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:
Full Policy Briefs (Science, Policy, and Implications):
SciPol Summaries (Short Summary Documents):
Science Explainers (Wikipedia-Style Articles):
In addition, I am a member of the National Science Policy Network (NSPN), a coalition of early-career scientists who advocate for science through policy. 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 and professionals engaged in science advocacy has given me valuable insight into the ways that science and policy inform one another.
With other NSPN members, I wrote a white paper on the process of establishing science policy fellowships within state governments without full-time legislatures. The white paper was published in the Journal of Science Policy & Governance as part of the NSPN 2020 Election Initiative. A preliminary "meta-review" of existing programs and organizational stakeholders is available here.
Diasio, M.A., DaCrema, D.F.*, Dudek, R.B.*, Harris, C.R.*, Schmehl, M.N.*, Schuerger, C.L.*, and Tan, M.T.* (2020). Developing science and technology policy fellowships in state governments without full-time legislatures. Journal of Science Policy & Governance, 16(1). (* indicates equal contribution)
As the NSPN Communications Committee Chair, I also 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.
Finally, I am a 2021-2022 Early Career Policy Ambassador with the Society for Neuroscience. Through this program, I am working directly with federal legislators and their staff to promote scientific issues in policymaking, and expanding science policy and advocacy opportunities for my peers at Duke.