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Topic: Work for Local Government

Serving in your local government can be a rewarding way to bring your science-informed perspective into local decision-making and governance.


ESAL Articles and Events about Work for Local Government

Article - Oct 15, 2023
Bringing STEM Experience to the Maryland General Assembly

Julie Palakovich Carr is the only biologist with an advanced degree in the Maryland General Assembly, where she has been a representative since 2019. Learn more about the high-impact role of an elected official and the advantages that a scientific background affords policy makers.

Article - Jul 10, 2023
Promoting STEM Engagement in Illinois

Learn about how, founder and executive director of the Illinois Science Council, Monica Metzler uses her legal training and writing background from working with the Illinois House of Representatives and Democratic National Convention to make science concepts clear and accessible to the public.

Event - Apr 18, 2023
Protecting Wetlands for Healthy Communities and Ecosystems

Join Engineers & Scientists Acting Locally and the Ecological Society of America to learn how science and policy intersect to protect waterways, hear from local advocates for ecologically sound practices, and discuss the potential impact of an ongoing Supreme Court Case. Rain fills our rivers, lakes, and reservoirs, but how does it get there? Wetlands are vital to managing […]

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 - Dec 24, 2020
Creating Safe Post-Pandemic School Systems: The Role of the Built Environment

On December 2, ESAL co-hosted “Creating Safe Post-Pandemic School Systems”, a virtual panel with the Architectural Engineering Institute. Panelists discussed risk management, engineering solutions, and practical considerations for reopening schools.

Article - May 24, 2020
Condensed Matter Theorist Leads On Clean Energy

Aimee Bailey's interest in climate change took her from a Ph.D. in condensed matter physics to the local energy utility sector. She now leads a portfolio of electrification initiatives as the director of decarbonization and grid innovation at Silicon Valley Clean Energy.

Article - May 12, 2019
Can Local Government Be ‘Delightful?’ Yes, Says New Urban Mechanics

Nigel Jacob, a Ph.D. computer scientist, co-chairs the Mayor’s Office of New Urban Mechanics (MONUM) where he oversees local initiatives and innovative projects in Boston's mayoral office. Jacob spoke to ESAL about how MONUM brings an entrepreneurial spirit to Boston’s local bureaucracy.

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