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Dissertation Research Abstract [1]


What can we learn from existing travel behavior data [a] about automobile use in Monona Wisconsin? How has the idea of automobile use been constructed by residents of Monona? How has community knowledge on health been a part of the consideration on automobile use? In what ways might the current transportation system in Monona have suffered certain social groups in Monona? The intensity of automobile use has long been recognized as a primary cause of the current unsustainable transportation system. Yet a considerable number of individuals have continued to travel with their private cars and some social groups have continued to be marginalized due to inadequate transportation infrastructures. This dilemma suggests that sustainable transportation has a complex set of problems and requires a robust approach of research in order to understand the complexities of the problems and offer potential solutions to these problems.

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Presenting at Wednesday Nite @ The Lab


I am sharing a video presentation of myself along with my two collaborators Heather Gates and Randy Stoecker.  Wednesday Nite @ The Lab is a forum organized by the UW-Alumni for the public who is passionate about a variety of research at the university.  Most of the presentation, however, is delivering traditional scientific research.  While it is very interesting probably for most people learning about our presentation that has minimum content of traditional scientific type of information.  Although the presentation was based on scientific environmental problems, our work is more on how community has been part of this problems.  Anyway, please enjoy A University-Community Partnership in Addressing Environmental Problems.

Watch A Partnership for Addressing Environmental Issues – Ep.640 on PBS. See more from University Place.

An article about a university-community partnership


Just to share “my” article on the collaboration between Nelson Institute and The Natural Step Monona http://bit.ly/xU50Ee.

Among other things I have learned while writing this article is how do you style your writing in a journalistic way.  Names and events are important.  Even so, a single author with a first person language is also much better.  That is why this is “my” article although it was originally written collaboratively with Randy and Heather.


A successful community-based research class


A little over a year ago, I learned that our proposal for a capstone class to the Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies got accepted.  I literally jumped off my chair when reading the email from the selection comittee; I was so happy.  Supported by the Nelson Institute’s Community Environmental Scholars program, Charlotte Zieve, and the Morgridge Center for Public Service, the class had been finalized by holding a public event last week as our final meeting.  It was indeed a successful class.  We had a group of twelve highly motivated undergraduate students, and had the support of fourteen dedicated The Natural Step Monona volunteers.  I both thanked and congratulated them for this.  The following link will bring you to a news coverage by the Herald Independent about the event.

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