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Saturday, May 03, 2014
Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy 2014 Commencement
5:00 PM -  6:45 PM

This year marks the 100th anniversary of the founding of the Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy. The Charge to the Class will be delivered by U.S. Senator Carl Levin (D-MI).

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Friday, May 02, 2014
2014 Graduation Open House
3:00 PM -  5:00 PM

Students, family, and friends are invited to meet the faculty and staff of the Ford School and tour the classrooms, public spaces, and suites of Weill Hall, which opened its doors in 2006!

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Monday, April 14, 2014
Armed with Expertise: The Militarization of American Social Research during the Cold War
4:00 PM
Book Talks @ the Ford School

Ford School professor Joy Rohde will remark on major points of her new book, Armed with Expertise: The Militarization of American Social Research during the Cold War, and answer questions from the audience.

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Tuesday, January 21, 2014
STPP information session
6:30 PM -  7:30 PM

The Science, Technology, and Public Policy Graduate Certificate program will help you develop and gain methods and tools for science and technology policy analysis.

Come join us and find out more about the STPP Program!

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Monday, November 11, 2013
Building a Green Economy: Indigenous Strategies for a Sustainable Future, Presented by Winona LaDuke
6:30 PM -  8:00 PM
Winona LaDuke, Internationally acclaimed American Indian author, orator, and activist

Although the first "American Indian Day" was celebrated in May 1916 in New York, a month-long recognition of Native Americans did not happen until 1990. That year, President George H.W. Bush signed a joint congressional resolution designating November as National American Indian Heritage Month. Since then, the title has expanded to celebrate the heritage, history, art and traditions of American Indians and Alaska Natives. - See more at: http://www.sph.umich.edu/iscr/news_events/event.cfm?ID=3284#sthash.kq9UCmJS.dpuf

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Thursday, October 10, 2013
Nuclear Technology: The Power and the Peril
5:00 PM -  7:00 PM
A Nuclear Nonproliferation Panel Discussion

Is it possible to prevent the proliferation of nuclear weapons and simultaneously develop peaceful nuclear power technologies? At the Nuclear Nonproliferation Policy Panel Discussion, experts will describe and integrate technical and policy aspects of the nuclear power and nuclear nonproliferation problem.

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Wednesday, October 02, 2013
Too Many Scientists?
4:00 PM -  5:30 PM
How Economics Shapes Science

Paula Stephan, Professor of Economics, Andrew Young School of Policy Studies, Georgia State University

By most indications, the U.S. university system is producing more PhDs than the market for research positions demands given current levels of funding for research, both by government and by the private sector. A major reason for this overproduction is that demand is based on the need to staff labs of faculty researchers with graduate students and postdocs, not upon demand for future researchers.

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Thursday, September 26, 2013
Science Policy in the Afternoon Talks presents: Dr. Chuck Friedman, Director, Health Informatics Program, Schools of Information & Public Health
5:00 PM -  6:00 PM

Dr. Friedman will be speaking about the federal program to stimulate "meaningful use" of health information technology through the HITECH act which was embedded in the Recovery Act of 2009. The government is expected to invest as much as $30 Billion in this program. Dr. Friedman will give the historical background, describe the program itself primarily from a policy perspective, and then describe its current status. He will also contrast the Obama administration's approach with the approach of the previous administration.

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Tuesday, September 24, 2013
STPP INFORMATION SESSION
6:00 PM -  7:00 PM

Join us for a pizza and drinks, and get answers to your questions about the STPP Graduate Certificate program. Meet the Directors, staff and other STPP students and learn about the STPP Program!

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Tuesday, September 10, 2013
STPP Student Planning Meeting (STPP students/faculty must RSVP)
12:00 PM -  1:00 PM
Meet new STPP students and faculty and greet your returning colleagues. RSVP at stpp@umich.edu

Last semester we had an informative student planning meeting and we'd like to continue the discussion as well as share with you what has been accomplished and what's new for this coming year.

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Friday, May 03, 2013
2013 Graduation Open House
3:00 PM -  5:00 PM

Students, family, and friends are invited to meet the faculty and staff of the Ford School and tour the classrooms, public spaces, and suites of Weill Hall, which opened its doors in 2006!

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Thursday, April 04, 2013
The InSPIRE Symposium: Where Science Meets Policy with Congressman John Dingell
1:00 PM -  3:00 PM

All attendees are invited to present a science policy poster and to hear the keynote address by Representative John Dingell, who is representing the 12th district of Michigan. Congressman Dingell will share with us the experience he collected during his time on the Congressional Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation.

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Saturday, March 23, 2013
Fourth Annual United States-Canada Conference 2013
All Day Event
Coordinated Arctic Sea Policy

During the conference, students will discuss coordinating Canada-U.S. Arctic Sea policy through four lenses: natural resource extraction, international trade, environment and security.

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Friday, March 22, 2013
Fourth Annual United States-Canada Conference 2013
5:30 PM -  8:30 PM
Keynote Address: Dr. Henry Pollack and Tom Clynes

Dr. Henry Pollack, Professor Emeritus of Geophysics at the University of Michigan, and Tom Clynes, contributing editor at Popular Science, will deliver the keynote speech for the Fourth Annual U.S.-Canada Policy Conference, hosted by the Domestic Policy Corps and the International Policy Students Association. The 2013 conference, entitled "Planning for 2050: North American Policy for the Future of the Arctic," will focus on U.S. and Canadian Arctic policy, including issues related to the environment, national security, energy, and commerce. The keynote address will be followed by a panel discussion with faculty from the Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy. Conference participation is by application only, however the keynote address is open to the public.

