Policy Seminars to Address the Salton Sea, Access to Medicine, and Homegrown Terrorists

May events presented by the School of Public Policy feature scientists, legislators and environmental policy analysts

photo of the Salton Sea

A School of Public Policy seminar exploring the future of the Salton Sea will be May 3.

RIVERSIDE, Calif. – Managing the Salton Sea, improving access to essential medicines, and the threat of homegrown violent extremism are among the topics the University of California, Riverside School of Public Policy will address in a series of lectures in May.

The events are free and open to the public, and are presented as part of the professional school’s ongoing seminar series. Parking permits may be obtained at the kiosk on West Campus Drive at the University Avenue entrance to the campus. Reservations are requested as seating is limited.

Seminars scheduled in May are:

May 3, 9 a.m., “The Salton Sea and the New Normal: ‘A managed environment in the context of prolonged drought,” HUB 268 – Michael Cohen, senior associate at the Pacific Institute in Oakland, Calif., has been a leading Salton Sea advocate for more than 18 years. He is the lead author of three Pacific Institute reports on the Salton Sea, served on the Natural Resources Agency’s Salton Sea Advisory Committee from 2004 to 2007, and is a member of the Salton Sea Task Force’s Agency Stakeholder Committee. RSVP to nancy.day@ucr.edu.

May 4, 12:30 p.m., “Air Quality & the Changing Energy Landscape in Southern California,” Interdisciplinary South 1109 – Aaron Katzenstein, a program supervisor at the South Coast Air Quality Management District, works in the Planning and Rule Development department on climate change, energy and air quality related regulations, policies, research, and demonstration projects focused on the Southern California urban air shed. He is helping develop the 2016 Air Quality Management Plan for the future attainment of federal ozone standards in the South Coast Air Basin. RSVP online.

May 5, 5:30 p.m.,  “From the Hospital Emergency Room to Congress: Hard-Earned Leadership Lessons from a Community Leader,”  Interdisciplinary South 1128 – Congressman Raul Ruiz (D-Palm Desert) grew up in Coachella, received his M.D., MPP and MPH from Harvard University, then returned to the Coachella Valley to work as an emergency room doctor at Eisenhower Medical Center. He served as senior associate dean at the UCR School of Medicine until his election to Congress in 2012, and is on leave as a faculty member in the school. He serves on the House Committee on Natural Resources and the House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs. A reception will precede his lecture from 5 to 5:30 p.m. RSVP online.

May 9, 12:30 p.m., “Global Efforts to Advance Access to Essential Medicines: A Preview on the Lancet Commission,” Interdisciplinary 1111 – Michael Reich, professor of international health policy at Harvard University, is a member of the Lancet Commission on Essential Medicine Policies and will discuss progress made in improving access to medicines that meet the priority health care needs of the population, and challenges that remain. In 1985, a global meeting in Nairobi, Kenya, proposed a comprehensive set of essential medicines policies. The commission was established to review global and national approaches to essential medicines. RSVP online.

May 11, 5:30 p.m., “The Global Threat of Homegrown Violent Extremism,” Interdisciplinary 1113 – Erroll G.  Southers, a former FBI special agent, is the director of Homegrown Violent Extremism Studies and adjunct professor in the Safe Communities Institute at the Sol Price School of Public Policy at the University of Southern California. He is also the director of international programs for the Department of Homeland Security National Center for Risk and Economic Analysis of Terrorism Events. He was President Obama’s first nominee for Transportation Security Administration assistant secretary. Southers will discuss emerging threats and the complexities of terrorism generally and homegrown violent extremism specifically. RSVP online. A reception will precede the seminar from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m.

May 19, 5:30 p.m., “The Role of Groundwater in Integrated Water Resources Management,” College of Engineering-Center for Environmental Research and Technology, 1084 Columbia Ave. , Riverside – Behrooz Mortazavi, a principal at Water Resources Engineers Inc. of Anaheim, will review political, environmental, and technical challenges for implementing an integrated resources plan. Mortazavi will use Eastern Municipal Water District’s local resource planning as a case study to demonstrate how EMWD used its available groundwater resources to implement a successful integrated resources plan in Southern California. RSVP online.

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