Cal U welcomes expert on science and public policy

The relationship of science to public policy will be the theme as the Meteorology Club at California University of Pennsylvania welcomes the second speaker in its fall speaker series.
Dr. Shalini Mohleji will speak at 11 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 16, in Eberly Hall, Room 120. Her talk is titled “How Scientists Can Engage in the Policy Process.” Admission is free, and the public is welcome.
Her presentation will explore some of the nuances in connecting science to society and the issues at the intersection of science and policy. The discussion also will describe different paths for scientists to 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.
Mohleji is a senior policy fellow with the American Meteorological Society Policy Program, where she specializes in natural disaster policy and science policy. 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 on boundary layer meteorology, from Purdue University; and a Ph.D. from the University of Colorado’s Center for Science and Technology Policy Research.
Her other interest areas include natural disaster policy related to socioeconomic impacts, institutional dynamics, and governance.
She has taught at the University of Miami, the University of Colorado, and the FEMA Emergency Management Institute.

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