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Traffic troubles explained at LSU's Science Cafe

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Posted: Aug 26, 2014 11:16 AM by Brock Sues
Updated: Aug 26, 2014 11:19 AM
Source: WBRZ

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Topics: LSU, Science Cafe, Chelsea's Cafe, traffic, evacuations, Brian Wolshon

BATON ROUGE - Traffic headaches are an everyday reality for citizens of the Capital City, but tonight's informative event at Chelsea's Café will give an LSU expert a chance to break down the science of why the delays happen and what we can do to make the city move faster.

Brian Wolshon, Edward A. Karen Wax Schmitt Professor in the LSU Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering, will guide attendees through the basic principles of traffic movement and share results of his research into evacuations at Tuesday night's LSU Science Café event. The monthly event at Chelsea's Café gives an LSU professor an opportunity to spread the word about important research going on at the university to the interested public.

Wolshon is passionate about traffic engineering and his Tuesday night talk will range from a discussion of why traffic sometimes seems to come to a dead stop on the Interstate for no reason to deeper discussions of how the timing of traffic signals affects driver psychology.

After he breaks down the origins of traffic delays, Wolshon plans to talk about the creative thinking and modern tools that can make evacuations, work commutes or simply getting everyone home after a game in Tiger Stadium less of a gridlock nightmare.

The Tuesday, Aug. 26 event will be held at Chelsea's Café at 2857 Perkins Road with doors open at 5 p.m. for food and conversation. The talk begins at 6 p.m.

For specifics about tonight's talk, check out this article on LSU's College of Engineering site and for more on the monthly event series visit the LSU Science Café website.

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