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

November 21, 2019 (2:30–4:00 PM): “The 2019 California Legislative Year In Review”

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Speakers:

  • Teresa Feo, Program Associate, California Council on Science and Technology (CCST)
  • Amy Gilson, Consultant, California State Senate Committee on Transportation
  • Colin Murphy, Deputy Director, UC Davis Policy Institute for Energy, Environment, and the Economy

December 9, 2019: “Moving in the Right Direction: The Importance of Transportation to Environmental Justice”


Past Policy & Popcorn sessions

October 2019: “What A Policy Fellowship Can Do For You”

Speakers:

  • Amber Mace, Executive Director, California Council on Science and Technology (CCST), former CCST fellow
  • David Ernest García, Legislative Director, California Air Resources Board, former CCST fellow
  • Alison LaBonte, Supervisor, California Public Utilities Commission, former AAAS fellow

June 2019: “The Role of Journalism in Policy”

Speakers:

  • Melanie Curry, Editor, Streetsblog California
  • Steve Kulieke, Senior Director of Communications, UC Davis Institute of Transportation Studies
  • Randol White, Anchor/Reporter, Capital Public Radio’s “All Things Considered”

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April 2019: “The Role of NGOs in Policy”

Speakers:

  • Don Anair, Research and Deputy Director, Clean Vehicles Program, Union of Concerned Scientists
  • Jimmy O’Dea, Senior Vehicles Analyst, Clean Vehicles Program, Union of Concerned Scientists

March 2019: “Liability and Insurance for Automated Vehicles”

Speaker:

  • Gordon Anderson, Legal Fellow, UC Davis Policy Institute for Energy, Environment, and the Economy

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

Speaker:

  • Nick Pappas, Director of Strategic Initiatives and Outreach, CalCCA

January 2019: “Bringing a PhD to Politics”

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

November 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 2018: “Know Your Ballot: 2018 Midterms”

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September 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 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 2018: “Know Your Ballot: 2018 California Primary”

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April 2018: “Bike and Pedestrian Policy in Davis”

Speaker:

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

March 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 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 2018: “California’s Gas Tax Legislation (SB1)”

Speaker:

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

November 2017: “The 2017 California Legislative Year in Review”

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