[SciPol] Upcoming Career Events + Stand with Science Campaign

Harvard GSAS Science Policy Group sciencepolicy at hcs.harvard.edu
Wed Nov 16 16:51:47 EST 2011


*Summary:*

Nov 17 - Balancing Science and Advocacy: An evening with M.William Lensch
Ph.D.
Nov 18 - The Transition from Science to Policy: A discussion with former
AAAS fellow David Hewitt
Ongoing - Stand with Science Campaign: Help support federal R&D funding
Nov 14-18 - The Versatile PhD – Online career panel on Science Policy and
Advocacy Careers
Nov 28/Dec 2 - Visit from Director of Fellowships for AAAS
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Balancing Science and Advocacy: An evening with M.William Lensch Ph.D.
WHEN: Thursday, November 17th, 6pm TMEC Room 209
WHERE: TMEC Room 209
HOST: DMS (Division of Medical Sciences) Policy and Non-Profits Path

Our first speaker is Dr.
Lensch<http://daley.med.harvard.edu/assets/Willy/willy.htm>,
a senior scientist in the laboratory of George Daley, studying hemapoietic
stem cells and induced pluripotent stem cells. But the science has also led
him to advocacy. "the use of human pluripotent stem cells in research has
renewed a centuries old debate into what it means to be human and also how
far science should be allowed to go in order to combat human frailty. As
such, the consideration of areas beyond, yet impacting science is of keen
interest to me." In addition to research science, Dr Lensch works
extensively as a writer, speaker, and advisor on the subject of stem cell
policy. All are welcome to attend Dr. Lensch's talk.


The Transition from Science to Policy: A discussion with former AAAS fellow
David Hewitt
WHEN: Friday Nov 18, 5pm-6pm
WHERE: Northwest Labs 453
HOSTED BY: Harvard GSAS Science Policy Group

If you're interested in trying out a career in science policy, the AAAS
offers hundreds of 1-2 year, well-paid fellowships for new PhD Students to
work in a variety of government agencies and offices as science policy
advisors. Join us for a happy hour discussion with OEB PhD graduate, and
former AAAS Science and Technology Policy Fellow David Hewitt, who will
talk about his journey from science PhD to non-profit science and education
outreach, science policy, and consulting. A true renaissance man, David
does all this while still conducting science research and teaching at
University of Pennsylvania. Refreshments will be served.

Stand with Science Campaign: Help support federal R&D funding

As you may know, the U.S. congressional deficit ‘supercommittee’ is
currently working to find $1.2 trillion in deficit reduction savings for
the next 10 years.  All federally funded R&D is at risk of cuts. If the
supercommittee does not agree on deficit reduction before November 23rd,
the cuts will likely be something like 9% across the board. The MIT Science
Policy Initiative has written an open letter - the Stand With
Science<http://standwithscience.org/>letter - to Congress, explaining
how science funding is an essential source
of American prosperity that cannot afford to be cut. They are currently
asking grad students, grad school alums, and ALL supporters of science to sign
the letter <http://standwithscience.org/theletter/>.

For this letter to have an impact, we need a groundswell of support. First
and foremost, sign the letter*. Then spread the word far and wide.Like us
on facebook<https://www.facebook.com/pages/Stand-With-Science/301625179865724?sk=info>
follow
us on twitter <https://twitter.com/#!/2011SWS> (and use #standwithscience)
and check out an amazing
youtube<http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k519BC_SqZ8>video filled with
Harvard and MIT’s very own grad students.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=k519BC_SqZ8


The Versatile PhD – Online career panel on Science Policy and Advocacy
Careers
WHEN: Nov 14-18th
WHERE: Versatile PhD <http://versatilephd.com/>
HOSTED BY: Versatile PhD <http://versatilephd.com/>

The Versatile PhD now serves STEM students (Science, Technology,
Engineering and Mathematics) as well as humanists and social scientists.
 Check out the new STEM Forum, in addition to the Main Forum which is
relevant to all PhD disciplines. November 14-18 in the Versatile PhD STEM
Forum, there will be a Panel Discussion of "Careers in Science Policy and
Advocacy."  Log on to the Versatile PhD
<http://versatilephd.com/>beginning Monday November 14, follow the
week-long discussion, and
contribute your own questions about careers in science policy.

Upcoming events:

Visit from Director of Fellowships for AAAS
Cambridge: Nov 28th, 130 pm
Longwood: Dec 2nd, 10 am
More information TBA
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