College of the Environment & SMEA Represents at AAAS Annual Meeting

The American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) Annual Meeting is the world’s largest general scientific gathering, and UW is the host university of this year’s conference. A number of representatives from the College of the Environment, and more specifically our own SMEA faculty, will be sharing their insights and research via panels and presentations. A number of SMEA students will also be in attendance using the opportunity to dive deeper into the issues they are studying, researching, and are passionate about; this also serves as a great networking opportunity for them.

SMEA Director and Stan and Alta Barer Professor in Sustainability Science, Nives Dolsak commented that it’s a wonderful opportunity to engage in “a top international scientific conference with virtually no related carbon emissions” for our UW and SMEA communities. She will be giving a talk “Who Balances Energy, Environment, & Economy and How? Individuals, Firms Governments” while participating on the panel: “Carbon Economy: Considerations for the United States and Pacific Rim”. She’ll be joined by Ernesto Hartikainen from the Finnish Innovation Fund in Helsinki, Finland, as well as Minami Matsui from RIKEN, in Yokohama, Japan, while Nares Damrongchai from Thailand Center of Excellence for LIfe Sciences in Bangkok, Thailand will serve as Discussant and Kei Koizumi from Shanghai, China will serve as the moderator.

“Nourishing People and Planet: Building a Better, Balanced Food System for 2050” will feature Eddie Allison, SMEA Affiliate Faculty member, who will share “Transforming Food Systems for Sustainability, Equity and Improved Health”. The session will also feature work from researchers at Iowa State University, the World Wildlife Fund, UC Davis and University of Aberdeen (UK), and “explores what it will take to build regional food systems that nourish both people and planet”.

“Science in the Public Arena: Informing Decision Makers in High-Profile Settings” is a career workshop featuring SMEA Affiliate faculty member Amy Snover. She will share her thinking behind, preparation for & approach to her presentation to Governor Inslee’s Orca Task Force last year. This session is organized & moderated by Donna Riordan, Executive Director of the WA State Academy of Sciences.

UW alumna, The Honorable Jane Lubchenco will be on-hand to lend her expertise in “Seas the Day: Science Driving Ocean and Climate Solutions”. She is currently the University Distinguished Professor at Oregon State University, and has a wealth of experience and knowledge in “interactions between the environment and human well-being”.

Our Dean, Lisa Graumlich, from the College of the Environment here at UW will be moderating a discussion on “Public Engagement at Universities: Pathways for Institutional Support”. The session will showcase the need for scientists’ engagement with the public and how universities and other institutions can support capacity-building to allow for these exchanges to occur; something she champions everyday through her work at UW.

For more on the conference, or to register to attend, please click here.