CSTPR Noontime Seminar: Jessica Weinkle
Is This (Our) Risk? The Science and Politics of Catastrophe Insurance
by Jessica Weinkle, Center for Science and Technology Policy Research, CU Boulder
Free and open to the public
Abstract: The title of this presentation implies two issues: Is this risk? Is this our risk? The answers are not straightforward. These questions form a basis for my research and serve to guide the narrative of this presentation. The presentation subtitle, 'The science and politics of catastrophe insurance,' describe the processes by which society comes to answer the two questions in the context of natural hazards. Yet, often the process of negotiating agreement about risk for the purpose of insurance is veiled by technical jargon, appeal to expert knowledge, and issue conflation. This muddies trade-offs facing the public and policymakers when they seek effective decision making for improved management of society's risk and public insurance programs. This presentation aims to accomplish three tasks: 1) Illustrate my research activities for the past several years at CSTPR and ICAT; 2) Present current issues I am working on at the interface of risk, insurance, and public policy; and 3) Place ongoing and future research into a broad social, financial and democratic context.
Biography: In 2013, Jessica earned her doctorate in environmental studies from the University of Colorado Boulder. For the past year, she has worked as a postdoc at the CSTPR and in partnership with ICAT, a private catastrophe insurance company in Boulder. Her research focuses on the interface of risk, insurance and public policy with a particular emphasis in the construction and use of hurricane catastrophe models.
In January she will begin work as an assistant professor at the University of North Carolina Wilmington in the department of Public and International Affairs.
Jessica also holds a Master of Arts in Climate and Society from Columbia University and a Bachelor of Science in Zoology from the University of Texas at Austin.
Analytical Chemistry Seminar: Miriam Freedman
The Structure of Atmospheric Particles & Impacts on Atmospheric Chemistry and Climate
Miriam Freedman - Penn State University
The interactions of aerosol particles with light and clouds are determined in part by the structure of atmospheric particles, which is the focus of research in my laboratory. My talk will focus on molecular-level studies of surfaces relevant for cirrus (ice) cloud formation and the phase separation behavior of submicron aerosol particles composed of organic and inorganic components. Through these projects, I will demonstrate the importance of characterizing aerosol structure in determining aerosol physical and chemical properties relevant to atmospheric chemistry and climate.