National Science Policy Network - NSPN

National Science Policy Network - NSPN NSPN is a consortium of student/trainee science policy and advocacy groups nationwide, focused on sharing resources, networking and training.

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Last month, the NSPN’s Graduate Education Committee hosted a webinar to discuss barriers and strategies to reforming gra...
08/14/2020

Last month, the NSPN’s Graduate Education Committee hosted a webinar to discuss barriers and strategies to reforming graduate education post COVID-19. With input from four panelists and members of the community, read more about the next steps in our blog post!

https://scipolnetwork.org/news/311579

Many thanks to members of the Graduate Education Committee - Alessandra Zimmerman, Adriana Bankston, Megan Damico, Esko Brummel, and Dilara Kiran - for putting together this fantastic webinar and post-event reflection!

#GradEd #SciPol #TakingAction #SciComm #SciEngage #Advocacy

Money Talks! Have #SciPol funding questions? Stop by at 4pm ET to get information about individual and chapter opportuni...
08/13/2020

Money Talks! Have #SciPol funding questions? Stop by at 4pm ET to get information about individual and chapter opportunities, feedback on applications, and learn about budgets!

Registered NSPN members can find the Zoom info on our online community at scipolnetwork.org!

Do you plan on attending a workshop or sharpening your #scipol skills? Need assistance? The NSPN is committed to providi...
08/13/2020

Do you plan on attending a workshop or sharpening your #scipol skills? Need assistance? The NSPN is committed to providing financial support for registered members. Applications are reviewed monthly, we encourage all members to apply!

https://scipolnetwork.org/page/professional-development-fund-member

#Science #Advocacy #Diplomacy #SciComm #Funding

Are you currently in a state level fellowship program, about to start, or curious about fellowships? Join committee chai...
08/12/2020

Are you currently in a state level fellowship program, about to start, or curious about fellowships? Join committee chair Melody Tan and colleagues tonight at 6PM ET to discuss resources and get involved!

Zoom info available for registered members at scipolnetwork.org

Last chance to apply for this #SciComm opportunity. Interested in a public-facing #scicomm workshop? Don’t miss out on W...
08/12/2020
Informing citizens

Last chance to apply for this #SciComm opportunity. Interested in a public-facing #scicomm workshop? Don’t miss out on Wiki Education’s upcoming “Informing Citizens” course! NSPN is able to sponsor FOUR (4) scholarships to take the course. Applications to both the WikiEducation website and our National Science Policy Network scholarship form are due today, August 12 to qualify! Don’t miss out!

WikiEdu application: https://wikiedu.org/professional-development/informing-citizens/
NSPN Scholarship form: https://bit.ly/3ibY7wN

#SciComm #SciPol #advocacy #2020ElectionInitiative #SciencePolicy #ScienceCommunication #SciEngage #Scholarship

“The public looks to Wikipedia to make informed political decisions. If I can make that information more accurate and complete, that’s a good use of my time.” In today’s hyp…

Last call for the memo writing training opportunity! Sign up your team (
08/12/2020

Last call for the memo writing training opportunity! Sign up your team (

Interested in writing a #scipol op-ed about immigration? Join the NSPN and Science Rising to write about the role curren...
08/11/2020

Interested in writing a #scipol op-ed about immigration? Join the NSPN and Science Rising to write about the role current DHS & ICE orders have played in your local and scientific community during the COVID-19 pandemic!

#scicomm #op-ed #writing #advocacy #policy

Are you in the NSPN Western Hub? Join your co-chairs Eric Lee and Amanda Koch & colleagues this evening at 5 PM PT (6 PM...
08/11/2020

Are you in the NSPN Western Hub? Join your co-chairs Eric Lee and Amanda Koch & colleagues this evening at 5 PM PT (6 PM MT) for the monthly hub meeting to coordinate your #scipol efforts!

