I am finishing up the second week of my Einstein Fellowship and it has been a great beginning. Being at the NSF is such an interesting experience. There is so much going on here and such a broad range of interests and opportunities. This week I got to attend the Advisory Committee for Environmental Research and Education meeting, which basically is group of experts who meet to give the NSF advice from people outside the Federation. It was really quite interesting to listen to these discussions. Part of the meeting was a presentation by Dr. Diane Pataki from UC-Irvine who talked about the work she is doing in urban ecosystems. Another important part of the meeting was the release of the AC-ERE report, Transitions and Tipping Points in Complex Environmental Systems . This week I also heard a talk about decision making under uncertainty relating to climate change. It was a very interesting topic and one that is very timely. If we don’t understand how people make decisions related to climate change, we will never make any progress towards solutions. Today at lunch, a group of Einsteins met at lunch time to preview and give feedback on some educational materials developed by the Office of Legislative and Public Affairs.
There is more fun planned for this weekend: Darwin Symposium at the Museum of Natural History and the free “Opera in the Outfield” simulcast of the National Opera’s opening night at the National’s Ballpark.