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May 6, 2021 at 3:30pm MST

Science’s role in energy policy the focus of upcoming CAES Codebreaker
Veronika Vazhnik will discuss the role of science in the development of energy policy at the CAES Codebreaker webinar May 6. Vazhnik’s presentation, “A scientist in policy: Where is the power?”, will reflect on her experience as the inaugural Idaho Science and Technology Policy (ISTP) CAES Fellow.

The ISTP CAES fellowship is one of two offered through the ISTP Fellows program, a collaborative effort among the CAES universities. ISTP fellows spend a year embedded in an Idaho state government agency, developing and implementing solutions that address challenges in areas such as energy, cybersecurity, water, public health, and economic development.

Vazhnik, a former graduate fellow at INL whose research has focused on bioenergy and landscape design decision-making, has been embedded in the Idaho Governor’s office of Energy and Mineral Resources since August. Her presentation will provide an overview of the state’s energy policies and the role CAES entities can play in formulating local and regional decisions related to energy.

The Codebreaker webinar takes place on the first Thursday of the month at 3:30pm. It provides a forum for students and researchers to address their work, communicate opportunities and challenges to a receptive audience, and increase dialogue among CAES affiliates.

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Phone Conference ID: 539 819 631#

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May 11, 2021 at 10am MST

Information session on Idaho I-Corps Ignite

This 4- to 6-week program is geared toward faculty, research staff and graduates at higher education institutions throughout Idaho who are interested in entrepreneurship or commercializing their research. The program will deliver training, provide a network, facilitate connections and establish a scalable structure for faculty seeking to go to market with their ideas.

An information session will be held May 11 at 10am MST. To join:

More information available here (pdf).

Apply today!

Faculty and graduate students accepted into this program will receive a stipend.

June 3, 3:30-5pm MST

Codebreaker with Mackenzie Gorham, coordinator and instructor for the Nuclear Operations Technology Program at Idaho State University
Safety share: From Pocatello to Pripyat
In fall 2020, Mackenzie Gorham led a group of students in Idaho State University’s Nuclear Operations Program to the Chernobyl nuclear plant, site of one of the most notable nuclear events in human history. The students toured the facility, which has been abandoned since the accident in the plant’s Reactor No. 4 in 1986, and saw first-hand the importance of safety in operations and reactor design. Gorham’s presentation will provide an overview of the visit to Ukraine and its role in the training and education of her students as they embark upon careers in nuclear energy. 

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Or call in (audio only): (208) 901-7635
Conference ID: 273 426 197#

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