On The Radio – Local research crucial to policy change

David Osterberg served in the Iowa House of Representatives from 1983 to 1994 and currently serves as a clinical professor in the College of Public Health at the University of Iowa. (University of Iowa)
October 12, 2015

This week’s On The Radio segment looks at CGRER member and former Iowa state legislator David Osterberg as he discusses the importance of locally-focused research when making policy.

Transcript: Local research crucial to policy change

The University of Iowa’s Center for Global and Environmental Research celebrates its 25th anniversary this year. The founding of the group may not have been possible without the help of a former Iowa state legislator.

This is the Iowa Environmental Focus.

David Osterberg has been involved with CGRER since before it was founded in 1990. As a member of the Iowa House of Representatives, Osterberg helped secure funding for establishing CGRER as well as the Iowa Energy Center at Iowa State University. Osterberg said good research with a local focus is crucial to changing policy.

Osterberg: “A legislator thinks about his or her district first and if you can produce research that shows that in this area, in the area you represent, something is true, that is a piece of information. That is a piece of research that has a chance of becoming public policy.”

In addition to his work with CGRER, Osterberg also serves as a clinical professor in the Occupational and Environmental Health department in the UI’s College of Public Health.

For more information about David Osterberg and his work, visit Iowa-Environmental-Focus-dot-org.

From the UI Center for Global and Regional Environmental Research, I’m Betsy Stone.

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