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CMC Minutes June 9, 2014

CMC Minutes June 9, 2014

CMC Meeting - 6/9/2014
Members Present:

●Ben Livneh, Rick Tisinai, Kiki Holl, Barry Eakins, Anne Perring, David Stone


●Lucia Harrop


Potential to move CMC meeting to Center for Community (C4C) on campus

●Lots of questions:

○How do you get a room or make reservations?

○Is it big enough?  Yes (Kiki)

○How do you pay?  Likely each on his own, but do you need special swipe cards

○$7-$8 per

○Kiki will look into getting some of these questions answered and will email the CMC.

○Rick and Anne will do recon if still remaining questions

Rendezvous Feedback Collection

(Recommendations for next year’s Rendezvous are highlighted in red, below…)

●Event timing:

○Inside room activity died down when alcohol was served

○Maybe still a little long, but not sure how to shorten

■Maybe we can streamline, by not reading all the names on the slides

■Maybe recognize anniversaries just by listing them, but maybe recognizing in some other, more timely fashion - as they seem to be almost a year later in the recognition.

■Perhaps shorten the time between lunch and the talk?

●People seemed ready for something else ¼ - ½ hour before the talk began.

Let’s get Waleed primed and ready to start the talk a little earlier next time

■Maybe the rendezvous is so long or has so much, as it seems like the only cohesive thing that CIRES does together

●Rick confirmed that Waleed is aware of this issue...

●Staff :


●Day-before poster posting was a waste of time:

○Not well attended

○½ of all posters went up in last ½ hour

○Somebody really just needs to go early to ensure the place is prepared

●Use of computer

○Maybe have a poster showing poster locations, but the computer was likely a waste of resources.

Lournay and Linda P. agree and will nix in future Rendezvous events.

●Certificates of recognition

○No one picked up any certificates from the table that was staffed

○Next year, let’s not even have the table and send out certificates prior to the rendezvous to help encourage paron

●General Feedback:

○Ran out of desserts early

Let’s request more for next year

○Passed along feedback from Deann who said that Waleed didn’t recognize folks who weren’t present.

Feedback for next year:  absentees should at least be listed in the presentation, but don’t have to be called by name

○Should we integrate more Science talk material?

■They used to do this in the past (Division heads speaking).

■Although there was agreement that we might have a bit of a science outreach issue at CIRES, all agreed that we should try to solve that at the Rendezvous

●Rick read through his list:

○Media attention at future events should be well written and accurate

■Katy H. recommended that we formalized announcements to media, prior.  She also recommended that we let scientists know that media will be there

■Maybe have Directors ID and summarize critical posters for media to see, prior to the event

○There was an OPA & Science & Service Awards write-ups issue, specifically with the wording of the announcements

■It seems they should better reflect the work that was done.

■There was an issue between the quality of the nominator’s write-up and the quality of the science being done.

■Maybe split future committees between service and science was hard to ensure that we had the right skills to rank science awards.

○Online issues:

■Web should be updated in Fall to show new personnel changes

Lornay should notify Kiki using trouble tickets and she’ll make the updates.

■Can we streamline how submissions are made online:

●Maybe modify form submission process so that it easier to submit

●Kiki is fine with making any requested changes, just please put together a list of what you wish to be changed…

■Can online program have links to actual Abstract PDF’s?

●That’s really hard as it takes time to do the links and we often get the abstracts late.

○Final comments:

■Good location, time and event logistics

■122 posters and had room for maybe 8 more

■UMC renovations should be done in time for next event….

Maybe we should book next year’s event now...



Monday, June 9, 2014
CIRES Special Seminar: How Scientists Can Engage in the Policy Process

CIRES Special Seminar: How Scientists Can Engage in the Policy Process

Shali Mohleji

How Scientists Can Engage in the Policy Process

Thursday, June 19, 1-2 pm, CIRES auditorium

Abstract: Society increasingly relies on science and technology to meet needs and solve problems. For example, the technology for our communication systems is critical for our daily communication and information needs. Meanwhile our diverse scientific knowledge has helped us solve certain environmental degradation problems. With growing needs and problems, the role of science and technology is more important than ever.

If we broadly define the term policy to mean decisions, science policy then refers to decisions about science and decisions using science. Therefore science policy is valuable to the scientific community. While connecting science to societal applications and policy appears straightforward, in reality it is highly nuanced and sensitive, requiring careful deliberation and navigation. This talk will explore some of the nuances in connecting science to society and the sensitivities at the intersection of science and policy. The discussion will also describe different paths through which scientists can engage in the policy process and how to navigate such engagement responsibly and effectively. Finally, the talk will highlight the current weather and climate issues of interest to Congress.

Bio: Shali Mohleji is a senior policy fellow with the American Meteorological Society Policy Program. Her interest areas focus on science policy, including how scientists engage in the policy process, the culture of science, and federal science management. She is also interested in natural disaster policy related to socioeconomic impacts, institutional dynamics, and governance.

She holds a bachelor's degree in environmental sciences, with a concentration in atmospheric sciences, from the University of Virginia; a master's degree in atmospheric sciences, with a focus in boundary layer meteorology, from Purdue University; and a Ph.D. from the Center for Science and Technology Policy Research.


CIRES Auditorium - University of Colorado