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Over 60 students from eight universities around the northwest visited PSU on November 16 to participate in a transportation research conference organized by and for students. Following a welcome breakfast, a panel consisting of representatives from TriMet, CH2M Hill, Port of Portland and Kittelson & Associates discussed “big picture” transportation issues with students. Ten students gave presentations about research or practice, and many of the students presented posters. The conference concluded with a keynote address from Professor Brian Taylor from UCLA on the topic of “Rethinking Congestion.” Many of the students who arrived the evening before also participated in the Oregon Section ITE Traffic Bowl at McMenamins Edgefield. Thank you to graduate student Oren Eshel, who led the conference organization and did an outstanding job.

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In early March, six PSU students in the Masters of Urban and Regional Planning and Masters of Civil and Environmental Engineering programs attended the TransNow Student Conference in Boise, Idaho. The conference was hosted by students at the University of Idaho. Students gave presentations of completed or current work, listened to presentations by the Idaho Department of Transportation, Washington Department of Transportation, and ITS America. There was also time to get to know the approximately 20 other students who attended. Portland State University students would like to commend the University of Idaho on a great job in planning the conference. Participating students were Delia Chi, Ujwalkiran Dharnikota, Laurie Miskimins, Nicole Prehoda, Sandeep Puppala and Benjamin Zielke.

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Prof. Robert Bertini has joined the Transportation Northwest (TransNow) Advisory Committee, effective January 2007. TransNow is the Region X University Transportation Center, established in 1988 as one of the original 10 regional UTCs administered by the USDOT. Bertini has served as a PI on several past TransNow projects, has provided peer reviews on previous TransNow proposals and final reports, and also works with TransNow as a partner in the Northwest University Transportation Consortium.