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Attitude Adjustment

Exploring new avenues of research, Ph.D. student Tara Goddard partnered with Project Implicit to investigate how drivers’ attitudes may impact safety for cyclists on the road.
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Transit Agencies Ride Social Media

With so many public transit agencies on board with social media, PSU economist, Dr. Jenny Liu asks how they’re using these platforms and to what effect.
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Safety in Numbers

Transportation engineer Krista Nordback explains why it’s a big deal that we don’t have accurate counts of how many people are riding bikes on our streets.
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PSU student helps researchers in Texas make discovery about the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill

Portland State University senior John Donaho worked alongside microbiologists at the University of Texas Marine Science Institute (UTMSI) last summer, as a participant in the National Science Foundation’s Research Experience for Undergraduate program.

Portland State graduate student Jess Millar wins NSF GRFP award

Jess Millar, a PSU graduate student pursuing dual master's degrees in Biology and Statistics, has won a three-year award from the prestigious NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP).

Measuring the airborne toxicants urban bicyclists inhale

Read the original story at the American Chemical Society website.

"Breath Biomarkers to Measure Uptake of Volatile Organic Compounds by Bicyclists" published in Environmental Science & Technology.

Portland State study: urban cyclist uptake of air toxics can double in high-traffic areas

A Portland State University (PSU) study published in the new edition of “Environmental Science & Technology,” found Portland cyclists can inhale up to twice the concentration of air pollution on high-traffic streets than on low-traffic streets.

The concentration of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) in cyclist breath after riding on streets with high vehicle traffic was 40 to 100 percent higher than on low-traffic routes. The ambient levels of VOCs on the high- traffic streets were 100 to 200 percent higher than on streets with less traffic.