The Frederick S. Pardee Center for the Study of the Longer-Range Future will host an informational meeting about science and technology policy fellowships offered by the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) to recent PhDs as well as mid-career scientists and engineers. The meeting will take place on Wednesday, Oct.17 at 4:30 pm at Pardee House, 67 Bay State Road.
The AAAS fellowships provide year-long assignments (based on the academic year) for scientists and engineers to work in Washington, D.C. in Congressional offices or federal agencies to learn about the role of science in federal programs and policies. More than 2,800 academic scientists and engineers have participated in the program since it was founded 40 years ago. The deadline for applications for the 2014-2015 fellowships is November 1.
Register for the meeting here.
Pardee Center Visiting Research Fellow Janot Mendler de Suarez is one of four authors of a piece titled, “Ensuring survival: Oceans, climate and security” for Ocean & Coastal Management. The authors discuss the ocean and its vital role in the global carbon cycle, affecting food security and livelihoods for billions of people. The importance of ocean security and climate resilience improvements are addressed as well.
The Frederick S. Pardee Center for the Study of the Longer-Range Future in collaboration with the Boston University Center for Finance, Law & Policy has published a new Pardee Center Task Force Report titled “Remittance Flows to Post-Conflict States: Perspectives on Human Security and Development.”
The Report is the outcome of an interdisciplinary Task Force of experts convened in 2012 by the Center for Finance, Law & Policy (CFLP) that was charged with researching, analyzing, and proposing policy recommendations regarding the role of remittances in post-conflict countries and the potential for such remittances to serve as a major source of development funds. The group was convened on behalf of CFLP by BU Economics Professor John R. Harris and Donald F. Terry, an international banking expert and Lecturer at the BU Law School who is also a Senior Fellow at CFLP.
The Report will be officially launched at an event on October 10 co-sponsored by the Pardee Center and the Center for Finance, Law & Policy.
The Frederick S. Pardee Center for the Study of the Longer-Range Future is collaborating with the Boston University Sustainable Neighborhood Laboratory to present a seminar on Thursday, Oct. 31 titled “Biogas: A Landing Pad for Natural Gas?” It will take place at Pardee House, 67 Bay State from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m.
Prof. Nathan Phillips of the BU Earth and Environment Department, a Pardee Faculty Fellow and Acting Executive Director of the Sustainable Neighborhood Lab, will moderate the session. Featured speakers will be Amy Barad, Program Director at the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center; Tony LaRusso, Project Director at National Grid; and Paul Sellew, Co-Founder and CEO of Harvest Power.
The seminar panel will discuss whether biogas — renewable gas generated from waste — can help natural gas achieve its promise as a bridge fuel to a clean energy future. The panel will explore the environmental, economic, and regulatory opportunities and challenges in scaling up renewable gas in Massachusetts, and across the nation and the globe.
Seating is limited and advance registration is required by Oct. 28. To register, click here.
Amy Barad is a Program Director at the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center, a quasi-public agency dedicated to growing the Massachusetts clean energy sector. Amy manages grant programs that provide financial support to renewable energy project developers, including developers or hosts of anaerobic digestion facilities. She previously worked for the Massachusetts Water Resources Authority, where she managed policy, planning, and regulatory issues related to the products of its anaerobic digestion facility, and was also a founding director of the North East Biosolids & Residuals Association.
Tony LaRusso is a Project Director at National Grid, responsible for the overall delivery, management, and governance of Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) projects including licensing, engineering, procurement, and construction through commissioning to commercial operation. In more than 17 years at National Grid, he has held various positions including Gas Operations Compliance Manager, Delivery Manager in a Sustainable Gas Group, LNG Operations Manager, and Gas Project Engineer.
Nathan Phillips is Professor of Earth and Environment at Boston University. His research focuses on physiological mechanisms that regulate water, carbon, and energy exchanges between plants/ecosystems and the environment, especially in the context of environmental change. More recently, this research has been translated to studies of the ecology “in cities”, and the ecology “of cities”, in an interdisciplinary research program called “Urban Metabolism” supported by the National Science Foundation and Boston University’s Sustainable Neighborhood Laboratory.
Paul Sellew, Co-founder and CEO of Harvest Power, Inc. and its group of companies, has been a leader in the organics industry for more than 25 years. Harvest is the leading manager of organics in North America with a focus on maximizing value through production of renewable energy and high quality fertilizer and compost based soil and mulch products. In 1982, Paul founded Earthgro, Inc., which grew to be the second largest producer of compost-based lawn and garden products in North America. He has also been a senior executive with Synagro, Inc. and also founded and led International Process Systems, Inc. (composting technology provider), Allgro, Inc. (compost marketing firm), Environmental Credit Corp. (carbon credit creation and trading), and Backyard Farms (hydroponic greenhouse tomato producer).
The Frederick S. Pardee Center for the Study of the Longer-Range Future hosted a meeting on Oct. 2 with staff who work on programs related to futures strategies and planning in the Public Service Division of the Office of the Prime Minister of Singapore.
