Public Release:  Sustainability, environmental education highlight carnegie mellon presentations at AAAS Meeting

Faculty will also discuss crime trends, education research during world's largest science meeting

Carnegie Mellon University

PITTSBURGH--Sustainable engineering, climate change policy and environmental education will be the focus of presentations given by faculty from Carnegie Mellon University during the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) annual meeting, Feb. 15-19 in San Francisco. Carnegie Mellon faculty will also discuss recent trends in the U.S. crime rate and K-12 education research.

The following Carnegie Mellon faculty will participate in the meeting:

  • Alfred Blumstein, the J. Erik Jonsson University Professor of Urban Systems and Operations Research, will discuss crime trends in the U.S. over the past 20 years during a symposium titled "The Crime Drop and Beyond: Explaining U.S. Crime Trends" at 8:30 a.m., Friday, Feb. 16. He will be joined by Joel Wallman of the Harry Frank Guggenheim Foundation.

  • Cliff Davidson, professor of civil and environmental engineering, will discuss Carnegie Mellon's Center for Sustainable Engineering during the "Teaching Sustainable Engineering" symposium at 8:30 a.m., Friday, Feb. 16.

  • David Klahr, professor of psychology, will address the need for better operational definitions in educational research, instructional innovation and assessment during a symposium titled "Can Science Assessments Promote Inquiry Learning" at 1:45 p.m., Friday, Feb. 16. Klahr will be joined by Junlei Li, a postdoctoral fellow at Carnegie Mellon, and Lara Triona of the University of California, Santa Cruz.

  • Baruch Fischhoff, the Howard Heinz University Professor of Humanities and Social Sciences and Engineering and Public Policy, will give a presentation about applying the principles of decision science to climate change policy during a symposium titled "Perception, Persuasion and Climate Change: Can Science Induce Urgent Action?" at 8:30 a.m., Sunday, Feb. 18.

  • Indira Nair, vice provost for education and professor of engineering and public policy, will lead a symposium titled "Environmental Literacy: Educating for Environmental Well-Being" at 8:30 a.m., Sunday, Feb. 18. This symposium will feature a presentation by Judith Hallinen, director of Carnegie Mellon's Leonard Gelfand Center for Service Learning and Outreach. She will talk about Carnegie Mellon's environmental outreach programs for K-12 teachers.

  • Jay Apt, executive director of the Electricity Industry Center and professor of engineering and public policy, will discuss technologies and policies to control carbon emissions in the U.S. electric sector during the symposium titled "Energy or Climate Security: Do We Have to Choose?" at 1:45 p.m., Sunday, Feb. 18.

  • Sara Kiesler, the Hillman Professor of Computer Science and Human-Computer Interaction, will be a discussant during the "Cyber-Enabled, Cross-National Social Science Research: Promoting Sustainable Well-Being" symposium at 1:45 p.m., Sunday, Feb. 18.


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About Carnegie Mellon: Carnegie Mellon is internationally recognized for its leadership in environmental sustainability research and education, green practices on campus, and business practices that reflect a commitment to sustainable university operations. University leadership is exemplified through diverse, interdisciplinary academic programs that impact sustainability and the environment, including initiatives in green chemistry, engineering, architecture, the humanities, public policy, computer science, design and art. Environmental literacy is promoted for all undergraduates through projects, lectures and courses. Carnegie Mellon believes environmental education is vital so that all students can make significant contributions to creating a green, sustainable society in their future roles as citizens, professionals, decision-makers and consumers. For more information, see

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