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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.

Fellowship Opportunity: IDA – STPI Science Policy Fellowship Program (Application Deadline: 01/30/15)

IDA Science and Technology Policy Institute (STPI) LogoJob ID: 2014-2288
# Positions: 6
Location: US-DC
Posted Date: 10/16/2014
Category: All Research and Analysis
Close Date: 1/30/2015

Overview:
The Science and Technology Policy Institute (STPI) is a congressionally chartered, federally funded research and development center operated by the Institute for Defense Analyses (IDA).

STPI provides analytical support to the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, the National Science Foundation, the National Institutes of Health, and other federal departments and agencies on science, technology, and innovation policy issues. The STPI Science Policy Fellowship Program provides recent bachelor’s or master’s degree recipients a unique opportunity to use their critical thinking and analytic skills to work on a diverse set of challenges in science and technology (S&T) policy areas, including energy and the environment, space sciences, innovation and competitiveness, evaluation, life sciences, information technologies, national security, and STEM education.

Responsibilities:
Fellows will work with a team of researchers to support a wide variety of S&T policy-related tasks. Duties may include conducting survey-based and interview-based research, database development, use of data visualization tools, use of statistical techniques, and other qualitative and quantitative methods to perform project-driven policy analysis. Fellows will have an opportunity to work on one independent research project that will contribute to the scientific, technical, or policy literature. Over the course of the two-year program, experiences will include:

  • Training on specific analytical methods and tools
  • Mentorship from senior staff with extensive policy-related experience
  • Ongoing colloquia series on topics related to S&T policy
  • Attending and presenting at select professional society meetings

Qualifications:

  • This program is only open to recent recipients of a bachelor’s or master’s degree.
  • Candidates with degrees higher than a master’s degree will not be considered.
  • Candidates must have at least a bachelor’s degree conferred between May 2013 and July 2015. MA/MS-degree candidates and individuals are also encouraged to apply, provided their bachelor’s degrees are within the May 2013–July 2015 timeframe.
  • Candidates with degrees in engineering, life sciences, physical sciences, social and behavioral sciences, computer science, mathematical sciences or statistics, and learning sciences are encouraged to apply.
  • Candidates should possess a strong interest in science and technology policy, although previous policy experience is not required.
  • Candidates must demonstrate strong written and oral communication skills, and will be asked to give a 30-minute presentation on a topic to be assigned during a group interview.
  • Ideal candidates are innovative, analytical, self-starting, and able to contribute to and support team efforts.
  • Candidates must complete a security investigation and meet eligibility requirements for access to classified information.
  • U.S. citizenship is required.

For more information or to apply, see the full fellowship posting.