“Avoiding the abyss: Making Planning relevant”presented by Daniel Rodriguez, Director of the Carolina Transportation Program; Associate Professor in City and Regional Planning at UNC; and Adjunct Associate Professor of Epidemiology at University of North Carolina, Chapel HillDr. Rodríguez’s research focuses on the reciprocal relationship between the built environment and behavior. He is the author of more than 50-peer reviewed publications and a co-author of the book Urban Land Use Planning (University of Illinois Press). Dr. Rodríguez’s research has been funded by the National Institutes of Health, the Environmental Protection Agency, and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, among others. He is currently appointed to two standing committees of the National Academies’ Transportation Research Board and serves in the editorial board of journals like the Journal of the American Planning Association, Journal of Sustainable Transportation, Journal of Transport and Land Use, and the Journal of Architectural Planning.