Center Receives NSF Supplement for SPARC
Congratulations to Roger Pielke, Jr., Lisa Dilling, and Center Affiliate Dan Sarewitz for winning a supplement from NSF for their Science Policy Assessment and Research on Climate (“SPARC”) research project. They will extend SPARC work on the "supply of science" theme to climate adaptation efforts, and also further analyze the demand side of the equation, comparing the US and European experiences in climate policy. SPARC insights are especially important as NOAA moves to create a national climate service.
New Faces at the Center
We are pleased to welcome the following people to the Center. Their backgrounds, interests, and research are described below.
Linsi Beckman is completing a joint internship with the Natural Hazards Center and the Center for Science and Technology Policy Research this semester. Her project involves creating an indexed, annotated bibliography of hazard loss databases. Currently, she is finishing her undergraduate studies at California University of Pennsylvania, which is located just south of Pittsburgh. She has a dual major in GIS/Emergency Management and Tourism. After graduation in May, she hopes to continue her education through graduate school.
Dr. Ila Cote is on sabbatical from the Environmental Protection Agency. She is the former director of EPA’s National Center for Environmental Assessment – Research Triangle Park Division, and science advisor to EPA senior management. Her expertise is in public health and environmental risk assessment, and the interface of science and public policy. She is trained as a toxicologist and is a former faculty member of New York University Medical Center’s Department of Environmental Medicine, and taught courses in Risk Assessment and Air Quality Management at Duke University. She has also collaborated with the Environmental Ministries of several foreign governments to develop their environmental policies and programs.
Ursula Rick recently finished her Ph.D. on the Greenland Ice Sheet at the Institute for Arctic and Alpine Research (INSTAAR) here at CU. She has been working with both Lisa Dilling and Roger Pielke, Jr. on climate policy since then. With Lisa, she has been looking at climate change adaptation research: calls for it, funding for it and actual need for it. With Roger, Ursula has been studying the importance and use of scientific uncertainty in the issue of sea level rise. Ursula will continue this research into scientific uncertainty and broaden it to include other scientific topics related to climate change policy.
Melanie Roberts is a visiting fellow of the Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences (CIRES). She comes to CSTPR after two years as a AAAS Science and Technology Policy Fellow in both the National Science Foundation (2007-08) and in the office of Senator Jeff Bingaman (2006-07). Melanie’s interests include the societal impacts of academic research, knowledge transfer between academia and other sectors, facilitating interdisciplinary research, ethics education for graduate students, and novel models for training innovative leaders in science and technology. Melanie received her Ph.D. in neurobiology and behavior from the University of Washington in 2005. While at UW, she founded both the Biocareers seminar series and the Forum on Science Ethics and Policy, an interdisciplinary organization that promotes dialogue about the role of science in society among scholars, the public, and policy makers.