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MSU professor Nicholas Ward appointed special issue editor of transportation journal

August 17, 2012 -- MSU News Service

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BOZEMAN - Nicholas Ward, professor in the Mechanical and Industrial Engineering Department at Montana State University, has been selected as guest editor for a special edition of the journal Transportation Research Part F: Traffic Psychology and Behavior, or TRF.

The TRF special issue will be dedicated to the importance of traffic safety, with a focus on understanding how the social factors in our culture influence our decisions to engage in dangerous driving, such as drunk driving, and to accept safety programs, such as automated speed-monitoring cameras.

"The importance of this type of research is that it has tremendous potential to save millions of lives over the next decade," said Steve Albert, director of the Western Transportation Institute, an MSU-based research organization founded by the Montana and California departments of transportation for researching rural transportation issues.

Ward is a senior research scientist collaborating with WTI and he has 15 years of experience in human factors research, which uses driving simulation to focus on driver behavior and vehicle design issues. He has directed driving simulation programs at three other universities.

At WTI, Ward conducts research for the Center for Health and Safety Culture. The Center is comprised of an interdisciplinary team of researchers and practitioners from across North America dedicated to using science to address social issues. The mission of the center is to improve health and safety and increase livability through cultural transformation (

The special edition is seeking a broad spectrum of submissions from different international and disciplinary perspectives that consider traffic safety culture along the entire social ecology. Interested authors must first submit abstracts of their proposed submissions for consideration by November 1, 2012. Contact Nicholas Ward - - for complete submission process information.

The Western Transportation Institute is the nation's largest transportation institute focusing on rural transportation issues, with over 85 staff members and researchers with experience in 40 states and 16 countries. The Institute was established in 1994 by the State Departments of Transportation of Montana and California, in cooperation with Montana State University, to serve as a national center to address rural transportation challenges.

Contact: Nicholas Ward, senior researcher, Western Transportation Institute, at (406)994-5942, or