Christopher Smith is the Baker Institute Advisory Board Fellow in Energy Studies at Rice University and previously served as the assistant secretary for fossil energy at the U.S. Department of Energy. During his time at the DOE, Chris oversaw the department’s fossil energy research and development program (coal, oil and natural gas), the National Energy Technology Laboratory, and the natural gas regulatory process.
Anita Chandra is the director of the Justice, Infrastructure, and Environment program at the RAND Corporation. Her research focuses on long-term disaster recovery, community resilience, and urban planning. Chandra’s recent publications have focused on the private sector’s role in emergency preparedness and disaster response.
Maxine Burkett is a professor of law at the University of Hawai’i at Manoa and fellow at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars. Her research interests include the relationship between public policy and climate change and she has presented her work on areas of climate law at forums in the United States, West Africa, Asia and the Caribbean. At the Wilson Center Burkett spearheaded a research project that focused on the international effects of climate change on more vulnerable communities, namely those within small island states.
Shuyi Chen is a professor of meteorology in the University of Washington’s School of Atmospheric Sciences. Her research interests involve observation of how the atmosphere and ocean interact with hurricanes and typhoons in tropical areas and use of mathematical models to predict weather patterns. During the 2005 hurricane season Chen monitored hurricanes Rita, Katrina and Wilma aboard Doppler-equipped aircraft to help create stronger hurricane prediction models.
We’re with the Washington Desk again this week, edited by Domenico Montanaro. He chose two experts to feature:
Mo Elleithee, Founding Executive Director of Georgetown University’s Institute of Politics and Public Service
If you’d like an expert who can comment on WHY politicians are saying WHAT they’re saying, Elleithee’s the person to talk to.
Maite Arce, Founder and President/CEO of Hispanic Access Foundation
The Hispanic Access Foundation (HAF) strives to improve the quality of life of Latinos in the U.S. through community & faith leaders, local service providers and information. Arce has talked to news outlets about their work with organizing the Latino community in environmental causes.
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“There are many studies in hospitals that people who look out at trees from their windows significantly get better faster… So why not try that in a place where we’re also trying to reduce stress and fear and aggression?”
– University of Utah Biology Professor Dr. Nalini Nadkarni on her education and rehabilitation work in prisons