Science and Policy Seminar Series

Why Won't They Listen?
Improving the Interactions of Agri-Environmental Science with the Policy Process

Dr. Sandra S. Batie
Elton R. Smith Professor of Agricultural Policy
Department of Agricultural Economics
Michigan State University

Thursday, March 25, 2004
Memorial Union Oak Room
3:30 pm Reception
4:00 pm Lecture-Seminar

Sandra S. Batie is the Elton R. Smith Professor of Agricultural Policy in Michigan State University's Department of Agricultural Economics and an expert on agri-environmental policy.  This seminar draws on Dr. Batie's career in policy analysis and provides an experience-rich perspective on how  a researcher can be more influential in the agricultural and agri-environmental policy process at the federal and state levels.  She will provide a taxonomy of politicians, bureaucrats, and types of policy issues as a framework for the researcher to tailor his or her research to the policy process and policy clients.  In her seminar, Dr. Batie draws on her career experiences at two Land Grant Universities (Virginia Tech and Michigan State University), her sabbatical leaves spent with the National Governors' Association and the Conservation Foundation, and her various interactions with policy oriented institutions such as the National Academy of Science, Board on Agriculture and Natural Resources.

For more information about Dr. Burmeister's talk or to arrange a meeting with him during his visit to ISU Feb. 18-20, please contact Ann Finan,, (515) 294.8012.

The Science and Policy Seminar Series seeks to

1) help ISU faculty and staff more effectively fulfill the land-grant mission by increasing understanding of the impact of science and scientists on the establishment of public policies and regulations

2) encourage and expand communication and collaboration between natural and social scientists

3) enhance the capacity university-wide for engaged citizenship

Funded by the Global Agricultural Science and Policy Initiative, through an endowment to the Agronomy Department.  Supporting ISU departments include: Agronomy, Economics, Plant Pathology, Political Science, Sociology and the Office of Biotechnology.