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Herff College Graduate Selected to Represent the U of M at Graduate Education Day

Ms. Ford

Kelsey Ford (BSCE 2012), a graduate student in the Department of Civil Engineering and student researcher for the Intermodal Freight Transportation Institute, was selected to represent the University of Memphis at the Graduate Education Day Celebration at the Legislative Plaza in Nashville in March 2014.

Ms. Ford and Dr. Karen Weddle-West, Vice Provost for Graduate Programs, had lunch with the Shelby County Legislative Delegation and spoke with other state legislators throughout the day about her research and the importance of Graduate Education in Memphis and in Tennessee.

Ms. Ford says, “Having the opportunity to share my research and talk about the other outstanding research being conducted at the U of M on the graduate level was an exciting an impactful experience.” She believes that her conversations and interactions with the government representatives “increased the public awareness of the importance of graduate education.”

The title of Ms. Ford’s research is “Impact of Freight Traffic on School Walking Decisions in Urban Environments.” The research identifies what the perceived safety concerns are for child pedestrians and if truck traffic or railroads were identified has barriers to walking or negatively impacting on child pedestrian safety.

Chancellor John Morgan
Chancellor John Morgan

Rep. Joe Armstrong
Rep. Joe Armstrong

Rep. Antonio Parkinson
Rep. Antonio Parkinson

Sen. Majority Leader Mark Norris, Education Committee Chairwoman Delores Gresham
Sen. Majority Leader Mark Norris, Education Committee Chairwoman Delores Gresham

R – L – Rep. Johnny Shaw, Sen. Jim Kyle, Sen. Reginald Tate, Sen. Mark Norris, Sen. Delores Gresham
Right to Left – Rep. Johnny Shaw, Sen. Jim Kyle, Sen. Reginald Tate, Sen. Majority Leader Mark Norris, Education Committee Chairwoman Delores Gresham

Rep. Johnny Shaw, Sen. Tate, Sen. Brian Kelsey, Rep. Johnny Turner, Rep. Raumesh Akbari, Rep. Mark White, Sen. Mark Norris, Sen. Delores Gresham
Rep. Johnny Shaw, Sen. Tate, Sen. Brian Kelsey, Rep. Johnny Turner, Rep. Raumesh Akbari, Rep. Mark White, Sen. Majority Leader Mark Norris, Education Committee Chairwoman Delores Gresham

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