Zoom info is available for registered members at scipolnetwork.org

Need assistance funding a #SciPol activity? The NSPN is committed to providing financial support for Chapters in their m...
08/10/2020

Need assistance funding a #SciPol activity? The NSPN is committed to providing financial support for Chapters in their mission to advance science policy, advocacy, communication, and diplomacy projects! All registered chapters are eligible for this funding, please visit the website for more details! Applications are reviewed on the 15th of every month, we encourage all chapters to apply!

https://scipolnetwork.org/page/chapter-development-fund

#WeLoveScience #STEM #Advocacy #Diplomacy #SciComm

We're excited to announce a new member of our team - Briana Brown, our first Programs & Operations Coordinator! As Brian...
08/10/2020

We're excited to announce a new member of our team - Briana Brown, our first Programs & Operations Coordinator! As Briana gets started with us, we took some time to learn more about her background and her aspirations for her time at NSPN. Read all about it on our blog!

https://scipolnetwork.org/news/310234

#SciPol #SciEngage #ChangeMakers

This week's roundup is fairly light with meetings, but there are a handful of funding and professional development oppor...
08/09/2020

This week's roundup is fairly light with meetings, but there are a handful of funding and professional development opportunities that are worth looking into! We love to support our members, so we encourage you all to get involved as much as you can with @scipolnetwork !

We have a Western Hub meeting this Tuesday, so if you're interested in what's going on in your region, join us at 5PM PT.

Also, don't forget to register your team (or yourself) by Wednesday, August 12th, for the next NSPN two day, hands-on workshop on Science Policy Memo Writing! We are also giving away FOUR scholarships to members for the Informing Citizens WikiEducation course, the deadline to apply has been extended to Wednesday August 12th!

Money Talks continues on Thursday at 4 PM ET as an open office hour for folks to talk with Grants & Finance about ways you can individually or as a chapter get funded for events, professional development and more!

Get excited and get involved, it's going to be another great week with #SciPol!

#SciencePolicy #SciPol #ScienceCommunication #ScienceDiplomacy #diplomacy #advocacy #memo #SciWri #sciencewriting

Need help writing memos? Sign up your team (
08/07/2020

Need help writing memos? Sign up your team (

Interested in a public-facing #scicomm opportunity? Don’t miss out on Wiki Education’s upcoming “Informing Citizens” cou...
08/07/2020
Informing citizens

Interested in a public-facing #scicomm opportunity? Don’t miss out on Wiki Education’s upcoming “Informing Citizens” course! We at National Science Policy Network - NSPN are able to sponsor FOUR (4) scholarships to take the course. Applications to both the WikiEducation website and our National Science Policy Network scholarship form are due August 12 to qualify. The deadline has been extended but don’t delay!

WikiEdu application: https://wikiedu.org/professional-development/informing-citizens/
NSPN Scholarship form: https://bit.ly/3ibY7wN

#SciComm #SciPol #advocacy #2020ElectionInitiative #SciencePolicy #ScienceCommunication #SciEngage

“The public looks to Wikipedia to make informed political decisions. If I can make that information more accurate and complete, that’s a good use of my time.” In today’s hyp…

We're back! Have questions about SciPol funding? Stop by at Money Talks, 4pm EDT! Get information about individual and c...
08/06/2020

We're back! Have questions about SciPol funding? Stop by at Money Talks, 4pm EDT! Get information about individual and chapter opportunities, feedback on your grant proposals, and learn about budgets!

Registered NSPN members can find the Zoom info on our online community: scipolnetwork.org

Our community came together to discuss how National Science Policy Network - NSPN can do better in advocating for racial...
08/05/2020

Our community came together to discuss how National Science Policy Network - NSPN can do better in advocating for racial justice through our town hall discussions. Our next steps include supporting justice, equity, diveristy, and inclusion (JEDI) efforts at all levels of National Science Policy Network ; working and collaborating with minority serving organizations; catalyzing change for racial justice and equity beyond @scipolnetwork. These are just the first steps for our organization. Learn more at https://bit.ly/2C4VddQ

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08/04/2020

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Interested in a public-facing #scicomm opportunity? Don't miss out on Wiki Education's upcoming "Informing Citizens" cou...
08/04/2020
NSPN Sponsorship for Wiki Edu "Informing Citizens" Course

Interested in a public-facing #scicomm opportunity? Don't miss out on Wiki Education's upcoming "Informing Citizens" course! We at National Science Policy Network - NSPN are able to sponsor FOUR (4) scholarships to take the course. Applications to both the WikiEducation website and our National Science Policy Network scholarship form are due August 7th to qualify. Don't delay!

