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Third Annual Transportation Day
 •  November 4, 2016
The ASAP Center held its Third Annual Transportation Day at the FAMU-FSU College of Engineering on Friday, November 4, 2016. More than 125 community members, researchers, and K-12 students enjoyed presentations and demonstrations related to the Safety and Mobility in the Community theme.

Protecting Vulnerable Road Users: Ensuring the Safety of Bicyclist Infrastructure for an Aging Population
Bicycling is a popular outdoor activity for people of all ages and is associated with significant health benefits. However, bicycling is also one of the most dangerous modes of travel. When involved in a collision, a bicyclist’s risk of injury or death is greater than seven times that of a motorist, and this risk increases with age: cyclists aged 65 and older face a risk three times that of cyclists in general. We examined the influence of additional factors related to the distance at which motorists pass cyclists.

Walter R. Boot, Ph.D.
Walter (Wally) R. Boot is an Associate Professor in the Department of Psychology at Florida State University. He received his Ph.D. in Visual Cognition and Human Performance from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 2007. His research interests are broad and include how humans perform and learn to master complex tasks (especially tasks with safety-critical consequences such as driving), how age influences perceptual and cognitive abilities vital to the performance of these tasks, and the potential of technological interventions to improve the well-being, independence, and cognitive functioning of older adults.

ASAP Faculty Jeffrey Brown
Charley V. Wootan Award for Best Paper in Transportation Policy, presented by Transportation Research Board, 2016. Presented for Morris, E., Brown, J. R., & Taylor, B. D. Negotiating a Financial Package for Freeways: How California's Collier-Burns Highway Act Helped Pave the Way for the Era of the American Interstate Highway. Transportation Research Record 2552, 16-22. doi:10.3141/2552-03.

ASAP Faculty Neil Charness
The Franklin V. Taylor Award for Outstanding Contributions in the Field of Applied Experimental/Engineering Psychology, from Division 21 (Applied Experimental and Engineering Psychology) of the American Psychological Association. M. Powell Lawton Distinguished Contribution Award for Applied Gerontology, from Division 20 (Adult Development and Aging) of the American Psychological Association.

ASAP Faculty Walter Boot
Elected Fellow, American Psychological Association (APA).

ASAP Faculty and Director John Sobanjo:
Elected Fellow, American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE).

ASAP Faculty Thobias Sando
Topic Expert in the Fatigue Committee of the Florida Transit Safety Network (2016).

   Message from the              Director
John O. Sobanjo, Ph.D., P.E. Professor
It is my pleasure to welcome you to the Center for Accessibility and Safety for an Aging Population (ASAP). In this our Fall 2016 newsletter, you will read about news and events at the Center, on the various activities on research, education and outreach programs.


FSU’s STEM Outreach for At-Risk Youth (SOAR)
ASAP participated in the STEM Outreach for At-Risk Youth (SOAR) program at Florida State University. The SOAR program facilitates the involvement of undergraduate students in developing and implementing mentoring programs that expose underrepresented youth to science and technology.
FSU’s Young Scholars Program
During summer 2016, Chiles High School student Vivian Zhou and Vika Bommineni, from Trinity Prep in Orlando, worked together with ASAP’s Dr. Eren Ozguven’s group as part of the Young Scholars Program (YSP) at the Florida State University (FSU).
Wheelchair “Ramp It Up” Project.
A group of students and faculty from the FAMU-FSU College of Engineering, including affiliates of the ASAP Center, constructed a wheelchair ramp for a local senior citizen with mobility issues.
Safe Transportation & Aging Symposium at The University of Michigan
The Center for Advancing Transportation Leadership and Safety (ATLAS Center) at The University of Michigan (U-M) hosted the Safe Transportation & Aging Symposium on September 14 through 15, 2016, at the North Campus Research Complex (NCRC) in Ann Arbor, Michigan.
Women in Math, Science, and Engineering (WIMSE) at FSU
On October 25, 2016, ASAP hosted a laboratory visit by some members of the FSU’s Women in Math, Science, and Engineering (WIMSE). WIMSE is a living-learning community (LLC) on campus that supports the growth and development of women in the STEM fields at the Florida State University (FSU).
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