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METRANS Center Receives Grant Funding

The U.S. Department of Transportation awarded a three-year, $3 million grant to the METRANS Transportation Center, a joint venture of CSULB and USC established in 1998 under the University Transportation Centers program.

The California Department of Transportation provided a 100 percent match, bringing the total funding to $6 million to support ongoing efforts aimed at solving metropolitan transportation problems.

“It helps us to continue with our research, as well as our successful outreach activities such as the annual CITT State of the Trade and Transportation Industry Town Hall meetings, the National Urban Freight Conference and various goods movement related workshops and seminars,” said Marianne Venieris, executive director the Center for International Trade and Transportation (CITT) and deputy director of METRANS.

In turn, METRANS delegated $616,898 to fund six 2006-07 CSULB research projects including:

“Reconfiguration Strategies for Mitigating the Impacts of Port Disruptions”—$179,514.

“Dual Use of Electric Utility Rights of Way by Integration of an Urban Maglev [magnetic levitation train] Container Corridor and Gas Insulated Transmission Lines”—$90,000.

“Efficiency Improvements by Passive Control and Optimization of the Combustion Process and Engine Cooling”—$89,396.

“Impact of Streamlined Chassis Movements and Extended Hours of Operation on Terminal Capacity and Source-Specific Emissions Reduction”—$89,118.

“On Sequencing of Container Deliveries to Over-the-Road Trucks from Yard Stacks”—$86,636. “Inter-county Spillovers and Ports and Roads Infrastructure Investment”—$82,234.

California Woman's History Corrected

Women’s Studies Assistant Professor Maythee Rojas used her scholarly skills to help bring proper recognition to the only woman ever hanged in the state of California.

Through her interest in the role of Latinas in society, Rojas became aware of the sad fate of Josefa Loaiza of Downieville, who stabbed miner Fredrick Cannon to death in July 1851 after a possible sexual assault and later argument with Loaiza and her husband the following day.

Rojas’ research led to persuading the Downieville museum to change its records to the correct name, Josefa Loaiza.

“They pass out all new information now,” Rojas said. “My next goal is to get the city of Downieville to change its official plaque about the hanging that rests on the same saloon where Josefa worked with her husband. I want her role in the town’s history to be recorded correctly.”