Want to contribute your science knowledge to directly address societal challenges? Are you intrigued by the policy making process and seeking a way to develop science policy skills? Then you need to check out "I Had a Monumental Experience. You Can Too: S&T Policy Fellowships Chat Sessions," a series of live text based chat and webinar sessions on the AAAS Science & Technology (S&T) Policy Fellowship program and application process for the 2015-16 fellowship class. Have your questions answered by current and alumni fellows and chat with program staff about the application process and requirements.
Are you considering applying for a fellowship but wondering how your background and midcareer experience would be best utilized? Midcareer fellows have much to contribute and gain from the fellowship experience! Join us July 24 at 2:00 pm EDT for a one-hour live video webinar session for your chance to ask midcareer current and alumni fellows about their fellowship experience, and get answers to your questions about the AAAS S&T Policy Fellowship program and application process for the 2015-16 fellowship class.
Sage Russell Associate Director, AAAS S&T Policy Fellowship Program
As Associate Director of the S&T Policy Fellowships, Sage Russell oversees fellowship programmatic operations, and supervises outreach to and partnerships with federal agencies, congressional offices, and collaborating sponsor societies. She assists the director with strategic planning, developing and launching new initiatives, and formulating program policy. In addition, Russell reviews proposals and actively participates in recruitment and outreach activities.
Current Fellow Mangala Sharma 2012-14 AAAS S&T Policy Fellow
Mangala Sharma is a 2012-14 AAAS S&T Policy Fellow at the U.S. Department of State, in the Office of Space and Advanced Technology. Sharma provides scientific guidance on, and promotes international cooperation in, space exploration, space science, space weather, and near-Earth asteroids. She has been a U.S. delegate to the United Nations Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space four times. She also represents the U.S. in the World Meteorological Organization's space weather team and in the UN-endorsed near-Earth object Space Mission Planning and Advisory Group. She has taught undergraduate physical science and astrobiology as a faculty member at Pennsylvania State University and Ohio University. She is also an expert at science outreach and has co-led the development of a traveling exhibit, "Planet Panorama," and a video suite, "Spaced Out: A Cosmic Scene." Most recently, she worked at the Space Telescope Science Institute, coordinating NASA’s nationwide astrophysics education and outreach programs, engaging girls in STEM, and writing for the "Speaking of Hubble" blog.
Alumnus Fellow R. Douglas Meckes 2005-06 AVMA Congressional Fellow
R. Douglas Meckes was the 2005-06 American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA), Congressional Fellow in the office of Senator Chuck Hagel (R-NE). Meckes was responsible for research, policy and appropriation recommendations, and constituent services on agriculture, energy, the environment, and the Environmental Protection Agency. He is currently the Branch Chief, Food, Agriculture and Veterinary Defense Branch Office of Health Affairs, Department of Homeland Security (DHS). Here he leads the Office of Health Affairs’ responsibilities to provide oversight and management of the Departments’ implementation of Homeland Security Presidential Directive-9 Defense of United States Agriculture and Food, integrating the efforts of other DHS components and coordinating those efforts with appropriate Federal Departments and agencies, tribal, state and local governments and the private sector. Meckes received his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from Auburn University, and he has 30 years of experience as a veterinarian in North Carolina and South Carolina. He also served as an elected member of the Apex, N.C., Board of Commissioners from 1995 to 2005.