2012 Events

Seminar- Dr. Dahlia Sokolov (Democratic Staff Director for the Research and Science Education Subcommittee of the House Committee on Science, Space and Technology)

  • Jan 19th, 2012
  • Dahlia Sokolov, a UW graduate who now works as the Democratic Staff Director for the Research and Science Education Subcommittee of the House Committee on Science, Space and Technology gave a presentation titled, “Policy for Science vs Science for Policy.” Her talk defined the two and gave numerous examples of each drawn from her time spent working with Congress.

Seminar- Laura Wisland (Senior Energy Analyst for the Union of Concerned Scientists) and Chris Carney (Outreach Coordinator for UCS)

  • May 22, 2012
  • California has long been a leader among states in the transition to cleaner, safer sources of energy. In 2011, the Golden State took another big leap forward, committing to sourcing at least a third of its electricity from renewable sources like wind and the sun by 2020. What will this take? How might it impact renewable energy development and policies in the Pacific Northwest? Finally, what can other states and the federal government learn from the California experiment? Experts with the Union of Concerned Scientists were deeply engaged in helping shape the policies that led to California’s 33 percent by 2020 renewable energy law. Laura Wisland will tell the story of how California got to where it is, and what technological (and political) obstacles will need to be addressed to keep moving toward even greater goals giving up fossil fuel power for greener sources. Chris Carney will share how UCS works with a nationwide network of experts in the science, technology, engineering and mathematics fields to help ensure that policy is informed by independent science, and how experts like you can make a difference.

Book Club Discussion- Nancy Baron’s Escape from the Ivory Tower, discussion lead by Dr. Liz Neeley (Assistant Director of Communications at COMPASS and contributor to Escape from the Ivory Tower)

  • June 5th, 2012
Seminar – Kate Stoll (AAAS Science and Technology Policy Fellow at the National Science Foundation in the Division of Graduate Education; previous FOSEP leader.)
  • Sep 21st, 2012
  • Dr. Stoll will give a short presentation about the AAAS Fellowship, how to be competitive for the fellowship, and insights into graduate education from a national policy perspective. A discussion/question and answer session will follow immediately after.


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