Past Research Activities

Loudoun County Environmental Indicators Projects (LEIP) (1999 to 2004)

LEIP began in 1998 and conducted research on selected environmental indicators for a five-year project. Part of the research was funded by Loudoun County, and part of the research monies were raised through a variety of sources including foundations, private donors and private sources. In addition to providing an annual report, which analyzed changes in the environment, LEIP also produced a newsletter, which circulated to over 500 people and carried articles on faculty research on environmental monitoring efforts in the county. The LEIP project is on hiatus 2003-2004 while the Geography Department conducts a faculty search. The current search is for an urban geographer with excellent GIS skills. Future searches will be for someone with expertise in remote sensing and environmental change. We anticipate that these hires would have the expertise and interest in participating in CUER and LEIP. We are currently conducting research for the Claude Moore Charitable Foundation. Professor Cheung and a graduate student in Geography, are in the process of examining spatial patterns of the groundwater solutes, and comparing these with land cover, bedrock geology, soil type and other relevant parameters. The research and analysis will be completed by the end of academic year 2003-2004.


Transportation Research Board of the National Research Council (1985 to 2005)

GWU, through CUER, is the official depository of the Transportation Research Board publications for the District of Columbia. Dr. Benton-Short has been nominated to serve as the Transportation Research Board Representative at The George Washington University. The Transportation Research Board (TRB) is a unit of the National Research Council, a private, nonprofit institution that provides expertise in science and technology to the government, public and scientific communities. Each month, CUER receives more than seven different transportation journals, newsletters, and special reports that document the cutting edge of transportation technology and policy. Currently, Dr. Larry Marcus, a part-time faculty member in the Geography Department, uses these resources for teaching undergraduate and graduate Transportation Geography courses. One goal of CUER is to make a stronger connection between this large and impressive resource and faculty research in urban transportation.