CCST Science Fellows in the News: An-Chi Tsou Appointed to DCA

March 22, 2016 |  

An-Chi Tsou, PhD, was a CCST Science & Technology Policy Fellow.
An-Chi Tsou, PhD, was a CCST Science & Technology Policy Fellow.

Congratulations to An-Chi Tsou ’13 (photo above) on her appointment as Senior Policy Advisor in the Bureau of Medical Marijuana Regulation at the California Department of Consumer Affairs. Tsou came to the CCST Science Fellows program with a PhD in Bioengineering from the UC Berkeley-UCSF Bioengineering Graduate Program and a BS in Engineering Science from Smith College. Her placement was with the Office of Assemblymember Rob Bonta (D-Oakland), where she continued to work through 2014. Tsou was most recently a senior consultant for the California State Assembly Committee on Health. (Office of Governor Edmund G. Brown, March 18, 2016)


Our CCST Science Fellows bring all sorts of amazing personal experience and professional expertise to the State Capitol — and Michelle Leinfelder-Miles ’11 was no exception. The UC Agriculture & Natural Resources staff recently featured Leinfelder-Miles in their water resources blog, highlighting her family’s farming history, and her career today serving the public as a state farm advisor. (UC Ag & Natural Resources The Confluence, February 24, 2016)


Debra Cooper ’15 was nominated as one of “Sacramento’s Most Eligible Bachelorettes” by the local professional women’s blog Girls on the Grid. The good-humored contest actually serves a fundraiser for the nonprofit WEAVE, Inc., which provides crisis intervention services for survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault in Sacramento County. (Girls on the Grid, February 25, 2016; Good Day Sacramento, March 7, 2016)


Cooper also was recently highlighted by Emory University’s Woodruff Health Science Center, profiling her transition from an Emory scientist to her current career with the California State Senate Office of Research. Cooper came to the CCST Science Fellows program with a PhD in Neuroscience from Emory University and a BS in Psychology from Duke University. (Emory University Lab Land, February 19, 2016)


Almae matres seem to be pretty proud of their CCST Science Fellows of late. The UC Davis Department of Chemistry featured Gabby Nepomuceno ’16 on their department blog as well. Nepomuceno’s Fellowship placement is with the California State Assembly Committee on Business and Professions. (UC Davis Department of Chemistry, February 17, 2016)


And don’t forget to keep up with CCST Science Fellows on our very own blog. Read our latest “Fellows in Training” blogpost by Renita Polk ’16, who reflects on her life in a new city and a new job after moving cross-country from Baltimore, Maryland! (CCST Science & Technology Policy Fellows Blog, March 9, 2016)

CCST Science Fellow ’16 Gabby Nepomuceno. (Photo courtesy of Minh Hoang/UC Davis)
CCST Science Fellow ’16 Gabby Nepomuceno. (Photo courtesy of Minh Hoang/UC Davis)

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