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Scientific discovery plays a crucial role in shaping public policy, and policymakers set priorities for billions of federal research dollars. Scientific data drives policies that repaired the ozone hole, reduce toxic air pollutants, and maintain safe drinking water.
However, dialogue between the two realms is rarely straightforward. When crafting policy, members of Congress must consider a wide array of aspects beyond scientific evidence, including the state of current regulations, economic impacts, and public opinion. Today, progress on scientifically grounded policy has stagnated in many areas due to a hyper-partisan political landscape and a loss of public trust in the scientific process.
Please join us for a lively conversation featuring two scientists working to shape policy at the federal level. They will discuss the role of science in shaping public policy and offer solutions for a more collaborative relationship between the scientific and policy realms.
Dr. Jordan Eccles holds a Ph.D. in energy economics from Duke University. He has worked in Department of Defense installations across the world providing environmental analysis, software development, and education with a particular focus on how data can inform policy and decisions. He currently serves as an operational energy analyst for the US Air Force.
Dr. Shuchi Talati is a 2017-2018 AAAS/AIP-ASA Congressional Science Fellow in the offices of Senator Duckworth and former Senator Franken. She received a Ph.D. in 2016 from Carnegie Mellon University in Engineering and Public Policy researching the climate-energy-water nexus. Her career experience includes a postdoctoral fellowship with the American Meteorological Society’s Policy Program and the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy.
This is a Lunch & Learn (i.e. brown-bag) event; beverages and dessert will be provided but please bring your own lunch.
Cost: $0 (WCEE members); $20 (non-WCEE members)
Seating: Seating is limited; if you are a WCEE member who signed-up for this event, please show up.
101 Constitution Avenue, NW Suite 500 West
Washington DC 20001