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Addressing Droughts and Water Scarcity Through Media Communication, Public Engagement, and Political Action.

May 17, 2018 @ 5:30 pm - 6:45 pm


Join a discussion on the ongoing impact of our current drought and how the local media, public and political action, and the arts can play a role in highlighting and addressing local water shortages as well as help us move to a more resilient future. Keynote Speaker Dr. Newsha Ajami will give a talk titled “Coping with Droughts: The Role Of Political Action And Media in Engaging the Public to Address Water Scarcity.”  Her talk will be followed by a panel discussion with Nick Welsh, Executive Editor at the Santa Barbara Independent and Nicole Strasburg, Fina Artist at rose Compass Artists, moderated by the ES Program and Bren School professor, Bob Wilkinson.

Dr. Newsha K. Ajami is the director of Urban Water Policy with Stanford University’s Water in the West program. She is a leading expert in sustainable water resource management, water policy, innovation, and financing, and the water-energy-food nexus. Her research throughout the years has been interdisciplinary and impact driven, focusing on the improvement of the science-policy-stakeholder interface by incorporating social and economic measures and effective communication.

Dr. Ajami is a gubernatorial appointee to the Bay Area Regional Water Quality Control Board. Before joining Stanford, she worked as a senior research associate at the Pacific Institute, and served as a Science and Technology fellow at the California State Senate’s Natural Resources and Water Committee where she worked on various water and energy-related legislation.. Dr. Ajami received her Ph.D. in civil and environmental engineering from the UC, Irvine, an M.S. in hydrology and water resources from the University of Arizona.

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Event Date:

Thursday, May 17, 2018 – 5:30 p.m. to 6:45 p.m.

Event Date Details:

Reception to follow in Bren 4016

Event Location:

  • Bren 1414 (Courtyard Level)

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May 17, 2018
5:30 pm - 6:45 pm
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