UT Austin Faculty Offer Insight into SXSW Tragedy

As Austin, the nation and the international community mourn the tragic automobile accident at SXSW early Thursday morning, several faculty experts at The University of Texas at Austin are available to help members of the media better understand issues raised by the incident. This list will likely be expanded. Please check back for the latest contacts. 

The Role of Social Media in Crises

Robert Quigley
Senior Lecturer, School of Journalism
A senior lecturer who focuses on new media, Quigley is an award-winning social media editor who has covered a number of major disasters. He has been quoted in Poynter Online, Nieman Journalism Lab, Mediabistro, the American Journalism Review and Mashable as an expert on social media and new media.

Pedestrian Safety and Urban Transportation

Kara Kockelman
Professor, Department of Civil, Architectural and Environmental Engineering
Dr. Kockelman is a faculty member and researcher associated with the Center for Transportation Research at the University of Texas at Austin. Her research includes a variety of transportation-related data analysis subjects, such as: pedestrian safety, travel behavior modeling, transport data analysis, urban transport policy, roadway safety, the connection between urban form and travel, among others. She is primary and co-author of over 110 papers across a variety of transportation-related data analysis subjects.

For assistance connecting with Center for Transportation Research experts, contact Joey Williams, Communications Coordinator, 512-232-3137, joeywilliams@utexas.edu.

Substance Abuse and DWI

Dr. Jane Maxwell
Senior Research Scientist, School of Social Work
Dr. Maxwell is funded by the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism to study drivers impaired by alcohol and/or drugs. She has authored papers on the characteristics of these drivers and her current study will look at their personal characteristics (employment, substance use, mental health problems) in comparison to their driving records. Dr. Maxwell is a long-time member of the National Institute on Drug Abuse's Community Epidemiology Work Group, and she has expertise in a wide range of drugs from heroin and cocaine to the new synthetic drugs, and she monitors drug trends in Texas, in the US, and around the world.