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Policy Pub Returns Spring Semester with New Topics

The inaugural series of Policy Pub gatherings in fall 2016 brought packed houses to Backwoods Bistro for insightful presentations, engaging dialogue, and a relaxed, informal atmosphere to hear about and discuss public policy issues that affect everyone day to day. The first three sessions in fall focused on the 2016 election, but the next three will cover a wide range of fascinating topics.

The series is hosted by Backwoods Bistro, a popular Tallahassee restaurant and bar, where the public can sit comfortably at tables, order from the menu, and hear brief (10-15 minute), plain-language presentations by faculty from the College of Social Sciences and Public Policy. After the talk, people can ask questions and join the discussion of the topic at hand. The Pub gatherings are usually over by 6:30, although attendees have been known to linger and continue the discussion among themselves.

The following Pub sessions are scheduled for early 2017:

January 17: "Robot Cars, Transportation, and the Future of Florida"
Tim Chapin, professor of urban and regional planning and interim dean of the College of Social Sciences and Public Policy, discusses how the coming of robot cars (automated vehicles) will transform the way we travel, where we live and work, and how our communities function. Chapin is one of the principal investigators on a research grant from the Florida Department of Transportation to study how robot cars could enhance mobility for aging populations and the transportation disadvantaged.

Listen to audio from the robot cars session of Policy Pub:

February 21: "Going Under? Sea Level Rise and What We’re Doing About It"
William Butler, associate professor of urban and regional planning, discusses how planners in Florida are responding to the long term and slowly emerging changes associated with accelerating sea level rise in the state most vulnerable to rising seas. By some measures, Florida is the most vulnerable region in the world. Butler's presentation will identify the uncertainties and complexities of sea level rise and how planners are addressing sea level rise in the face of varied political, social and economic contexts.

Listen to the audio from the Policy Pub session on sea level rise:

March 21: "Does Public Health Policy Value Women and Children Enough?"
Assistant Professor of Sociology Miranda Waggoner discusses how public health policy that addresses pressing population health problems often overlooks the particular needs of women and children and can lead to inadequate development of vital social and health programs to meet those needs.

Listen to the audio from the Policy Pub on women's and children's health:

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