HSRC Insights: Interviews with the Experts

The HSRC Insights video series provides perspective about HSRC research, news, staff, events, and more. Stay tuned for more videos coming soon!

Tactile WayfindingOctober 2023
Hear from Sarah O’Brien, Senior Research Associate, as she talks about accessibility, tactile walking surface indicators, and shares her perspective on research about “how to improve the built environment and the places where people want to go to make them more accessible.”


HSRC Student Spotlight – Nandi TaylorMarch 2023
Nandi Taylor, PH.D. student and graduate research assistant at HSRC, talks about her experience working at a university-based research center and recent research into structural racism and pedestrian safety.


Teen Driver SafetyFebruary 2022
Learn about HSRC Research Associate Natalie O’Brien’s perspective on teen driver safety and recent research efforts at HSRC.


Bicycle & Pedestrian Safety TrainingMarch 2021
Learn about HSRC Research Associate Kristen Brookshire’s recent efforts to update the FHWA Pedestrian and Bicycle Transportation University Course and bicycle and pedestrian safety training at HSRC.


The Role of HSRC and AV PolicyJuly 2020
Learn more about HSRC’s Senior Human Factors Engineer Michael Clamann and his role as a member of the Partners for Automated Vehicle Education (PAVE)’s newly formed Academic Advisory Council.

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HSRC Webinars

Public Health, Economic Growth, Leisure: How transportation research impacts all our lives, every day
November 11, 2021
Presented by: Bevan Kirley, Senior Research Associate. UNC Highway Safety Research Center, and Seth LaJeunesse, Senior Research Associate. UNC Highway Safety Research Center
Transportation is the simple act of moving people or things from one place to another. While simple in concept, the reality of our transportation system is extraordinarily complex and relies on experts from public health, the social sciences, planning, and engineering to ensure it is safe, efficient, and equitable. In this webinar, HSRC researchers will discuss how the transportation system impacts all our lives, and will highlight a number of ways it intersects with the health and well-being of people, local economies, and the environment.


HSRC presented the following webinars as part of UNC’s University Research Week in 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. 

Strengthening Existing and Facilitating New Vision Zero Plans
October 20, 2020
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?
October 21, 2020
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
October 22, 2020
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 rather than for particular roadway segments.


X-ray Vision: Examining Comic Book Science & Human Factors Design
October 22, 2020
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.