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Monday, February 18, 2013
InSPIRE Book Club: "The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks" by Rebecca Skloot
7:00 PM -  9:00 PM

InSPIRE invites you to join our book club on Rebecca Skloot's The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks.

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Monday, February 04, 2013
Science, Technology, and Public Policy graduate certificate information session
12:00 PM -  1:00 PM

The Science, Technology, and Public Policy (STPP) Program invites you to attend the STPP GRADUATE CERTIFICATE PROGRAM INFORMATION SESSION

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Tuesday, January 29, 2013
Science, Technology, and Public Policy graduate certificate information session
7:00 PM -  8:00 PM

The Science, Technology, and Public Policy (STPP) Program invites you to attend the STPP GRADUATE CERTIFICATE PROGRAM INFORMATION SESSION

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Friday, November 30, 2012
Erb Speaker Series Panel: The New Healthcare Mission: Innovating Through Sustainability
3:00 PM -  5:00 PM
Participating Organizations: SOS Partners, Practice Greenhealth and St. Joseph Mercy Health System (Ann Arbor)

Moderator Rick Ament, is Founder and CEO of Strategic Organizational Sustainability (SOS) Partners. Panelists will be offering thoughts on the key challenges faced by healthcare providers pursuing sustainability objectives from their discipline\'s perspective.

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Monday, November 19, 2012
University seminar with Thomas Hager
12:00 PM -  1:00 PM

Thomas Hager, is the author of The Alchemy of Air: A Jewish Genius, a Doomed Tycoon, and the Scientific Discovery That Fed the World but Fueled the Rise of Hitler.

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"How I Write" seminar with Thomas Hager
7:00 PM

Thomas Hager, author of The Alchemy of Air: A Jewish Genius, a Doomed Tycoon, and the Scientific Discovery That Fed the World but Fueled the Rise of Hitler will present a talk about his writing process.

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Tuesday, November 13, 2012
Young scholars: Making science policy
4:00 PM -  5:30 PM

A panel of four former students in the Science, Technology, and Public Policy program will share insights they gained working at real science policy jobs. Three students received the prestigious AAAS Fellowships of Science and Policy, while the fourth was a professional lobbyist who now works in the office of New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg. Anyone interested in the AAAS program, including STPP and science students, faculty, and advisors, is encouraged to attend.

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Wednesday, October 10, 2012
The U.S. and the ocean: Policy, politics, and the public by Jerry R. Schubel
4:00 PM -  5:30 PM

The U.S. has largest Exclusive Economic Zone of all nations, and in 2010 got our first ever National Ocean Policy, but have failed to ratify the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea and the ocean is rarely mentioned as a source of jobs and new economic activity in the current debate. Ocean scientists seek ocean policies based on sound science, but are limited by lack of experience in the policy arena and by the lack of appropriate institutional structures to engage them and their expertise. Jerry R. Schubel, PhD, President and CEO, Aquarium of the Pacific will offer some observations on disruptive strategies.

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Wednesday, October 03, 2012
The battle over climate change
4:00 PM -  5:30 PM

Tom Clynes is a contributing editor at Popular Science, and a 2010 U-M Knight Wallace Fellow. He also writes and photographs for National Geographic, Men's Journal, GQ, and other publications. See current article.Tom works with organizations that want to stimulate action and involvement. His high-intrigue, high-energy programs catalyze creativity and challenge participants to open up their thinking.

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Tuesday, September 11, 2012
The Other America: Then and Now - Increasing global competitiveness through informal science education
2:15 PM -  3:45 PM

Students in the U.S. currently rank 25th in math and 17th in science among their peers in other industrialized countries. Yet research shows that 80 percent of future jobs will require literacy and skills in these areas. To meet future workforce needs and maintain our global competitiveness, we must improve science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) skills among students and increase access to STEM careers particularly among underrepresented populations. Afterschool programs have begun to play a significant role in developing new informal science education approaches for students across the country. This panel will explore future workforce demands in STEM fields, provide statewide examples of how STEM afterschool initiatives are developing college and career-ready students, and discuss the importance of informal science education initiatives for student success.

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Monday, September 10, 2012
Communicating Science in Politicized Environments
12:00 PM -  1:30 PM
Erb Colloquium Brown Bag / Arthur Lupia

Arthur Lupia examines how information and institutions affect policy and politics.

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Predicting Survival of Older Adults: Findings From a Biosocial Survey
12:00 PM -  1:00 PM
Noreen Goldman, Office of Population Research, Princeton University

Based on data from a bisocial survey in Taiwan, I explore the extent to which mortality prediction improves with the inclusion in models of non-standard biological and clinical parameters; measures of physical performance; and global health ratings made by interviewers and physicians. Some surprising results emerge.

