Fulbright Scholar Undertakes Research at Mason

Posted: February 2, 2005 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

By Rey Banks

Mary Brooks
Mary Brooks

Mary Brooks would like to see a change in U.S.-Canadian transportation policies. Toward that end, she has taken up temporary residence at the Center for Transportation Policy, Operations, and Logistics (TPOL) located within the School of Public Policy. As a recent recipient of the Canada-U.S. Fulbright fellowship, Brooks is researching the concerns of transport companies and the growth possibilities for four modes of freight transportation: road, rail, marine, and air. Her research will result in a book on the liberalization of transportation regulation in North America in a post-9/11 security environment.

Brooks brings a wealth of experience with her from Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia, where she holds the William A. Black Chair of Commerce and teaches marketing and transportation in the School of Business Administration. Brooks was attracted to Mason because of the school’s proximity to Washington, D.C., and its reputation as an educational leader in transportation policy, as well as TPOL’s designation as the U.S. Center of Excellence in the Application of Intelligent Transportation Systems.

Brooks’ research project, titled “Further North American Integration of Transportation Services in the Age of Terrorism,” looks at balancing security requirements and trade facilitation within the North American trading region. “Currently there are more than 60 different trucking regulations between Canada and the United States,” says Brooks. “We need to reexamine the transportation component of the North American Trade Agreement that regulates commerce and move toward more industry-wide standards.”

Brooks also chairs the Committee on International Trade and Transportation of the Transportation Research Board and is a member of the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport. She served as a director for the Halifax International Airport Authority for eight years and is co-editor of the Canadian Journal of Administrative Sciences.

The Canadian-U.S. Fulbright Award is a highly competitive, prestigious award initiated in 1946 as a result of legislation enacted by President Harry S Truman in Sen. William J. Fulbright’s name. More than 250,000 scholars in 151 countries have since participated.

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