July 2011

The 2011 edition of Teaching Math Through Navigation teacher institute was recently featured in the Seaway Compass, the newsletter of the Saint Lawrence Seaway Development Corporation. CFIRE Director Teresa Adams served as an instructor at this year’s institute.

CFIRE Director Teresa Adams with workshop faculty and students at the Coast Guard Station at the Sturgeon Bay Canal.

Twenty teachers from Michigan, Wisconsin, and Ohio explored the historical, economical and environmental aspects of Great Lakes shipping in Door County, Wisconsin, June 20-24, 2011. Participants learned about the challenges of managing the Port of Green Bay from Port Director Chuck Larscheid, visited a NOAA weather station to learn about marine weather forecasting, and toured the Sturgeon Bay shipyard. Visits to lighthouses, the Wisconsin and Door County Maritime Museums and a variety of speakers and hands-on maritime activities rounded out the week’s schedule.

Eleven teachers from Michigan, Maryland, and Illinois spent a week at Michigan Technological University (MTU) from June 27-July 1 developing their navigational skills so they could take it back to their students. Now in its second year, the Teaching Math Through Navigation Teacher Institute is taught by mariner and MTU math professor emeritus, Stephen Roblee. Teachers spend the morning in the classroom learning nearshore marine navigation, including finding position, DED reckoning, chart-reading, using a compass, and making speed, time, and distance calculations. Afternoons are spent aboard the R/V Agassiz on the Keweenaw Waterway where classroom learning is put into practice.

These maritime transportation teacher institutes are funded in part by the Great Lakes Maritime Research Institute and CFIRE.

Registration is now open for the Fall 2011 semester of the Transportation Leadership Graduate Certificate (TLGC) program.

The TLGC is a post-baccalaureate, national program of excellence supported by the Regional University Transportation Centers. Please read on to find out more about this unique and innovative program.

The TLGC Program is completely online to fit the needs of busy transportation professionals who want to earn graduate-level credit. Courses in the TLGC program are offered through some of the nation’s top institutions and are taught by expert faculty, ensuring high-quality courses. After completing 4 courses (12 credits) program participants will receive a prestigious certificate that is recognized by public and private sector industry leaders.

For more information and to register, visit transleader.org.

The Transportation Leadership Graduate Certificate (TLGC) program is sponsored in part by CFIRE and the Midwest Regional University Transportation Center (MRUTC).

Best Practices Guidance for Workforce Transition and Succession Planning

July 26, 2011

Researchers have recently completed the Best Practices Guidance for Workforce Transition and Succession Planning (CFIRE 04-03) project and issued a final report. This project focuses identifying and testing low-cost strategies for knowledge management and transfer to aid in workforce transition and succession planning at state departments of transportation. For more information about the results of […]

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Statewide Survey of Large Truck Accidents

July 25, 2011

Unique challenges are faced by truckers: intersections and highway ramps require careful maneuvering, and the size of their vehicles reduces the effectiveness of brakes. These challenges can put trucks and other motorists in danger, and have prompted this survey to determine causes of accidents. The System-Wide Large Truck Safety Analysis in Wisconsin (CFIRE 04-24) project […]

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MAFC Program Director Position Available

July 18, 2011

National Center for Freight and Infrastructure Research and Education (CFIRE) University of Wisconsin-Madison Madison, WI CFIRE is seeking to hire a program director for the Mid-America Freight Coalition. The program director facilitates and manages the MAFC research and outreach programs, conducts freight research, provides member services to coalition members, and represents the MAFC and CFIRE […]

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