Science and technology policy fellows info session on January 27

By Nicole Poletto, Professional Development Peer
Tuesday, January 10, 2017 11:49 AM

If you are interested in working in science policy, or just curious about it, please join the Graduate Division and the Center for Science and Engineering Partnerships' (CSEP) Professional Development Series for an informational session on the CCST Science and Technology Policy Fellowships.

When: Friday, ​Jan. 27, ​1-2:30 p.m.

Where: 1601 Elings Hall

Click here to RSVP. Light refreshments will be served.

The California Council on Science and Technology (CCST) was created to provide California with objective, nonpartisan advice on policy issues that involve science. CCST runs a Fellowship Program that places 10 Ph.D. scientists each year as aides to lawmakers in the California Assembly and Senate. They research issues, assess policies, and draft laws based on facts and real science. Since the program started, Fellows have worked on over ​800 bills.

The fellowships are ideal for qualified applicants who are interested in improving the interface between science and legislative decision-making and who want to learn the public policy decision-making process. Following the one-year program, Fellows have moved on to an impressive array of policy-oriented, professional positions. The application deadline is Tuesday, Feb. 28, 2017 at 5 p.m. PST.

Two CCST-affiliated representatives will be present at the session to provide information and answer questions:

Sarah Brady, Ph.D., 
was a CCST Science & Technology Policy Fellow in 2014. She came to Sacramento with a Ph.D. in Chemistry from the University of Oregon, where her research focused on how sunlight and heat decompose plastics. Brady spent her CCST year placed with the Office of Assembly member Susan Bonilla (D-Concord).  After her Fellowship, she continued to serve as a Legislative Assistant coordinating natural resources, environmental toxicity, education, and utilities portfolios. Recently, Brady has joined CCST as a Senior Program Associate managing studies on Bio-Methane and Natural Gas Storage.

Annie Morgan is the Manager of the CCST Science and Technology Policy Fellowships. She works closely with the Science and Technology Policy Fellows and Legislative Staff to both support the Fellows program activities and ensure that the Fellowship is beneficial to all stakeholders. Prior to joining CCST, Annie spent over a decade working in the entertainment industry in both New York and Los Angeles. Annie has a B.F.A. in Drama from New York University's Tisch School of the Arts and a Masters in Library and Information Sciences from San Jose State University.