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Careers for Physicists
What can you do with a degree in physics?
Date: Thursday, November 12th
Time: 3:30 pm
Place: 5280 Chamberlin Hall
Speaker: Dr. Johannes Loschnigg
Abstract: Dr. Loschnigg was a Senior Policy Analyst at the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) in Washington DC from 2009 to 2013. As a member of OSTP's Environment and Energy Division, he was responsible for the development of federal policy for renewable energy, climate change, aerospace, and earth satellite observations. Prior to that, Dr. Loschnigg was the Staff Director for the Subcommittee on Space and Aeronautics of the Committee on Science in the U.S. House of Representatives, overseeing NASA and U.S. civil space programs. Dr. Loschnigg first came to the U.S. Congress in 2002 as a congressional science and technology policy fellow for the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), working for U.S. Senator Joseph Lieberman of Connecticut. While in the Senate he directed the development of legislation relating to innovation, broadband wireless communication, nanotechnology, defense research, and climate change policy. Between 1998 and 2002, Dr. Loschnigg was affiliated with the University of Hawaii, initially as post-doctoral fellow and later as a faculty research scientist in atmospheric and oceanic sciences, where he concentrated on coupled ocean-atmosphere modeling and impacts of climate variability on disease and human health. <br><br><br>
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Dr. Loschnigg has also been a Senior Advisor for the Administrator at NASA Headquarters in Washington DC, consultant for the National Academy of Sciences, scientific assistant at the NASA Ames Research Center in California and the Department of Physics at the University of Freiburg in Germany. Dr. Loschnigg holds BA degrees in both physics and international relations from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and MS and PhD degrees in astrophysical, planetary and atmospheric sciences from the University of Colorado at Boulder. He currently is a consultant providing strategic advice for organizations and companies in areas such as energy, aerospace, and climate change.
Host: McCammon
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