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Hurricanes that devastated areas of the Caribbean last fall impeded science research and teaching, but new networks for aiding colleagues and new avenues for research have emerged from the response efforts, according to several speakers at a recent conference co-hosted by AAAS.
Senate appropriators begin to step away from big cuts in fiscal 2018 spending and set down investments in the scientific and technology enterprise.
AAAS Leshner Leadership Fellow Ben Preston started his fellowship year as the Deputy Director of the Climate Change Science Institute at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL), and he’s ending it as the Director of the Infrastructure Resilience and Environmental Policy Program at the RAND Corporation. Preston studies how adaptation efforts can reduce risk from climate change, especially at the state and city level (such as impacts to critical energy, water and transportation systems). At RAND, he’ll focus particularly on policy-relevant research. He notes that RAND also has a convening function that encourages dialogue and outreach to a wide spectrum of decision-makers, ranging from local to international agencies, organizations, and businesses.