Researchers, Policymakers, Industry Leaders Gather for AGU's Annual Science Policy Conference

 Researchers, Policymakers, Industry Leaders Gather for AGU's Annual Science
                              Policy Conference

Among the Issues Covered Will Be: Policies for Reducing Risk from Natural
Hazards, Potential for Carbon Capture and Storage, and the Impact of Climate
Change on Human Health

PR Newswire

WASHINGTON, June 20, 2013

WASHINGTON, June 20, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ --Researchers from leading
scientific research institutions, federal and state agency representatives,
industry leaders, and NGO staffers will gather in Washington, DC on 24 – 26
June for the American Geophysical Union's (AGU) second annual Science Policy
Conference. The event, which will take place at the Walter E. Washington
Convention Center, will address a wide range of topics impacting the American
economy and public safety, and how science can help solve these challenges and
inform critical policy decisions. Conference highlights include:

  oNewly Confirmed Plenary: The Value of Science. The plenary will cover the
    impact investments in scientific research and development can have on the
    U.S. economy, and will feature:

       oCora B. Marrett, Acting Director of the National Science Foundation
       oBart Gordon, a partner at K&L Gates and former Chairman of the House
         Committee on Science and Technology

  oPlenary: Climate Change. The plenary will cover how a changing climate is
    already impacting our world and what is expected in the future, and will
    feature a panel including:

       oJames Balog, Founder, Extreme Ice Survey
       oRichard Harris, Science Correspondent, National Public Radio

  oSession: Policies for Risk Reduction. The session will cover lessons from
    hazardous events, such as Hurricane Sandy, and how public policy can be
    modified to protect communities from future disasters, and will feature a
    panel including:

       oDave Applegate, Associate Director for Natural Hazards, U.S.
         Geological Survey
       oAliya Haq, Water and Climate Policy Advocate, Water Program, Natural
         Resources Defense Council
       oCarl Hedde, Senior Vice President and Head of Risk Accumulation,
         Munich Re America
       oRobert Meyer, Gayfryd Steinberg Professor and Co-Director of
         Wharton's Risk Management and Decision Processes Center, University
         of Pennsylvania
       oGene Whitney, Committee on Increasing National Resilience to Hazards
         and Disasters at the National Academy of Sciences

  oSession: Potential for Carbon Capture and Storage. The session will cover
    economic incentives for carbon capture and storage development, as well as
    the large-scale commercial adoption of advanced carbon management
    technologies, and will feature a panel including:

       oSean Brennan, Research Geologist, Eastern Energy Resources Science
         Center, U.S. Geological Survey
       oJames Dooley, Senior Staff Scientist, Joint Global Change Research
         Institute, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory
       oSean McCoy, Energy Analyst, Carbon Capture & Storage Unit,
         International Energy Agency
       oEdward Rubin, Professor, Engineering & Public Policy and Mechanical
         Engineering, Carnegie Mellon University
       oHerbert Wheary, Senior Policy Consultant, Dominion Resources

  oSession: The Changing Ocean and Impacts on Human Health. The session will
    cover how ocean changes—such as swelling coastal populations, increased
    use of marine resources, and greater stress from climate change—can lead
    to several adverse health conditions that affect humans, and will feature
    a panel including:

       oLora Fleming, Professor and Director, European Centre for Environment
         and Human Health; Knowledge Spa, Royal Cornwall Hospital, University
         of Exeter Medical School
       oMargaret Leinen, Associate Provost of Marine and Environment Issues;
         Executive Director of Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute, Florida
         Atlantic University
       oPaul Sandifer, Chief Science Advisor, National Ocean Service,
         National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
       oFred Tyson, Scientific Program Director, National Institute of
         Environmental Health Sciences, National Institutes of Health
       oJeff Watters, Associate Director, Government Relations, Ocean

To see a full list of speakers and sessions, please visit the Science Policy
Conference Web site. Members of the news media including print, broadcast and
online journalists, as well as public information officers, may register
onsite at the conference. Registrants will receive, at no charge, a badge that
provides access to all of the scientific sessions of the meeting, as well as
to the onsite press room.

The American Geophysical Union (AGU) is a not-for-profit, professional,
scientific organization with more than 62,000 members representing over 144
countries. AGU advances the Earth and space sciences through its scholarly
publications, conferences, and outreach programs.

SOURCE American Geophysical Union

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