17 Oct

5th Annual Visualizing Science Policy 20x20 & Resource Fair

17 Oct 2018
5:30 pm to 9:00 pm
AAAS | 1200 New York Ave. NW

5:30 - 6:00 p.m.    Resource Fair
6:00 - 7:30 p.m.    20x20 Program
7:30 - 9:00 p.m.    Networking Reception and Resource Fair

Past Exhibiting Organizations

AAAS Office of Meetings and Special Events
AAAS Center for Public Engagement
AAAS Dialogue on Science, Ethics, and Religion
AAAS Education and Human Resources
Union of Concerned Scientists
AAAS Career Development Center
AAAS Scientific Responsibility, Human Rights and Law Program
AAAS Membership 
AAAS Science & Technology Policy Fellowships
AAAS Research Competitiveness Program
AAAS Center for Science Diplomacy
The Optical Society 

Join current and alumni AAAS Science & Technology Policy Fellows as they explore the science policy arena through projects from academia, government, industry, the nonprofit arena and the arts. Challenging themselves to communicate visually, each presenter will present a “flash talk” – 20 images for only 20 seconds each. It will be a stimulating and enlightening evening! 
 
Following the flash talks is a science policy open house and networking reception with representatives from various AAAS programs, partner scientific societies, science policy agencies, and organizations. Exhibit tabling begins before the talks and continues during the reception. Join us for this fast-paced evening of compelling issues and discussion. Sponsored by AAAS.

Joan Aron
Senior Research Scientist,Great Lakes Program; General Dynamics Consultant; 2008-10 Executive Branch Fellow at EPA

Joan is expert in building U.S. and international partnerships in global environmental and climate change. She is lead author for an EPA report on Using Ecosystem Function in the Clean Water Act and lead editor for Ecosystem Change, and Public Health: A Global Perspective. She also has experience in efforts to address diversity and inclusion in the STEM workforce, including as an advisor to projects on climate and health in developing countries and to trainers for transforming organizational culture in STEM. In the past, she has served as president of a nonprofit organization, faculty member at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, and Senior Staff Fellow at the National Cancer Institute. She earned a Ph.D. from Princeton in biology/ecology, a masters degree from Johns Hopkins in business/information technology management, a diploma from Cambridge (U.K.) in mathematical statistics, and B.A. from Harvard in applied mathematics.

Anne Dare
2016-18 Executive Branch Fellow at U.S. Agency for International Development

Anne earned a Ph.D. from Purdue University. Her research advanced the understanding of the linkages between arid land water management, food security, and rural sanitation solutions while working across Palestine, Tunisia, and Qatar under the US Borlaug Fellowship. Anne served as the co-founder and postdoctoral researcher for Purdue Engineering’s Innovation for International Development (I2D) Lab, where she channeled University’s expertise toward addressing global development challenges. Anne participated in a Farmer-to-Farmer program with Universidad de Los Llanos in Colombia and the Mirzayan Science and Technology Graduate Fellowship at The National Academies. In 2016, she served as Academic Director and PI on the Mandela Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders at Purdue University. Most recently, she was selected as US Embassy Science Fellow for Israel, Jordan, and the Palestinian Territories where she identified barriers and developed recommendations regarding wastewater management and reuse in the West Bank.

Harsh Desai
Nuclear Scientist and Engineer, Knolls Atomic Power Laboratory
2013-14 Congressional Science & Engineering Fellow sponsored by the American Nuclear Society

At Knolls Atomic Power Laboratory, Harsh focuses on developing multi-physics methods for an integrated reactor performance and systems-level analysis simulation. Harsh immigrated to North Carolina from India, where he studied nuclear engineering as an undergraduate and a graduate student at NC State University. His dissertation research assessed the technical viability through proper coolant flow distribution of a PRISM reactor, General Electric’s Generation IV reactor solution to closing the nuclear fuel cycle. Harsh then moved to Wilmington, NC where he completed the Edison Engineering Development Program at General Electric, aimed at developing future leaders in science, energy, and technology. In addition to advocating and promoting STEM education, Harsh’s policy interests revolve around a sustainable energy portfolio through conservation, efficiency, innovation, and a concern for the environment.

