Friday, December 1, 2017 at 4:00pm
A. Paul Schaap Science Center, Auditorium
35 East 12th Street, Holland, MI 49423-3605
Abstract: Scientific expertise and knowledge is becoming more and more central in all of the defining issues of our society. From environmental protection to health funding to tax policy and more, a strong foundational scientific knowledge is key to effectively addressing the issues at hand. As a result, we are more in need than ever before for STEM students to take their degrees and leave the lab, pursuing alternative pathways to use their scientific knowledge to better the world. Unfortunately, today’s students have few examples and even less understanding of what kinds of opportunities are available to students who leave the lab behind. This talk will showcase an government service as an alternative career path for scientists.
Biography: Dr. Chris Avery is the Senior Global Climate Assessments Manager at ICF International, a science consulting firm in Washington, DC. Currently, he serves as the Deputy Director of the National Climate Assessment at the the U.S. Global Change Research Program (USGCRP). In this role, Chris manages the development, writing, and publication process of the National Climate Assessment (NCA) and other ongoing science assessments. Prior to joining USGCRP, Chris served as a Senior Advisor for the National Council for Science and the Environment, leading all communications and public facing work for the organization. Chris also worked in the Department of Energy’s Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Office, focusing on stakeholder engagement. Prior to DOE, he served as a AAAS Congressional Fellow working for Senator Chris Coons. He was a member of Senator Coons’ energy and environment legislative team, with additional involvement in federal procurement and scientific integrity issues. Before his work as a AAAS Congressional Fellow, he served as a Mirzayan Science & Technology Policy Fellow at the National Academies, working on economic policy. Chris earned a Ph.D. in Analytical Chemistry, a Graduate Certificate in Science, Technology, and Public Policy, and M.S. in Chemistry at the University of Michigan. He also received a B.S. in Chemistry from Hope College.