HSRC to participate in UNC’s University Research Week
HSRC is proud to be participating in UNC’s University Research Week, October 19-23, 2020. University Research Week is an annual celebration of Carolina’s research excellence and an effort to increase participation by students, of all levels, in research activity. Through multiple unique virtual events, the campus community will become more familiar with UNC’s world-class research and the strategic initiatives that make it one of the top research institutions in the world. If you have any questions, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
As part of the 2020 celebration, HSRC will be presenting the following webinar:
X-ray Vision: Examining Comic Book Science & Human Factors Design
Thursday, October 22, 2 – 3 p.m.
Presented by: Dr. Michael Clamann, UNC Highway Safety Research Center
Comic books offer us an opportunity to suspend disbelief while witnessing the superhuman feats of aliens, enhanced humans and advanced technologies. But does modern science fit in these fantastic stories? In this webinar we will investigate some of what’s possible, what’s real, and what some scientists do to make us superhuman. Join Dr. Michael Clamann, UNC Highway Safety Research Center’s resident human factors expert, in an interactive discussion of Iron Man’s armor as a human factors design challenge and other comic book science questions.
Register for “X-ray Vision: Examining Comic Book Science & Human Factors Design“. Prior to the session, please fill out this brief survey.
Recordings of these webinars will be available soon.
Strengthening Existing and Facilitating New Vision Zero Plans
Tuesday, October 20, 11 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Presented by: Dr. Kelly Evenson, Department of Epidemiology, UNC-Chapel Hill, and Seth LaJeunesse, UNC Highway Safety Research Center
A Vision Zero plan is a public document that provides the vision for future efforts to reduce traffic fatalities and serious injuries to zero. Vision Zero planning may be enhanced through the use of high-quality plans. Our team abstracted Vision Zero plans and identified ways in which plans could be strengthened. Guidance based on the review of existing plans was recently released in the “Guide to Developing a Vision Zero Plan.“ This webinar will discuss the findings from the plan abstraction and provide actionable feedback for communities creating new Vision Zero plans or updating current Vision Zero plans. We will also highlight the Vision Zero library resource.
How is COVID-19 Impacting Mobility, Health and Teen Driving in NC?
Wednesday, October 21, 10 – 11 a.m.
Presented by: Dr. Katie Harmon, Dr. Wes Kumfer, Natalie O’Brien and Dr. Randa Radwan, UNC Highway Safety Research Center and Dr. Arrianna Planey, UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health
How is COVID-19 affecting the health and mobility of communities large and small across North Carolina, and how might those changes interplay with health policies? A UNC COVID-19 mobility and health impacts study led by the Highway Safety Research Center is examining those questions. In this webinar, COVID-19 mobility and health data trends in North Carolina will be presented, as well as a look at pandemic effects on teen driver crashes and licensing and a case study of pandemic effects on meat and poultry processing plants.
HSRC’s work to Improve Tools and Methods for Reducing Traffic Crashes and Injuries
Thursday, October 22, 11 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Presented by: Dr. Taha Saleem and Libby Thomas, UNC Highway Safety Research Center
Engineers and practitioners at the State and Local levels are responsible for making decisions about improvements that may be most effective in reducing crashes and injuries at a particular roadway location. This session will feature two presentations on this topic. The first presentation will provide an overview of a tool called as the Crash Modification Factor Clearinghouse that is being maintained by the Highway Safety Research Center. This tool provides practitioners with information about the safety benefit that may be expected from a particular roadway improvement. The second presentation is about the concept of systemic safety improvements. This presentation will focus on identifying low-cost roadway improvements that can implemented systemwide on a risk-based approach, rather than wait for crashes to occur at particular locations. This approach can help address uncertainty about where crashes will occur next.