Forkenbrock Series on Public Policy


Wonk Wednesdays

Iowa City Public Library, 123 S. Linn StreetC
Wednesday, February 21st, 2018 7:00 PM
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Join the University of Iowa Public Policy Center (PPC) as we present a community-focused series of events. Each month we will present a policy topic from our various research areas, in a variety of formats.

These events are free and open to the public. 

All Wonk Wednesdays take place at 7 p.m. in Iowa City Public Library Meeting Room A. 

Wonk Wednesday dates:

  • Wednesday, February 21 - How Do We Recruit More women into Politics?
  • Wednesday, March 21 - Food for Thought: School Meals and Student Health
  • Wednesday, April 18 - America Out of Paris: The State of Global Climate Change Policy

To view the Wonk Wednesday presentations from the Fall 2017 semester, click here.

Wednesday, February 21st, 2018
Session Details Speakers
7:00 PM Politics & Policy: How Do We Recruit More Women into Politics?
  1. Tracy Osborn
Wednesday, March 21st, 2018
Session Details Speakers
7:00 PM Health Policy - Food for Thought: School Meals and Student Health
  1. Natoshia Askelson
Wednesday, April 18th, 2018
Session Details Speakers
7:00 PM Environmental Policy - America Out of Paris: The State of Global Climate Change Policy
  1. Silvia Secchi
  • Natoshia Askelson

    Health Policy Research Program

    Natoshia M. Askelson is an Assistant Professor in the College of Public Health, Department of Community & Behavioral Health with an adjunct appointment in the Health Policy Research Program at the Public Policy Center. She currently serves as the PI for Iowa's Cancer Prevention and Control Research Network Collaborating Center. She is trained as a behavioral scientist with an emphasis in health communication. Her research at the Public Policy Center is focused on maternal, child and family health. She recently completed studies on parent-child communication about nutrition and the implementation of the new school meal requirements with a focus on rural school districts. She recently concluded a mixed method study on health care provider behavior related to the completion of the HPV vaccine series, and is currently evaluating Iowa’s PREP program (adolescent pregnancy prevention) and the Healthy Behavior Incentives program, a component of the Iowa Health and Wellness Plan.

  • Tracy Osborn

    University of Iowa Department of Political Science

    Tracy Osborn is the Director of the Politics and Policy Group at the Iowa and Associate Professor in the Department of Political Science.  Her research focuses on women, politics, and public policy in the U.S. state legislatures and Congress, women’s political behavior, and gendered violence.  She received her Ph.D. from Indiana University in 2004 and joined the political science department at the University of Iowa in 2007.  Currently, her research examines women legislators’ partisanship and policy development in the U.S. state legislatures since 1960, public opinion toward women terrorists and terrorism policy, and antifeminist policy and women’s representation in the U.S. states.

  • Silvia Secchi

    Environmental Policy Research Program

    Silvia Secchi is an associate professor in the Department of Geographical and Sustainability Sciences in the UI College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. She joined the UI faculty in 2017 after serving nine years at Southern Illinois University-Carbondale, where she was an assistant and then associate Professor in the Department of Agribusiness Economics until 2014. From 2014 to 2017, she was an associate professor in the Department of Geography and Environmental Resources, and the Director of the interdisciplinary Ph.D. program in Environmental Resources and Policy. She is a natural resource economist by training, and her work typically combines methodologies from the social sciences, the natural sciences and engineering. She has published on the environmental impacts of agricultural land use change in the Corn Belt, particularly water quality and carbon, and the interplay between agricultural, conservation and energy policies in the region. She has also researched farmers’ attitudes towards conservation, multifunctional floodplain management and targeted reconnection, invasive species management, and mitigation and adaptation to climate change in the agricultural sector. At UI, she is a core faculty member in the campus-wide Water Sustainability Initiative. Secchi is also interested in the methodology, pedagogy and epistemology of interdisciplinary inquiry. In particular, she is interested in the mentoring and training of graduate students, fostering the creation of new knowledge in interdisciplinary teams, and promoting effective science and policy communication, both internally within teams, and externally when engaging with stakeholders, funders and society at large. 

Individuals with disabilities are encouraged to attend all University of Iowa-sponsored events. If you are a person with a disability who requires an accommodation in order to participate in this program, please contact Leslie Gannon at (319) 335-6817 or