Society of Policy Scientists Annual Meeting, Oct. 26-27

The Society of Policy Scientists will hold its annual research meeting at CMC’s Bauer Forum on Friday, Oct. 26 and Saturday, Oct. 27. The sessions, open to the community, will cover a wide range of public policy topics including environment, nutrition, education, law, national security, and humanitarian assistance.

Friday’s session begins with an 8:30 continental breakfast at Bauer Center, followed by a welcome and introduction at 9 a.m. by Murray Rutherford, vice president and chair of the program committee; Bill Ascher, CMC’s Donald C. McKenna Professor of Government and Economics and institute host; and committee president Andrew Willard, University of Iowa and Policy Sciences Center, Inc.

Friday’s afternoon programming continues with:

9:15-10:45 a.m.: Environmental Knowledge and the Policy Process

Chair: Bill Ascher, CMC

The Roles of Environmental Knowledge in the Policy Process

Ascher;

Toddi Steelman, North Carolina State University

The Ecology of Organizations Project in Greater Yellowstone

Garry Brewer, Yale University

Science, Law, and Policy: How Science Gets Lost in Policy and What Does Policy Science Have to Offer (Ways of Knowing in Science, Law and Policy)

Ann Clarke, NASA Ames Research Center

Discussion

10:45-11 a.m. Break

11 a.m.-Noon Institutions and Sustainability

Chair: David Cherney, University of Colorado at Boulder

Discussant: Todd Steelman

Business and Public Policy: Responses to Environmental and Social Protection Processes

Jorge Rivera, The George Washington University

[TBA]

Kreszentia Duer, World Bank Institute

Discussion

Noon-1:30 p.m. Lunch (individual plans)

1:30-3 p.m. Policy Problems in International Settings

Chair: Richard Wallace, Ursinus College

Discussant: Matthew Auer, Indiana University

Planning for Extreme Events: A Case Study from Alpine Shire, Victoria, Australia

Lee Tryhorn and Amanda Lynch, Monash University, Australia

Matching Goods and People: A Case Study of Emergency Assistance in Thailand after the Tsunami

Jin Sato, The University of Tokyo

New Principles for Humanitarian Assistance

Raymond Hopkins, Swarthmore College

Discussion

3-3:15p.m.: Break

3:15-4:15 Improving the Performance of Resource Management Agencies (Part I)

Panel: The Federal Role in Diffusing Collaborative Resource ManagementExamples and Questions from Cooperative Conservation and Community Fire Planning Policies

Chair: Susan Iott, U.S. Government Accountability Office

Discussant: Christina Cromley Bruner, U.S. Dept. of Interior, Office of Inspector General

Susan Iott, U.S. General Accountability Office

Christine Feehan, U.S. General Accountability Office

Discussion

4:15-5:15 Improving the Performance of Resource Management Agencies (Part II)

Panel: Improving Professional Practice in Resource Management AgenciesCase Studies of New Interventions

Chair: Doug Clark, University of Alberta

Doug Clark, University of Alberta

David Lee, Nunavut Tunngavik Inc.

David Mattson, USGS Southwest Biological Science Center, MIT-USGS Science Impact Collaborative, and Yale University

Discussion

Saturday, Oct. 27

Bauer Center Forum, Claremont McKenna College

8:30-9 a.m. Coffee and muffins

9-10:30 a.m. Panel: Law Science and PolicyRecent Developments

Charles Norchi, University of Maine, Harvard University

Andrew Willard, University of Iowa and Policy Sciences Center, Inc.

Jay Heffron, Soka University of America

Discussion

10:30-10:45 Break

10:45-12:15 Panel: Framing, Convening and Addressing Nutrition ProblemsWho, How and With What Outcomes and Effects? The Mainstreaming Nutrition Initiative

Chair: David Pelletier, Cornell University

David Pelletier, Cornell University

Renee Hill, Cornell University

Alexandra Lewin, Cornell University

Edward Frongillo, University of South Carolina

Wendy Gonzalez, University of South Carolina

Discussion

12:15-1:30 Lunch (individual plans)

1:30-3 p.m. Panel: Large Carnivores, People and GovernanceAppraising Decision Process

Chair: Murray Rutherford, Simon Fraser University

David Mattson, USGS Southwest Biological Science Center, MIT-USGS Science Impact Collaborative, and Yale University

Doug Clark, University of Alberta

Seth Wilson, Yale University and Northern Rockies Conservation Cooperative

Emily Chamberlain, Canadian Wildlife Service

Murray Rutherford, Simon Fraser University

Discussion

3-3:15 Break

3:15-4:45 Society Business, Planning and Self-Reflection
Chair: Andrew Willard, President of the Society of Policy Scientists

In this session, we will appraise Society growth and explore and discuss
future options. Trends in membership, attendance, and activities, including
collaborations with other organizations, will be discussed. Engagement
with non-academic practitioners may be an alternative worth pursuing.
Other topics are welcomed.

4:45-5 p.m. Concluding Remarks

Bill Ascher, Institute host

Murray Rutherford, vice president and chair of the program committee