Science on Tap

Date 07/16/19 6:00pm to 8:00pm
Location Federal Tap House, State College

Socializing at 6 p.m., Speakers at 7 p.m.


Dr. Marla Perez-Lugo is a professor of environmental sociology at the Department of Social Sciences, University of Puerto Rico-Mayaguez (UPRM). Her areas of expertise are vulnerability to natural hazards, energy justice, and governance. In collaboration with Cecilio Ortiz Garcia and Lionel Orama Exclusa, she co-founded the National Institute for Energy and Island Sustainability (INESI), the only interdisciplinary and inter-campus institute of the UPR System. She is also a member of INESI’s steering committee and a co-developer of RISE Network (Resilience through Innovation and Sustainable Reconstruction). Lugo is currently an appointed member of the EPA’s and the NIH’s National Advisory Committee, and Resilience Fellow at the National Council for Science and the Environment.

Dr. Cecilio Ortiz Garcia is Associate Professor of Political Science at the University of Puerto Rico-Mayaguez. His research focuses on environmental /energy justice issues and the governance of socio-technical systems transitions. In 2015, he was a co-founder of the National Institute of Energy and Island Sustainability of the University of Puerto Rico. This Institute is an interdisciplinary effort to connect all energy and sustainability-related research and development inside the UPR system in a convergence platform across its eleven campuses. After Hurricane Maria, and in collaboration with the Arizona State University School for the Future of Innovation in Society, and colleagues at the University of Minnesota, Dr. Ortiz Garcia formed the RISE-Puerto Rico Platform (Resiliency through Innovation in Sustainable Energy). RISE- Puerto Rico seeks to re-design the way University-Community relations develop for more just and culturally respectful university post-disaster interventions.

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