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College/Underserved Community Partnership Program: Building a Better Tomorrow through the Power of Partnerships

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Michael W. Burns, Senior Advisor for the Regional Administrator
Environmental Protection Agency, Region 4

Atlanta, GA

What if there was a federal program that connected universities and underserved communities to work together to address critical issues? Would you be surprised if I told you that program already existed? What if I told you that program was created in part to improve the efficiency of government spending—would that shock you? Read More

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Uintas Pika Watch or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Middle Schoolers

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Johanna Varner
Ph.D. Candidate at University of Utah

Salt Lake City, Utah

A decade ago, I would have NEVER have believed that I would write the following words, but here they are: I love working with 7th graders! My twenty-something self would have further cringed at the idea of leading dozens of boisterous middle schoolers through quiet mountain landscapes. And yet, here I am, traipsing across alpine boulder fields with 60 of my closest 7th grade friends. Read More

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Engaging Scientists in Environmental Justice Communities

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Juan Reynosa
Environmental Justice Organizer, SouthWest Organizing Project

Albuquerque, NM

The environmental movement in this country went through a major culture shift in the 1980s, when organizers of color expanded their vision and redefined their goals. Many communities of color felt that the environmental movement prioritized wildlife conservation over the protection of low-income communities, which usually experience the brunt of environmental injustices. Read More

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Blurring the Lines: Integrating Science and Policy

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Julian Reyes, IGERT NSPIRE Fellow
Civil and Environmental Engineering, Washington State University

Pullman, Washington

When I was eleven, I would diligently watch The Weather Channel’s “Tropical Update” and carefully track movements of tropical storms. This segment had a cult following—me. Visiting my relatives one summer, they found it odd that I preferred The Weather Channel over cartoons on a Saturday morning. Read More

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The Balancing Act: Public Engagement for the Academic Scholar

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Andrew J. Hoffman, professor, University of Michigan
Stephen M. Ross School of Business and the School of Natural Resources & Environment

Ann Arbor, Michigan

Each spring, my colleagues and I perform a common ritual; we fill out our annual activities reports to summarize our research, teaching, and service accomplishments for the year. As we fill them out, we are keenly aware that the primary metric is really research, and in particular, research published in top tier academic journals. Attempts at public or political engagement are overlooked or even discouraged as an “impractical” waste of time. Read More

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