Problem-Solving Practicum on the Use of Science for Policy

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WED 3:45 - 5:35 pm TNH 3.129

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This is a hands-on, action oriented practicum that seeks to hone problem-solving and writing skills in complicated areas of regulatory practice. Throughout the semester, students will develop creative approaches to addressing pre-identified problems arising at the intersection of public health and environmental regulation and science. These problems may include the harassment of academic scientists through various conventional tools such as State Freedom of Information Acts; the overclaiming of trade secrets; and the lack of disclosures of conflicts of interest in private research used for regulation. The agencies under study will likely include both federal agencies (e.g., OSHA and EPA) and state agencies. The requirement for the course is 1) attendance in weekly, 70 minute meetings to discuss and brainstorm projects, and 2) the completion of one applied project (e.g. petition or similar project) filed with an agency or a white paper prepared for a nonprofit group. The required student project must make a practical contribution to environmental regulation by providing needed innovative ideas for struggling agency staff and by prodding agencies and stakeholders through comments, petitions, best practices and other mechanisms. The two-credit practicum is Pass/Fail. Maximum Enrollment is 8 students.

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