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Thursday, September 06, 2012
Michigan Energy Forum
5:00 PM -  7:00 PM
Michigan Energy Forum: 25 X 25, a Michigan Renewables Ballot Initiative

This session will focus on the November ballot measure which would require a 25% RPS for Michigan utilities by 2025. Panelists representing differing view points will make presentations and answer questions from the audience.

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Friday, May 25, 2012
The Hockey Stick and the Climate Wars: Dispatches from the Front Lines
4:00 PM -  5:00 PM
Reception and Book Signing to Follow

Sponsored by: MI Conference AAUP; UM Faculty Senate (SACUA); UM Departments and Programs: Physics, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, Complex Systems, Science, Technology, and Public Policy; UM Academic Freedom Lecture Fund; Nicola's Books

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Friday, May 18, 2012
Risk Science Unplugged presents Just Unplug and Drive
2:00 PM -  3:00 PM
Just Unplug and Drive

Ninety-five Americans are killed on the road every day. Around 15 times that number are seriously injured and hospitalized. The personal and societal cost of this immense. Without innovative solutions and concerted action, this 'road toll' is estimated to climb. Leading injury prevention researchers Ray Bingham, Jean Shope and Michael Fitzharris join forces with John Viera, Director of Sustainability & Vehicle Environmental Matters at Ford, to chat with Di Bowman about the growing public health challenges posed by transport safety and what can be done to make our roads safer.
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Friday, April 27, 2012
2012 Graduation Open House
3:00 PM -  5:00 PM

All students, family, and friends are cordially invited to meet the faculty and staff of the Ford School and tour the classrooms, public spaces, and suites of Weill Hall, which opened its doors just six years ago.

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Wednesday, April 18, 2012
Virtual Reunification: Bits and Pieces Put Together to Form a Semblance of a Whole
4:00 PM -  6:00 PM
Ricky Punzalan, PhD Candidate, Information and Museum Studies

Virtual reunification offers new possibilities to create and assemble digital versions of archival materials of common origin that have been geographically dispersed. This presentation focuses on the challenges of reunification through a case study of Dean C. Worcester\'s ethnographic photographs of the U.S. colonial Philippines, which are currently dispersed in ten separate locations.

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Tuesday, April 10, 2012
Greenhouse Gas Emissions: Where Law and Politics Intersect
4:00 PM -  5:00 PM
Environmental Law and Policy Program lecture by Trip Van Noppen, President, Earthjustice
Trip Van Noppen

Environmental Law and Policy Program lecture by Trip Van Noppen, President, Earthjustice

As President of Earthjustice, the nation's premier public interest environmental law firm (www.earthjustice.org), Trip Van Noppen leads the organization's staff, board, and supporters to advance its mission of using the courts to protect our environment and people's health.

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Monday, March 26, 2012
SNRE Dean Miranda to deliver Wege Lecture on Sustainability
5:00 PM -  7:00 PM
Title of talk: "Fostering Environments to Sustain our Children's Health."

Marie Lynn Miranda, dean and professor at the University of Michigan School of Natural Resources and Environment, delivers the 11th Annual Peter M. Wege Lecture on Sustainability. The title of her talk is "Fostering Environments to Sustain our Children's Health."

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Thursday, March 15, 2012
The Public and Private Morality of Climate Change
4:00 PM

The Tanner Lecture on Human Values 2011-2012 presents Professor John Broome, the White's Professor of Moral Philosophy, Fellow of Corpus Christi College, University of Oxford. All events are open to the public without charge.

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Friday, March 09, 2012
Making Science Policy Panel Discussion
2:30 PM -  4:30 PM
Making Science Policy

Many of the decisions facing legislators require a level of scientific or technical expertise that very few have. Examples of such decisions in the field of health include: stem cell research, vaccination programs, biotechnology funding, and soil and water contamination.

This workshop will focus on the underlying decision processes that Michigan policy-makers use to protect the public health of Michigan's citizens

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Wednesday, January 25, 2012
Science Cafe: Making Supergerms: Evolution, Antibiotic Resistance, and Public Health
5:30 PM -  7:30 PM
January 25: Science Cafe Event

Are there antibiotics in our drinking water, and if so what effects might they have? Does that soap you use select for drug-resistant bacteria? How long will our medicines keep working? What medical practices help keep bacteria from developing multiple drug resistance? Join us at this week's Science Cafe at Conor O'Neill's Irish Pub to discuss this topic with experts in an informal setting.

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Monday, January 09, 2012
Knowing and Valuing both Private and Public: What Role for Public Policy, Design, and Planning in the 21st Century?
6:00 PM

Richard K. Norton is an associate professor in the urban and regional planning program. He serves as chair of the program, as well as faculty coordinator for the land use and environmental planning concentration for the master of urban planning degree. He also holds a joint appointment as associate professor with the University of Michigan's Program in the Environment, College of Literature, Science, and the Arts.

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Thursday, November 17, 2011
Health Policy Research Seminar Series
3:00 PM -  4:30 PM

Carl Elliott, MD, PhD, will present a talk for the Health Policy Research Seminar Series.

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Monday, November 14, 2011
Nuclear Nonproliferation & Safeguards: A history and perspective by Dr. Michael Rosenthal
11:45 AM -  1:00 PM

Dr. Michael D. Rosenthal joined Brookhaven National Laboratory in May 2007 as the Head of the Nonproliferation and Safeguards Division. Prior to that he served in the US Department of State and the US Arms Control and Disarmament Agency as a member of the Senior Executive Service.

