Webinar January 30 – 11:30am to 1:00pm ET

Below is the information for the Adobe Connect Meeting and phone connection for the “Integrating Social and Behavioral Sciences Within the Weather Enterprise” Webinar, to be presented this Tuesday, Jan. 30, from 11:30-1 at FEMA by staff from the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine and FEMA.

If you want to attend in person, we’ll be at: FEMA, 400 C St, SW, DC, Rm 3SE-0308/3NE0108. And please come early, as you will have to sign in, get through security and be escorted to the 3rd floor meeting room. IN FACT, if you are coming, EARLY, from outside of FEMA, please let me know so that we can have staff available to get you into the building. edwathomas@aol.com Seating will be first come, first served.

Meeting Name: Lunch and Learn: “Integrating Social and Behavioral Sciences Within the Weather Enterprise” Webinar
When: 01/30/2018 11:30 AM – 1:00 PM
Time Zone: (GMT-05:00) Eastern Time (US and Canada)

Conference Number(s):
North America: 1-800-320-4330
participant code: 905506

To join the meeting:

The Webinar will also present their recommendations for considering FEMA’s possible roles in advancing the support and application of critical research at the weather and social science interface.

About the organization:  The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine (NASEM) provide independent, objective analysis and advice to the Nation and conduct other activities to solve complex problems and inform public policy decisions. The National Academies also encourage education and research, recognize outstanding contributions to knowledge, and increase public understanding in matters of science, engineering, and medicine.

About the presentation: This briefing will provide an overview of the NASEM study on “Integrating Social and Behavioral Sciences within the Weather Enterprise”.  This study (sponsored by NOAA and FHWA) discusses how social science insights can help the weather enterprise to improve weather hazard monitoring, assessment, forecasting and communication processes, to aid emergency management and inform protective action strategies, and to develop more resilient infrastructure and take other steps to improve weather readiness and assure effective long-term recovery.  They will  discuss the critical roles that Federal Agencies, private sector weather companies, and academic research institutions can all play in advancing the support for and application of research at the intersection of weather and social and behavioral sciences.  The briefing will be led by the study committee co-Chairs, Bill Hooke and Ann Bostrom (online), and committee member Jackie Snelling.   The presentation will also include a very brief overview of a related new Academies report on “Emergency Alert and Warning Systems: Current Knowledge and Future Research Directions

Biosketches for Speakers

  • WILLIAM H. HOOKE is Associate Executive Director of the American Meteorological Society. He directed the AMS Policy Program from 2001-2013.  Educated as an atmospheric scientist, he has published widely on atmospheric wave dynamics, remote sensing, and natural hazards science and policy. He worked for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) from 1967-2000 in a series of research and management positions, including Deputy Chief Scientist and Acting Chief Scientist. Between 1993 and 2000, he chaired the U.S. Interagency Subcommittee for Natural Disaster Reduction, operated out of the White House.
  • ANN BOSTROM is a Professor in Environmental Policy at the Daniel J. Evans School of Public Policy and Governance of the University of Washington, Seattle. Dr. Bostrom previously served on the faculty at the Georgia Institute of Technology from 1992-2007, where she served as an associate dean for research at and a professor in the School of Public Policy. She co-directed the Decision Risk and Management Science Program at the National Science Foundation from 1999-2001. Her research focuses on risk perception, communication, and management, and on environmental policy and decision-making under uncertainty. Dr. Bostrom serves as an associate editor for the Journal of Risk Research and is past president and an elected fellow of the Society for Risk Analysis.
  • JACQUELINE SNELLING serves as Senior Policy Advisor to the Director in DHS/FEMA’s Individual and Community Preparedness Division with responsibilities for national policy and guidance, research, evaluation and assessment, and initiatives to support individual and community preparedness and resilience at all levels. Her responsibilities include social science research to inform effective behavioral change strategies in public preparedness and the scientific validation of recommended protective actions for the public. Ms. Snelling’s work for DHS/FEMA builds on a 30 year public service career of senior policy and management positions at all levels of government and extensive volunteer community service.

Staff representatives:

Laurie Geller, study director, Board on Atmospheric Sciences and Climate

Jon Eisenberg, study director, Computer Science and Telecommunications Board


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