Dr. Rachel A. Meidl

All of us in Cohort 8 are incredibly happy on hearing the news that Dr. Rachel A. Meidl has been nominated by President Obama to serve a 5-year term as a Member of the Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board.

rachaelhoodingRachel receiving her doctoral hood, September 28, 2016. (Photo credit: Northeastern University.)

Dr. Meidl is an outstanding candidate, with a tremendous background that will make her an invaluable member on the Board.

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What’s my Next Research Goal?

I’m evaluating possible research avenues now that I have the Post-Doc world ahead of me.  Given my thesis findings in Calabasas about community-wide perceptions regarding cell sites in neighborhoods, and the comments of my thesis review panel discussing my findings, I’m thinking about conducting a similar but more extensive and focused public opinion study in another one of the communities I work with in Southern California. It’s a community where new cell siting issues have been a particularly contentious and heated issue.

Like most cases in local government, those who show up to public meetings are often and commonly opposed to some issue or proposition.  Those who feel that they are not affected (or even supportive) of the issue or proposition don’t typically attend public meetings.  The result can be that a vocal minority can distort the perceptions of government decision makers leading to skewed decisions based on thin or no real evidence.

I’m not suggesting that a minority testifying against something at a public hearing is always wrong; only that a better basis for a community-impacting decisions by governments should be to base those decisions on broad community input, including those who don’t show up for meetings.

Jonathan

 

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September 28, 2016 is a BIG DAY for DLPers

In just a few days, on Wednesday September 26, 2016, the entire 8th Cohort of the Doctor of Law and Policy (DLP) program at Northeastern will be hooded, the traditional manner by which a new academic doctor is created.

We stand then bow before our professor, who places the hood over the head and drapes it over the back of our gown. Once hooded, we are recognized as doctors among our peers.

I am so happy and privileged to be a part of the 8th Cohort, the first Cohort that as a group finished on schedule and will all be hooded on the same day.

Pictures to follow.

Jonathan

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Incoming DLP Students Would Benefit From Having Mentors

dlpI’m pushing for NEU’s Doctor of Law and Policy (DLP) program to establish a formal volunteer mentor program for mew doctoral students enrolled in the program. I’d like to see new DLP students paired up with DLP program graduates (such as yours truly, ahem).

Rather than merely advocating for a mentor program, in my usual style, I’ve simply adopted a new student in Cohort X to mentor sans permission.  Yeah, that’s my style.  Not surprisingly–and to the credit of the program administrators–they seem to have looked in the other direction while I mentor my mentee informally.

The DLP program is a gateway for very special doctoral students who aim to make a difference in their professions. DLP Grads can help keep that gateway open by mentoring.

Dr. Jonathan Kramer, DLP Cohort VIII

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Two Weeks and Two Weeks

Two weeks ago yesterday I successfully defended my thesis; two weeks from right now I’ll be in Boston at the hooding ceremony.  It feels very strange to not be devoting many hours each week to thesis research, writing, obsessing, correcting, and more of the same. In truth, I miss it.

I do have another major writing project, which I’ll be describing in detail in a coming post.

jlk

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