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Sounding Board

Sounding Board is a series of seven lectures during the academic year, the first Thursday at 12 noon, sponsored by UC San Diego Oceanids and the UC San Diego Faculty Club.  Oceanids, faculty and friends meet at the UCSD Faculty Club in a specially designated room to eat lunch and listen to fascinating speakers.  Lunch is $16.50 for guests and $13.00 for Faculty Club members (purchase required).  Coffee and ice tea are provided in the meeting room.  A parking permit can be obtained at the front desk.  You can be sure of a lively discussion! You do not need to RSVP.  Come to the Faculty Club at 11:30.  The speaker will be introduced at 12:10pm sharp.  Contact Jan Ouren, jouren@san.rr.com for more information.



October 5, 2017



Julianne R. Howell, Ph.D., Senior Health Policy Advisor in the County of San Diego Health and Human Services Agency (HHSA)


“The Affordable Care Act (ACA): Sustain and Strengthen, not Repeal and Replace”

    This presentation will review the major features of the Affordable Care Act (ACA); highlight Covered California and the expansion of Medi-Cal; briefly outline efforts by Republicans in the House and Senate to “repeal and replace” the ACA; and then consider the “next chapter” of the ACA initiated by Congress and the Administration in September 2017. Ample time will be provided to answer questions.

 Dr. Howell is participating in the planning and implementation of numerous initiatives created under the Affordable Care Act and advising on County strategy and policy across health and human services issues. She has ten years of experience in Washington, DC, consulting on health issues, principally with Senator Kerry, Senate staff and the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. Dr. Howell received her A.B. from Harvard College, a Masters in Urban Studies and Planning from Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and a Masters in Public Policy and Ph.D. from the Harvard Kennedy School.

November 2, 2017

rsomerville  Richard C.J. Somerville, Distinguished Professor Emeritus and Research Professor Climate ScientistScripps Institution of Oceanography

“How to talk about Climate Change”

The presentation will provide “hints and resources for bridging the partisan divide and having a civil conversation about climate change with family, friends and colleagues.” Richard Somerville is Distinguished Professor Emeritus and Research Professor at Scripps Institution of Oceanography, U. C. San Diego. He is a theoretical meteorologist and an expert on computer simulations of the atmosphere. He received a B.S. in meteorology from Pennsylvania State University in 1961 and a Ph.D. in meteorology from New York University in 1966. He has been a professor at Scripps since 1979. He formally retired in 2007 but remains active in research, education and the communication of climate science.





For more information on Sounding Board, contact Jan Ouren, jouren@san.rr.com