Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences at the University of Colorado Boulder



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CIRES Members Council Meeting January 2020

CIRES Members Council Meeting January 2020

All CIRES Members are invited to join the monthly meeting of CIRES Members Council (CMC) at the Taj Restaurant in Boulder. CMC will be meeting to discuss ideas, issues, concerns and questions related to working at CIRES and CU. For more details, email CMC Chair, Alessandro Franchin, at alessandro.franchin@noaa.gov or see the CMC website

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Thursday, January 9, 2020
12:00pm to 2:00pm
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ESOC Weekly Coffee

ESOC Weekly Coffee

ESOC coffee returns for 2020 this Wednesday, January 15. This week Dr. Iyan Mulia from the Earthquake Research Institute, University of Tokyo will be joining.

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Wednesday, January 15, 2020
9:00am to 10:00am

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ESOC Reading Room

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Refreshments provided

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waughc@colorado.edu
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CSTPR Noontime Seminar

CSTPR Noontime Seminar

AAAS "Catalyzing Advocacy in Science and Engineering" Workshop Student Competition Panel Discussion

Participants: Claire Lamman, Danielle Lemmon, Katie Chambers, Julia Bakker-Arkema, and Heather Bené, University of Colorado Office of Government Relations

Please join us for a panel discussion including four previous winners of the AAAS Catalyzing Advocacy in Science and Engineering (CASE) Workshop Student Competition. They will describe their experiences at the workshop and answer your questions about the program.

About the Program: For the sixth year CSTPR is organizing a competition to select University of Colorado Boulder students to attend the AAAS Catalyzing Advocacy in Science and Engineering (CASE) Workshop in April. Students attending the three-and-a-half day program in Washington, DC, learn about the structure and organization of Congress, the federal budget and appropriations processes, and tools for effective science communication and civic engagement. In addition, students participate in interactive seminars about policy-making and communication. The day after the workshop, students will form teams and conduct meetings with their elected Members of Congress and congressional staff members, putting into practice what they have learned. The competition is supported by the University of Colorado Graduate School and Center for STEM Learning. 

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Wednesday, January 22, 2020
12:00pm to 1:00pm

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CSTPR Conference Room

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CSTPR Noontime Seminar

CSTPR Noontime Seminar

Stakeholder engagement and governance of emerging biotechnologies

by Jason Delborne, Department of Forestry and Environmental Resources, North Carolina State University

Abstract: Scholarship in responsible innovation has helped move calls for public engagement from vague notions of outreach (that rest comfortably in the deficit model) to a set of ambitious challenges for practices of science, communication, and engagement. Anticipation encourages upstream engagement; inclusion demands attention to who is engaged; responsiveness requires action that extends beyond increased understanding; and reflexivity encourages reflection at multiple stages by those inside and outside the laboratories of innovation, broadly understood (Stilgoe, Owen, and Macnaghten, 2013). To put such ideas in practice, I have led three experiments in stakeholder engagement, partly as a means to enroll stakeholders in the design decisions required to carry out broader future engagement of publics and communities. Topics covered three genetically engineered (GE) organisms: 1) EPA guidelines for regulating GE algae and other microorganisms; 2) the potential deployment of a GE American chestnut tree for species restoration; and 3) the development of a gene drive mouse as a means to reduce populations of invasive mice that threaten biodiversity on islands. This paper draws upon our experiences across these three cases, reflecting upon the assumptions, successes, and shortcomings of our engagement model. What do our experiences contribute to the quest for more responsible innovation in the field of emerging biotechnologies?

Biography: Jason A. Delborne joined North Carolina State University in August 2013 as Associate Professor of Science, Policy and Society in the Chancellor’s Faculty Excellence Program cluster in Genetic Engineering and Society (GES). His departmental home is in Forestry and Environmental Resources (College of Natural Resources), he serves on the executive committee of the Genetic Engineering and Society Center, and he was named a University Faculty Scholar in 2019. Delborne’s research focuses on challenges and potentials of public and stakeholder engagement surrounding emerging biotechnologies. Drawing upon the highly interdisciplinary field of Science, Technology, and Society (STS), he engages various qualitative research methodologies to ask questions about how policymakers and members of the public interface with controversial science. How we govern, promote, and develop emerging technologies will shape our collective future, and Delborne will contribute to the highly interdisciplinary efforts within GES that engage stakeholders and broader publics to wrestle with such questions. As one example, he is Co-PI on the National Research Traineeship, Agricultural Biotechnology in our evolving Food, Energy, and Water Systems (AgBioFEWS), funded by the National Science Foundation.

Delborne served on two expert committees at the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine (NASEM), co-authoring Gene Drives on the Horizon: Advancing Science, Navigating Uncertainty, and Aligning Research with Public Values (2016) and Forest Health and Biotechnology: Possibilities and Considerations (2019). He was also appointed to the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Task Force on Synthetic Biology and Biodiversity Conservation, which published Genetic Frontiers for Conservation: An assessment of synthetic biology and biodiversity conservation (2019). Delborne is a member of the Council for the Engineering Biology Research Consortium (EBRC) and serves on multiple advisory boards. He holds a bachelor’s degree in human biology from Stanford University (1993) and a doctorate in Environmental Science, Policy, and Management from the University of California, Berkeley (2005).

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Wednesday, January 29, 2020
12:00pm to 1:00pm

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CSTPR Conference Room

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CSTPR

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