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SUM 2017 Course: Science, Technology, and Public Policy (PUBPOL 583)

The Evans School has opened the following summer course to juniors and seniors (in addition to graduate students):

PUBPOL 583: Science, Technology, and Public Policy (4 credits)
Instructor: Howard McCurdy
Meets: each Wednesday for the full summer term, 5:50-8:30 pm (June 21-August 16)
Description: From the spaceship to the computer chip, public officials work hard to promote innovation through science and technology. In turn, advances in science and technology invite governmental response. This course examines important public policy issues associated with science and technology, including the debate over how much government support is necessary to spur research and innovation, the role of government as a regulator of technology, the manner in which technology alters the way in which scientific initiatives are organized, the clash between scientific findings and political ideology, and the governance challenges arising from 21stcentury technologies. Students also examine impending technologies, the relationship between culture and technology, and specific policy issues of interest to students in the class. The instructor is a graduate of the University of Washington and Cornell University, a professor in the School of Public Affairs at American University in Washington, D.C., and a frequent visitor to the Evans School of Public Policy and Governance. He has authored seven books on the U.S. space program.


Lecture Series: Spring 2017 Genomics Salon

See below for a schedule of Spring Quarter Genomics Salon activities.

Thursday April 6, 2017, 4:30pm (Foege S-110)
Salon XVI: Science communication in the age of social media
April Lo (Genome Sciences) and Orlando de Lange (Electrical Engineering)
Twitter, facebook, youtube and reddit – more ways than ever to communicate your science, and also more ways to get trolled, ignored and echo-chambered. How successfully are scientists navigating these new and potentially treacherous waters?

Thursday April 13, 2017, 4:30pm (Foege auditorium)
Salon XVII: Science communication: Life on the front lines 
Jen McCreight (Genome Sciences), Michelle Ma (UW Today), Sabrina Richards (FHCRC)

*Note that this session will be held in Foege auditorium.* This special session of the Genomics Salon invites speakers to address how science is and should be communicated to the public, with an emphasis on written media, and asks how scientists can get involved. Jennifer McCreight, a recent Genome Sciences graduate, has blogged as The Blag Hag and at The Jenome. Michelle Ma is the assistant director of UW Office of News and Information. Sabrina Richards is a science news writer at the Fred Hutch.

Wednesday April 19, 2017, 4:30pm (Foege N-130)
Salon XVIII: Translating infectious-disease research into public policy
Marc Lipsitch (Epidemiology, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health)

*Note that this session will be held in Foege N-130.* Influenza can cause global pandemics when strains from birds or pigs make the jump into humans. Although many scientists are working predict which strains might cause future pandemics, gaps in our knowledge of influenza biology substantially limit our predictive abilities. This session will explore the extent that we can rely on these predictions to guide public-health policy. What level of certainty, and about what, do decision makers need to enact costly preventative measures such as poultry culling or vaccine stockpiling? Some experiments on non-human influenza that aim to refine these predictions can also pose a threat to public health (e.g., if these strains are accidentally released from the lab). We will also discuss ethical considerations behind this kind of dual-use research on infectious diseases.

Thursday April 27, 2017, 4:30pm (Foege S-110)
Salon XIX: Science advocacy
Cecilia Noecker (Genome Sciences) and Elyse Hope (Genome Sciences)
Scientists are in the news and taking to the streets. Should we lean into this politicization or resist it? Should we advocate for scientific results or the scientific process? And where does science communication end and advocacy begin?

Wednesday May 3, 2017, 5:30pm (Foege auditorium)
Salon XX: Movie night: The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks

*Note that this session will be held in Foege auditorium, on a Wednesday, at 5:30pm.* Join us for a screening of the new HBO movie, The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks. This movie explores the true story of Henrietta Lacks, a woman whose cancer cells were used by researchers, without her consent, to conduct life-saving research.

