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Twelfth CONVERGE training module released, Natural Hazards Center hosting demonstration webinar

Native American woman in traditional dress dancing.

The Natural Hazards Center has released the twelfth training module in the CONVERGE series: Indigenous Sovereignty in Disasters. This free online course is part of a series of foundational and advanced training modules sponsored by the National Science Foundation and designed to enhance valuable knowledge and skills among students and other emerging researchers and practitioners. The Natural Hazards Center will host a demonstration webinar of the Indigenous Sovereignty in Disasters module on February 6, 2024 from 4:30 to 5:00 p.m. MST. Jolie Breeden, lead science communicator and editor for the Natural Hazards Center, expands on the CONVERGE series and its latest module in her story here.

Natural Hazards, NOAA report provides direction for open data mandate

Participants listen to a lecture at the Open Data and Reuse in Social Science Weather Research workshop.

Researchers who receive federal funds are now asked to make their research publicly available as soon as possible, according to a mandate from the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP). The Natural Hazards Center at the Institute of Behavioral Science (IBS) and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Weather Program Office convened a workshop to address concerns about this new requirement. Jolie Breeden, lead editor and science writer for the Natural Hazards Center, writes about a new report resulting from the workshop.

Call for community input on Colorado emergency alerts

Daughter and mother sitting together looking at a phone.

The Natural Hazards Center at the Institute of Behavioral Science was asked by the Colorado State Legislature to evaluate the inclusivity of the state’s emergency alert system. The ensuing report provides actionable ways the state can improve emergency alert accessibility for marginalized groups. Lead editor and science writer, Jolie Breeden, shares more about the report findings here

The final report, published in English and Spanish, incorporated feedback from public comments and community meetings. The report will be presented to the Colorado legislature on February 27, 2024.