William H. Hooke
Senior Policy Fellow and Director, Policy Program, American Meteorological Society (AMS)
Making Science Useful: Why We Should Care/The Role of Public Policy
3:00pm, Monday, 8 Oct 2007, (FL2-1022)
(Coffee and cookies will be served from 2:30pm)
The International Council for Science (ICSU), a Paris-headquartered group comprising some 30 professional societies and more than 100 member nations, asserts that the greatest challenge facing 21st century science is the widening gap between the advance of science and technology and society's ability to use it. Is this true? Can and should we work to make our science more useful to society? Why? How? What options and tools are available to us, as a community of scientists, and as individuals? How effective have these coping approaches proved? This talk examines these issues (admittedly raising more questions than answers) and highlights the critical role of public policy in fostering or constraining the utility of and prospects for science.
The 21st Century Outlook for Disasters - and How We Will Cope
1:30pm, Tuesday, 9 Oct 2007, (ML main seminar)
(Coffee and cookies will be served from 1:00pm)
In the last century or so, the human race has been on a roll. We have greatly increased our numbers, improved our quality of life (mainly by sharply raising our per capita consumption of natural resources), and are accelerating the pace of societal and technological advance. We have accomplished all this in a relatively short period of time, on a planet that does much of its business through extreme events. In fact, social trends and the planet's workings appear to be on a bit of a collision course. This has implications for both (1) the future of disasters themselves, and (2) the coping strategies available to us.