Ian interviews Molly Sheehan, postdoctoral fellow at the University of Pennsylvania's department of bioengineering, and candidate for Pennsylvania's 7th Congressional District.
I chat with Molly about what it's like to run for office while still working in the lab and being a mother, her experiences so far on the campaign, what got her into politics, and her suggestions for college, graduate or medical students - or other postdocs - who are interested in getting politically engaged, but don't know where to start. Primary elections are on May 15th, 2018General elections are on November 6th, 2018If you're interested in volunteering for her, visit: mollysheehan.org/contact/
I recently had the opportunity to attend the 2015
AAAS Science and Technology Policy Forum in Washington, D.C. This annual
meeting brings together a range of academics and professionals to discuss the
broad S&T policy landscape. Below are some of my takeaways from the
meeting. I hope to have additional comments from other National Science Policy Group members up
soon. By Chris Yarosh The talks and panels at the
Forum encompassed a huge range of topics from the federal budget and the
appropriations outlook to manufacturing policy and, of course, shrimp treadmills. My opinion of the uniting themes tying this gamut together is just
that—my opinion— and should only be taken as such. That being said, the threads
I picked on in many of the talks can be summarized by three C’s: cooperation, communication, and citizenship. First up, cooperation.
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Opinion: Clearing the Air About Unenforceable Policies by Kristina Victoreen Is a policy without enforcement really a policy, or is it just an aspiration? That question has been on my mind lately, in two different contexts, both related to the air we breathe. First, there’s Penn’s new “Tobacco-free Campus” policy. I first noticed the signs in November, when they quietly popped up here and there around campus. As someone who has spent many a lunch hour going from bench to bench all around campus in an often-vain attempt to find a place to sit and eat my lunch without having to breathe second-hand smoke, I was really excited to see those signs. But I confess I was much less excited when I went online and read the actual policy, particularly the section on enforcement. You can read it here.
What it seems to say is that there is no enforcement, and if you have any questions, ask the person you report to or your Dean. In other words, Penn wants you to not smoke but if you do, probabl…