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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On November 28th, the Penn Science Policy and Diplomacy Group was thrilled to welcome distinguished speaker Milan Yager, the Executive Director of the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering, to the University of Pennsylvania. His topic: Falling Out of Love with Science-- Why Congress Doesn't Fund Medical Innovation. Attendees heard about all the many innovations we use every day which were only made possible through generous federal funding for scientific research, from GPS technology to the iPhone screen. Mr. Yager also discussed the divide between many American voters and the scientists toiling away in their labs, as well as how to bridge the gap between the two seemingly very different worlds. Spoiler alert: the key is seeing the humanity in all people and taking time to understand each person's circumstances before casting aspersions on their opinions of things that might matter greatly to YOU but not to them.