1st Annual ASAP Transportation Day held at FAMU-FSU College of Engineering (2014)

On October 24, 2014, the FSU Center for Accessibility and Safety for an Aging Population (ASAP) held its First Annual Transportation Day event at the FAMU-FSU College of Engineering. More than 100 community members, researchers, and K-12 students enjoyed presentations and demonstrations on the theme of Transportation for the K-12 and Elder Road User. At the opening session, Dean Yaw Yeboah of the FAMU-FSU College of Engineering welcomed the attendees, with a special challenge to the students to prepare to solve the transportation problems of the 21st century. John Sobanjo, Center Director and FSU Professor of Civil Engineering, reviewed the Center's mission and research activities, and Lisa Spainhour, Education and Outreach Chair, presented Doctoral Research Fellow Awards to Ayberk Kocatepe, PhD candidate in Civil and Environmental Engineering, Cary Stothart, Fourth Year Graduate Student in Psychology, and Timothy Wright, PhD Candidate in Psychology.

After the opening session, participants selected from concurrent tracks. Neil Charness, ASAP Associate Director and FSU Professor of Psychology initiated the track on Aging and Mobility with a talk on parking lot hazards for seniors. Other speakers included Alice Pomidor, a geriatrician with FSU's School of Medicine, who spoke on recognizing and reducing medical risk for older drivers, and Michal Gleba, a graduate student in Jerry Wekezer's Crashworthiness and Impact Analysis Lab at the FAMU-FSU College of Engineering, who spoke about issues in paratransit transportation. Attendees also had the opportunity to experiment with the Center's new driving simulator, in a session hosted by Ainsley Mitchum of the Department of Psychology.

Younger participants were able to attend special Teens and Transportation track held at the same time. Will Grissom of Florida Department of Transportation's Impaired, Distracted, and Teen Driving program spoke on teen driving safety, and Carey Shepherd of the Federal Highway Administration introduced the students to potential careers in transportation safety and engineering. After a walk through transportation themed displays and posters, the students enjoyed hands-on activities in the FAMU-FSU computer lab, including a bridge design and safety competition, and a traffic signal design game.

ASAP was pleased to welcome Gail Holley, manager of FDOT's Safe Mobility for Life program, as the event's keynote speaker. Ms. Holley spoke on the topic of staying safe and mobile as aging road users. Event exhibitors included the Safe Mobility for Life Coalition, TraCS Florida crash and citation software, StarMetro Transit, and the Federal Highway Association. Students from FAMU and FSU, including members of the American Society of Civil Engineers and the Florida Engineering Society and Dwight Eisenhower Fellows, served as volunteers during the event.

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