Rotary Program (Speaker : Phoenix Mourning-Star, Project in Afghanistan)

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Welcome to our Club Program - Rotary today; Wednesday, December 4 at 6:15pm in Room 123.

All interested and potential members are invited. Also in attendance will be other Rotarians from the area.

Speaker : Phoenix Mourning-Star, Project in Afghanistan.

Phoenix will discuss his project of turning poppy seeds in Afghanistan into a fuel source for remote rural farmers. This project was inspired and influenced by Rotary and was partially funded by the U.S National Science Foundation. He will discuss with us on some potential collaborations and possible partnerships. He is also a former Rotary Ambassadorial Scholar to New Zealand.

Phoenix’s background is in Mathematics (BS), Biostatistics (MS) Public Health/Environmental Epidemiology (MSc) and Law at the University of Auckland, New Zealand where he focused on human rights in international environmental law. While his PhD research in renewable energy in post disaster/conflict regions (http://www.igert.org/highlights/627) as a multi-disciplinary program (policy, agriculture, energy) is in Ecology; Phoenix came to Washington, DC on a fellowship to The George Washington University’s International Science and Technology Policy program in the Elliott School of International Affairs to study the implications of policy and the communication of science to policy-makers on technological advances. Mr. Mourning-Star believes that the work which needs to be done in balancing human rights to water, food, energy and a clean environment are becoming a major scientific and political cross-roads both nationally and globally for which an understanding of policy on top of a foundation in the sciences will be a requirement for driving innovation forward. His passion is in addressing these challenges in how science and technology policy may be able to play a role in elucidating how the shared demands on resources can be navigated through an active interplay between science and policy legislation.

Attire : Business or casual attire is fine.

Special Instructions: [Please bring a form of I.D when entering the building as Wilson Building is a government building. Picture I.D can be your driver's license or US or foreign passport].

We meet at the Wilson Building (Offices of the DC Mayor & DC City Council) in Room 123, 1350 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW, Washington, DC. We are about 2 blocks from the White House. Please use D Street, NW entrance which is around the building.

Wilson Building is accessible via metrorail which is the Federal Triangle Station (Orange Line) or Metro Center Station (Red, Orange and/or Blue Lines).

For further information, please contact Navin at [masked]