Headlines for August 3, 2017
News from CCST
The NCSL 2017 Legislative Summit is taking place August 6th through 9th in Boston, and CCST will be on hand with a special meeting on science policy fellowships at the state government level.
Designed for state legislators and staff interested in the concept of recruiting PhD scientists as legislative policy advisors, our August 8th informational session will provide an overview of the CCST Science & Technology Policy Fellowship, as well as the nine state-based efforts currently underway via the CCST State Fellowships Planning Grant.
This CCST event is made possible in part by the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation.
The 2017 total solar eclipse will take place on Monday, August 21st, with the eclipse peak expected for Sacramento around 10:20 a.m. Pacific Time. A State Capitol Watch Party is currently being planned with CCST participation --- please save the date, and stay tuned to CCST on Facebook (facebook.com/ccstorg), Twitter (twitter.com/ccstorg), or LinkedIn (www.linkedin.com/company/ccstorg) for the official event announcement!
For educators and citizens across California interested in viewing the solar eclipse, there are many science education resources and eclipse viewing safety instructions available online through NASA. Please be sure to browse these materials to have a fun and safe viewing experience of this rare natural wonder! (Image Credit: NASA.gov)
The NASA Ames Research Center and the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory are part of CCST's Federal Laboratory Affiliates.
Our CCST Science Fellows
In our latest "Fellows in Training" essay, 2017 CCST Science Fellow and University of Michigan graduate Jen Chase, PhD talks about how CCST training helped prepare her for a year working in the California State Legislature --- and how life in graduate school compares with life as a legislative staffer.
Jen Chase's CCST Science & Technology Policy Fellowship placement is with the Assembly Committee on Privacy and Consumer Protection.
2017 CCST Science Fellow Biswajit "Bish" Paul, PhD, was featured in Capitol Weekly about his role in launching the new Capitol LGBTQ Association. Paul was selected as Board President of the new professional network, which was created with the encouragement of Assemblymember Evan Low (D-Campbell) and other Members of the California Legislative LGBT Caucus. The nonpartisan organization provides professional development and mentoring for LGBTQ members of the Capitol community. 2012 CCST Science Fellow Dharia McGrew, PhD, also was active in the network's founding and now serves as its Lobbyist Liaison. (Image Credit: Capitol LGBTQ Association)
Bish Paul's CCST Science & Technology Policy Fellowship placement is with the Assembly Committee on Elections and Redistricting.
Recent and Upcoming CCST Science Fellows Events:
The California Community Colleges - CCC Maker program will reach a milestone on August 18th with its grantee kickoff symposium in Berkeley, organized by CCST. The finalists for the CCC Maker grants --- from 24 community colleges around California --- will hear presentations from expert researchers speaking on best practices for student learning in higher-ed makerspaces, and get a chance to interact with one another to discuss ideas for improving their makerspace implementation plans. CCST Senior Program Associate Brie Lindsey, PhD, will be leading the event, and symposium proceedings will be made available later this year.
The California Community Colleges System is a Sustaining Institution of CCST.
CCST sends its welcome and congratulations to Gary May, PhD, who began his tenure as the Chancellor of UC Davis on August 1st, and to Carol Christ, PhD, who began her tenure as the Chancellor of UC Berkeley on July 1st. CCST looks forward to collaborating with Chancellor Christ and Chancellor May to strengthen the policy engagement opportunities between California policymakers and the abundant scientific expertise of UC campuses.
The University of California System is a Sustaining Institution of CCST.
Katherine Ward, who served on the CCST California Teacher Advisory Council from 2012 to 2016, has been named Outstanding Biology Teacher in California by the National Association of Biology Teachers. Ward, who teaches AP Biology and Biotechnology at Aragon High School in San Mateo, California, has also consulted for The Exploratorium and The Tech Museum. Well done, Ms. Ward!
Dear Friends and Colleagues:
Recently, the American Geophysical Union (AGU) --- the world's largest scientific society for professionals and students in geophysical research --- announced its 2017 roster of membership honors and individual career medals.
I was thrilled to see so many California research institutions represented on these lists. The NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL), UCLA, UC Santa Barbara, UC San Diego, and Caltech --- all of whom are part of CCST's network of Sustaining Institutions and Federal Laboratory Affiliates --- all had AGU medal recipients this year, recognizing the career contributions of individual scientists to specific disciplines within the geosciences.
The membership honors list also yielded familiar names as well. Selected as "AGU Fellows" this year were accomplished researchers and AGU members from Caltech, UC Berkeley, UC Davis, UC San Diego, NASA JPL, and the U.S. Department of Energy's Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory --- and among this prestigious cohort is our friend and CCST Council Member Susan Hubbard, PhD.
Invited to the CCST Council in 2015, Susan Hubbard is currently an Associate Lab Director for the Earth & Environmental Sciences Area at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, where she leads a roughly 500-strong staff in studies of climate science, terrestrial ecosystem science, environmental biology, geoscience, and subsurface energy research. It is multidisciplinary scientists like Susan Hubbard who help the U.S. Department of Energy mesh its understanding of global change with its research and recommendations for America's energy future. (And did I mention Hubbard is a proud UC Santa Barbara and UC Berkeley graduate?)
Susan Hubbard is just one example of the many brilliant, experienced leaders that CCST has access to when called to serve the State of California. Our CCST Council was created to respond to the Governor, the Legislature, and other state entities who request independent assessment of public policy issues relating to science and technology. And a state such as California must make decisions on a wide array of policy issues, almost always complex and intricately interrelated.
Bringing global and national perspectives to state-level questions is one important way of making California's policies stronger with science. I am emboldened knowing that experienced, expert advisors like Susan Hubbard have a seat on our CCST Council, strengthening our ability to assist California's decision-makers --- and our chances of informing a better future for the Golden State.With My Thanks,
Susan Hackwood, PhD
California Council on Science and Technology