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Melody Brown Burkins, Ph.D., (GRAD '95 '98) is the Associate Director for Programs and Research in the John Sloan Dickey Center for International Understanding, Senior Fellow in the UArctic Institute of Arctic Policy, and Adjunct Professor of Environmental Studies at Dartmouth. With over twenty-five years of experience in both academia and government, she is an advocate for policy-engaged scholarship across disciplines, experiential education, and the support of global science and diplomacy initiatives - from the Arctic to the Middle East - advancing sustainability, inclusion, gender equality, and peace.
Founding Member, UArctic Gender in the Arctic Knowledge Production Thematic Network, 2020
Advisory Board, Global Assessment Report (GAR), United Nations' Office of Disaster Risk Reduction (UNDRR), 2020
Governing Board Member, International Science Council (ISC), 2018-present
Chair, U.S. National Academies’ Board on International Scientific Organizations (BISO), 2019-present
Past Chair, U.S. National Committee for Geological Sciences (USNC-GS)
Invited Participant and SPIDER Advisory Board Member, Global Meeting of the Foreign Ministries Science & Technology Advice Network (FMSTAN) and Science Policy in Diplomacy and External Relations (SPIDER) Network, Vienna, Austria, November 25-26, 2019.
Invited Participant & Speaker: 2019 STRINGS Workshop: Steering Research and Innovation for Global Goals, University of Sussex; London, November 2019
Invited Speaker for Women’s Equality Day, U.S. Cold Regions Research and Engineering Laboratory (US-CRREL), August 30, 2019.
Invited Speaker, “Inclusive Science Diplomacy,” American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) Center for Science and Diplomacy and The World Academy of Sciences (TWAS) “Train the Trainers” Science Diplomacy and Leadership Workshop, Trieste, Italy, August 27-29, 2019.
Invited Participant, “Sustainability Science 2.0” Workshop of the US Global Hub for Future Earth and Science and Technology for Sustainability Program of the U.S. National Academies of Science, Engineering, and Mathematics, George Mason University, Arlington, VA, June 21, 2019.
Invited Panelist & SPIDER Advisory Board Member, "STI Diplomacy for the Sustainable Development Goals," International Forum for Science and Technology Diplomacy (IFSTD), Muscat, Oman, February 9-13, 2019
UArctic Observer to the Arctic Council Sustainable Development Working Group (SDWG) and Senior Arctic Officials (SAO) Meetings, Rovaniemi, Finland, 29 October–2 November 2018
Lead Organizer & Host, "Science and Diplomacy in the Arctic" Leadership Conference and Model Arctic Council Simulation, John Sloan Dickey Center for International Understanding, Dartmouth College, Hanover, New Hampshire, USA, June 26-30, 2017
Interview: "Geology & Diplomacy," The Foreign Policy Project Podcast, January 12, 2017
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