Assorted Media

I occasionally get asked to talk about my work.   Below you will find some of the highlights.

A good portion of these stem from work I did as part of development teams for two pretty cool interactive websites that allow users to explore various dimensions of fatality risks. The first, TrafficSTATS, provides users with a means to explore traffic fatality risks for various vehicle types, demographic characteristics, and other parameters.   Unfortunately, TrafficSTATS is no longer available.

The second site, Death Risk Rankings, appears to be alive and well.  This site allows users to see probability of dying by various causes in the United States and the European Union.  The tutorial is the basis for my annual “purple balls” lecture (that I “borrowed” from Paul Fischbeck.  Thanks, Paul!).

In 2014-15 I will be giving two campus lectures that will eventually be available online.  The first is for the Freshman Studies program, “Matters of Life and Death: An Informal Introduction to Formal Modeling with Thomas Schelling,” on October 20, 2014.    The second is the annual Spring Honors Convocation, “Is it Warm in Here?  The Intractable Challenges of Climate Change,” on May 15, 2015.

Traffic Safety

Quoted in Time magazine on pedestrian risks of Daylight Savings  (October 31, 2014)

Interview with KPCC Southern California Public Radio (March 10, 2014)

Appleton Post-Crescent editorial on Daylight Saving Time (March 9, 2014)

New York Times Room for Debate piece on Daylight Saving Time (March 6, 2014)

Champaign-Urbana News-Gazette feature on my appointment to National Academy of Sciences panel on unintended acceleration in passenger vehicles  (September 20, 2010)

Pittsburgh Post-Crescent story on Daylight Saving Time (November 3, 2007)

AP story on Daylight Saving Time (November 3, 2007)

Interview with NPR about traffic safety (January 21, 2007)

AP Story about traffic safety (January 18, 2007)

Death Risk Rankings (

Live Science piece on Death Risk Rankings (August 26, 2009)

Jim Stingl piece on Death Risk Rankings in Milwaukee Post-Sentinel (September 5, 2009)

Fuel Economy

US News story on President Obama’s proposed fuel efficiency standards (May 29, 2009)

Innocuous quote on NPR about fuel efficiency (May 29, 2009)

Financial Times story on fuel economy

“This is a noble long-term goal, but a gas tax is an immediate incentive to change.”

Public Lectures

“Matters of Life and Death: An Informal Introduction to Formal Modeling with Thomas Schelling,” Freshman Studies Lecture, October 20, 2014

“The Capitalists’ Cooperative: Economics of Organization and Its Implications for Corporate Social Responsibility,” Grinnelll College Symposium on Sustainability and Corporate Social Responsibility, February 12, 2013

Lawrence Clips

Lawrence Today profile (2013-14)

Short interview

The Lawrentian piece on my Greenfire talk (February 17, 2014)


Guest blogger at Organizations & Markets

Post on Jon Stewart’s mother

Hostage model and UPMC

Public Policy

Testimony before U.S. Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works, Subcommittee on Fisheries, Wildlife, and Water. Hearing on the Good Samaritan Abandoned or Inactive Mine Waste Remediation Act (S. 1787) June 21, 2000.