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Category: Postcards

Article - Oct 30, 2022
Developing a Data Pipeline for Virginia

Information technology PhD student Xu Han recalls his experience building a data processing pipeline for analyzing data from the Office of Recovery Services at the Virginia Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services and to better serve the people of Virginia.

Article - Oct 30, 2022
Researching Mobile Crisis Services in Virginia

Translational biology PhD candidate Frankie Edwards recalls his experience with analyzing data to find mobile service gaps in the Commonwealth of Virginia and how his work contributed to redesigning crisis services.

Article - Dec 24, 2021
Writing Science Notes for Missouri Policy Makers

Developmental psychology PhD candidate Nanxi Xu recalls her experience with writing an impactful science note through the Missouri Local Science Engagement Network and how it contributed to increased awareness of education and mental health considerations across the state of Missouri.

Article - Nov 4, 2021
COVES: Serving in Behavioral Health and Developmental Services

Psychology PhD candidate Janey Dike shares her interest in trauma-informed, community-based supports and how it has motivated her goal to bridge science and policy.

Article - Nov 4, 2021
COVES: Serving as a Science Advisor

Environmental science and policy PhD student Chelsea Gray discusses her experience as a science advisor and the up-close interaction between law and science-based solutions.

Article - Nov 4, 2021
COVES: Serving in the Finance and Appropriations Committee

Integrative life sciences PhD candidate Adele Balmer shares her experience with policymaking in Virginia and how the results from a mathematical model she built has inspired her to work in science policy after graduation.

Article - Jan 29, 2021
Addressing COVID Disinformation Close to Home

Epidemiologist and microbiology PhD candidate Lyndsey Gray shares how she was able to dispel COVID disinformation by talking with her family.

Article - Dec 9, 2020
Curing Ballots in an Election

Biophysicist Leah Cairns was a voter protection volunteer in the 2020 election as part of a "ballot curing" team in North Carolina. She shares her thoughts on how engaging locally can help fight voter suppression.

Article - Nov 16, 2020
Being a Poll Worker during COVID-19

ESAL volunteer Rachel Burckhardt is a microbiologist and science communicator in Bethesda, Maryland. She wrote about volunteering as a poll worker for the first time in the 2020 election, amid extra precautions due to COVID-19.

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