Given that government policy makers seldom have the scientific knowledge that may affect funding decisions, how can scientists maneuver their work through the complicated government bureaucracy? There is a growing need for scientists of all kinds—social, physical, medical and engineering—to become more proactive about interacting with policy makers to make sure research is accurately understood and applied. This requires an understanding of how science policy is made, and how to frame your message appropriately.
To address these concerns, Jaime McCoin, a PhD student in biomedical engineering, will give a presentation summarizing some of the key seminars on science communication and science policy presented at the AAAS (American Association for the Advancement of Science) annual meeting this February. The AAAS is an international organization that aims to advance science around the world by serving as an educator, leader, spokesperson and professional association. AAAS publishes the journal Science and also promotes numerous programs that advocate public understanding and appreciation of science worldwide.
The event, hosted by the Graduate Student Senate Professional Development Committee, will be March 28 at 4 p.m. in Biomedical Research Building 105.