Fear has been one of the strongest motivators in political discourse for almost the entire history of mankind and government. One of the most important aspects of fear as a political motivator is that it is not spoken about in terms of why the fear exists. Rather, political opponents either exaggerate or discount the causes of the fear driving the discussion, which only serves to increase the anger generated by fear. In such an environment, governance becomes difficult if not impossible, and the stage is set for violence, upheaval and revolution. Through his TEDxJacksonville talk, Dr. Mark Tumeo hopes to start a civil discourse about the fears our society faces, explore how that fear is being used to direct political consequences, and discuss how we might move beyond the politics of fear in the development of sound public policies.
Dr. Mark A. Tumeo is the Dean of the College of Computing, Engineering and Construction and a Professor of Civil Engineering at the University of North Florida. He holds a Ph.D. in environmental engineering from the University of California Davis, a J.D. from Cleveland State University, and B.S. degrees in civil engineering and biology from the University of Notre Dame. He is a registered Professional Engineer in the States of Florida and Alaska. He is also a member of the Ohio Bar. Dr. Tumeo came to UNF in 2011 from Cleveland State University, and was previously a faculty member at the University of Alaska Fairbanks. Dr. Tumeo has over thirty years of experience in environmental consulting and research, and has extensive experience and publications in environmental risk assessment, policy and regulation. He was a participant in the young Scientists Summer Program in Laxenburg, Austria and spent four months teaching Environmental Engineering and conducting environmental policy seminars in Peru as a Fulbright Scholar. In 1993, Dr. Tumeo was the recipient of a Congressional Fellowship from the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), which involved serving for one year as a Legislative Aide to Senator Barbara Mikulski (D-MD) on environmental issues. In 1997, Dr. Tumeo was selected by AAAS as one of three individuals nationally to work under the Clinton Administration with the newly formed USDA Office of Risk Assessment and Cost Benefit Analysis and helped develop guidelines for risk assessments required under law. In 2001, Dr. Tumeo was elected to the rank of “Fellow” in the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). In 2014, he was elected to the rank of Fellow in the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE). Most recently, he was a member of the Leadership Jacksonville Class of 2016. He has served on local, state, national and international panels in the area of environmental management and law. In 2005, he was elected to the Cleveland Heights City Council, and was re-elected to a second term in 2009. While on Council he served two years as the Chair of the Public Health and Safety Committee, and another two years as Chair of the Finance and Budget Committee. Dr. Tumeo has published over 40 peer-reviewed articles, reports and book chapters and numerous conference proceedings in the area of waste treatment, management and risk analysis. He is actively involved in several professional organizations. He has served as an Associate Editor of the American Association of Civil Engineers’ Journal of Environmental Engineering, and currently serves as an Associate Editor for ASCE’s Journal of Professional Issues in Engineering Education and Practice.