Science & Technology Policy Fellowships

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  • A City in Need

    The first time I visited Pemba, Mozambique to begin a project that would help the port city adapt to climate change, I was not prepared for what I saw. After a few days of severe rain last year, neighborhoods resembled wetlands, streets had turned into rivers, and a large piece of the main coastal...
  • 15th Annual Barnard Lecture

    Each year, the Robert C. Barnard Environmental Lecture provides a forum for an outstanding speaker to address current environmental issues. This year's lecture will be presented by Dr. Heide Hackmann, executive director of the International Council for Science. A new global science policy paradigm...
  • Combating Wildlife Trafficking

    The AAAS Science & Technology Policy Fellowships Program and Biodiversity Affinity Group invite you to a half-day long symposium to discuss the complexities and interdependence of Wildlife Trafficking and multi-factorial drivers. The illicit trade in wildlife and wildlife parts is now a multi-...
  • Making Changes: Learning from Social Science Research to Drive Behavior Change

    About half of all Americans make resolutions each January – for example to lose weight or quit smoking – and nearly all of them fail to make or sustain these desired changes. When individual change is already so hard, how can we hope to achieve change at the societal level, such as reducing...
  • Building on the STPF Program

    The world might be a better place if efforts to connect science with public policy were thriving in nations throughout the world. The Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation has tapped AAAS to explore optimal conditions for similar fellowship programs and other mechanisms that might be rolled out in...
  • Fellows at the Podium: 2015 AAAS Annual Meeting

    The AAAS Annual Meeting is always an exciting and enlightening place to connect science with policy. This year’s theme, "Innovations, Information, and Imaging," attracted scientists and engineers from around the world to San Jose, CA to learn in sessions ranging from earthquakes to medical...
  • Using Data to Combat Sexual Violence on Campus

    Campus sexual assault is a piercing reminder of the violence that lives in student communities across the nation. The spate of media stories in the last year about college rapists seemingly going unpunished is demoralizing. And the extent of the problem is hotly debated. The Center for Public...
  • Ebola: From Machetes to Policy

    By Linda Mobula , 2014-15 Executive Branch Fellow, U.S. Agency for International Development When I landed in Liberia last July, I had no idea that the following two weeks would be critical in shaping the international response to the world’s deadliest Ebola outbreak. I had arrived to contribute my...
  • Workers of the World, Call Us

    “We don’t get water all the time. Especially from 10 a.m. – 12 p.m., we do not get enough water.” This is the kind of feedback Kohl Gill (2006-08 Executive Branch Fellow at Department of Energy; 2008-09 at Department of State) gets from factory workers who use his company’s SmartLine service...
  • A Beautiful MRKH Life

    By Amy Lossie , 2013-15 Executive Branch Fellow, National Institutes of Health I was 16 years old and wanted nothing more than to fit in. Instead, I was diagnosed with a difference/disorder of sex development (DSD) that results in primary infertility. “You’re a freak” kept running through my head...