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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.


WIN 2016 Course: Integrated Sciences Careers Seminar (INTSCI 301) – Science Education, Communication, and Policy

INTSCI 301 Flyer WIN 2016

Are you interested in a career in the sciences? Would you like to:

  • Explore a wide variety of careers available to students with a broad science background?
  • Network with professionals in science careers, including science education, communication, and policy?
  • Learn about successful pathways to careers in the sciences, as well as the skills required for those careers?

INTSCI 301: Integrated Sciences Careers Seminar (1 credit, credit/no credit)

Weekly guest speakers in INTSCI 301 expose students to a variety of possible careers and provide students with insights and tips based on their own careers. Students complete a final “field experience” consisting of a visit and an informational interview with someone working in the sciences.

INTSCI 301 is open to undergraduates at all levels who are interested in learning more about science careers.

Here is what some of our previous students had to say about the course:

“The field experience exposed me to a career I didn’t even know existed! This class should be required for all science majors. I wish I had taken it when I first came to the UW.”

“This class was a very pleasant surprise. It proved to be helpful in areas other than just exploring science careers.”

“Having guest speakers come in from different fields is really awesome and gives lots of different perspectives.”

INTSCI 301 will meet on Wednesdays, 3:30-4:50 p.m. If you have any questions, please email Meghan Oxley, Integrated Sciences Adviser, at: what@uw.edu

Job Opportunity: Science Policy Associate – American Institute of Physics (AIP) Government Relations Division

American Institute of Physics (AIP) LogoScience Policy Associate
Location: MD

Job Description:
The American Institute of Physics (AIP) Government Relations Division is seeking a Science Policy Associate. The successful candidate will monitor, analyze, and disseminate information on federal science legislation, budget, policy, leadership, and related matters. As a member of the Government Relations team, she/he will support AIP and Member Societies in their interactions with Congress and other policy makers.

AIP provides policy information through FYI, a growing suite of information products and services that includes the FYI Science Policy Bulletin, a well-regarded, objective, authoritative digest of science policy developments in Washington impacting the physical sciences community. Its readers include senior officials in federal R&D agencies, the White House, congressional offices, the news media, professional scientific organizations, universities, corporations, and national laboratories. With the guidance of the Director of Science Policy, the Science Policy Associate will be the primary writer for the FYI Science Policy Bulletin and FYI This Month and also make major contributions to a growing suite of other FYI products. He/she will provide relevant information to AIP staff and Member Societies, update the FYI section of the AIP website, and work to grow the visibility and readership of FYI in the physical sciences community and in Washington, D.C. The incumbent will also participate in the Coalition for National Science Funding, Energy Sciences Coalition, Coalition for National Security Research, Coalition for Aerospace and Science, and Climate Science Working Group, among others, on behalf of AIP.

A bachelor’s degree with a minimum of two years of experience in the field of government relations or related field. A master’s degree is preferred. Experience working in Congress, a federal agency or in a scientific association is required. She/he must have knowledge and experience with science policy as well as an understanding of policy formulation. Excellent written and verbal communications skills are required. Must be able to work well with others and in a team environment.

If you are qualified for this position, please send your resume with cover letter to AIP Human Resources at aiphr@aip.org.

Call for Submissions: Journal of Science Policy & Governance (Deadline: 10/15/15)

Journal of Science Policy and Governance (JSPG) HeaderCALL FOR SUBMISSIONS: The Journal of Science Policy & Governance is accepting manuscripts in the form of policy memos, policy analysis papers, technical assessments, etc. for consideration in the quarterly publication. Undergraduates, graduate students, and recent graduates (3 years max) are eligible to submit.

DEADLINE: October 15

Read here for more information: http://ow.ly/SQ2So

AUT 2015 Courses: New INTSCI Courses – Controversies in Science & Society (INTSCI 200) and Nature of Science (INTSCI 402)

Are you interested in exploring controversies in science & society or examining the nature of science? Would you like to:

  • Apply evidence-based reasoning to address questions, to evaluate sources and arguments, and to inform your own perspectives on science and society?
  • Understand how scientific knowledge is created, including the importance of integrated sciences perspectives and data analysis & presentation skills?
  • Engage collaboratively in reflection and discussion with peers, helping one another to connect ideas across the sciences?

Baby Getting Vaccine (From CDC/Amanda Mills)Integrated Sciences 200: Controversies in Science & Society (3 credits, I&S/NW)

In INTSCI 200, we will focus on societal controversies that emphasize intersections among science communication, education, policy, and research. For example, why do parents choose to vaccinate, or not vaccinate, their children? How should genetically-modified organisms be regulated?

INTSCI 200 will meet on Tuesdays and Thursdays, 12:30-1:50 p.m. If you have any questions, please feel free to email the instructor at: bjb@uw.edu

Integrated Sciences 402: Nature of Science (5 credits, NW)

In INTSCI 402, we will focus on case study examinations of scientific methods and elements of scientific practice. For example, how do scientists construct models to represent and test our understanding of the natural world? How do scientists use data to support, falsify, or modify theories?

INTSCI 402 will meet on Tuesdays and Thursdays, 10:30 a.m.-12:20 p.m. If you have any questions, please feel free to email: intsci@uw.edu

Conference: Society of Wetland Scientists – From a Watershed Perspective – Integrating Science into Policy (Abstract Deadline: 08/01/15)

Society of Wetland Scientists LogoCall for Abstracts for SWS-PNW Conference Oct 2015 in Olympia, WA

The Pacific Northwest Chapter of the Society of Wetland Scientists is hosting a regional conference at the Red Lion Conference Center in Olympia, WA October 6 – 8, 2015. The theme is “From a Watershed Perspective: Integrating Science into Policy”.

Abstracts are now being accepted for presentations and posters. Submission deadline is August 1 and there will be no extensions of that deadline. All topics in wetland science, policy, and education are welcome. Current session topics include:

Wetland Restoration, Compensatory Mitigation, Wetland Policy, Wildlife Ecology, Plant Ecology, Riparian Wetlands, Wetland Education/Outreach, Climate Change, Natural History, Conservation of Rare Wetland Biota, Tidal Wetlands, Monitoring, Mountain Wetlands, Aquatic Ecology, Biogeochemistry, Water Quality, Watershed Management, Soils, Hydrology, Wetland Mapping, Estuarine Ecology, Aquatic Entomology, Wildlife, Floating Wetlands, Fisheries, Delineation, and Wetland Scientist Certification.

Submit an abstract online at http://www.sws.org/pacific-northwest-chapter.

If you have questions, contact us at swspnw.meeting@gmail.com.

Certificate in Science, Technology, and Society Studies Information Session (04/22/15)

Science, Technology, and Society Studies (STSS) Graduate Certificate LogoCertificate in Science, Technology, and Society Studies Information Session
Communications Building (CMU) 202 – Wednesday, April 22, 2-3:30 pm Details

STSS is recruiting its first cohort of students this spring. Graduate students of good standing in any program at the University of Washington are eligible to apply. All interested graduate students and faculty are invited to join us for this information session. For a description of the certificate program and directions for applying, please see the STSS website.