Karla Hagan
2015-16 Congressional Science & Engineering Fellow sponsored by the American Physical Society

Karla holds a B.S. in physics from the George Institute of Technology and a Ph.D. in experimental high energy physics from the University of Virginia. Karla's dissertation examined one of the four fundamental forces in nature, the strong force, by measuring the production of excited bound states of charm-anticharm quarks at the Department of Energy's Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory particle accelerator. She has extensive experience in local advocacy and politics in Arlington, Virginia, including co-founding an education nonprofit and serving as campaign manager, chief strategist, and treasurer for multiple political campaigns. She is currently Senior Science and Innovation Policy Advisor at the British Embassy where she advises on science policy, represents the UK in relationships with US government agencies and stakeholders in the mid-Atlantic region, and works to promote bilateral science collaboration in fields such as clean energy, artificial intelligence, and quantum technologies. 

Allyson Kennedy - 2017-19 Executive Branch Fellow, National Science Foundation
Keshia Ashe - 2017-19 Executive Branch Fellow, National Science Foundation

 

Allyson received her Ph.D. in Integrative Life Sciences from Virginia Commonwealth University, where she specialized in developmental biology. She is also a STEM education advocate and science communicator. After a wide range of teaching experiences in graduate school, she served as a high school science instructor in a rural town in Thailand. While abroad, she fostered her passion to engage with the international community by expanding student access to science education. Upon returning to the States, she used her scientific knowledge and experiences as an educator to impact her local community by volunteering at the Science Museum of Virginia, leading citizen science events, and organizing workshops to encourage young girls to pursue STEM.

Keshia is a biomedical engineer, STEM education advocate and social entrepreneur. She is an avid STEM education advocate and social entrepreneur. She co-founded ManyMentors, a technology-driven nonprofit that uses mentoring as a mechanism to increase the representation of women and people of color in the STEM fields. She provides strategic guidance for STEM outreach and managerial support. As a social entrepreneur, she has co-founded three additional companies in the beauty, biotechnology and sports industries. Keshia received her B.S. in Biomedical Engineering from the University of Virginia, and M.S. in Chemical Engineering from the University Connecticut. Keshia is a passionate change agent, focused on grassroots efforts to broaden participation in STEM through interconnected frameworks that promote access to information and support networks, as well as impacting policies that enhance opportunities for all young people to benefit from STEM education.

Sutyajeet I. Soneja
2016-18 Executive Branch Fellow at U.S. Agency for International Development

Sutyajeet is a public health scientist with over a decade of experience leading domestic and international initiatives across the fields of engineering, environmental and global health, epidemiology, exposure science, risk assessment, and translating science into policy. As a policy fellow, he was involved in projects tied to the post-Ebola response in West Africa that seek to improve how the US approaches the delivery of foreign public health assistance. In another role concurrent to this fellowship, he served as an advisor to the US Embassy in Rome on policy issues that included climate and health, antimicrobial resistance, and the Global Health Security Agenda. Through his research, he developed an extensive understanding of how various environmental pollutants and climate change impact human health both domestically and abroad, thereby enabling him to develop and implement actions that can mitigate the risk from climate change and protect the health of vulnerable populations. He completed a Ph.D. in Environmental Health Sciences from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. As a Postdoctoral Fellow within the Maryland Institute of Applied Environmental Health at the University of Maryland, College Park, he examined health risk associations from climate change related extreme weather events to food/waterborne and chronic illnesses. 

Mike Specian
2017-18 Executive Branch Fellow at the Department of Energy (DOE)

As a policy fellow at DOE’s Building Technologies Office (BTO), Mke worked on a range of issues including resiliency, sensors & data analytics, and grid-interactive efficient buildings. Prior to joining BTO, Mike worked to improve disaster preparedness in Baltimore City, contributed to the National Climate Assessment, and served as a Mirzayan S&T Policy Fellow at the National Academy of Sciences. Mike earned his Ph.D. in theoretical astrophysics at Johns Hopkins University with a focus on the large-scale structure of the universe. He has been teacher in numerous capacities for over a decade including as a course designer and teacher for the Center for Talented Youth and as a private instructor in Baltimore City.