Mei-Po Kwan, distinguished professor of social and behavior sciences at The Ohio State University, delivered this year’s Martin Wachs Distinguished Lecture in Transportation on May 10 at the Luskin School. Kwan discussed the notion of time and its implications for transportation in her lecture “What About Time in Transportation and Health Research?”
Her talk suggested that time is at least as important as space for understanding how individuals of different social groups experience access to facilities and exposure to contextual or environmental influences. Time and behavior go hand in hand, she argued, as a person's experience of an environment depends on what he is doing within it.
The annual lecture honors Dr. Martin Wachs, who previously served as three terms as chairman of the Department of Urban Planning at UCLA, by bringing innovative scholars and policymakers who share their research in transportation and urban planning issues.