Flooding and sea-level rise are growing climate change concerns for coastal cities around the world. Through an innovative program, Savannah, Georgia is showing how local initiatives can prepare for climate change impacts.
The AAAS Center for Public Engagement with Science is seeking active researchers in the field of artificial intelligence for the fifth cohort of the Leshner Leadership Institute fellowship program. The application period is from August 1 to October 1, 2019. The program convenes a group of mid-career scientists and engineers who demonstrate excellence and leadership in their research careers and in promoting meaningful dialogue between science and society. The selected AAAS Leshner Fellows will gather in June 2020 for a week of orientation and training at AAAS Headquarters in Washington, DC and then continue their activities while at their home institutions during the fellowship year. This includes developing and implementing high-impact public engagement related to artificial intelligence, training and mentoring other scientists in their communities, and promoting public engagement within their institutions.
Globally, around 4 billion people are faced with a severe water shortage for at least one month of the year. Wendy Jepson, a 2018-19 AAAS Leshner Leadership Institute for Public Engagement Fellow, is working toward solutions to address this massive issue. Jepson, University Professor of Geography at Texas A&M University, also leads the Household Water Insecurity Experiences (HWISE) Research Coordination Network, which brings together researchers and practitioners to better understand the causes and consequences of water insecurity at the household-level.
The 2019–2020 Alan I. Leshner Leadership Institute for Public Engagement with Science fellows leverage their work to explore human augmentation from multiple scientific perspectives.
Not long after Craig Just met Laura Schmitt Olabisi at orientation for their AAAS Leshner Leadership Institute for Public Engagement with Science fellowship, he realized his program at the University of Iowa could benefit from her work in community-based participatory modeling (she uses computer models to engage stakeholders in planning and decision-making about natural resource management). He brought her to Iowa City in October 2018 to do a workshop for his students and colleagues, using seed money provided by the fellowship. At the time, he did not anticipate how he might also contribute to her work.
Accelerating clean energy innovation calls for examining all potential technologies and finding solutions responsive to the varying needs of each region of the United States and each economic sector, according to speakers at a AAAS symposium.
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