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Upcoming Events

No More Time to Waste: Moving Science to Action at Scales that Matter
December 10, 2018, Washington, DC
6:45 PM - 8:45 PM

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Recent Events

Reducing Food Loss and Waste Workshop
October 17, 2018, Washington, DC

Report Release: Housing, Health and Homelessness
July 11, 2018 11am-12pm, Washington, DC

Roundtable on Science and Technology for Sustainability

January 30-21, 2018, Washington, DC

Symposium at the National Council for Science and the Environment Conference

January 23, 2018 Arlington, VA

National Council for Science and the Environment (NCSE) 18th National Conference and Global Forum:
The Science, Business, and Education of Sustainable Infrastructure: Building Resilience in a Changing World

Sustainability in Coastal Plain Urban Centers of the Gulf Coast Region
A Symposium organized by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine
Tuesday, January 23, 2018
Arlington, VA

Speaker Biographical Information:

Toby Baker NCSE 2018Toby Baker was appointed to the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) by Governor Rick Perry effective April 16, 2012. Along with his two fellow full-time commissioners, Commissioner Baker establishes overall agency direction and policy, and makes final determinations on contested permitting and enforcement matters. Commissioner Baker also serves as Governor Greg Abbott’s appointee to the Gulf Coast Ecosystem Restoration Council, represents Texas as the chair on the Gulf of Mexico Alliance Management Team, and serves on the Coastal Land Advisory Board. Prior to his appointment, Commissioner Baker was a policy and budget advisor on energy, natural resources and agriculture issues for the Governor’s Office, where he was also the liaison between the office and members of the Legislature, constituents, the Railroad Commission of Texas, the TCEQ, the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, the Texas Department of Agriculture, and the Texas Animal Health Commission. He is a past natural resource policy advisor to Senator Craig Estes, and the former director and clerk of the Texas Senate Subcommittee on Agriculture, Rural Affairs and Coastal Resources. Commissioner Baker received a bachelor’s degree from Texas A&M University, where he was a member of the Corps of Cadets, and a Master of Public Service and Administration from the Texas A&M George Bush School of Government and Public Service. He is also a graduate of the National Outdoor Leadership School and the Governor’s Executive Development Program at the University of Texas Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs.

Bill Easterling_NCSE 2018William E. Easterling is the assistant director for the Directorate for Geosciences (GEO) at the National Science Foundation (NSF). GEO supports fundamental research spanning the atmospheric, Earth, ocean and polar sciences. Dr. Easterling comes to NSF from Penn State University, where he has been dean of the College of Earth and Mineral Sciences since 2007. As dean, Dr. Easterling led strategic planning for research initiatives focusing on the food-energy-water nexus, clean carbon energy, additive manufacturing, Big Data challenges in forecasting, risk and uncertainty in environmental decisions. In 2001, he became the founding director of the Penn State Institutes of Energy and the Environment, the focal point for interdisciplinary research in energy and environmental science and engineering at Penn State. A self-described enthusiast of multiple disciplines of science, Dr. Easterling served as professor of geography and earth system science at Penn State since 1999. He has written or co-authored nearly 100 peer-reviewed papers, reports and books. He has served on numerous committees, panels and boards for NSF, the National Research Council and other organizations, and has been a principal investigator on dozens of highly competitive federal awards. Dr. Easterling has won numerous awards and honors, including election to the American Association for the Advancement of Science in 2010 for his contributions to climate change and food security science. He was a coordinating lead author on the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change for its 1999-2001 and 2005-2007 reports, having been nominated by the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy.

Suzette Kimball_NCSE 2018Suzette Kimball is a Senior Advisor of the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), the chief science agency of the U.S. Department of the Interior (DOI). Dr. Kimball was sworn in on January 8, 2016 as the director of the USGS. Prior to becoming the Director, Dr. Kimball was the USGS Deputy Director. In 2008, she became the Associate Director for Geology, and prior to that was the Director of the USGS Eastern Region, starting in 2004. She came to the USGS from the National Park Service in Atlanta, where she was Associate Regional Director. Dr. Kimball was assistant professor of environmental sciences at the University of Virginia, co-director of the Center for Coastal Management and Policy and marine scientist at the Virginia Institute of Marine Science, and managed coastal morphology and barrier island studies in the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. She serves on executive boards and many State and national committees, including the Consortium for Coastal Restoration through Science & Technology, the Council of Examiners of the National Association of State Boards of Geology, and the DOI Senior Executive Service Advisory Council. She has received the Presidential Rank Award and the Secretary of the Interior’s Meritorious Service Award. Dr. Kimball has a doctorate in environmental sciences with a specialty in coastal processes from the University of Virginia, a master’s in geology and geophysics from Ball State University, and a bachelor’s in English and geology from the College of William & Mary.

Denise Reed_NCSE 2018Denise Reed is a Professor at University of New Orleans. Dr. Reed is a nationally and internationally recognized expert in coastal marsh sustainability and the role of human activities in modifying coastal systems. She has studied coastal issues in the United States and around the world for more than 30 years. Previously, Dr. Reed served as Vice President for Strategic Research Initiatives at The Water Institute of the Gulf. She has worked closely with Louisiana’s state government in developing coastal restoration plans, including the 2012 and 2017 Coastal Master Plans. Her experience includes field research on the response of coastal wetlands to sea level rise, ecosystem restoration and planning in the California Bay Delta, and advisory roles involving many federal water resource planning issues including post-Sandy work in the northeast and restoration planning in Puget Sound. She has served on numerous boards and panels addressing the effects of human alterations on coastal environments and the role of science in guiding restoration, including a number of National Academies for Science, Engineering and Medicine’s committees. Prior to joining The Water Institute of the Gulf, Dr. Reed served as a University Research Professor in the University of New Orleans’ Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences. Dr. Reed earned a bachelor’s and doctoral degree in geography from the University of Cambridge.

Vaughan Turekian_NCSE 2018Vaughan Turekian has been the senior director of the Science and Technology for Sustainability program at the National Academy of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine since July 2017. Prior to this appointment, Dr. Turekian served as the fifth Science and Technology Adviser to the U.S. Secretary of State. In this capacity, he advised the Secretary of State and other senior State Department officials on international environment, science, technology, and health matters affecting the foreign policy of the United States. From 2016 to 2017, he served as a country co-chair, along with the Kenyan Ambassador to the United Nations, for the Multi-stakeholder Forum on Science, Technology, and Innovation for the Sustainable Development Goals, a high-level discussion at the United Nations designed to accelerate progress toward globally agreed upon development targets. Dr. Turekian draws upon his background in atmospheric chemistry and policy experience to promote science, technology, and engineering as integral components of international relations. Previously, he was Chief International Officer for the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) and the Director of AAAS’s Center for Science Diplomacy (2006–2015). In addition, Dr. Turekian worked at the State Department as Special Assistant and Adviser to the Under Secretary for Global Affairs (2002–2006). Dr. Turekian holds a Bachelor of Science in Geology and Geophysics and International Studies from Yale University (1993) and an M.S. and Ph.D. from the University of Virginia, where he used stable isotopes to trace the sources of and processes of aerosols in the marine boundary layer.