Fireside Chat: Championing Science to Energy and Environment Policymakers (Reception Included)

Mar 30, 2023, 3:00 pm5:00 pm
Frick Chemistry Laboratory - Taylor Auditorium , Frick Chemistry Laboratory - Taylor Auditorium


Event Description
When it comes to informing new policies or changes to society, having solid science is only the first step. In this fireside chat with Ali Nouri *06 (Assistant Secretary at the Department of Energy) and Roger Aines (Energy Program Chief Scientist at Lawrence Livermore National Lab), we will discuss communicating science to decision makers and the public through the lens of climate and energy, particularly in an age of rampant misinformation.

Networking Reception to follow

- Ali Nouri *06 (MOL) leads the Office of Congressional and Intergovernmental Affairs as an Assistant Secretary at the U.S. Department of Energy. He was previously serving as the Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary in that office. Prior to joining the Biden Administration, Dr. Nouri was the President of the Federation of American Scientists, a public policy organization focused on countering WMDs, addressing emerging infectious diseases, and crafting solutions to energy and innovation challenges.

- Roger Aines is Energy Program Chief Scientist at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory and co-author, Championing Science- Communicating Your Ideas to Decision Makers. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Chemistry from Carleton College, and Doctor of Philosophy in geochemistry from the California Institute of Technology.

Dr. Aines leads the Carbon Initiative at LLNL, which aims to understand, develop, and implement technologies for the removal of carbon dioxide from the atmosphere, so-called negative emissions technologies. He has been at LLNL since 1984 working on nuclear waste disposal, environmental remediation, application of stochastic methods to inversion and data fusion, management of carbon emissions including separation technology, and monitoring and verification methods for sequestration.

Moderated by Shannon Hoffman, GS CBE
The fireside chat will take place from 3-4 pm in the Frick Chemistry Laboratory Taylor Auditorium. Immediately following the fireside chat, at 4 pm there will be a reception in the Frick Chemistry Laboratory Atrium.


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