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Category: Local STEM

Article - Jul 12, 2020
Stronger with Science: Policy Advising and the California Council on Science and Technology

The California Council on Science and Technology connects California scientists to policy and decision makers with expert advice on issues such as the environment, education, health, and disaster response. CCST leaders Amber Mace and Sarah Brady spoke with ESAL about the organization’s latest endeavors.

Article - Jun 20, 2020
re-Engineered: A new ethos of engineering

re-Engineered asks engineers to think more critically about what they do, centering on the ideas of environmental protection, social justice, and peace. Founder Darshan Karwat spoke to ESAL about the laboratory's work to develop a new culture of community-based engineering.

Article - May 10, 2020
CELF and Civic Science

The Children’s Environmental Literacy Foundation (CELF) helps K-12 students explore real-world environmental problems using sustainability as a guiding framework. Programs like their Civic Science Program engage students in collecting data, learning its implications, and developing advocacy skills.

Article - Apr 12, 2020
‘Running for office takes a lot of guts’: 314 Action and the case for electing scientists to local government

314 Action works to elect those with STEM backgrounds and pro-science agendas to local, state, and federal office. Alums have changed not just the dialogue around STEM issues, but, once elected, have also brought expertise and rigor to solve problems ranging from raising the minimum wage to minimizing veteran homelessness.

Article - Mar 8, 2020
Scientific Citizenship Initiative

The Scientific Citizenship Initiative (SCI), based in Boston, Massachusetts, aims to make science “more socially responsive and responsible” by expanding STEM student training in leadership, communication, and ethics, and developing fellowships for scientists to serve in their communities.

Article - 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.

Article - 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.

Article - Nov 13, 2019
Scholars Strategy Network Helps Top Researchers Tackle Tough Problems

The Scholars Strategy Network (SSN) empowers the nation’s top researchers to harness their knowledge to inform policy at every level. Over 1,000 members in 49 states apply their expertise to real-world problems and use the SSN to connect with decision makers and have an impact in their communities.

Article - Oct 13, 2019
Internet of Water: building data infrastructure one state at a time

Peter Colohan, an expert in environmental information, has spent his career helping institutions like the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and Office of Science and Technology Policy become data savvy. Today, as executive director of the Internet of Water (IoW), he and his team help local and state governments modernize their water data collection in an effort to safeguard and effectively manage one of the most vital resources to human civilization.

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