The visitors included Chin Lum Kwa, Head of the Centre for Strategic Futures; Wei Jian Leong, Senior Strategist from the Strategic Policy Office who also works with the Centre for Strategic Futures; and Jason Chan, Covering Head of the Risk Assessment and Horizon Scanning (RAHS) Solutions Centre. The group discussed efforts in the Public Service Division to take a longer-term approach to planning and program development through futures forecasting techniques that often are used in business. The Centre works with high level representatives from all government ministries to try to anticipate emerging trends, and then raise awareness among various government agencies about the potential for such trends to impact their programs.
Other participants in the meeting included Pardee Center Director Anthony Janetos, Associate Director Cynthia Barakatt, and BU faculty members Edward Cunningham (Earth and Environment), Joseph Fewsmith (International Relations), Paul McManus (School of Management), Eugenio Menegon (History, and Director of the BU Center for the Study of Asia), and Min Ye (International Relations).
Pardee Center Faculty Fellow Henrik Selin was quoted in the September 27 issue of Science magazine about the new Minamata Convention on Mercury to be finalized in Japan this week. The article titled “With Pact’s Completion, The Real Work Begins,” is part of the journal’s special coverage on the treaty and mercury’s impact on the environment and human health. Prof. Selin, who traveled to Japan to observe the adoption of the treaty, told Science, “Under no circumstances do I think this treaty is a silver bullet.”
Prof. Selin, who has been closely following the treaty development and negotiations, moderated a Pardee House Seminar on the topic in Feburary 2013 and is the author of a recent Pardee Center Issues in Brief paper about the treaty.
Pardee Center Faculty Fellow Kevin P. Gallagher presented a paper on September 26 at the Hyman Minsky conference on “Global Financial Reform: Five Years After the Crisis,” held in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Prof. Gallagher’s talk was titled “Regulating Capital Flows: Is the ‘System’ Working?” and was based on two Pardee Task Force Reports on related topics published earlier this year and in March 2012. The conference was sponsored by the Brazil-based Multidisciplinary Institute for New Development Strategies (MINDS) and the Levy Economics Institute of Bard College.
Prof. Gallagher is Co-Director of Boston University’s Global Economic Governance Initiative, a joint program of the Pardee Center, the Center for Finance, Law & Policy, and the Center for International Relations. He also serves as a co-chair of the Pardee Task Force on Regulating Global Capital Flows, which coordinated development of the Pardee Task Force reports.
The Pardee Center and Boston University’s Center for Finance, Law & Policy are co-sponsoring a talk by the head of the central bank of Bangladesh on Thursday, Oct. 10 to mark the release of the new Pardee Center Task Force Report titled Remittance Flows to Post-Conflict States: Perspectives on Human Security and Development. The talk will take place from 10 to 11:30 am at the Hotel Commonwealth, 500 Commonwealth Avenue, in the Commonwealth Room. For registration information, click here.
The featured speaker, Dr. Atiur Rahman, has been Governor of the Bangladesh Bank since May 2009. The Bank serves as the country’s monetary policy authority, financial sector regulator, and supervisor. Dr. Rahman is known as an advocate for pro-poor, environment-friendly, and gender-sensitive development policies. A renowed economist, he has previously served as a university professor and researcher as well as Director of Sonali Bank, Chairman of the Board of Directors of Janata Bank, and for many years as a Senior Research Fellow at the Bangladesh Institute of Development Studies (BIDS).
The new Pardee Center Task Force Report is the outcome of an interdisciplinary task force of experts on the topic convened by the the Center for Finance, Law and Policy in collaboration with the Pardee Center, and led by BU Economics Professor John Harris and Donald F. Terry, an expert in international banking and Lecturer at the BU Law School. The report presents research and analysis on various aspects of remittance flows to post-conflict countries, and proposes policy recommendations regarding the role of remittances in post-conflict environments and their potential to serve as a major source of development funds. The report is available in electronic format, and hard copies are available free of charge from both the Pardee Center and the Center for Finance, Law & Policy.
The Frederick S. Pardee Center for the Study of the Longer-Range Future has published a new paper in the Issues in Brief series.
“The Minamata Convention and the Future of Mercury Abatement” was written by Pardee Faculty Fellow Henrik Selin, an expert on global environmental governance issues who has been closely following the negotiations leading to this agreement. In the brief, Prof. Selin calls the new convention “a significant international legal and political milestone,” but argues that to have real impacts in protecting human health and the environment, the convention will need to be strengthened over time by coordinated action across global, regional, national, and local governance scales.
2013 Pardee Graduate Summer Fellow Benjamin Twagira has won a research grant from the Fulbright-Hays Doctoral Dissertation Research Abroad program, administered by the U.S. Department of Education. Twagira, a PhD candidate in the Department of History at Boston University, conducts research on the history of cities in Africa. The award will fund his field research in Uganda where he will study the role of religious beliefs and tradition in the development of Kampala during the 20th century.