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Stories from the Field - Sep 29, 2020
Cleaning Up Our Investments to Keep Earth Habitable

Ravi Mikkelsen is the co-founder of ATMOS Financial, an organization which builds banking solutions that allow customers to have a direct impact on the transition to a clean economy. He spoke with ESAL about how using his technical engineering degree to tackle climate change in the financial sector.

Deep Dive - Sep 14, 2020
Environment Deep Dive: Injecting Actionable Science into Mine Approval Decisions

ESAL spoke with Kendra Zamzow, an environmental chemist in Chickaloon, Alaska who provides scientific input to mining approval decisions on behalf of community groups and tribes throughout the country. The conversation covered the scientific and engineering issues associated with mining and how regulators learn about and use that information.

Local STEM - Sep 13, 2020
A fire hose of data: A non-profit marshals big data for the Great Lakes region

The Great Lakes Observing System (GLOS) is a non-profit that harnesses data on science, policy, management and industry in the Great Lakes region. CEO Kelli Paige spoke to ESAL about the services GLOS provides to facilitate management and policy needs in the region.

Stories from the Field - Aug 23, 2020
Fostering Entrepreneurship in the Minnesota Science and Technology Community

Lindsey Hillesheim draws from her experience working for the Department of Defense as she leads AI strategy and solutions development efforts at Hewlett Packard Enterprise in Minneapolis, Minnesota. She spoke with ESAL about how her Ph.D. in physics helps her engage the state’s science and engineer entrepreneurs and actualize their ideas for regional problem-solving.

Local STEM - Aug 9, 2020
Cure Violence Global: Applying Public Health Methods to Violence

Cure Violence Global uses public health techniques to to reduce violence in cities. ESAL spoke with Charlie Ransford, senior director of science and policy, to find out more about their approach and how it works.

Stories from the Field - Aug 2, 2020
CovidSMS: Getting Accurate Info Where It’s Needed

CovidSMS is a texting service that provides local coronavirus information that formed during the John Hopkins University COVID-19 Virtual Design Challenge. ESAL spoke with Serena Wang, one of the student leaders, to understand more about the inception and development of their idea.

Stories from the Field - Jul 26, 2020
International Innovations Benefit Northern Virginia Communities

Dale Medearis is a senior environmental planner at the Northern Virginia Regional Commission, spearheading their climate and international partnerships. He spoke with ESAL about how policy and technical innovations from abroad can benefit local communities.

Local STEM - Jul 12, 2020
Stronger with Science: Policy Advising and the California Council on Science and Technology

The California Council on Science and Technology connects California scientists to policy and decision makers with expert advice on issues such as the environment, education, health, and disaster response. CCST leaders Amber Mace and Sarah Brady spoke with ESAL about the organization’s latest endeavors.

Other - Jul 5, 2020
Ensuring a Just Transition to Electric Vehicles in California

While electric vehicles are a critical part of local climate change and air pollution mitigation, structural barriers create gaps in charging infrastructure for marginalized communities. ESAL volunteer Chris Jackson recently published a policy brief outlining how policymakers can ensure that those benefits are equitably distributed.

Other - Jul 1, 2020
Safeguarding Civil Liberties in Municipal Use of Facial Recognition

As facial recognition becomes widely available, local governments are grappling with whether and how to use it. The Science Policy Group at Berkeley recently published a policy brief outlining how privacy advisory commissions can oversee these technologies.

Stories from the Field - Jun 28, 2020
Microbiologist Represents DC Neighborhood

Ian Simon serves as an elected commissioner of his Advisory Neighborhood Commission (ANC), part of a unique system that gives voice to neighborhoods across D.C. Simon talked to ESAL about translating his federal policy experience to tackle local housing, education, and business issues.

Local STEM - Jun 20, 2020
re-Engineered: A new ethos of engineering

re-Engineered asks engineers to think more critically about what they do, centering on the ideas of environmental protection, social justice, and peace. Founder Darshan Karwat spoke to ESAL about the laboratory's work to develop a new culture of community-based engineering.

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