Creativity, Communication, Cooperation

Tackling today’s interconnected environmental and public health challenges requires incorporating emerging research and technology into thoughtful, evidence-based policy. By framing technical concepts in the context of personal, local, and timely stories, researchers can better communicate the relevance of their findings to decision makers at all levels of government. Scientists and engineers must think creatively about how to leverage their expertise to inform policies grounded in science and develop relationships with lawmakers and their staff. Additionally, researchers can draw on their networks to help guide legislation that will ensure environmental stewardship and resilience.

About the Speaker

Dr. Caroline Normile served as the 2017–2018 American Meteorological Society/AAAS Congressional Science Fellow in the Office of U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse, where she was responsible for a portfolio including environment, climate, and energy issues. During her fellowship year, Caroline helped develop innovative bipartisan legislation to advance ocean and coastal data collection and monitoring. She supported the work of the Senate Oceans Caucus and the Senate Task Force on Climate Change. She also tracked the devastating 2017 and 2018 hurricane seasons and wildfire years with the goal of informing policies to enhance public safety and environmental management.

Caroline is an atmospheric scientist with expertise in land-atmosphere carbon exchange and greenhouse gas measurement and monitoring. As a NASA Earth and Space Science Graduate Fellow at Penn State University, she examined variability in uptake of atmospheric carbon dioxide from vegetation across North America. She holds a Ph.D. and M.S. in Atmospheric Science from Penn State and a B.S. in Environmental Science and Environmental Thought and Practice from the University of Virginia.


The Environmental Resilience Institute hosts monthly Open House sessions for graduate students interested in discussing their research with other students from around Grounds working on environmental resilience related topics. Our Open House events are part of the student-led, ERI supported, Graduate Research Forum (GRF).

The GRF is open to all grad students and invests in activities that advance novel frameworks, theories, models, and applications that are transformative and have societal impacts.  We hope you can attend this and other GRF events!

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