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Stories from the Field - Sep 23, 2018
Running for Office as an Engineer

Maria Robinson uses her background in chemical engineering as a policy expert for a clean energy trade association. She spoke to us about running as a write-in candidate for state representative in Framingham, Massachusetts.

Local STEM - Sep 9, 2018
Engineers & Scientists Tackle Urban Issues at NYU

The inaugural post of our "Local STEM" series features the NYU Center for Urban Science and Progress (CUSP). CUSP brings engineers and scientists together with city governments to tackle urban issues. We interviewed CUSP Executive Director Michael Holland to learn more about their work.

Local STEM - Sep 9, 2018
Local STEM: STEM in Your Governments and Communities

Introducing a new series about local government initiatives and non-governmental community organizations doing STEM-related work.

Stories from the Field - Aug 26, 2018
A Year Well Spent: Running for State Legislature

Sociologist Melanie Stansbury talks about the importance of connecting scientists with policy decision makers and shares her reasons for running for the New Mexico state legislature.

Postcards - Aug 12, 2018
Attending a State of the City Address

​Tim Oolman is an engineer with a Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering who lives in Charleston, South Carolina. He told us about attending a City Council meeting and a State of the City address to learn more about his home.

Other - Jul 30, 2018
All Politics Are Local

ESAL Founder Arti Garg writes about how her work with a municipal task force showed her the connection between local litter abatement and San Francisco Bay health. She encourages readers to learn the role their local government plays in the science policy issues that matter to them.

Stories from the Field - Jul 23, 2018
Representing a State Student Delegation

Ryan Coogan wrote to ESAL about participating in a nuclear engineering student delegation in Texas, where students met with politicians and nuclear industry stakeholders to discuss safety and security, environmental impacts, and politics.

Postcards - Jul 9, 2018
Hosting a policy panel for the public

In this month’s Postcard, Terra White, PhD in Neurobiology & Behavior, wrote about her organization at University of California, Irvine., and the public forum they hosted last January, which 100 people attended.

Other - Jun 25, 2018
How Locally Engaged are STEM Professionals?

How locally engaged are STEM professionals? We surveyed them to find out.
In fall 2017 we launched our Civic Engagement Survey to gauge attitudes and engagement with all levels of government by people with STEM backgrounds. We’re excited to reveal the results of our survey, available here.

Stories from the Field - Jun 25, 2018
Engaging the Public as a Museum Docent

Holly Williams believes outreach experiences are the perfect way to cut your teeth on community engagement. She has volunteered at the California Academy of Sciences as a science educator for nearly two years now. In this month's Story, she describes how she leveraged her STEM background in small ways and still made a big impact.

Postcards - Jun 11, 2018
Meeting with a City Official

In the second part of this month's "Postcard", Arti Garg describes a follow-up discussion she had with her city's economic development manager after offering public comments at a city council committee meeting. She wrote a one-page summary proposing that the city prioritize cleantech hardware in its development plan.

Postcards - Jun 11, 2018
Delivering Public Comments at a City Committee Meeting

In this month’s “Postcard”, Arti Garg describes delivering public comments at a city council committee meeting.

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