Science and society are intricately connected through funding mechanisms and experimental results that may improve public health, government regulations, or legal practices. To strength these connections, I seek to enhance science policy through groups at Duke and beyond.
At Duke, I am a contributing writer for the Duke SciPol.org Writers Studio, a group within the Duke Initiative for Science & Society. In this role, I write nonpartisan policy briefs on federal legislation related to science, with a focus on policies with relevance to neuroscience and genetics, in order to inform both general and scientific communities about how science and policy intersect. Below are the briefs I have authored:
National Science and Technology Council Draft Report on Health Research and Development to Stem the Opioid Crisis: A National Roadmap (in Revision)
In addition, I am a member of the National Science Policy Network (NSPN), a coalition of science policy student groups that holds frequent web meetings to plan ways that scientists can become involved in advocacy. As part of the Communications Committee, I assist in maintaining a brand for the organization with the media, spearheading science communication and advocacy initiatives with other groups, and disseminating information to the members through the group's email newsletter and social media channels. Being a part of this broad national network of students engaged in science advocacy has given me valuable insight into the ways that science and policy inform one another.
With other NSPN members, I am currently preparing a white paper on the feasibility of establishing science policy fellowships within state governments in the southern United States. We will submit the white paper to the Journal of Science Policy & Governance as part of the NSPN 2020 Election Initiative. A "meta-review" of existing programs and organizational stakeholders is available here.
Finally, as a member of the NSPN Communications Committee I spearheaded the creation of a science communication and science policy resource database including conferences, professional organizations, fellowships, job boards, and more. View the database below, or directly on Airtable.