Summer 2023 S2P Brief

As the 2023 summer quarter ends, we are reflecting on an eventful quarter and looking forward to exciting opportunities! Since our last edition of the S2P Brief, we organized a policy showcase at the UCR Palm Desert Science Center, went on a trip to Sacramento, participated in the American Association for the Advancement of Science’s...

S2P Alum William Ota Chairs National Science Policy Network

We are excited to announce that S2P alum and UCR PhD candidate in Evolution, Ecology, and Environmental Biology, William Ota, is now the chair of the National Science Policy Network. We look forward to welcoming William and NSPN to Riverside in April 2024 for the National Science Policy Symposium!

Archana Aravindan Co-Authors FAS Publication on Space Diplomacy

Archana Aravindan, Physics PhD Student and S2P Curriculum Committee Chair, co-authored "One Small Step: Anticipatory Diplomacy in Outer Space." A Federation of American Scientist article discussing science policy and diplomacy in outer space.

Elijah Hall serves as S2P Fellow for Congressman Mark Takano

Elijah Hall is a PhD Candidate in the Department of Evolution, Ecology, and Evolutionary Biology. He recently completed a six month fellowship in the Office of Congressman Mark Takano (CA 39th), Riverisde's Representative. Elijah looked at California state allocation of federal funding to counties. Current allocations are based on rules set in 2011, which may...

Report Published: Japan-U.S. Science Communication and Policy Fellowship Network

The 2022-2023 Program Report was released in June 2023 for the Japan-U.S. Science Communication and Policy Fellowship Network. This fellowship network was created in partnership with Science to Policy at UCR. Notably, 5 S2P Alumni participated in the inaugural program ye: Lilian Azer, Sarah Bobardt, William Ota, Jenna Roper, and Agnes Varghese. The 150 page...

NSPN Symposium @ UCR April 2024

S2P is excited to announce we will be hosting the 2024 National Science Policy Network Symposium! Join us in Riverside to hear from speakers working at the interface of science and policy, gain practical skills by attending workshops, and network with other like-minded scientists. The theme “Local to Global Innovation: Science and Technology Policy for...

Women’s History Month: A Conversation with Dr. Susan Hackwood. By: Keleigh Friedrich

"Go for it. Never be intimidated, always go for it." Learning from S2P Director Dr. Susan Hackwood, a champion for science policy and women in science in this CCST feature.

2023 Science Policy Showcase at Palm Desert Center

On Tuesday, April 4th, five S2P graduate students competed in the Science Policy Showcase. PhD students pitched creative policy solutions to local issues - such as water conservation, light pollution, and dealing with a rapidly aging population. Pitches were judged based on efficacy of communication, feasibility of the policy, and creativity of the policy solution...

UCR Giving Day 4/6 - Support our Students!

Participate in UCR's first every Give Day! #UCRGiveDay is April 6—National Tartan Day! Giving begins at 12 a.m. PST on Thursday, April 6 and runs for 1 day, 9 hours, and 54 minutes (ending at 9:54 a.m. PST on Friday, April 7) to commemorate UCR’s founding year of 1954. Science to Policy (S2P) at the...

Japan-U.S. Science Communication and Policy Fellowship Network Inaugural Symposium

The Japan-U.S. Science Communication and Policy Fellowship promotes meaningful cooperation between the two countries on global challenges by bridging a critical gap between science and policy. The first cohort of early career scientists from across the U.S. and Japan participated in virtual workshops for nine months before meeting in Okinawa, Japan, for the inaugural symposium...
Sarah Bobardt - White House Intern

S2P Alum - Sarah Bobardt served as White House Intern

Sarah Bobardt is a sixth-year Ph.D. Candidate in the Genetics, Genomics, and Bioinformatics program and co-chair of Science to Policy. In the Fall of 2022, she was a part of the Biden-Harris Administration’s White House Internship Program. She had the opportunity to attend a weekly speaker series with senior White House staff, cabinet secretaries, and...
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Congratulations! Fifth Certificate Course Convocation.

This evening, Science to Policy conferred certificates to the fifth cohort of the S2P Certificate Course! The founding Dean of the School of Public Policy, Anil Deolalikar, the Dean of the Graduate Division, Sean Bowler, and the Dean of Engineering, Chris Lynch, attended the ceremony to confer certificates. Congressman Mark Takano was the keynote speaker...

S2P Brief - Fall 2022 Edition

Read the newest edition of The S2P Brief, the quarterly newsletter about all things Science to Policy.
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S2P Alum, Dr. Varghese, is AAAS Fellow

Dr. Agnes Varghese is AAAS fellow

S2P Trip to Sacramento

S2P students travelled to Sacramento to meet with legislators and network with science policy professionals.

District Issues Report authored by S2P Fellow Agnes Varghese

District Issues Report for the 47th district, authored by S2P Fellow Agnes Varghese, is now available.

2022 Policy Slam

UCR Science to policy held a Policy Pitch Competition. Think shark tank for public policy proposals. 3 UCR students (Sarah Bobardt, Elijah Hall, and Stephanie Piper) and 2 UCLA students (Bineh Ndefru and Yuki Hebner) competed for a cash prize and trip to Sacramento to pitch their winning policy to lawmakers. Pitches ranged from ecological...
An Analysis of Californias Net Energy Metering Policy Proposals and Impacts

Policy Report on Net Energy Metering authored by S2P students

S2P students, Ryan Drover and Chris Rudnicki, authored a report, "An Analysis of California's Net Energy Metering Policy Proposals and Impacts."

Policy Chat Podcast featuring Dr. Susan Hackwood

The UCR School of Public Policy's podcast series, Policy Chats, features S2P Director Susan Hackwood, discussing the importance of bridging the gap between scientists and policy makers, "there is an enormous need to bridge the science world with the policy world. They speak different languages, do different things. So they think differently." Read the transcript...