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Climate Resilience in Rural Missouri

June 28 @ 3:00 pm | LSEN Roundtables

This Spring, MOST Graduate Policy Fellow, Zachary Miller, and Caleb O'Brien (VTU) led a research project to better understand how decision-makers across the state of Missouri are thinking about climate change challenges and interventions in the rural parts of the state. Along with project collaborators Casey Canfield, & Lauren Sullivan, Miller & O'Brien will highlight […]

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Roundtable Discussion: Tick-Borne Diseases in Missouri

May 10 @ 3:00 pm | LSEN Roundtables

Join our virtual roundtable discussion to learn about the public health challenges associated with tick-borne diseases in Missouri. This month's event will discuss how climate change impacts the spread of tick-borne diseases and evidence-based mitigation strategies that can be implemented at the state and local level.

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Roundtable Discussion: Stormwater Runoff in Missouri

April 5 @ 3:00 pm | LSEN Roundtables

Join our virtual roundtable discussion to learn from local experts about how science can inform evidence-based clean water policies. This month's roundtable discussion will bring together local experts about how science can inform policy interventions related to stormwater runoff in Missouri. This event is proudly co-organized with the Mid-America Regional Council and will be co-moderated […]

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Roundtable Discussion: Maternal Health Disparities

March 8 @ 3:00 pm | LSEN Roundtables

Join our March roundtable discussion to learn from local experts about how science can inform policy interventions related to maternal health disparities in Missouri. Our discussion will center around maternal mortality in Missouri and its relationship to health and environmental policy. Meet the Panelists Lora Gulley, MSW - Director of Community Mobilization and Advocacy, Generate […]

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MOST Office Hours

February 17 @ 6:00 pm | Office Hours

Interested in the MOST Policy Fellowship? Join our Office Hours on Thursday, February 17th to hear from current MOST Policy Fellows about their experiences transitioning from science to policy. Register here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/259571032947

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Roundtable Discussion: Solar Energy in Missouri

February 8 @ 3:00 pm | LSEN Roundtables

During our February roundtable event, we will learn from local experts about how science can inform policy interventions related to renewable energy solutions. This month's roundtable discussion will bring together researchers and other local experts to discuss the science of solar energy. Panelists will also talk about the benefits and costs of solar infrastructure, including […]

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Roundtable Discussion: Climate & Health

January 12 @ 3:00 pm | LSEN Roundtables

Join our roundtable discussion to learn from local experts about how science can inform policy interventions to address climate-related public health challenges. Meet the Panelists Dr. Jim Fleming, MD. Dr Jim Fleming is a Board Certified Psychiatrist who has been in clinical practice since finishing psychiatric residency in 1989. He served as Chair of the […]

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Food Insecurity in Missouri: Rural & Urban Food Deserts

December 8, 2021 @ 3:00 pm | LSEN Roundtables

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) defines food deserts as areas where access to affordable and nutritious food is limited. Household income and distance from grocery stores typically influence whether an area is designated as a food desert, along with other considerations, including access to personal/public transportation. Living in food deserts impacts food security, food […]

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Climate Change & Extreme Weather: Urban Heat Islands

October 13, 2021 @ 3:00 pm | LSEN Roundtables

You may have a toxic build-up of chemicals in your body. EPA reports that nearly every woman, man, and child is exposed to per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS). PFAS are human-made chemicals, including perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA), perfluorooctanesulfonic acid (PFOS), and other chemicals.

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Writing Science Notes for Local and State Policymakers – a Hybrid Workshop

September 16, 2021 @ 4:30 pm | Workshops

Scientists play a variety of roles in the policymaking process. The politicization of science calls for increased nonpartisan engagement from the scientific community, particularly at the state and local levels where decisions are often made with fewer resources. Scientists can build strategic relationships with lawmakers and position themselves as trusted messengers of scientific knowledge for state governments. Workshop participants will hear from scientists who have worked in these roles about career opportunities in this space. Participants will leave with an action plan for conducting nonpartisan engagement on scientific topics in their home state.

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Back to school during a pandemic: Student Mental Health

September 8, 2021 @ 3:00 pm | LSEN Roundtables

You may have a toxic build-up of chemicals in your body. EPA reports that nearly every woman, man, and child is exposed to per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS). PFAS are human-made chemicals, including perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA), perfluorooctanesulfonic acid (PFOS), and other chemicals.

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PFAS in Missouri: The Chemistry Behind Perfluoroalkyl Substances in Our Water Supply

July 30, 2021 @ 3:30 pm | LSEN Roundtables

You may have a toxic build-up of chemicals in your body. EPA reports that nearly every woman, man, and child is exposed to per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS). PFAS are human-made chemicals, including perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA), perfluorooctanesulfonic acid (PFOS), and other chemicals.

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Nonpartisan Science Engagement with Policymakers – a Hybrid Workshop

July 20, 2021 @ 11:00 am | Workshops

Scientists play a variety of roles in the policymaking process. The politicization of science calls for increased nonpartisan engagement from the scientific community, particularly at the state and local levels where decisions are often made with fewer resources. Scientists can build strategic relationships with lawmakers and position themselves as trusted messengers of scientific knowledge for state governments. Workshop participants will hear from scientists who have worked in these roles about career opportunities in this space. Participants will leave with an action plan for conducting nonpartisan engagement on scientific topics in their home state.

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Renewable Natural Gas (e.g., Biogas)

June 25, 2021 @ 3:00 pm | LSEN Roundtables

Can biogas become a reliable renewable energy source? Participate in our roundtable discussion on Missouri’s energy future. The roundtable discussion is from 3 pm to 4 pm CDT followed by a Zoom afterparty from 4 pm to 5 pm.

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Mental Healthcare Access in Missouri

May 28, 2021 @ 3:00 pm | LSEN Roundtables

Our May event focuses on mental health and the impact of policy on mental healthcare. We’ll also discuss how geography affects a Missourian’s access to mental healthcare. The roundtable discussion is from 3 pm to 4 pm CDT followed by a Zoom afterparty from 4 pm to 5 pm.

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COVID-19: Equitable Vaccine Distribution in Rural Missouri

April 30, 2021 @ 3:00 pm | LSEN Roundtables

The COVID-19 pandemic disrupted the lives of every Missourian, but the end of the pandemic may be in sight with a number of new vaccines getting approval. Right now, the state is vaccinating people as quickly as it can, however, vaccine hesitancy threatens to derail efforts to end the pandemic. Suburban Missouri is outpacing rural […]

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Making the MOST of Science: Using Your Expertise for Civic Engagement

April 16, 2021 @ 12:00 pm | Workshops

The Missouri Science and Technology (MOST) Policy Initiative is hosting a three-part workshop series for Missouri-based STEM and Social Science graduate students, postdoctoral fellows, and researchers about how to use their academic backgrounds to engage with science policy. The workshop will cover the current science policy landscape at the federal and state level and provide attendees with resources related to science communication, career development, and civic engagement. In the final session of the workshop, participants will apply the information and skills developed at previous sessions to hold a mock meeting with a policymaker.

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Science and the Law: Expert Witness Workshop

March 30, 2021 @ 4:00 pm | Workshops

Ever wondered about how science is used in the legal system? Come to MOST’s Science & Law Panel on Tuesday, March 30th at 4:00 – 5:00 pm CT, where you can learn about what it takes to be an expert witness and how science policy works in the courts, from environmental law to exonerating the wrongly accused!

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Neuroscience in the Show-Me State

March 26, 2021 @ 3:00 pm | LSEN Roundtables

The Missouri LSEN March event is all about neuroscience. This roundtable discussion features Missouri neuroscientists who are working to solve some of the world’s most pressing problems. Join us at 3 pm March 26th on Facebook, and YouTube for the live discussion.

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Mental Health Services for Farmers Briefing

March 10, 2021 @ 2:30 am | SciTech Briefings

American farmers produce nearly all of the country’s food and contribute some $133 billion annually to the gross domestic product. However, farm life can be demanding and stressful. It is estimated that more than 450 farmers killed themselves across nine Midwestern states from 2014 to 2018. According to a 2020 CDC data, individuals working in […]

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