2019 GPSSPI Events

Science Fact vs Fiction at the Franklin Elementary School STEAM Night

October 2019 - two of our graduate student members talked to elementary school-aged children about using critical thinking skills to tell science fact from science fiction using the Pacific Northwest Tree Octopus (zapatopi.net/treeoctopus/) as an example.

Event Sponsor: Center for Civic Engagement and Palouse STEAM Coalition

Addiction in the Northwest: Addressing the Drug Crisis

September 2019 - Dr. John Roll of the WSU Elson S. Floyd College of Medicine and Dr. Bob Lutz of the Spokane Regional Health District discussed the current opioid epidemic and probable upcoming methamphetamine crisis with a focus on Whitman and Spokane Counties. A video of the public forum is available at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7BF5aQY1aFo.

The main event was followed by an exclusive Q&A session for graduate and professional students, with a particular focus on how students can get involved in public health policy.

Event co-sponsor: WSU Foley Institute

What Makes a Successful Science Policy?

February 2019 - Dr. Aseem Prakash, professor of political science at UW and founding director of the Center for Environmental Politics, discussed how using common values can be more effective in science communication than facts. He also spoke on the hypocrisy scientists can show when they do not follow the same climate actions and advice they advocate.

Thank you, Dr. Prakash, for an engaging discussion!