Thursday evenings May 4, 11, 18, and Saturday afternoon June 10
Workshops: Science communication streams
Bryce Taylor (TALK), Katherine Xue (WRITE), and Orlando de Lange (CONNECT)
This month-long workshop series will explore three modes of science communication: TALKWRITE, and CONNECT. In the TALK stream, participants will workshop presentations for a variety of informal settings. In the WRITE stream, participants will produce a piece of writing that creatively and critically approaches scientific concepts. In the CONNECT stream, participants will explore how new technologies and innovations are democratizing the process of science. The workshops will culminate in a half-day session on Saturday, June 10, which will also feature a special plenary session on science activism (Hannah Gelman, GS). Check out the full syllabus for each workshop here, and sign up here by April 4 to have the best chance of securing a spot.

Funding Opportunity: Udall Scholarships for American Indian and Alaska Native students and Environmental and Outdoor Leaders

Udall Foundation LogoThe Udall Foundation offers a prestigious scholarship for undergraduate sophomores and juniors in any major seeking careers in:

  • environmental fields, and
  • American Indian and Alaska Native students seeking careers in Tribal Public Policy or Native Health Care.

Applicants who are leading change on campus or in their communities are strongly encouraged to apply! Please feel free to post/share the attached fliers and share the information below widely.

The Udall Undergraduate Scholarship is a $7,000 scholarship awarded to 60 undergraduate sophomores and juniors pursuing careers related to the environment, or pursuing careers related to Tribal Public Policy or Native Health Care. Udall Scholars get to attend the Udall Scholar Orientation in August, meet alumni and community leaders for exceptional networking opportunities, and gain lifetime membership to a growing and active alumni network. For more information and to sign up for free informational webinars, visit us at udall.gov.

The Udall Foundation asks universities to nominate students to compete at the national level. Each UW campus is able to nominate up to 4 candidates in the environmental category and up to 4 candidates in the Tribal Public Policy and/or Native Health Care categories. To receive priority consideration for UW Seattle campus nomination, students are encouraged to submit our campus application by Dec. 2, 2016. Details about eligibility, the Seattle campus application process and online application form are available at http://expd.uw.edu/expo/scholarships/udall.

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Leadership Opportunity: Future Women In Government Program (Applications Due: 04/04/16)

Women in Government LogoMy name is Katie Lanzarotto, and I am the Policy Associate at Women In Government (WIG), a non-profit, non-partisan organization of women state legislators based in Washington, DC. I am contacting you to help recruit young women for Future Women In Government, a leadership program developed by WIG in 2013 that takes place at each of our regional conferences. This year, our 19th Annual Western Conference is taking place from May 20th in Seattle, Washington!

The purpose of the program is to demonstrate hands-on leadership and mentoring for the next generation of women civic and political leaders. Impetus for this program came from the “Teach a Girl to Lead” project sponsored by the Center for American Women and Politics at Rutgers University and the goals of the White House Council on Women and Girls Leadership. This program will give student participants a chance to connect with state legislators from across the country and leaders in the private sector to facilitate a deeper discussion on women in leadership.

Participants are invited to join us for our programming all day Friday, May 20, including breakfast and dinner. Participants’ conference costs will be underwritten by WIG (e.g., registration, parking, and meals). We recommend that students be located in the Seattle area since WIG will not provide overnight hotel accommodations.

We ask that you please forward this information to female students who may be interested in applying to this program. Attached is the application as well as some more information about the program and guidelines for applying. We have room for seven participants, and we hope to have young women who are engaged and passionate about leadership. We will need to receive completed applications by 11:59 pm EST on April 4, 2016.  Late applications will not be considered.

Completed applications, as well as any questions or concerns, can be sent to myself via email: klanzarotto@womeningovernment.org

We look forward to forging leadership connections and providing students with an exciting opportunity to network with strong women leaders. You can visit our Future Women In Government webpage, where the application is also available: http://www.womeningovernment.org/about/FutureWIG

FWIG Application Western 2016

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Internship Opportunity: Conservation Public Policy Intern – National Wild Turkey Federation

National Wild Turkey Federation LogoNATIONAL WILD TURKEY FEDERATION
Location: Edgefield , South Carolina
Website: http://nwtf.iapplicants.com/ViewJob-715297.html?jb=3&
Category: Policy And Law

The Conservation Public Policy Intern will assist NWTF’s professional staff in researching and promoting public policy priorities affecting wildlife and habitat management, forestry, hunting and other conservation and sportsmen’s issues. The Intern will be responsible for monitoring and tracking legislation, conducting research and developing briefing documents to inform the NWTF’s position on proposed public policy, and prepping internal and external marketing materials. The Intern will work closely with the Director of Lands and Policy and Conservation Programs Department Directors and Program Managers on public policy efforts at the Federal and State level.

