Bringing Scientific Evidence into Public Decision-Making

Helen Hill for EAPS News
April 5, 2017

Leshner Leadership Fellow Noelle Selin Catalyzes Dialogue with Public, Policymakers

Days after the landmark 2015 Paris climate-change agreement, the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) announced its first fellows for the Leshner Leadership Institute for Public Engagement with Science. All were climate scientists with an interest in promoting dialogue between science and society, and among them was Noelle Eckley Selin, who holds a joint appointment in EAPS with a primary appointment in MIT's Institute for Data, Systems and Society. 

Selin's research focuses on using atmospheric chemistry modeling to inform decision-­making strategies on air pollution, climate change and toxic substances including mercury and persistent organic pollutants. In the policy arena, she is a member of the executive committee for the International Conference on Mercury as a Global Pollutant, where she helps bring scientific evidence into public decision-making. She also hopes to convey to other scientists and to policymakers that interacting with stakeholders (such as the people affected by a policy or involved in its implementation) can build a broader base of support for a policy, and their perspectives can also make it easier to implement and more effective.

You can read more about Selin's role as a Leshner Leadership Fellow at AAAS News.