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Engaged Scientist Series: Science is Culture

Engaged Scientist Series: Science is Culture

Science is Culture:  Understanding Power & Privilege in Community-based Research

As communities increasingly grapple with problems of resiliency and environmental health and safety, scientists who are equipped to help are needed. The Engaged Scientist project is a series of free public talks and associated workshops for graduate students and postdoctoral researchers. These events aim to equip scientists with community engagement skills.

The final event in the Engaged Scientist Series is on April 6, 2017. A public lecture will be presented in the CIRES Auditorium (CIRES Main, 338) and a workshop for graduate students and postdocs will be held in the CIRES Fellows Room (Eckeley, S274) from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. on the CU Boulder main campus.

Scientists often work in and with communities whether working on research, promoting findings especially in the fields of resiliency, environment and sustainability.

Michelle Gabrieloff-Parish, Energy & Climate Justice Program Manager at the CU Boulder Environmental Center, and Heidi McCann, Associate Scientist at the National Snow and Ice Data Center, will give a public lecture and then co-lead a workshop with Susan Sullivan, Director of CIRES Education and Outreach.

The workshop examines the scientific worldview lens and explores best practices for working with communities, including developing inter-cultural awareness, conducting research so that communities benefit, and understanding the value of local communities (including disenfranchised communities) and “informal” knowledge.  

During this workshop we will:

Look at relevant, mini case-studies 
Look at cultural communication and behavior patterns
Work through equity and justice dilemmas for community-engaged research 
Discuss how to initiate and strengthen community partnerships

“This generation of researchers is more interested than ever in working with communities,” said Susan Sullivan, director of CIRES Education and Outreach. “Given new University investments in science communication and in demonstrating research impact, the time is right to support those interests and provide models for doing it effectively."

Lecture registration (optional)

Workshop registration (required)

Visit the Engaged Scientist project page for details about all events in the series.

The Engaged Scientist series is coordinated by CU's new Albert A. Bartlett Center for Science Communication, CIRES Education and Outreach, INSTAAR, and Learn More About Climate at the Office for Outreach and Engagement.

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Thursday, April 6, 2017
4:00pm to 8:00pm

location

CIRES Auditorium - Lecture; CIRES Fellows Room - Workshop

contact

Jennifer Taylor
2017-04-06
 
Distinguished Lecture Series: Dr. Roger S. Pulwarty

Distinguished Lecture Series: Dr. Roger S. Pulwarty

Title: "Slow onsets, abrupt changes, and fast reflexes: Research on adaptation in a changing world"

Abstract: Adaptation is higher than ever before on the global agenda. Countries, communities and businesses are demanding access to authoritative, usable science and risk assessment information for making both near and long-term decisions in the face of changing weather and climate trends and extremes. Scientific advances over the past few decades have led to an improved understanding of drivers and precursors of a changing climate, and of social, environmental, and economic thresholds and impacts. The modern world is also significantly more connected and technologically advanced than when the first IPCC assessment was conducted.  An oft-articulated observation is that an increase in integrated knowledge about environment-society interactions will result in improvements in the quality of public and private decisions-a decidedly idealized view. Much recent work has shown that this expectation is most difficult to meet when decision stakes are high, uncertainty is great, technologies are new, experience and engagement are limited, and there are unequal distributions of burdens and benefits. How these factors facilitate or impede efficient and equitable adaptation depends on historical but ingrained pathways, and financial and technical constraints and opportunities, among others. As essential as the urgency for assessing the causes and impacts of climate extremes and trends, is the critical need to avoid a false image of risks being faced (e.g. spurious certitude on local manifestations of change) and the attendant underestimation of the complexities of adaptation. The gap between conceptual feasibility and practical implementation to meet multiple and emerging goals remains immense. Key guiding questions, include “How often should we revise our assumptions about the direction and magnitude of changes?” “Where are the barriers to coordinated decision-making in different contexts, and how might they be overcome?” and “How can the diversity of research-based knowledge and input to problem-solving be best managed, as events unfold?” This lecture, drawing on the author’s research and experience in efforts to address such questions, outlines, (1) existing and projected risks, including lessons from significant events, across the globe, (2) options, challenges and opportunities for implementing adaptation strategies in different sectors and countries, (3) regional and local climate information systems that share research, decision support tools and smart practices, and (4) the coordination and capacity needed for securing the co-benefits of weather and climate risk management across economies, ecosystems and communities. Added to this, are the professional risks assumed when undertaking interdisciplinary research aimed at addressing such questions.

Bio: Roger S. Pulwarty is the Senior Science Advisor for Climate Research at the NOAA Climate Program and the Physical Sciences Division in Boulder, Colorado. Roger’s publications focus on climate extremes and adaptation in the U.S., Latin America and the Caribbean. Throughout his career, Roger has helped design and lead, widely-recognized end-to-end programs focused on climate, impacts, and services, including the Regional Integrated Sciences and Assessments, the National Integrated Drought Information System, and the first major adaptation program of the Global Environment Fund, on Mainstreaming Adaptation to Climate Change in the Caribbean. Roger is a lead author on the UN International Strategy for Disaster Reduction global assessments, the IPCC Special Reports on Water Resources and on Extremes, and a convening lead author on the IPCC Working Group II Impacts, Adaptation and Vulnerability.  He has provided testimonies before the U.S. Congress, and has served on Presidential task forces focused on the water-energy-food nexus, and on national security. Roger acts as an advisor on climate risk management to a number of national and international agencies, including the Western Governors, the Organization of American States, the International Federation of Red Cross/Red Crescent, the OECD, UNDP, and the InterAmerican and the World Banks. He is the chair of the WMO Climate Services Information System, a key pillar of the Global Framework on Climate Services, and a member of the Global Climate Observing System Steering Committee.  Roger’s work on integrating scientific research into decision-making has been awarded by NOAA, the U.S. Department of Commerce, and by the Gold Medal for Excellence in Applied Sciences and Technology from the Government of Trinidad and Tobago and the Caribbean Academy of Sciences. Most recently, he was the keynote at the Adaptation Futures Conference, the largest gathering of adaptation researchers and practitioners in in the world, and received the 2016 AGU Gilbert F. White Award and Distinguished Lecture. Roger is the co-editor of “Hurricanes: Climate and Socio-Economic Impacts” (Springer, re-issued in paperback in 2012), and the forthcoming “Drought and Water Crises” (CRC Press, 2017).

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Friday, April 7, 2017
4:00pm

location

CIRES Auditorium, Room 338

resources

DLS

Amenities

Refreshments provided

2017-04-07
 
 
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CSTPR Noontime Seminar

CSTPR Noontime Seminar

Renewable Energy in Africa: Findings from the Social Sciences

by Kathleen Hancock
Colorado School of Mines

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Wednesday, April 12, 2017
12:00pm to 1:00pm

location

CSTPR Conference Room
CSTPR
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CSTPR Noontime Seminar

CSTPR Noontime Seminar

Anticipating Disaster: Local Dependence on Formal Climate Information vs. Traditional Ways of Knowing

by Sierra Gladfelter
Geography Department, University of Colorado Boulder

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Wednesday, April 26, 2017
12:00pm to 1:00pm

location

CSTPR Conference Room

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CSTPR
2017-04-26
 
 
 
 
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