WikiEdu application: https://wikiedu.org/professional-development/informing-citizens/
NSPN Scholarship form: https://bit.ly/3ibY7wN

#SciComm #SciPol #advocacy #2020ElectionInitiative #SciencePolicy #ScienceCommunication #SciEngage

This form serves as your scholarship application to receive full sponsorship for the upcoming Wikipedia Education course with a focus on "Informing Citizens." The course is facilitated by Wiki Edu, and will focus on improving articles centered around political issues, like those relevant to the 2020...

We have recognized our new and continuing leadership at National Science Policy Network - NSPN last week. Now, we want t...
08/04/2020

We have recognized our new and continuing leadership at National Science Policy Network - NSPN last week. Now, we want to take a moment to recognize, celebrate, and thank the outgoing regional hub leadership who are stepping down in that particular role. We're wishing them the best in the endeavors as they continue to be leaders and #changemakers in and beyond @scipolnetwork! Read more about them on our website's blog: https://scipolnetwork.org/news/308615

#SciPol #SciPolPals #SciPals #SciComm #advocacy #NSPNmembers

This week's roundup is fairly light in terms of meetings, but that doesn't mean there aren't things happening in @scipol...
08/02/2020

This week's roundup is fairly light in terms of meetings, but that doesn't mean there aren't things happening in @scipolnetwork! We have a Blog subcommittee meeting this Tuesday, so if you're interested in the #SciComm format, make sure to check out the meeting! Money Talks continue on Thursday at 4 PM ET as an open office hour for folks to talk with Grants & Finance about ways you can individually or as a chapter get funded for events, professional development and more!

Also, don't forget that the next National Science Policy Network - NSPN workshop on science policy memo gives our members hands-on training in a two-day workshop. Make sure to sign up your team or yourself before the deadline closes on August 12th.

#SciencePolicy #SciPol #ScienceCommunication #ScienceDiplomacy #diplomacy #advocacy #memo #SciWri #sciencewriting

Last but not least, Chanel Matney is joining the team as our Mentorship and Professional Development Coordinator. Chanel...
08/01/2020

Last but not least, Chanel Matney is joining the team as our Mentorship and Professional Development Coordinator.

Chanel currently works as a transportation policy consultant for the California State Assembly.

To carry on as a bubbly and extroverted empath during a national lockdown, Chanel invested in no less than a dozen house plants - ranging from ferns, to herbs, to succulents, to cacti, to a baby tree. They all have names and are lovingly tended to, taking turns to sit in a sunny spot on her desk.

While it’s a poor replacement for the human-to-human connections Chanel so desperately misses, her subscription to not one - but two - plant-in-the-mail subscriptions ensures that her family of huggably-cute greenery will continue to grow.

Read more and see the new leadership: https://scipolnetwork.org/news/303274

In addition to the Committees and Regional Hubs we have two new leaders joining our team to help coordinate and launch n...
08/01/2020

In addition to the Committees and Regional Hubs we have two new leaders joining our team to help coordinate and launch new NSPN programs.

Overseeing the inaugural SciPol Scholars-in-Residence program is Derreck Carter-House, former Graduate Education Committee Chair. Derreck recently completed his PhD in Plant Pathology at the University of California, Riverside.

Derreck and his grandpa share the hobby of making leather goods - everything from bags and wallets to whatever else. Most recently Derreck crafted a leather dog collar.

Read more and see the new leadership: https://scipolnetwork.org/news/303274

Our second Western Hub co-chair is Eric Lee, a postdoctoral researcher at the Engineering Biology Research Consortium an...
08/01/2020

Our second Western Hub co-chair is Eric Lee, a postdoctoral researcher at the Engineering Biology Research Consortium and soon to be AAAS Science and Technology Policy Fellow at USAID.

Eric really enjoys windsurfing and sailing. During “normal times” he can be found out on the water every few days, but even now during the pandemic he usually manages to catch the wind about once a week.

Read more and see the new leadership: https://scipolnetwork.org/news/303274

Our first Western Hub co-chair is Amanda Koch, a graduate student in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology at Colorado Stat...
08/01/2020

Our first Western Hub co-chair is Amanda Koch, a graduate student in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology at Colorado State University studying epigenetics, RNA biology, and virology.

Amanda enjoys backpacking, rock climbing, and skiing, the typical Colorado hobby set. At home she has a pittie named Meeko and two cats named Albert and Lady Kevin. Amanda also lives by this quote from Dr. Seuss’s the Lorax: “Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better. It’s not”.

