The UMSL Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry launches an annual science policy lecture series as part of its regular seminar series on Mondays at 4 pm in Benton 103. The new lecture series was initiated and organized by Professor Emeritus David Garin who, during his 34 years of research and teaching at UMSL, maintained an active interest in science policy. These lectures are designed to be of interest to students and practitioners in all scientific disciplines.
The inaugural lecture will be presented on October 16 by Dr Arti Garg. Garg is the founder and chair of Engineers and Scientists Acting Locally (ESAL), a non-profit organization dedicated to increasing the engagement of people with STEM backgrounds with their local governments and communities. She is a former board member of the Missouri Science and Technology Policy Initiative (MOST). She currently serves on the city planning commission of Hayward, CA. In addition to her local engagement, she is a technology executive working in the areas of AI and advanced computing. She previously held staff positions in the White House Budget Office and the US Congress. She holds a PhD in physics from Harvard University and an MS in Aeronautical and Astronautical Engineering from Stanford University.
Lecture: Scientists Engaging Locally to Make a Difference Close to Home
From COVID to climate change, the importance of science-informed policy-making has become indisputable. Yet for scientists who want to leverage their expertise and perspective to make a difference, options can seem limited and far removed from their daily work. Dr Garg will share her experiences engaging at the municipal level and also speak about her past involvement with the MOST Policy Initiative in Missouri.
There will be a reception following the lecture; those planning to attend the reception are asked to RSVP to Joy Manore, by phone at 314.516.6203 or by email. Off-campus guests should contact Joy also for parking details.