December 2013 Catalyst

December 2013
While the relationships among manufacturing, transportation, and economic growth have been studied on a large scale, there is often little dialogue between transportation organizations and the manufacturers themselves. A recently completed pilot study conducted jointly by the Minnesota Department of Transportation, the University of Minnesota Humphrey School of Public Affairs, and the University of Minnesota Extension aims to address this communication gap.
Across Minnesota and throughout the country, there is a growing interest in new approaches to community sustainability related to a wide range of local issues, including transportation. In the past, many communities have connected with nearby research universities for one-time projects and partnerships. However, a new program at the University of Minnesota aims to build the practice of sustainability through deeper and broader community connections.
The "gray tsunami"—the tidal wave of aging baby boomers—could mean big changes in the workplace. Organizations need to be thinking now about grooming their younger employees to become effective supervisors and fill the shoes of retiring boomers. The Minnesota Local Technical Assistance Program partnered with Hennepin Technical College this fall to help local transportation agencies meet this critical workforce development need. They offered a one-day workshop: "From Line to Leadership: Transitioning from Operations to Supervision."
Members of our armed forces serving in war zones take tremendous risks, even when just driving down a street. Because of threats from IEDs, snipers, or insurgents waiting to attack, service men and women develop driving habits such as running stop signs and swerving wide for any irregularity in the road. But back home, driving habits that may have saved their lives can put them, and the lives and safety of others, at risk. To help service members returning from deployment readjust, University of Minnesota researcher Erica Stern studies the driving behaviors that many soldiers bring home and suggests ways to help them change those habits.
Publication Credits 

Publisher/Director: Laurie McGinnis
Managing Editor: Pamela Snopl

Editors: Christine Anderson, Amy Friebe, Michael McCarthy

Designer: Cadie Adhikary

Student Intern: Nicola Harger, Lexi Gusso

Freelance Writer: Megan Tsai