California Legislature Recognizes Science and Technology Policy Fellows
Speaker of the Assembly John Pérez recognizing
(left to right) Matt Holland, Stephen Francis, Dharia McGrew, and Erika Bustamante. Not pictured: Mandy Arens.
(Left to right) Larry Baskett, Ben Rubin, Alena Pribyl, and Rebecca Newhouse with
Senator Joe Simitian. Not pictured: Le Ondra Clark.
The 2011-2012 group of California Science and Technology Policy Fellows has received acknowledgments
from both the Assembly and the Senate, marking the program's third year of success.
"As policy makers, our most urgent priority is to create the kind of twenty-first century jobs that will
restore health to California's economy," said Speaker of the Assembly John Pérez on August 9
in the Assembly floor session. "An integral part of that effort will be ensuring that
every California student has a firm grounding in science, and an opportunity to attend one of our
world-class universities, so they can receive the training and knowledge they need to bring new
innovations and technologies to our economy. The science fellows are an essential part of that
effort, to bring together scientific and policy minds together in the furtherance of that goal."
First established in 2009, the California Science and Technology Policy Fellowship program places up to ten scientists in
yearlong appointments in the California state legislature. The
program is designed to enable fellows to work hands-on with policymakers in addressing complex
scientific and technical issues. Modeled on a longstanding program run by AAAS in Congress and
modified for the unique nature of the California Legislature, the California S&T Policy Fellowship
remains the only state-level program of its kind today.
This past year, Policy Fellows were appointed to work with numerous committees, including Assembly
committees on Water, Parks and Wildlife Committee and Environmental Safety and Toxicology, and
the Senate committees on Business, Professions and Economic Development, Natural Resources and Water, and
"I can tell you, having worked closely with Ms Newhouse on the Senate Environmental Quality
Committee, she has been a tremendous asset to the Senate and to our committee in particular, where
she drafted and analyzed several amendments for bills that came before our committee in a wide range
of subject areas," said Senator Joe Simitian, in recognizing Policy Fellow Rebecca Newhouse on the
Senate floor on August 16. "Colleagues, this is why we bring Policy fellows to the Senate."
Senator Ed Hernandez offered similar remarks about Policy Fellow Ben Rubin, who worked with the Senate
"Ben has been an incredible asset," said Senator Hernandez. "He wants to make a difference in public policy.
I want to thank him for allowing me to spend some time with him this year in the Senate Health Committee."
The current class of Policy Fellows, which serves until the end of October, is the third to be recognized by the Legislature for its
positive contributions to the Assembly and Senate. The 2012-2013 group of Fellows has already been selected
and will begin intensive 'boot-camp' training in November of this year; the application period for the 2013-2014
program will begin in December.
"Each of these men and women have brought a vital body of knowledge and experience, and have
shared with us their insights on crucial policy issues ranging from energy to agriculture," said
Speaker Pérez. "We've had
the privilege to host these fellows, and on behalf of all of us, I'd like to thank them for their
service to the people of California."
Interested in becoming a Science + Technology + Policy Fellow? The application
period for 2013-2014 begins December 1, 2012. Visit http://www.fellows.ccst.us
for details on how to apply.