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Science Policy Careers Symposium

Posted Wednesday, 25 April 2012

Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Location: Longwood (a.m.) and Cambridge (p.m.) Campuses

Hosted by Harvard FAS Office of Career Services, Harvard GSAS Science Policy Group, HGWISE, DMS Policy Paths, and the Harvard FAS and HMS/HSDM Postdoc Offices

This full-day symposium, featuring a variety of GSAS alums, will introduce graduate students and postdoctoral fellows to a wide range of careers in the field of science policy.

Attendees will leave the symposium with a better understanding of how to transition from scientific research to policy work, and of opportunities for science policy internships, fellowships and careers in government, non-profits and the private sector.

Sessions will be held in the morning at Harvard Medical School and in the afternoon at Harvard?s Cambridge campus; the format will be the same for each session:


Keynote Address

Embracing the Cactus: Making Policy/Making Change
Featured Speaker: Norka Ruiz Bravo, PhD, Former Senior Advisor for Science and Technology Partnerships, United States Agency for International Development


Session One - Concurrent Panels

Panel: Fellowships Programs - How to Break into Science Policy
Panelists Include: Ilya Fischhoff, PhD, Co-Producer, Down to Earth Series; Former AAAS Fellow Dana Christofferson, PhD, Presidential Management Fellow, Veterans Health Administration Erin Boyd, PhD, AAAS Congressional Science Policy Fellowship, American Physical Society

Panel: Policy Governing Science Research
Panelists Include: Adam Fagen, PhD, Executive Director, Genetics Society of America Miriam Quintal, MA, Lobbyist/Consultant, Lewis-Burke Associates Heather Rieff, PhD, Sr. Health Science Policy Advisor, Office of Science Policy and Planning, National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, NIH


Session Two - Concurrent Panels

Panel: Health and Education Policy
Panelists Include: Jalonne White-Newsome, MS, PhD, Kendall Fellow in Climate Change and Public Health, Union of Concerned Scientists Kyle Brown, PhD, Legislative Assistant for Health and Education, U.S. Senate Cathleen Walsh, MSPH, DPH, Director of the Policy Research, Analysis and Development Office, Center for Disease Control

Panel: Energy, Environment, and Climate Policy
Panelists Include: Eric Larson, PhD, Senior Scientist, Energy Systems, Climate Central Mitchell Baer, PhD, Director, Office of Oil and Gas Analysis, Department of Energy Jenny Dissen, MS, Director of Climate Literacy and Outreach, Cooperative Institute for Climate and Satellites, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration



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