The second ESPP Student Research Symposium took place in October with the theme “Environmental Risk and Decision Making.” The symposium was led by a student organizing committee of Zachary Piso (Philosophy and ESPP), Rebecca Bender (Biosystems Engineering), Sarah Murray (Urban and Regional Planning) and Shannon Cruz (Communications).
This year’s symposium featured two keynote speakers. Dr. Joe Arvai is the Svare Chair in Applied Decision Research in the Department of Geography and the Institute of Sustainable Energy, Environment & Economy at the University of Calgary. Dr. Andrew Maynard is the NSF International Chair of Environmental Health Sciences at the University of Michigan School of Public Health and Director of the University of Michigan Risk Science Center.
Dr. Arvai’s keynote speech was titled “A researcher and a policy maker walk into a bar … An appeal for smarter risk management decisions.” It discussed the lag between research on how people make decisions and the creation of applications to improve the quality of their personal and policy choices.