11/14/14 PPD Distinguished Fellows Mixer

The Department of Planning, Policy, and Design in the School of Social Ecology is pleased to announce the second class of PPD Distinguished Fellows for the 2014-2015 academic year. The program was established to connect senior planning and policy leaders to graduate students and alumni in urban planning. Join us for an opportunity to meet the fellows and learn more about this important program. A continental breakfast will be served.
Date:  Friday, November 14, 2014
Time:  9 - 10:30 a.m.
Location:  Newkirk Alumni Center, 450 Alumni Court, Irvine, CA 92697 (map; parking in Lot 14; no charge)
Please RSVP by November 6th to Kate Hartshorn at or (949) 824-0563. Flyer
2014-2015 Distinguished Fellows
Allen Baldwin - Founding Executive Director, Orange County Community Housing Corporation
Marian Bergeson - Former California State Senator, State Assemblywoman, and Secretary of Education
Celeste Cantú - General Manager, Santa Ana Watershed Project Authority (SAWPA)
Shaheen Sadeghi - Founder, LAB Holding

10/9/14 A Behind the Scenes Look at Science Policy Impacting Our Daily Lives: The Inner Workings of the House Science, Space and Technology Committee

Thursday, October 9, 2014
12:30-1:30 p.m.
Engineering Hall Colloquia Room 2430 (Link to Map: Building #308)

Lunch will be provided

RSVP REQUIRED   Deadline: Tuesday, October 7th

Richard Yamada, PhD, is currently a Professional Staff member and Policy Advisor at the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Science, Space and Technology. Prior to his appointment on Capitol Hill, he was a Research Fellow at the Center for Public Genomics, where he worked on developing quantitative frameworks to use to evaluate the role of risk in policy-related problems. 

Richard served as the 2011-2012 AAAS-AMS Congressional Fellow, working in the office of Senator John Boozman. In that position, Richard was the chief science advisor to Senator Boozman, Ranking Member of the Space and Science Subcommittee, 112th Congress. Prior to becoming a Fellow, he was an Assistant Professor of Mathematics at the University of Michigan. His scientific research has focused on developing and testing mathematical models of transcription regulation, merging experimental data, numerical algorithms and theory. He also taught courses in both pure and applied mathematics and mentored the research projects of 13 undergraduate students.  Richard received his B.S. with distinction from Yale University, majoring in both physics and mathematics. He then matriculated to Cornell University where he received both his MSc and PhD in applied mathematics. His thesis focused on developing mathematical models of transcription elongation dynamics.