Search Results for: learning from experience

Challenges in science and public policy redux.

In a post on April 3, 2012, I presented a notional list of ten substantial challenges for science and public policy. My thought at that time was that in successive posts I’d unpack each of the ten in turn. As … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | 4 Comments

DFW Airport, hail, and repetitive loss

We’ve seen this tragedy before. Storms bearing hail and a spawning a dozen tornadoes tore through the Dallas-Fort Worth area on April 3. First, the good news. No…it’s not just good news. It’s great news. No fatalities reported as of … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | 1 Comment

Science policy? What are the real challenges here?

The March 22 post shared a “collaboratively-derived science policy research agenda” recently put forth by William Sutherland and 50+ co-authors. The list comprised 40 questions, organized by theme: –          understanding the role of scientific evidence in policymaking –          framing questions, … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | 1 Comment

Weather-Ready Nation? It’s all about the follow-through.

Think about every bit of coaching you’ve received in sports. Swing the bat through the ball. Kick through the ball. Swing the golf club through the ball. [The blogosphere is loaded with literalists, so let me be the first to … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Anniversary Remembrances of Two Disasters

Thirty years ago to the day I was still working for NOAA’s Office of Oceanic and Atmospheric Research (OAR), and stationed in Boulder. A gaggle of us were back here in DC for an OAR management retreat. It was the … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Thanksgiving Day reflections

“This is the day that the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it.” – Psalm 118:24 Do you live in America? Then, for you and for me, today is Thanksgiving, a special day. In recent weeks, … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

an additional note on the Indiana State Fair stage collapse

At noon today, Jason Samenow of the Capital Weather Gang published an insightful post on the nature and causes of the tragic Indiana State Fair stage collapse, summarizing much of the background that’s surfaced over the past 40 hours or … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

@ CESSE

Did you know that among the thousands of professional societies and associations out on the real world, there’s a Council of Engineering and Science Society Executives (CESSE)? There is indeed. And it’s meeting here in Vancouver, Canada for the remainder … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Disaster Management? Sounds like an oxymoron…

…but it isn’t. Today’s post comes from Toronto at the start of the 21st World Conference on Disaster Management. The Canadian Centre for Emergency Preparedness puts on this annual meeting, this year assembling 1500 attendees from 40 countries. Participants variously … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Memorial Day and science policy…Part 3.

As noted in yesterday’s post, the social contract/policy for science is coming under scrutiny. The latest example? A report on the National Science Foundation put out by the office of Senator Tom Coburn (R-OK).  Dan Sarewitz comments in a post … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment