Just about a year ago Eloisa Renault stepped away as co-chair of our TRB
Health and Transportation subcommittee. It was a pleasure working with
Eloisa and I think we made a pretty good team. I want to thank Eloisa
for her help in taking the subcommittee from a thought on a piece of
paper to a well-functioning group with a long list of accomplishments.
Thanks you Eloisa.
Moving forward I would like to introduce Michael Widener, as my new
co-chair. Those who have attended our annual meetings have seen Michael
at all of our meeting taking an active roll in many of the subcommittee
activities. Michael is an assistant professor in the Department of
Geography and Planning at the University of Toronto. Prior to this
appointment, he spent three years as an assistant professor in the
Department of Geography at the University of Cincinnati. Dr. Widener is
primarily interested in topics related to health, transportation, urban
geography, and GIScience. He uses a number of methods to explore
research problems in these areas, including spatial analysis,
optimization modelling, and spatial statistics. Dr. Widener is also
active in professional academic communities, serving as a member on two
TRB committees (Environmental Justice and Social and Economic Factors),
the Chair of the Health and Medical Geography Specialty Group of the
Association of American Geographers, and co-chair of the Social and
Health Issues Cluster of the Network on European Communications and
Transportation Activity Research (NECTAR).
Please help me welcome Michael to his new Co-chair position.
Michael J. Widener, PhD
Transportation Planning Consultant