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Monday, November 07, 2011
Women and Work
3:00 PM

The panel examines current issues that confront women in the workplace. Consideration of workplace victimization, the integration of gendered and professional identities, and the effect of gender-hostile work environments on attributions of success will be addressed. This event is free and open to the public.

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Lecture by Sisule Musungu, Access to Knowledge and the Global Intellectual Property Policy Debates
4:00 PM -  5:30 PM

Sisule Musungu is the president of IQ Sensato, not-for-profit research and communications organisation. They provide researchers from developing countries an international platform to inform and shape international policy-making on development-related issues. They undertake research, communicate results and stimulate debate through providing access to the work and perspectives of developing country researchers and experts in order to inform policy-making.

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Thursday, November 03, 2011
Great Lakes Integrated Sciences & Assessments (GLISA) 2011 Symposium
1:00 PM -  6:00 PM
Overview, Research Projects, and Keynote Address by Kathy Jacobs, USGCRP

The symposium will introduce GLISA's work on issues related to climate change and variability, with a keynote address by Kathy Jacobs, Director of the U.S. National Climate Assessment, USGCRP.

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Sunday, October 30, 2011
Erb Speaker Series: The Irrationality of Sustainability
11:00 AM - 12:30 PM

Are decisions that attempt to balance people, planet and profits made rationally? Can they be? Our economic models are built on the ideal that people are maximizers of utility and that we have access to all the information and thus can make necessary choices on a rational basis. Rationality is everything, or is it?How can the decision making of individuals and organizations be influenced and improved? Dan Ariely will be talking about self-control, lack of self-control and how an understanding of human weaknesses can help make the world a better place.

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Erb Speaker Series: The Irrationality of Sustainability
11:00 AM - 12:30 PM

Are decisions that attempt to balance people, planet and profits made rationally? Our economic models are built on the ideal that people are maximizers of utility and that we have access to all the information and thus can make necessary choices on a rational basis. Rationality is everything, or is it? How can the decision making of individuals and organizations be influenced and improved? Dan Ariely will be talking about self-control, lack of self-control and how an understanding of human weaknesses can help make the world a better place. Ariely is a professor of psychology and behavioral economics at Duke. He authored the best sellers Predictably Irrational, and The Upside of Irrationality.

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Monday, October 24, 2011
Leadership in Politics and Science within the Antarctic Treaty
4:00 PM -  5:30 PM
An STPP Lecture Series Event with John Dudeney
Photo credit: Matt Schaar

For over 50 years the Antarctic has been governed through the Antarctic Treaty, an international agreement between 46 nations of whom 28 Consultative Parties undertake a management role. These Parties have qualified for their position on scientific grounds. The presentation will examine both the scientific and political outputs of all the Consultative Parties over the last 20 years and demonstrate that a small number of original Parties not only provide most of the science but also set the political agenda for the continent. Generally those countries producing the most science papers have the greatest political output as well. None of the most recent signatories to the Treaty appear to play a major role in managing Antarctica. The Treaty prides itself on its scientific credentials, but while nations have to demonstrate a substantial science programme to gain consultative status, there is no process to review science quality or commitment thereafter. The presentation will conclude by highlighting the reputational risk of this policy lacuna and will suggest a way in which it could be addressed.

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Friday, October 21, 2011
Why Antarctica - A Continent of Science & Diplomacy
4:00 PM

This talk will put science done in, from, and about Antarctica over the last century into a global context showing its intrinsic importance to humankind using several key case studies drawn from such diverse fields as geosciences, biological sciences and atmospheric and space sciences. The talk will also illuminate how science and diplomacy have mostly been synergistically interwoven in the effective governance and use of Antarctica, and how this has resulted in several powerful science based international legal regimes whilst also contributing to international policy making crucial for the good of humankind. The talk will conclude with a personal assessment of what will be the big science topic areas in the near future.

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Thursday, October 13, 2011
TITLE IX: 39 Years of Protecting Gender Equality, A Vivian R. Shaw Lecture
5:00 PM -  6:30 PM
This event has been cancelled and will be rescheduled for a later date. Please check back for more information.

This event has been cancelled and will be rescheduled for a later date. Please check back for more information.

Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights Russlyn Ali will deliver the Vivian R. Shaw Lecture for the University of Michigan Institute for Research on Women and Gender and Women's Studies Department. Her lecture will reaffirm the priority of ensuring that educational institutions around the country know that Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 prohibits all forms of sex discrimination. Under the direction of Secretary Arne Duncan, the US Department of Education's Office for Civil Rights (OCR) is vigorously leading efforts to ensure all students are afforded a safe learning environment under Title IX. The Assistant Secretary will highlight the OCR's guidance on key Title IX areas, including equal access to athletic opportunities, sexual violence, gender harassment and bullying.

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Thursday, October 06, 2011
Lecture by Murray Feldman
12:00 PM
Careers in Environmental Law Series 2011-2012

The Environmental Law & Policy Program to host Murray Feldman, Administrative Partner, Environment, Energy, and Natural Resources Group, Holland & Hart LLP (Boise, Idaho). Mr. Feldman represents regulated interests, state and local governments, landowners, and others in litigation, administrative proceedings, and counseling on endangered species, public lands, wetlands, and water quality issues in several venues from Alaska to Washington, D.C., and of course Idaho. His recent articles include 'Give PECE A Chance: Evaluating Programs to Avoid Endangered Species Act Listings' and 'Taking a Harder Look at Direct, Indirect, and Cumulative Impacts.' Lunch will be provided.

