Science & Policy Summit

2014 Science & Policy Summit: Quality of Life

Thursday, May 15 at the Burke Museum


Join us for the annual GPSS Science & Policy Summit on May 15 the Burke Museum. Sessions will take place in the Burke Room, followed by a reception in the Burke Museum Lobby in the evening.




Appetizers and beverages will be served in the Burke Museum Lobby

Speaker Bios

A Brave New World: Identity, Privacy & Interaction

Dr. Alan Borning
Alan Borning is a professor in the Department of Computer Science & Engineering at the University of Washington, and an adjunct faculty member in the Infor-mation School. His research interests are in human-computer interaction and designing for human values, and in object-oriented and constraint based pro-gramming languages. Current projects include tools for making public transit more usable, systems to support civic engagement and participation, and constraint-based programming languages and systems. He received a BA in mathe-matics from Reed College in 1971, and a PhD in computer science from Stanford University in 1979. Awards include a Fulbright Senior Scholar Award for lecturing and research in Australia, and being named a Fellow of the Association for Computing Machinery in 2001.
Dr. Howard Chizeck
Howard Jay Chizeck is a Professor of Electrical Engineering and Adjunct Profes-sor of Bioengineering at the University of Washington, a member of the faculty in the Neurobiology and Behavior graduate program, and a research thrust leader for the NSF Engineering Research Center for Sensorimotor Neural Engineering. His research interests are in telerobotics and neural engineering. His telerobotic research includes haptic rendering and control for robotic surgery and for underwater devices. His neural engineering work involves the design and security of brain-machine interfaces, and the development of assistive devices to restore hand and locomotion capabilities. He received his B.S (1974) and M.S. (1976) degrees from Case Western Reserve University, and the Sc.D. degree in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1982. Professor Chizeck was elected a Fellow of the IEEE in 1999 "for contributions to the use of control system theory in biomedical engineering”
Dr. Sara Goering
Sara Goering is Associate Professor of Philosophy at the University of Washington, and affiliated with the Program on Values in Society, the Disability Studies Program, and the Department of Bioethics & Humanities. She is currently the Ethics Thrust leader for the Center for Sensorimotor Neural Engineering. With colleagues at the medical school, she is a co-editor of the book Achieving Justice in Genomic Translation: Rethinking the Pathway to Benefit.
Dr. Adam Moore
Adam D. Moore: Ph.D. (Associate Professor) teaches in the Information School at the University of Washington. Professor Moore examines the ethical, legal and policy issues surrounding intellectual property, privacy, and information control. His publications include: Privacy Rights: Moral and Legal Foundations (2010); Intellectual Property and Information Control: Philosophic Foundations and Contemporary Issues (2001, 2004); “A Lockean Theory of Intellectual Prop-erty Revisited,” San Diego Law Review 50 (Fall 2012); “Privacy: Its Meaning and Value,” American Philosophical Quarterly 40 (2003); and “Privacy, Security, and Government Surveillance: WikiLeaks and the New Accountability,” Public Affairs Quarterly, 25 (2011).

