2016 Annual Public Lecture Series Bios

Annual Public Lecture Series

Deken Arndt - Monday Deke Arndt is the chief of the Climate Monitoring Branch for NOAA’s National Centers for Environmental Information in Asheville, North Carolina. He was one of the lead editors for last six editions of The State of the Climate, an annual supplement to the Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society. This series features input and analysis from roughly 400 authors and editors in more than 50 countries. Arndt serves on the World Meteorological Organization’s Expert Team for the Training of Meteorologists in Climate Services. Before coming to NCEI, he spent 15 years at the Oklahoma Climatological Survey as the associate and acting state climatologist and program manager for the OK-FIRST public safety outreach program. Arndt holds a B.S. and M.S. in meteorology from the University of Oklahoma.
Jasmin John - Tuesday Jasmin John is a physical scientist at NOAA’s Geophysical Fluid Dynamics Laboratory (GFDL) in Princeton, New Jersey. She received her B.A. from Barnard College and M.A. from Columbia University. John has 30 years of experience developing climate and earth system models and using these tools to study carbon-climate interactions and biogeochemical feedbacks. She was a co-developer of the first fully-coupled carbon-climate model in the United States and led the technical development of NOAA’s first-ever Earth System Models, for which the team at GFDL was awarded a Department of Commerce Silver Medal. John believes cross-disciplinary studies are essential to understand climate change and its impacts, and sharing science through outreach is key to informing public discourse and engaging future generations.
index Samantha A. Medlock is senior advisor for resilience in the White House Office of Management and Budget, coordinating across the Executive Office of the President and the administration to reduce the risks and costs of disasters with an emphasis on strengthening standards, leveraging private capital, and prioritizing the needs of vulnerable populations. Medlock staffed the President’s State, Local, and Tribal Leaders Task Force and launched the Insurance Partnership called for in the President’s Climate Action Plan to reduce economic risk and drive resilience-based codes and standards. She also led the Council on Environmental Quality’s work on Executive Order 13690 and the Federal Flood Risk Management Standard, the first update to US flood policy in nearly 40 years. She has more than twenty years of experience in land use and disaster law, and has testified in Congress on flood risk, levee safety, and resilient recovery from disasters, and she has provided expert testimony and authored amicus briefs on private property rights and the National Flood Insurance Program. Medlock has also participated in numerous bi- and multilateral technical exchanges, including the United Nations International Strategy for Disaster Reduction. Medlock is a Juris Doctor graduate with honors of Vermont Law School and earned a B.S. summa cum laude from Texas Woman’s University.
Jon Krosnick - Thursday Jon Krosnick is Frederick O. Glover professor in humanities and social sciences, and professor of communication, political science, and psychology at Stanford University. He is also director of Stanford’s Political Psychology Research Group and a research psychologist at the U.S. Census Bureau. Krosnick is an expert on the psychology of attitudes, especially in the area of politics, and has been co-principal investigator of the American National Election Studies, the nation’s preeminent academic research project exploring voter decision-making. For 30 years, Krosnick has studied how the American public’s political attitudes are formed and how those opinions change and shape thinking and action. He has studied the causes of candidate choice, what influences people’s decisions about whether to vote, how the news media influence public opinion, and more. He is also an expert on questionnaire design and survey research methodology, having taught courses for professionals on survey methods for 25 years around the world. Krosnick has also served as a methodology consultant to government agencies, commercial firms, and academic scholars and as an expert witness in court.
Curt Guyette 100x150 Curt Guyette has been working as a journalist for more than 30 years. In December 2013, he joined the ACLU of Michigan as an investigative reporter to investigate and write about issues involving Michigan’s emergency manager law.  This was an experiment of sorts. No other ACLU branch in America had ever hired an investigative reporter to engage in the kind of work he would undertake. In January of 2016, a little more than two years after the project was launched, Guyette was recognized as Michigan’s Journalist of the Year for his pivotal role in uncovering the Flint water scandal. Guyette graduated magna cum laude from the University of Pittsburgh with a B.A. in English writing. He is the recipient of numerous local, state and national journalism awards. The State Bar of Michigan has honored him three times for his outstanding coverage of legal issues.

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