The Policy & Popcorn series provides an informal setting for UC Davis students, researchers, faculty, and staff to learn more about the policy process and how to better engage. The sessions are hosted approximately monthly by the Policy Institute for Energy, Environment, and the Economy in close partnership with the Institute of Transportation Studies, the Energy and Efficiency Institute, and other key policy leaders around UC Davis. This series will bring you a wonk-like level of knowledge and experience with the accessibility of a 101-level class. There will also always be popcorn and snacks!

More information on upcoming and past Policy & Popcorn sessions can be found below. To sign up to be notified of upcoming sessions or to suggest topics and speakers, click here.


Upcoming Policy & Popcorn sessions

March 2019 (date and time TBD): “Liability and Insurance for Automated Vehicles”

Speaker: Gordon Anderson

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Past Policy & Popcorn sessions

February 6, 2019: “The Rise of Consumer Choice in California’s Electric Sector”

Speaker: Nick Pappas

January 9, 2019: “Bringing a PhD to Politics”

Speaker: Assemblymember Bill Quirk, PhD

Assemblymember Bill Quirk, PhD presents on “Bringing a PhD to Politics” at Policy & Popcorn on January 9, 2019.

November 9, 2018: “Getting Involved in Local Policy”

Speakers:

  • Beth Bourne, Former Commissioner, City of Davis Bicycling, Transportation, and Street Safety Commission
  • Heather Fargo, Former Mayor and City Council Member, City of Sacramento
  • Jeanne Sabin, Board Member, Elk Grove Water District Board of Directors

October 9, 2018: “Know Your Ballot: 2018 Midterms”

Speakers:

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September 19, 2018: “The Global Climate Action Summit (GCAS): Goals, Accomplishments, and Next Steps”

Speakers:

  • Alexa Kleystuber, Deputy Secretary for Border and Intergovernmental Relations, California Environmental Protection Agency (CalEPA)
  • Members of the UC Davis delegation to “UC Davis at GCAS

July 31, 2018: “Water Policy in a Changing California”

Speaker:

  • Jay Lund, Director, UC Davis Center for Watershed Sciences; Distinguished Professor, UC Davis Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering

Resources:

Dr. Jay Lund presents on “Water Policy in a Changing California” at Policy & Popcorn on July 31, 2018.

May 31, 2018: “Know Your Ballot: 2018 California Primary”

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April 26, 2018: “Bike and Pedestrian Policy in Davis”

Speaker:

  • Jennifer Donofrio, Bike and Pedestrian Coordinator, City of Davis

March 6, 2018: “The Legislative Process in California”

Speaker:

  • Nick Pappas, MS student, UC Davis Energy Graduate Group; former CA legislative staffer

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February 14, 2018: “Synthesizing Science for Policymakers”

Speakers:

  • Austin Brown, Director, UC Davis Policy Institute for Energy, Environment, and the Economy
  • Hannah Safford, Researcher, UC Davis Policy Institute for Energy, Environment, and the Economy

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January 22, 2018: “California’s Gas Tax Legislation (SB1)”

Speaker:

  • Janet Dawson, former Chief Consultant, California State Assembly Transportation Committee

November 30, 2017: “The 2017 California Legislative Year in Review.” Speaker: