Previous updates

The Center for Regional Change is hosting a book launch event for “What Counts: Harnessing Data for America’s Communities.” I’ll be speaking about our chapter and we’ll host a discussion with an expert panel composed of local and regional stakeholders. The event takes place on February 13 from 9am-12pm in the UC Davis Student Community Center.

January, 2015 was quite busy with travel. I presented work at the New Mexico Paving and Transportation Conference, the American Meteorological Society annual meeting, the Transportation Research Board annual meeting, and the Institute of Transportation Studies at UC Davis.

I’ll be attending the Association of Collegiate Schools of Planning conference in Philadelphia at the end of October. I’m presenting a paper co-authored with Aaron Golub entitled “Towards equitable public transit decision making.” My talk is on Thursday, October 30 at 9:45 am.

I presented some of my recent work on public transit accessibility to ASU’s Transportation Seminar on October 3. Mike Chester tweeted a photo of the occasion.

I wrote an op-ed on recent regional transportation and land use planning efforts in the San Joaquin Valley for Zocalo Public Square. It was also picked up by the Fresno Bee and Valley Public Radio. I was interviewed by Joe Moore about the work on KVPR’s Valley Edition. You can stream the entire show here. My interview begins around 41 minutes in.

Anthony Damico and I prepared some free, open source R scripts to analyze each of the publicly-available iterations of the National Household Travel Survey. See the description and information on obtaining the scripts here:

On February 13th I was in Denver to present on ongoing work examining the jobs-housing fit/VMT connection at the New Partners for Smart Growth Conference.

USDOT held a virtual symposium on civil rights entitled “Speaking With One Voice” February 4-6. Guillermo Mayer (Public Advocates, Inc.) and I gave a talk entitled “Ensuring Equity and Nondiscrimination in Regional Planning.” The full presentation will be available on YouTube soon.

I was in Washington, DC for the 93rd annual TRB meeting to present work on rural transportation equity in California’s San Joaquin Valley. I also contributed to two Sunday workshop presentations. One was given by Dr. Deb Niemeier entitled “The Next 50 Years in Travel Analysis: What We Don’t Know but Need to Know.” The other was given by Dr. Song Bai – “Particulate Matter Hot Spot Analyses: Research and Applications.”

For attendees of the APHA annual meeting in Boston last November, access my open source HIA material by clicking the “Follow @aakarner” GitHub link in the upper right of this page.