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UMassSafe Survey Draws Widespread Media Publicity While Concluding That Seatbelt Usage Is Rising in Commonwealth

Robin Riessman

Robin Riessman

A study done by the UMass Amherst Traffic Safety Research Program (UMassSafe) and completed in June of 2016 finds that seatbelt use is at an all-time high in Massachusetts, but the state still lags behind others in seatbelt use. The study finds that 78.2 percent of drivers and front-seat passengers use seatbelts, up from 67 percent as recently as 2006. Last year the figure was 74 percent. The national average is 88.5 percent. Robin Riessman, associate director of the UMassSafe Program, says seatbelt use has been increasing during the past 10 years, and especially during the last year studied.

Workshops Will Build Bridges Between STEM and Public Policy Grad Students

Zana Cranmer

Zana Cranmer

Industrial Engineering doctoral student Zana Cranmer, an Offshore Wind Energy IGERT Fellow at UMass Amherst, has received a National Science Foundation Supplement grant of $34,946 from the NSF Directorate for Education and Human Resources to run a series of workshops at UMass related to science and technology policy. The grant will support a series of workshops, co-organized by Cranmer, to teach science and engineering doctoral students what they need to know about policy making and help them across all fields to collaborate with one another on policy related to science and technology.

Lieutenant Governor Polito Tries Human Performance Lab Driving Simulator at 2016 Moving Together Conference

Lieutenant Governor Karyn Polito

Lieutenant Governor Karyn Polito

The Arbella Insurance Human Performance Laboratory received another shot of good publicity on September 29 at the 2016 Moving Together Conference, which brings together transportation leaders and individuals involved in the areas of planning, public health, bike and pedestrian safety, transit, advocacy, elected office, law enforcement, and education. At that event, Massachusetts Lieutenant Governor Karyn Polito visited the HPL booth to try her hand at the lab’s groundbreaking driving simulator – a PC-based program that trains drivers to anticipate potential roadway hazards and to maintain their attention on the forward roadway.

Women in Engineering and Computing Career Day Set for October 24

On Monday, October 24, 224 young women from 25 high schools in Massachusetts and the region - including Springfield, Chicopee, Greenfield, and Orange - will explore the fields of engineering and computing through hands-on activities. The event is the annual Women in Engineering and Computing Career Day Conference, and the aim of this program is to excite, inspire, and encourage young women to pursue engineering or computer science as an academic track and career path.

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