Read more and see the new leadership: https://scipolnetwork.org/news/303274

Our second Southern Hub co-chair is Sarah Goggin, a graduate student at the University of Virginia. Her research focuses...
07/31/2020

Our second Southern Hub co-chair is Sarah Goggin, a graduate student at the University of Virginia. Her research focuses on how genetic and environmental factors affect obesity risk through their impacts on brain development.

To entertain herself at home during the pandemic Sarah got a dart board. Since the beginning of the first work from home order she has been practicing regularly, working towards being a professional darts player as a backup career.

Read more and see the new leadership: https://scipolnetwork.org/news/303274

Our first Southern Hub co-chair is Ryan Dudek, a graduate student in Chemical Engineering at North Carolina State Univer...
07/31/2020

Our first Southern Hub co-chair is Ryan Dudek, a graduate student in Chemical Engineering at North Carolina State University.

Ryan really enjoys spicy food, especially Sichuan, Peruvian, and Korean, ideally in large quantities. He is notorious among friends both for eating more slowly than anyone thought possible and for putting away twice as much food as anyone expected.

Read more and see the new leadership: https://scipolnetwork.org/news/303274

How should graduate education change due to #COVID19? Join us today at 12pm EDT to hear from 4 stakeholders at academic ...
07/31/2020

How should graduate education change due to #COVID19? Join us today at 12pm EDT to hear from 4 stakeholders at academic institutions, federal agencies, and professional societies.

Register: https://scipolnetwork.org/events/38493

#SciPolWebinars #SciPol #SciEngage #GradEd #GraduateEducation

Our second Central Hub co-chair is Emilee Kotnic, whois a graduate student in Molecular Genetics and Genomics at Washing...
07/30/2020

Our second Central Hub co-chair is Emilee Kotnic, whois a graduate student in Molecular Genetics and Genomics at Washington University in St. Louis. Emily’s research focuses on the genetic causes of ovarian cancer metastasis.

In her free time she loves drawing, crocheting, and doing other arts and crafts. Most recently she made several acrylic pour abstract paintings.

Read more and see the new leadership: https://scipolnetwork.org/news/303274

Our first Central Hub co-chair is Daniel Puentes, who studies nuclear physics at Michigan State University.Daniel enjoys...
07/30/2020

Our first Central Hub co-chair is Daniel Puentes, who studies nuclear physics at Michigan State University.

Daniel enjoys discovering natural wonders throughout the state of Michigan. He and his fiance have trekked through blizzards, and explored ice caves in the upper peninsula of Michigan. They also rode sleds down 400+ foot tall snow covered sand dunes along Lake Michigan!

Read more and see the new leadership: https://scipolnetwork.org/news/303274

Have questions about SciPol funding?  Stop by at Money Talks, 4pm EDT! Ask questions about our funding opportunities, ge...
07/30/2020

Have questions about SciPol funding? Stop by at Money Talks, 4pm EDT! Ask questions about our funding opportunities, get feedback on your proposal, and learn about budgets.

Registered NSPN members can find the Zoom info on our online community: scipolnetwork.org

Interested in seeing how the consistent messaging glue that connects our members together is made?  Join the communicati...
07/30/2020

Interested in seeing how the consistent messaging glue that connects our members together is made? Join the communications committee meeting tonight at 7 PM ET.

Zoom links are on our member engagement site, scipolnetwork.org

Part of the Central Hub and interested in directing regional efforts?  Join the meeting today at 7 PM CT to weigh in.  N...
07/30/2020

Part of the Central Hub and interested in directing regional efforts? Join the meeting today at 7 PM CT to weigh in. Not sure what hub you are in? Check out the graphic below!

Zoom information can be found on our member engagement network, scipolnetwork.org

Bernat Navarro is the other Eastern hub co-chair.He is a graduate student at Johns Hopkins University studying pancreati...
07/29/2020

Bernat Navarro is the other Eastern hub co-chair.

He is a graduate student at Johns Hopkins University studying pancreatic cancer cell invasion and metastasis. Bernat played roller hockey for 9 years as a child. While it is not well known in the U.S., roller hockey is quite popular in Spain.

Read more and see the new leadership: https://scipolnetwork.org/news/303274

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