Energy & the Environment

Steven Gilbert
Steven G. Gilbert, Ph.D., D.A.B.T., Director and Founder of the Institute of Neurotoxicology and Neurological Disorders (INND), received a Ph.D. in Toxicology in 1986 from the University of Rochester, Rochester, NY, and is a Diplomat of American Board of Toxicology. He is an Affiliate Associate Professor in the Department of Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences, University of Washington and Affiliate Associate Professor, Interdisciplinary Arts & Sciences, UW Bothell. He has prioritized communicating science to the public through his work with Physicians for Social Re-sponsibility and through his creation of Toxipedia, a website designed to educate and inform the public about common toxins.
Joel Kaufman
Joel Kaufman, MD, MPH, is a professor of Epidemeology, General Internal Medecine, and Evironmental & Occupational Health Sciences (EOHS) at the UW. Having received his MD at the University of Michigan and his MPH at the University of Washington, Dr. Kaufman now acts as the Director of UW's EOHS department. His research focuses on the epidemeological health impacts of ambient air pollutants, especially traffic related emissions, on upper respiratory and cardiovascular systems. Dr. Kaufman's research into anthropogenic pollutants is considered crucial to determining how human health is shaped by human activity, and is supported with key research grants from the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences.
Tim Larson
Tim Larson, PhD, is a professor of Environmental Engineering in UW's department of Civil & Environmental Engineering (CEE). He received his BSChE from Lehigh University before earning his MSChE and PhD at the UW, where he now acts as Associate Chair for the CEE department. Dr. Larson is considered an expert in the field of air quality management and monitoring, having collected accolades from the EPA, the NOAA, and the AWMA. His research has mainly focused on chemical transport/removal systems in the atmosphere and how they interact with ambient air quality, though he has also contributed to research surrounding the health impacts of deteriorating air quality.
Jerry Seidler
Jerry Seidler, PhD, is a professor of Physics at the UW. His research is in the area of light source experimentation for basic and applied energy science. This includes materials for batteries, photovoltaic cells, actinide fuels for fission reactors, catalysts for fuel cells and hydrocarbon cracking, and supercapacitors. Particularly the Seidler group would like to work on the development and application of novel x-ray spectroscopy to problems of basic and applied energy science. The Seidler group works closely with Dr. John Rehr’s theory group.
Bryan Zetlen
Bryan Zetlen has served as a Program and Product Manager and Senior Technical Adviser in the Utilities, Energy, IT, and Telecommunications Sectors for more than 20 years. Mr. Zetlen advises and consults on Public Policy in utility management, energy production, telecommunications, and defense management. He has established expertise in technology commercialization and teaches graduate school courses in ‘Climate Change and Energy Policy’ and ‘Public Policy Challenges of Implementing Technology’.

Mental Wellness & Neuroscience

Dr. Todd Edwards
For the past 18 years Dr. Edwards has developed patient-reported measures of symptoms, function, and quality of life for a broad range of populations. A focus of his work has been on stigmatizing conditions affecting children and adolescents, including facial malformations, early puberty, deafness and hard-of-hearing and obesity. Dr. Edwards is a founding member of the Seattle Quality of Life Group, whose mission is to support integration of patient-centered measures into health care and to facilitate translation of research evidence into policies and practices that promote health and quality of life.
Rachel Gerken, MA, LHMC
Rachel Gerken received her MA in Counseling Psychology from Lewis and Clark College in 2003. She has previous mental health experience in residential treatment; day hospital care; outpatient and school settings. Recently, Rachel has been working with adolescents, young adults and families in the areas of Chemi-cal Dependency and Eating disorders. Rachel's areas of interest include family issues; transitioning into adulthood and other life changes; eating disorders and substance abuse. Her therapeutic orientation is eclectic; but balances positive regard with problem solving. Of particular interest are Dialectical Behavioral Therapy; Family Systems and Narrative Therapy.
Dr. Cari A. McCarty
Dr. McCarty is a Research Associate Professor in Pediatrics and Adjunct Re-search Associate Professor of Psychology at the University of Washington. She has been on faculty at the University of Washington for the past 12 years, conducting research on the interrelationships between, mental health, substance use and physical health throughout adolescence. She has worked in the area of depression screening and intervention, including developing and testing a prevention program to address early symptoms of depression in Seattle public schools. Dr. McCarty is currently a co-Investigator on a contract with the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction for Washington State to evaluate suicide training curricula for school-based health professionals. She is also co-leading a grant funded by the Maternal and Child Health Bureau to test screening and personalized feedback as a brief intervention in primary care set-tings to address adolescent health risk behaviors. Dr. McCarty is also the lead Psychology Faculty for the University of Washington Leadership and Education in Adolescent Health Training Program.
Dr. Abigail Schindler
Abigail Schindler, Ph.D. is a senior fellow with the Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences Department at University of Washington. Her research focuses on understanding the long-term negative consequences of adolescent alcohol intake using rodent models. Dr. Schindler received her Ph.D. from the University of Washington Department of Pharmacology in 2012, her dissertation work focused on understanding the interplay between stress, drug reward, and neuropsychiatric disorders such as depression and anxiety. She is a co-leader of the Forum on Science Ethics and Policy and is active in science advocacy and outreach initiatives.

Our Mission: To enhance the discourse between scientists and policy makers through advocacy, community-building and student empowerment.


1. To assist scientists in developing their skills in communication across disciplines and to the general public.

2.  To promote public awareness of science research at the UW, and provide opportunities to develop partnerships in the community

3.  Create opportunitis and events for students to advocate for their field, their research and graduate students.

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