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Beyond the Lab: Dynamic Careers in Science & Sustainability

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The Explorers Club and Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory (LDEO) are co-hosting the fourth annual “Beyond the Lab: Dynamic Careers in Science and Sustainability,” a career day on Saturday, March 9th from 10:00am - 12:00pm at the historic Explorers Club Headquarters.

Students will hear from researchers, grad students, and professionals working in the fields of science and sustainability in public and private sectors. The goal of the event is to highlight to students that there are many jobs related to the sciences that they might not have thought about yet, to open their eyes to innovative careers in the Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) fields.

LDEO is a vibrant and world-class research laboratory with wide-ranging research programs located in Palisades, NY. It has over 180 PhD-level scientists and 100 graduate students working in the full range of earth, ocean, atmospheric and environmental science research. This particular event will give students the unique opportunity to learn about innovative careers in STEM fields and to learn about the exciting work that is happening.

Meet some of our speakers below, with more to be announced in the coming weeks!

Jeff Schlegelmilch is the Deputy Director for the National Center for Disaster Preparedness. His areas of expertise includes public health preparedness, community resilience and the integration of private and public sector capabilities. Some topics of past work include developing inter-organizational processes for operational epidemiological modeling, evacuation and sheltering planning for people with medical dependencies, and adapting business intelligence systems for disaster response and recovery operations. He has advised local, state and federal leaders on preparedness programs and policies and has briefed congressional staff on key preparedness legislation and funding areas. He frequently serves as a subject matter expert source for the media and is an expert Contributor for The Hill. He holds a Master’s degree in Public Health from UMASS Amherst in Health Policy and Management, and a Master’s in Business Administration from Quinnipiac University.

Allison Bridges, Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Earth Institute, Columbia University
As a researcher with the Research Program on Sustainability Policy and Management, Allison is continuing her research on institutions, local level governance, and the use of sustainability indicators in decision making. She received her PhD from the Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy at Rutgers University after working for the World Bank and the World Health Organization, in addition to studying microfinance as a Fulbright Fellow in Indonesia. As a National Science Foundation IGERT Fellow, her dissertation explored the role of institutional and technological innovation in improving the sustainability of urban systems, particularly in the land and energy sectors in Brazil. She also holds degrees from New York University (MA), The New School (MA), and the University of Georgia (BA).

Dr. Jacqueline M. Klopp is a research scholar at the Center for Sustainable Urban Development at the Earth Institute Columbia University. She taught development policy and politics for many years at the School of International and Public Affairs and now teaches in the Sustainable Development program at Columbia University. Her research focuses at the intersection of sustainable transport, land use, accountability, data and technology. The author of numerous academic and popular articles on land, transport and the politics of infrastructure with a focus on Africa, Dr. Klopp is increasingly exploring the potential of new technologies to impact transportation for the 21st Century. She has worked on numerous policy reports including for the South African Treasury, World Bank, USAID, and Africa Transport Policy Program (SSATP). She is also a cofounder of Digital Matatus, a consortium that mapped out and created open data for bus routes in Nairobi Kenya, a cofounder of Digital Cairo project which aims to map public transport in Cairo following the experience of DigitalMatatus in Nairobi and the new open collaborative platform DigitalTransport4Africa.org.

Jacky Austermann is an Assistant Professor at Columbia University, working on better understanding past and present sea level change through computer simulations and fieldwork. Jacky grew up in Germany and studied Physics and Geophysics before pursuing a PhD at Harvard University. After her PhD, she was a Newton International Fellow at the University of Cambridge, UK, followed by her move to New York City. Jacky is an explorer at work and in her free time - she loves going on backpacking and climbing trips as often as she can, recent destinations include Nepal, Patagonia, and the Dolomites.

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