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Friday, September 30, 2011
MI H2Objective Conference
All Day Event

This two day conference aims to connect scientists, researchers, and community leaders working in academia, industry, and government from across the state of Michigan to explore water research at the interface of Water and the Landscape, Water and Health, and Water and Energy.

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Thursday, September 29, 2011
MI H2Objective Conference
All Day Event

This two day conference aims to connect scientists, researchers, and community leaders working in academia, industry, and government from across the state of Michigan to explore water research at the interface of Water and the Landscape, Water and Health, and Water and Energy.

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Wednesday, September 21, 2011
Risk Science Symposium
All Day Event

The 2011 Risk Science Symposium will bring together leading thinkers from industry, government, academia, the media and other non-governmental sectors to explore new ideas on integrative approaches to health risks, uncertainty and innovation, as we look to develop sustainable solutions to global challenges in an increasingly fragile world.

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Tuesday, September 20, 2011
Risk Science Symposium
All Day Event

The 2011 Risk Science Symposium will bring together leading thinkers from industry, government, academia, the media and other non-governmental sectors to explore new ideas on integrative approaches to health risks, uncertainty and innovation, as we look to develop sustainable solutions to global challenges in an increasingly fragile world.

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Monday, September 19, 2011
CAFTA, Intellectual Property, and Transnational Mobilization for Access to Medicines in Central America
4:00 PM -  5:30 PM

Lecture by Angelina Godoy, Director of the University of Washington's Center for Human Rights; Adjunct Assistant Professor and Assistant Professor, Law, Societies, and Justice, College of Arts and Sciences, University of Washington

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STPP Graduate Certificate Program Information Session
6:00 PM -  7:00 PM

Science and technology play a central role in our modern world. With the potential to transform the way we live, work, and govern, these fields pose novel dilemmas for political and policy discussion. Questions for study include: how should decision-makers contend with competing understandings of the scientific evidence regarding climate change? In what way should we incorporate ethical and social concerns into the regulatory infrastructures for innovations such as biotechnology and nanotechnology?

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Tuesday, April 26, 2011
Get your STPP T-shirts!
All Day Event

Don't forget to get your STPP 'Complete the Puzzle' t-shirt before leaving town this summer! Your classmates designed this shirt in response to student demand, and we have lots left. If we don't sell them, STPP will have to absorb the cost, so please do drop by and pick one up.

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Wednesday, April 20, 2011
STPP Year End Party Dominicks at 7PM
7:00 PM -  9:00 PM

Join us at Dominicks (512 Monroe Street) for the Year End Party to celebrate our graduating students and the end of the year!

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Thursday, April 14, 2011
The EPA & U.S. Environmental Policy: Three Serious Threats
4:30 PM -  5:30 PM
Paul Portney

Dr. Paul Portney is a Professor and Dean Emeritus at the University of Arizona's Eller College of Management, and President Emeritus of Resources for the Future, a non-profit and non-partisan organization dedicated to improving environmental and natural resources policymaking worldwide through objective social science research of the highest caliber. Dr. Portney is also the co-author of 'Public Policies for Environmental Protection.'

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Tuesday, April 12, 2011
STS Speaker: Two Aging American Ornithologists at the End of European Empire in Africa
4:00 PM -  5:30 PM

Presents Nancy Jacobs, Brown University

Two Aging American Ornithologists at the End of European Empire in AfricaCo-sponsored by the Africa Workshop

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Monday, April 11, 2011
An Environmental Agenda: The Task Before Us
7:30 PM -  8:30 PM
Environmental Law and Policy Program Distinguished Lecture featuring Professor Joseph Sax
Joseph Sax

Joseph Sax is the James H. House and Hiram H. Hurd Professor of Environmental Regulation, Emeritus, at the University of California-Berkeley. Sax began teaching law at the University of Colorado in 1962. In 1966, he moved to the University of Michigan, where he became the Philip A. Hart Distinguished University Professor. He joined the Boalt faculty in 1986. From 1994 to 1996, Sax served in President Clinton's administration as the counselor to the secretary of the interior and deputy assistant secretary for policy at the U.S. Department of the Interior.

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Friday, March 25, 2011
Friday: Green Technology and Economic Revitalization symposium
9:00 AM - 11:00 AM

This Friday, March 25, Michigan Law's Mich. Telecom. & Tech. Law Rev. (MTTLR) will sponsor a 'Green Technology and Economic Revitalization' symposium to examine the future of sustainable economic growth in Michigan, focusing on the legal, business, and policy issues present in shaping the future of Michigan's green economy. The symposium will be held in Hutchins Hall, Room 100 beginning at 9:00 a.m. The event is free and open to the public.

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Wednesday, March 16, 2011
Patrick Clemins, Ph.D., Director, R&D Budget and Policy Program AAAS (American Association for the Advancement of Science)
3:00 PM -  4:00 PM

Dr. Patrick Clemins, Director of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. Dr. Clemins will be discussing how President Obama's FY12 budget affects federal research and development programs. This information is important for each of us to consider as we pursue our research endeavors.

