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The Hubbard Brook Research Foundation Science Links Program: Synthesizing and Communicating Science

The Hubbard Brook Research Foundation Science Links Program: Synthesizing and Communicating Science

Location: AIBS

Presented by: The AIBS Public Policy Office

About this Webinar

Funding agencies increasingly encourage grant recipients to communicate their findings to appropriate stakeholders. Many researchers, particularly those involved with projects with implications for environmental or public health management and policy, want to communicate research findings to appropriate decision makers, news media outlets, or the general public. This webinar presents information and findings from the HBRF Science Links Program, an experiment conducted by scientists and engineers affiliated with the Hubbard Brook Research Foundation. The HBRF Science Links Program demonstrates how a team of scientists can identify and plan a program that effectively delivers timely scientific findings to audiences that need the information to inform decision making.

The webinar program is as follows:

  • Introduction: Dr. Robert Gropp, AIBS Director of Public Policy
  • Keynote Presentation: Dr. Charles T. Driscoll, University Professor, CESE Director, Syracuse University
  • Question and Answer: Webinar participants will be able to engage in a question and answer session with Gropp and Driscoll


About Dr. Charles T. Driscoll

Driscoll is the University Professor of Environmental Systems Engineering at Syracuse University.  Dr. Driscoll received his B.S. degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Maine in 1974, and his M.S. in 1976 and Ph.D. in 1980 in Environmental Engineering from Cornell University.  Dr. Driscoll's teaching and research interests are in the areas of environmental engineering, environmental chemistry, biogeochemistry, soil chemistry and environmental quality modeling. 

A principal research focus of Dr. Driscoll's research has been the effects of disturbance on forest, aquatic and coastal ecosystems, including air pollution (acid rain, mercury), land-use change, climate change and elevated inputs of nutrients and trace metals.  Dr. Driscoll has authored or co-authored more than 300 peer-reviewed articles and has been acknowledged by the Institute for Scientific Information (ISI) as one of the most highly cited researchers in both engineering and environmental science. He has received external funding for more than 80 research projects, mostly obtained from competitive research programs such as the National Science Foundation and the Environmental Protection Agency.  He is currently the principal investigator of the National Science Foundation's Long-Term Ecological Research project at the Hubbard Brook Experimental Forest, New Hampshire. In 1984, the National Science Foundation designated Dr. Driscoll as a Presidential Young Investigator. In 2007 he was elected to the National Academy of Engineering. He has provided expert testimony to U.S. Congressional and State committees.  Dr. Driscoll has served on many local, national and international committees, including the National Research Council Panel Committee of Air Quality Management and Committee on Everglades Restoration, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Clean Air Scientific Advisory Committee and the Heinz Center Committee on the State of the Nations Ecosystems.

About Dr. Robert Gropp

Gropp received his B.A. in biology from the University of California at Santa Cruz and Ph.D. in botany from the University of Oklahoma.

He joined the Public Policy Office at the American Institute of Biological Sciences in 2003, and is now director of public policy. In this capacity, Gropp directs staff, develops policy initiatives, and represents policy issues to lawmakers, federal officials, and the news media. He writes regularly about science policy, and serves as editor of the "Washington Watch" column for the AIBS journal, BioScience, the AIBS "Public Policy Report", and the Natural Science Collections Alliance "Washington Report". With Dr. Holly Menninger, Gropp coauthored the publication, Communicating Science: A Primer for Working with the Media. Additionally, Gropp co-chairs two national science policy coalitions - the USGS Coalition and the Biological-Ecological Sciences Coalition - which advocate for increased funding for scientific research.

Prior to joining AIBS, Gropp was a congressional science policy fellow through the AAAS Congressional Science Fellowship program. As a Fellow, Gropp worked on energy and environmental policy issues for Representative Diana DeGette of Colorado, a member of the House Energy and Commerce Committee. After leaving Capitol Hill, Gropp was briefly a visiting assistant professor of environmental science at Randolph-Macon College in Virginia.


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