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Events - Feb 23, 2020
100 Years of the 19th Amendment: A Discussion on Progress and Challenges

ESAL Founder & Chair, Arti Garg, spoke as a panelist in a Town Hall discussion entitled “100 Years of the 19th Amendment: A Discussion on Progress and Challenges,” at the 2020 Annual Meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

Stories from the Field - Feb 23, 2020
Information Science Leader Opens Data for Positive Change

Jeanne Holm serves as a senior technology advisor to Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti, as well as deputy chief information officer for Los Angeles. ESAL interviewed Holm about how her scientific training informs her work in LA on infrastructure, mobility, and air quality.

Events - Feb 23, 2020
Envisioning Local Engagement: ESAL at the AAAS 2020 Annual Meeting

ESAL had a strong presence at the 2020 Annual Meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). Through speakers and events, our group shared ways that scientists and engineers could get involved in their communities right away, and have an impact on the biggest challenges we face.

Other - Feb 4, 2020
Apply for a Local Policy Fellowship

Our latest playbook guide aims to help you apply for local science and technology policy fellowships for policies. We share resources to help identify, prepare to apply, and interview for the right fellowship for you.

Stories from the Field - Jan 26, 2020
Geologist Informs Policy in North Carolina

Jeffrey Warren is the acting executive director at the North Carolina Policy Collaboratory, headquartered at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (UNC). With a background in geological sciences, Warren has served as the science and energy advisor to the North Carolina Senate. He has directed research at the North Carolina Policy Collaboratory since 2017.

Local STEM - Jan 12, 2020
SolarYpsi: A Grass-Roots Approach to Renewable Energy

SolarYpsi is an ongoing collection of solar projects in Ypsilanti, Michigan, helping community organizations and households acquire solar power, usually at low or zero cost due to creative financing and volunteer labor. Founder Dave Strenski spoke with ESAL about how their work has transformed Ypsilanti into a “solar destination” with over one megawatt of solar generating capacity.

Other - Dec 23, 2019
Joining an Advisory Board or Commission

Our latest playbook guide aims to help you find an entry point into local policy engagement through service on an advisory board or commission. We walk you through how to overcome some of the common barriers, including identifying an advisory board and preparing for your interview and service.

Stories from the Field - Dec 22, 2019
Mayor Uses Cardiovascular Knowledge to Improve City Systems

Ken Massey uses Ph.D training in cardiovascular physiology to bring a technical background to local policy as part of the City Council and as Mayor of Farmington Hills, Michigan. ESAL interviewed Massey about his career trajectory as a scientist, educator, businessman, and elected official.

Events - Dec 20, 2019
Communication, Politics, and Science at AGU 2019

At the American Geophysical Union’s 2019 Fall Meeting, ESAL hosted two sessions about scientists engaging as citizens in their communities. They brought together diverse groups of scientists who shared experience, advice, and inspiration about impacting city, regional, and state policies.

Events - Dec 16, 2019
ESAL Joins Science & Democracy Event at AGU Fall Meeting

On December 10, 2019, geoscientists and policy enthusiasts joined for a Science & Democracy happy hour in San Francisco, a public event that coincided with the American Geophysical Union’s 2019 Fall Meeting. The event was organized by the Union of Concerned Scientists along with ESAL and other partner organizations.

Events - Dec 12, 2019
Scientists as Citizens: ESAL at the 2019 Science Policy Symposium

On November 1 and 2, ESAL presented workshops on local engagement at the National Science Policy Network’s 2019 Science Policy Symposium at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. NSPN is a nationwide group of early-career researchers interested in science policy.

Local STEM - Dec 8, 2019
MOST Policy Initiative: A Midwestern Take on Science Policy

The MOST Policy Initiative connects Missouri scientists and policymakers during the development of new legislation. The initiative also runs the Missouri Science and Technology Policy Fellows Program, placing Ph.D.-level scientists in the Missouri General Assembly. Director Rachel Owen recently spoke to ESAL about MOST and its importance in Midwestern politics.

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