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4th Annual Gramlich Showcase of Student Work
4:00 PM -  6:00 PM

An evaluation of the international diplomatic response to the Darfur crisis. An analysis of the outcomes of a state-imposed health care provider tax in Minnesota. An overview of the effects of demolishing public housing projects in Georgia. An appraisal of the challenges and opportunities of community mortgage programs in the Philippines.

Each spring, Ford School faculty and staff nominate dozens of outstanding student research and service projects for recognition at the Gramlich Showcase of Student Work. Established in 2008 to honor internationally renowned economist and former Ford School dean, Ned Gramlich, this event features exceptional student work on a broad range of local, national, and international policy challenges.

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Tuesday, March 15, 2011
Program in the Environment and LSA Water Theme Semester presents Donald Boesch, President of the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science
5:00 PM -  6:00 PM

Donald Boesch is a professor of marine science at the University of Maryland and president of the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science (UMCES). He serves as a panel member of the National Commission on the BP Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill and Offshore Drilling, Chair of the Ocean Studies Board of the National Research Council, and a member of the National Academies Committee on America's Climate Choices.

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Monday, March 14, 2011
Science and the City: Toward Health, Democracy, and Social Justice
4:00 PM -  5:30 PM

Jason Corburn, Associate Professor in the Department of City and Regional Planning, and Co-Director of the Master of City Planning and Master of Public Health Degree Program, University of Berkeley

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Monday, February 21, 2011
Climate Change in the Great Lakes Basin: Policy Options and Public Opinion
4:00 PM -  5:30 PM

Leadership has changed in Michigan and many other jurisdictions in the Great Lakes Basin. One immediate challenge for incoming governors and premiers will be deciding how to proceed with existing state, provincial and regional commitments in climate and energy policy. This panel will review current policy commitments and provide an overview of public opinion on climate change and public policy options. This analysis will consider survey samples from national audiences in the United States and Canada as well as more localized audiences in Michigan and Ontario.

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Monday, February 14, 2011
The North Campus Research Complex, Technology Transfer, and the Public Interest
4:00 PM -  5:30 PM

For the past thirty years, significant policy attention has been given to improving the transfer of technology from universities to private industry in an effort to improve U.S. global competitiveness. These policies have changed the academic model from one of passive knowledge production into one of aggressive participation in the innovation ecosystem. The University of Michigan's new venture accelerator, the North Campus Research Complex, is one example of this trend. However, we must continue to scrutinize the effects of this new alignment of university and industrial interests on public interest research-or non-commercializable research done solely to benefit the public. Is public interest research waning? Can we bolster public interest research in academia by improving the transfer of non-commercial knowledge to nonprofit or public organizations? This paper discusses the history of university-industry interaction, explores several models of successful non-commercial technology transfer mechanisms, and suggests an expanded purview for the North Campus Research Complex.

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Tuesday, February 08, 2011
Nanotechnology – Unplugged
2:00 PM -  3:00 PM

Nanotechnology has been touted variously as the next industrial revolution and the next asbestos. But where does the hype end and reality begin? And what does this mean for public health? Three leading experts discuss the health risks and opportunities of engineering matter at the nanometer scale.

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Wednesday, January 26, 2011
Program in the Environment Speaker Series and LSA Water Theme Semester present Sylvia Earle, National Geographic Explorer in Residence; Founder, Emission Blue
7:30 PM -  8:30 PM

Dr. Sylvia Earle is a National Geographic Explorer in Residence, and the Founder of Mission Blue. She is also the 2011 Goldring Family Distinguished Visiting Lecturer. Her talk is titled 'The World is Blue.' Her presentation will consider new technologies and a new era of ocean exploration vital to understand changes in ocean chemistry, biodiversity and the composition and structure of marine ecosystems, with special reference to the present and future consequences to humankind.

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Monday, January 24, 2011
New Paradigms on Innovation and Access to Medical Technologies: Delinking R&D Costs from Product Prices
4:00 PM -  5:30 AM

The current system to finance drug development based on strong intellectual property rights is failing many in both developing and developed countries. The system promotes monopolies that make products unaffordable, and fails to provide incentives for urgently needed diagnostics and treatments for neglected diseases. In the last 5 years, developing countries and civil society organizations have encouraged discussions at the World Health Organization on new incentive mechanisms that are not based on monopolies and that de-link the cost of research and development from the prices of final products. Knowledge Ecology International (KEI) has been active in these discussions and in promoting the use of innovation inducement prizes for health technologies. The presentation will describe the WHO negotiations, introducing the concept of de-linkage and some of the proposals that are currently under discussion.

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Monday, November 22, 2010
Threading a Very Fine Needle: Race, Gender, and the Public Policy of Reproductive Genetic Policies
4:00 PM -  5:30 AM

Sujatha Jesudason is the founder and Executive Director of Generations Ahead (http://www.generations- ahead.org/), an organization that seeks to advance a social justice perspective in the public policy debates on genetic technologies. She began working at the intersection of race, reproduction, and genetics at the Center for Genetics and Society in 2004, and has been active as an organizer, advocate, and researcher in communities of color and on women's liberation issues for over 19 years. Her recent projects include developing a national collaborative campaign against sex selection, making the connections between past, present, and future eugenic technologies, and framing genetic justice as a human right. She serves on the Board of Directors of the National Asian Pacific American Women's Forum, and earned her PhD in sociology at the University of California at Berkeley.