• Researching wildlife conservation and management, forestry, and hunting policy issues
• Preparing background information for use in testimony, letters, or comments
• Developing and writing policy related fact sheets, briefs, and action alerts
• Monitoring and tracking key legislative priorities
• Develop state / district level fact sheets about NWTF accomplishments and priorities
• Support NWTF’s state and federal conservation initiatives

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Fellowship Opportunity: Climate Nexus Communications Fellowship

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Climate Nexus Communications Fellowship
Climate Nexus is a strategic non-profit communications group dedicated to highlighting the impacts of climate change and clean energy solutions, both domestically and internationally.

For our Climate Fellows program, we are seeking three highly motivated college graduates who are interested in getting hands-on communications experience and working on climate and clean energy issues. Fellows will learn the basics of strategic communications and media relations at a nonprofit working at the center of the climate movement. The positions are based in New York City and open to applicants with an undergraduate or advanced degree. Fellows will focus on a range of projects, including longer-term and day-to-day tasks assigned by their team.

The Fellowship lasts for six months and the Winter/Spring program runs from January through the end of May. Interviews begin in late October and run through November and December.

We work with leading national and international NGOs, public and academic institutions, business, medical, faith and scientific leaders, economists, and grassroots activists to expand and deepen media coverage of climate-related issues, enrich public understanding of climate change, and showcase solutions. Fellows will get a broad-based experience working on climate communications as it relates to public policy, public health, business, community organizing, and sustainable development.

Applicants should possess the following characteristics:
– Diligent work ethic and attention to detail
– Demonstrated interest in news/current events, climate and energy issues
– Strong research skills, ability to write clearly and concisely
– Willingness to hustle and pitch in where necessary, ability to work with a team
– Ability to balance multiple projects, prioritize
– Computer skills including Word, PowerPoint and Excel
– Strong social media skills, research skills and experience working with databases, are a plus

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Funding Opportunities: October Scholarship Info Sessions

Please share this information about October info session to students interested in  leadership/policy scholarships with national/campus November deadlines.

Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship Information Session   Campus Application Deadline: Tues., Nov. 10, 2015 – EXTENDED TO NOV. 14
National Application Deadline: January 22, 2016, 5pm Central Time
RSVP:  https://expo.uw.edu/expo/rsvp/event/241

  • 4:30 – 5:20 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 14, 2015, MGH 173R Conference Room
  • 4:30 – 5:20 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 15, 2015, MGH 173R Conference Room
  • 3:30 – 4:20 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 20, 2015, MGH 173R Conference Room

Public Policy and International Affairs Scholarships – National Application Deadline November 1st
RSVP:  https://expo.uw.edu/expo/rsvp/event/227

  • 2:30-3:20, Thursday, October 8, 2015, MGH 173R Conference Room

Harry S. Truman Scholarship  Campus Application Deadline: Friday, Nov. 13, 2015
National Application Deadline: February 2, 2016
RSVP:  https://expo.uw.edu/expo/rsvp/event/137 

  • 3:30 – 3:20 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 13, 2015, MGH 173R Conference Room

Morris K & Stewart Udall Scholarship  Campus Application Deadline: Friday, Dec. 4, 2015
National Application Deadline:  March 2, 2016
RSVP:  https://expo.uw.edu/expo/rsvp/event/143

  • 3:30 – 4:20 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 15, 2015, MGH 173R Conference Room
  • 2:30 – 3:20 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 21, 2015, MGH 173R Conference Room
  • 3:00 – 3:50 p.m., Tuesday, Nov 17, 2015, MGH 173R Conference Room