Three UM-Flint departments will join effort to improve Flint’s university corridor

Three UM-Flint departments will assist efforts to create a safe, walkable University Avenue corridor with the help of a $1 million federal grant to Kettering University. UM-Flint’s departments of Earth & Resource Science and Public Health & Health Sciences will share about $100,000 of the federal grant.

The grant was awarded for a plan to connect 16 law enforcement and security organizations, including UM-Flint’s Department of Public Safety, to university researchers, local non-profits, and residents in a comprehensive effort to raise standards of living.

“Faculty from the Earth and Resource Science Department and the staff of the Geographic Information Systems Center will work with our project partners to help develop innovative approaches to reducing crime in the study area,” said UM-Flint Professor Marty Kaufman, department chair. “The locations and causes of criminal events may exhibit patterns that can be determined from the expertise housed in the GISC and Department of Public Health and Health Sciences. Knowing these aspects of criminal activity can help provide input for planning and implementation measures to reduce its severity and impact.”

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