Massachusetts

HOST INSTITUTIONS

Boston University

POINTS OF CONTACT

Nathan Phillips, PhD
Professor, Department of Earth & Environment, Boston University
nathan@bu.edu

PROGRESS UPDATE

The team was awarded a strategic planning grant from CCST in early 2017, and participated in the CCST grant launch workshop at the 2017 AAAS Annual Meeting. Grantee teams most recently participated in a planning workshop held during the 2017 NCSL Legislative Summit and during the 2018 AAAS Annual Meeting.

On July 12, 2018, Massachusetts State Senate President Harriette Chandler (First Worcester) introduced a resolution where the Commonwealth of Massachusetts “invites and encourages non-partisan, non-profit science, engineering, technology, and scholarly societies; institutions of higher learning; not-for-profit philanthropic foundations; and allied organizations to convene a planning process and engage with legislators in Massachusetts for the establishment of a non-partisan science and technology legislative fellows program for the purpose of informing science and technology policy development in the Commonwealth.” Senate President Chandler presented the resolution to Dr. Nathan Phillips on the Massachusetts State Senate floor session that day. (Video at 34:20 mark, courtesy of The General Court)

FELLOWSHIP LEGACY

Nathan Phillips was a CCST Science & Technology Policy Fellow in 2014, serving the California State Senate Transportation and Housing Committee under then-Chair Mark DeSaulnier. Read Phillips’ fellowship Q&A: fellows.ccst.us/blog/fellow-profiles-nathan-phillips-phd/


Massachusetts has a long history of supporting science, and this grant gives scientists a new and powerful way to give back to the Commonwealth by directly helping legislators craft policy. In doing so, scientists and universities benefit by learning how to make science relevant to society and how to communicate science to the public.” — Nathan Phillips

My Senate colleagues, let us give a special shoutout to these gentlemen and a special shoutout to Minority Leader Bruce Tarr for championing this initiative with me…to develop what is a first for us a Science Fellows program that best suits the needs of the Senate and the Commonwealth.” — Massachusetts State Senate President Harriette Chandler, July 12, 2018

Dr. Nathan Phillips (2014 CCST Science Fellow) recognized by Massachusetts Senate President Harriet Chandler and Senate Minority Leader Bruce Tarr on July 12, 2018. (Image courtesy of The General Court of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts)
Dr. Nathan Phillips (2014 CCST Science Fellow) recognized by Massachusetts Senate President Harriet Chandler and Senate Minority Leader Bruce Tarr on July 12, 2018. (Image courtesy of The General Court of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts)