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Food Insecurity in Missouri: Rural & Urban Food Deserts

December 8 @ 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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Past events

Climate Change & Extreme Weather: Urban Heat Islands

October 13 @ 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 @ 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 @ 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 @ 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 @ 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 @ 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 @ 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 @ 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 @ 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 @ 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 @ 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 @ 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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Climate Change in Missouri

February 26 @ 3:00 pm | LSEN Roundtables

Our February LSEN event focused on climate science. Watch the recorded roundtable discussion to learn from experts across Missouri discuss climate change and the impacts Missourians will face for years to come.

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College Access and Completion for Historically Underrepresented Students

February 10 @ 1:30 am | SciTech Briefings

Higher education is an important determinant of future earnings potential and has significant implications for workforce development more generally. A recent report on equity in Missouri higher education suggests that, despite some improvements over time, there are still significant limitations to college access and completion for students of color and low-income students. During this briefing, we will […]

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COVID-19 Vaccination and Equitable Distribution

January 29 @ 3:00 pm | LSEN Roundtables

Getting COVID-19 under control requires dedication from talented scientists. It also requires getting the vaccine where it’s needed most. The Missouri Local Science Engagement Network is teaming up with Black Girls Do STEM for a Facebook Live Round Table Discussion regarding the COVID-19 vaccine and vaccine equity in Missouri. We’ll discuss vaccine hesitancy within Black Populations in […]

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Flooding & River Conditions Briefing

January 26 @ 2:00 am | SciTech Briefings

Missouri’s rivers are a beautiful and powerful resource. Learn from Missouri experts about forecasts for future river conditions and implications for flooding and flood insurance. Speaker Presentations Questions and Responses from Speakers In the last few years, the Midwest saw major floods along the Missouri and Mississippi river with significant impacts on many Missouri communities. […]

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Precision Health Briefing

August 21, 2020 @ 3:00 am | SciTech Briefings

As we learn more about the human genome, doctors and researchers can use genetic information to create customized medical cures for patients. We spoke with Dr. Jeff Teckman, Professor of Pediatrics at St. Louis University about the basic principles of precision health and medicine, as well as some potential challenges. Then, we feature the NextGen Precision Health […]

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Election Security Briefing

July 24, 2020 @ 7:00 am | SciTech Briefings

Did you know that there are evidence-based strategies to secure elections? Elections and voting are fundamental components of the American democracy. Using paper ballots and conducting risk-limiting audits are the most effective ways to make sure that each vote counts and that our elections are safe from interference. In this briefing, Michael Fernandez with the […]

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COVID-19 Briefing

June 12, 2020 @ 3:00 am | SciTech Briefings

In the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic in the spring of 2020, researchers across Missouri were called to fight back and identify solutions to prevent the spread of the virus and develop novel treatments. We interviewed scientists, based at research institutions and biotech companies in Missouri, where they are developing data-based solutions to challenges facing […]

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Agriculture & Biotechnology Briefing

January 28, 2020 @ 9:00 am | SciTech Briefings

We invite legislators, staff, and other interested persons to join us for an interactive briefing on an emerging biotechnology in agriculture – gene editing. Christopher Willig, Ph.D. Candidate in the University of Missouri Division of Plant Sciences will give a presentation titled: “Genetic scissors with an address: How crop developers are using gene editing to […]

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