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Monday, November 08, 2010
Humanitarian Work in a Changing Climate: How can the Ford School and the Red Cross help each other?
4:00 PM -  5:30 PM

Pablo Suarez is the Associate Director of Programs, International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies and a consultant to the Environment Finance Group, United Nations Development Programme. His work as researcher and consultant investigates the integration of climate information into decision making for reducing vulnerability, both at community level and through national and global policies. He has consulted about climate change at Oxfam America; World Food Programme (WFP); Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO); World Bank; ProVention Consortium; Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs; Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs; and United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change.

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Monday, October 25, 2010
The Climate Fix: A Pragmatic Future for Climate Change
4:00 PM -  5:30 PM

The world's response to climate change is deeply flawed. The conventional wisdom on how to deal with climate change has failed and it's time to change course. To date, climate policies have been guided by targets and timetables for emissions reduction derived from various academic exercises. Such methods are both oblivious to and in violation of on-the-ground political and technological realities that serve as practical 'boundary conditions' for effective policy making. Until climate policies are designed with respect for these boundary conditions, failure is certain. Using nothing more than arithmetic and logical explanation, Dr. Pielke offers a comprehensive exploration of the problem and suggests a more practical resolution, including investment to create a more carbon-efficient economy and cost-efficient carbon-capture technologies.

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Monday, September 20, 2010
Reinventing Technology Assessment in the US: A 21st Century Model
4:00 PM -  5:30 PM

Richard Sclove, Founder and Senior Fellow of the Loka Institute

Commentator: Andrew Maynard, Professor of Environmental Health Sciences and Director of the Risk Science Center, University of Michigan

Co-Sponsors: Risk Science Center and the College of Engineering, University of Michigan

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Monday, April 12, 2010
Social Science, Counterinsurgency, and American National Security: Policy Lessons from History
4:00 PM -  5:30 PM

In 2007, the U.S. Army introduced its newest counterinsurgency weapon into Iraq and Afghanistan: civilian social scientists. As members of the Human Terrain System (HTS), the social scientists are embedded in combat brigades, where they provide commanders with research and advice. HTS has been controversial from the start; many social scientists attack it for melding academia and national security and for violating research ethics codes. In this talk, I historicize HTS within the broader context of the relationship between social science and national security policy since the 1950s. By examining the cases of the Special Operations Research Office and Project Camelot, I argue that HTS is simply the most recent example of the national security state's decades-old effort to use social knowledge to bureaucratically and technically manage complex problems of foreign and military policy.

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Monday, March 15, 2010
Neighborhood as Sustainability Laboratory: Agency and agendas in the green rebuilding of the lower Ninth Ward in New Orleans
4:00 PM -  5:30 PM

Barbara Allen, Associate Professor and Director
Graduate Program in Science & Technology Studies
Virginia Tech's National Capitol region Campus

With commentary by Margaret Dewar, Professor of Urban and Regional Planning and Faculty Director of the Edward Ginsberg Center for Community Service and Learning

Co-Sponsored by the University of Michigan Center for Local State and Urban Policy

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Monday, February 22, 2010
The Emerging Revolution in Emissions Trading Policy
4:00 PM -  5:30 PM

Emissions trading policies initially relied on 'squatter's rights' principles granting emissions allowances to existing polluters for free. Recently, however, policy designers have largely abandoned this approach, requiring polluters to buy allowances from the public through auctions. Given the high financial stakes, this is a momentous shift. Given how skeptical experts and decision makers have been of the political viability of allowance auctions, and the opposition of powerful economic interests, it is also a remarkable political development. This presentation will document the surprising emergence of a new paradigm of public resource ownership, as well as offering some thoughts on why this paradigm suddenly gained political traction. The presentation will also explore an ongoing tension between two competing visions of public ownership. How this tension may be resolved remains a vital question for future emissions trading policies.

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Monday, December 07, 2009
Bioequivalence: The Regulatory Careers of a Medical Concept
4:00 PM -  5:30 PM

Daniel Carpenter, Freed Professor of Government and Director, Center for American Political Studies, Harvard University

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Monday, November 09, 2009
Science and Technology Investments and Policy in the Obama Administration
4:00 PM -  5:30 PM

Kei Koizumi, Assistant Director for Federal Research and Development, Office of Science and Technology Policy, Executive Office of the President

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Monday, October 26, 2009
Synthetic Genomics: Options for Governance
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM

STPP 2009 Fall Lecture Series

Michele Garfinkel, Policy AnalystJ. Craig Venter Institute

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Monday, September 21, 2009
The Politics of Precaution: A Comparison of Consumer and Environmental Regulation in Europe and the United States, 1970 - 2008
4:00 AM -  5:30 PM

STPP 2009 Fall Lecture Series

David Vogel, Professor of Business Ethics and Political ScienceHaas School of Business, University of California at Berkeley

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Monday, February 16, 2009
Dangerous Excursions : A New Era of DNA Collection and its Implications on Civil Liberties
4:00 PM -  5:30 PM

