A new interdisciplinary master’s program, designed to give students the skills to conduct rigorous scientific measurement and analysis of toxins, hazardous substances and other materials in the earth’s atmosphere and surface, will be offered by the Graduate School of Arts & Sciences this fall.

The aim is to equip students with a better understanding of environmental measurements science and policy.

“The idea is that you want to use the best available science to inform the process of policymaking” says YuYe Tong, chemistry professor and program director for the Master of Science in Environmental Metrology & Policy. “Our vision is to teach and train people to be skillful with both sides of the equation – to understand the science and the processes through which how science can best inform the policymaking.”

Tong says the new two-year program, offered through Georgetown’s Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, is the first of its kind in the United States.   (read more)