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Backwoods Bistro hosted its first Policy Pub of the year, featuring speaker Dr. Tim Chapin on automated vehicles and how they will affect our communities and lifestyles. (Photo: Codi Cain/FSView)


‘Policy Pub’ series returns to capital

It’s probably not healthy to talk policy on an empty stomach.

Fortunately, ‘Policy Pub’ sessions at Tallahassee restaurant Backwoods Bistro are back again, so hungry policy wonks — starved for both food and effective government solutions — can get the best of both worlds.

The series is free and open to all members of the public.

The first installment takes place Tuesday, Jan. 16, from 5:30 – 6:30 p.m. at Backwoods Bistro. Hosted by the Florida State University College of Social Sciences and Public Policy, the series promises “brief, plain-language talks by faculty.”

Tuesday’s featured guest is assistant professor of geography Christopher Uejio. His presentation is titled “Public Health in the Face of Climate Change.”

Uejio’s expertise on the topic stems from his extensive research on health effects related to climate change. He is a co-author of the CDC’s Building Resilience Against Climate Effects framework. He frequently works with health departments on issues related to climate change.

Last year, Uejio published research linking climate change and untreated drinking water to the rate of gastrointestinal illness in children.

“This is a very real environmental crisis,” Uejio said in a press release. “We want to look at ways to strengthen our institutions and infrastructure in order to help society withstand and recover from natural disasters as well as climate change.”

Following Uejio’s presentation Tuesday there will be opportunities for discussion and questioning.

The series, which is in its third year, will continue with two more speakers.

Here’s what else is on the menu:

Feb. 20 — “Could the Next Water Crisis be in Tallahassee?” by associate professor of sociology Katrinell Davis.

March 20 — “Long-term Consequences of Economic Inequality” by dean emeritus of the College of Social Sciences and Public Policy David Rasmussen.

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Danny McAuliffe is a Tallahassee correspondent for Florida Politics. He is a graduate of Florida State University, where he served as the editor of the FSView & Florida Flambeau. He is a lifelong Floridian and indulges in swimming, hiking, running and memes when the news cycle permits. Reach him at

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