STPP 2009 Winter Lecture Series

Tania SimoncelliScience Advisor, American Civil Liberties Union

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Monday, January 12, 2009
Nanomaterials: Science and Policy
4:00 PM -  5:30 PM

Jennifer SassSenior Scientist, Natural Resources Defense Council

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Monday, November 17, 2008
Beyond the Precautionary Principle in Progressive Politics: Toward the Social Regulatin of Genetically Modified Organisms
4:00 PM -  5:30 PM

Daniel Lee KleinmanProfessor of Rural Sociology, University of Wisconsin - Madison

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Monday, September 22, 2008
Bangalored! The Making of Asia's Newest World City
4:00 PM -  5:30 PM

Michael GoldmanAssociate Professor of Sociology, University of Minnesota

Commentary by Jonathan Levine, Professor and Chair of the Urban & Regional Planning Program, University of Michigan Department of Urban and Regional Planning.

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Monday, April 14, 2008
Science and Technology Policy for Development: Issues from the Global South
4:00 PM -  5:30 PM

Susan CozzensProfessor of Public Policy, Director of the Technology Policy and Assessment Center, and Associate Dean for Research of the Ivan Allen College Georgia Institute of Technology

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Monday, April 07, 2008
You Can Argue with the Facts: A Political History of Climate Change
4:00 PM -  5:30 PM

Naomi OreskesProfessor of History and Science Studies at the University of California, San Diego

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Monday, March 31, 2008
Changing Big Systems: Barriers to Innovation in Energy Technology
4:00 PM -  5:30 PM

Frank LairdAssociate Professor of Technology and Public Policy at the Graduate School of International Studies, University of Denver

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Monday, March 03, 2008
Governing Man and Beast: Scientific Knowledge and the Management of Populations
4:00 PM -  5:30 PM

Paul EricksonPostdoctoral Fellow, University of Michigan Science, Technology, and Public Policy Program

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Monday, January 28, 2008
The Policy and Politics of Science and Technology on Capitol Hill
4:00 AM -  5:30 PM

Tind Shepper RyenProfessional Staff, Committee on Science and Technology, U.S. House of Representatives

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Monday, December 10, 2007
Transnational Authority in International Technoscientific Collaborations
4:00 PM -  5:30 PM

Dan PlafcanPostdoctoral Fellow in Science, Technology, and Public Policy, Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy, University of Michigan

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Monday, November 12, 2007
All We Lack is The Political Will: Technology and Effectiveness in Human Affairs
4:00 PM -  5:30 PM

Dan SarewitzDirector of the Consortium for Science, Policy and Outcomes, Arizona State University

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Friday, November 02, 2007
AAAS fellowship information session
12:00 PM -  1:30 PM

Friday, November 2nd from 12-1:30PM in 1110 Weill, the Betty Ford Classroom

For more information, please see

http://fellowships.aaas.org/

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Monday, October 29, 2007
The Rise of Innovative China?
4:00 PM -  5:30 PM

Adam SegalMaurice R. Greenberg Senior Fellow for China Studies, Council on Foreign Relations

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Friday, October 19, 2007
Religious Perspectives on Climate Change Conference
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM

Where: Walter and Leonore Annenberg Auditorium, Weill Hall. Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy

Sponsored by : The Erb Institute; The Ford School of Public Policy; The Association of Religious Counselors; The Program in the Environment; Center for Faith & Scholarship; Lord of Light, Lutheran Campus Ministries; Religious Trust Fund

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Monday, October 01, 2007
Standardizing Regenerative Medicine Products: Another Side of Public Policy and Politics
4:00 PM -  5:30 PM

Linda HogleAssociate Professor, Department of Medical History and Bioethics, University of Wisconsin-Madison

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Monday, April 16, 2007
Building Genetic Medicine: Breast Cancer, Technology, and the Comparative Politics of Health Care
4:00 PM -  5:30 PM

Professor Shobita Parthasarathy will be speaking from her forthcoming book, to be published by MIT press in April, 2007. Reception to follow.

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Monday, March 26, 2007
Radically Rethinking Climate Policy
4:00 PM -  5:30 PM

Steve Rayner, James Martin Professor of Science & Civilization, and the Director of the James Martin Institute, Said Business School, University of Oxford

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Monday, February 12, 2007
Aesthetic Democracy: Negotiating Visual Norms for Wind Energy Development
4:00 PM -  5:30 PM

Roopali Phadke, Assistant Professor of Environmental Studies Policy & Politics, Macalester College

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Monday, January 29, 2007
Dual-Use Biotechnology Threats in a Post 9/11 World: The 2002 Synthesis of Poliovirus?
4:00 PM -  5:30 PM

Dr. Kathleen M. Vogel is Assistant Professor of Peace Studies/Science & Technology Studies at Cornell University's Einaudi Center for International Studies. Prior to taking her current position, she was a William C. Foster Fellow with the Bureau of Nonproliferation in the Office of Proliferation Threat Reduction at the U.S. State Department. She has also served as Ed A. Hewett Fellow for the National Council of Eurasian and East European Research with joint appointments from Sandia National Laboratories and the University of New Mexico's Institute of Public Policy. She holds a Ph.D. in Chemistry from Princeton University.

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