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The Interface of Prediction, Computational Science and Policy Decisions
Presented by Distinguished Guest, Dr. Dimitri Kusnezov

Thursday, April 14, 2016
10-11:00 a.m.
Biodesign Institute Building B (BDB), Auditorium B105, Tempe campus [map]
Seats are limited — register through the OKED Research academy or the Google form

Time-urgent policy decisions increasingly benefit from the predictive scientific assessments of risks and outcomes. However, the ability to inject computational science into decision processes can be haphazard, requiring awareness of potential tools and involvement in the policy decisions. Insight will be presented on how science is drawn into decisions through a series of examples including the Fukushima Daiichi accident, aircraft safety, the Gulf oil spill, Ebola and the Cancer Moonshot.

About the speaker

Dr. Dimitri Kusnezov is the Chief Scientist and Senior Advisor to the Secretary of Energy, National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA), U.S. Department of Energy.  He received A.B. degrees in Physics and in Pure Mathematics with highest honors from UC Berkeley. Following a year of research at the Institut fur Kernphysik, KFA-Julich, in Germany, he attended Princeton University earning his MS in Physics and Ph.D. in theoretical physics. At Michigan State University, he conducted postdoctoral research and then became an Instructor. In 1991, he joined the faculty of Yale University as an assistant professor in physics, becoming an associate professor in 1996. He has served as a visiting professor at numerous universities around the world. Dr. Kusnezov has published over 100 articles and a book. He joined federal service at the National Nuclear Security Administration in September 2001 and is a member of the Senior Executive Service.

About the Working Group for Research Computing:

The Working Group for Research Computing  considers and recommends resources, policies, plans, and capabilities that affect faculty research computing and scholarly activities. To learn more about Research Computing please visit or contact Marisa Brazil at


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