Everyone is entitled to his own opinion, but not his own facts.
Daniel Patrick Moynihan
AJN Science Communication Awards
Recognizing outstanding scientific communication
Losing expertise and generating capacity in a warming world
Projects Under Consideration
Working with a team at UC Berkeley, Novim has created a series of professional teacher development resources to support the instruction of climate change. The proposed next phase would involve a two year program to assess the effectiveness of these tools, modify them if needed, and launch an interactive web site and app.
Nuclear Energy 2
Following its 2018 study of the future of nuclear energy, Novim took part in a December roundtable at Stanford’s Hoover Institution to identify next steps. Working with partners in academia and industry, Novim is proposing to develop interactive educational tools to aid public understanding of this important subject, and its relationship to climate, national security and non-proliferation.
Building on Novim’s first report ten years ago, this new collaborative study will help define the next steps necessary to implement limited laboratory and field testing of this controversial methodology.
If the best efforts of society cannot stay within the limits of the Paris accord, more aggressive methods may become necessary.
Early in 2019 Novim will undertake, together with UC Santa Barbara and other partners–a scoping study of those areas where Novim could best make a contribution to this fast evolving and highly critical field. Cybersecurity, robotics, job effects and deep learning are subjects being considered, as well as the potential impact of government export regulation.
An ambitious proposal to establish an online electronic town hall for collectively envisioning the future of damaged communities such as Montecito, and Paradise, CA. The proposal received unanimous approval of the Santa Barbara Country Board of Supervisors, but insufficient local support caused the project’s suspension–at least temporarily.
2018 saw the presentation of the first four Alexandra Jane Noble awards for scientific communication. Expanded categories and new nominees are already under consideration for this years’ awards and sponsors are being actively recruited.