Incubating Solutions to Community Challenges

Owl Research & Innovation Fall 2017

CUES director John Renne was featured in the Fall 2017 issue of Owl Research & Innovation (page 39). In partnership with the Florida Center for Environmental Studies (CES), CUES invited the cities of Hollywood and West Palm Beach to participate in the inaugural FAU Incubator for Resilient & Sustainable Communities to address the challenges of climate change and aging infrastructure.

CUES faculty John Renne and assistant professor Louis Merlin were named as leading researchers in the field of transportation (page 20) along with Eric Dumbaugh, associate director of the Collaborative Sciences Center for Road Safety, co-directing the National University Transportation Center with the goal of improving road safety (page 17).

FAU Incubator article in Owl Research Fall 2017 |  Access the full magazine

John Renne to Chair Mobility Committee

CUES Director John Renne, Ph.D., AICP, was appointed by the Urban Land Institute (ULI) to chair the Mobility Committee for Southeast Florida and the Caribbean District Council. ULI staff is excited for Renne to take a leadership role in helping to envision a future strategy for transportation and land use policy for South Florida and to look for opportunities to expand their work to issues across the Caribbean. Renne has also been appointed to Miami-Dade County Urban Expansion Area Task Force. This group will advise the county on containing or expanding urban growth.

CUES Megaphone Project Gives Citizens a Louder Voice

Assembled by the FAU Center for Urban and Environmental Solutions (CUES) staff, graduate assistants, and volunteers, “The Megaphone” is a re-purposed shipping container that has been turned into a creative hub that amplifies the voice of the Sistrunk community in downtown Fort Lauderdale. While exchanging local knowledge through mapping everyday stories of place, the CUES project team is developing planning tool kits that support and promote industries that lead to a “Made in Sistrunk” mentality.

Elsevier’s TRD Journal announces new section on Disasters and Resilience

Elsevier announces the formation of a new section of the international journal Transportation Research D focusing on Disasters and Resilience. This section will be edited by Karl Kim (University of Hawaii), John Renne (Florida Atlantic University) and Brian Wolshon (Louisiana State University).

This section of Transportation Research D will build on the special capabilities and interests of transportation researchers, coming from multiple disciplines, worldwide, to address the critical ways in which transportation science and the supporting theories, methods, and tools can be applied to increase societal resilience against all hazards, both natural and man-made. In addition to the wide range of natural hazards including both geo-physical and hydro-meteorological, the section will also cover industrial accidents, cascading events (where one hazard such as an earthquake can trigger a release of toxins and harmful substances into the environment), and intentional acts of sabotage or terrorism. In each of these disasters and emergencies, transportation plays a significant role. Core concepts such as travel demand modeling, rare event forecasting, activity-based analyses, system performance monitoring, optimization across time and space, mode choice, network analysis, geospatial modeling, and many other methods are appropriate topics for this section.

Interested authors are encouraged to contact section editors or submit manuscripts through EVISE: https://www.evise.com/profile/#/TRD/login

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