January 31, 2018 — Heartland Center Trainee Kayla Faust is being highlighted for her efforts to promote farm safety as part of the University of Iowa’s Dare to Discover campaign.
The campaign is an initiative of the University of Iowa Office of Research and Economic Development designed to showcase researchers, scholars, and creators who are making a difference through their work. Banners featuring these individuals will be hung throughout Iowa City.
Faust, a PhD student in the Heartland Center’s Occupational Injury Prevention Program, is being recognized for her research that examines driving performance among farmers using a new, PC-based tractor driving simulator.
In an interview on the Dare to Discover website, Faust describes the importance of her work as follows: “Among all the occupational industries in the US, the agricultural industry has the highest rate of fatal and nonfatal injuries. Because a majority of these are due to driving related incidents, it is important to understand the factors that contribute to crash risks among farm equipment operators, which can also have important implications for driver safety in general since many tractor-involved crashes occur on public roadways and have severe outcomes.”
Faust further states that she is seeking a career where she can “comprehensively address traffic and farming safety problems from exposure assessments to the development and evaluation of interventions.” The Heartland Center is proud to help prepare her for that work.