in March 2018 with a talk by Peter Norton, Professor of History at the University of Virginia, on “The Invention of the Motor Age Street.”

Student Research 

  • Two University of California, Berkeley graduate fellows are working on CSCRS-related projects; one student is evaluating methods for maximizing pre-crash kinetic energy dissipation, and the other is focused on applied principles in Safe Systems. Visit here for more UCB CSCRS student opportunities.
  • Florida Atlantic University is engaging research assistants on CSCRS-related projects associated with synthesizing Safe Systems resources and data linkages.
  • UNC created the CSCRS Scholars Program aimed at cultivating future leaders in transportation safety and injury prevention. In addition to financial support, CSCRS Scholars receive mentorship and academic support from a team of experienced transportation and public health researchers, and are encouraged to engage in student-led or CSCRS-related activities.
  • Two UNC master’s students were named as CSCRS Fellows. 
  • Several UTK students participated in the 2018 TRB Annual Meeting to present papers and posters, and to network.

College Courses

  • Duke combined undergraduate/graduate course: Governance and Adaptive Regulation of Transformational Technologies in Transportation (CSCRS instructor: Michael Clamann)
  • UCB graduate course: Injury Prevention and Control (CSCRS instructor: David Ragland)
  • UCB graduate course: Traffic Safety and Injury Control (CSCRS instructors: Offer Grembek, David Ragland)
  • UNC course: Complete, Safe, Equitable Streets (CSCRS Instructor: Tabitha Combs)
  • UTK graduate course: Transportation Safety (CSCRS instructor: Asad Khattak)

Looking Ahead

CSCRS will hold the Safe Systems Summit: Redefining Transportation Safety, Sept. 13-14, 2018, in Durham, N.C. This is not your typical transportation conference. The purpose of the event is to create a learning environment for a diverse group of cross-sector experts to explore the underlying systems driving the national rise in traffic deaths, share findings from innovative new research, and develop insights into strategies for how to reduce transportation injuries and fatalities by utilizing a multidisciplinary, Safe Systems approach to road safety.

 


 

For more information, please contact Caroline Mozingo, CSCRS Education & Outreach Programs Manager.