Join current and alumni Science & Technology Policy Fellows as they explore the science policy arena through projects from academia, government, industry, nonprofit organizations, and the arts. Participants have challenged themselves to think visually: each will present 20 images for only 20 seconds each.
Following the presentations will be a science policy open house and networking reception with representatives from various AAAS programs, partner scientific societies, science policy agencies, and organizations. Exhibit tabling will begin at 5:30 p.m. and continue during the reception after the presentations. Join us in this exciting, fast-paced evening of compelling issues and discussion! Sponsored by AAAS.
Apurva Dave, 2014-16 Executive Branch Fellow, Environmental Protection Agency, Office of Atmospheric Programs with the Atmospheric Modeling Ozone Group
Apurva Dave is a fellow at EP serving as a climate and environmental policy analyst for domestic and international policies related to the protection of the stratospheric ozone layer and mitigation of short-lived climate pollutants. Apurva was trained as an oceanographer with expertise in physical oceanography and marine biogeochemistry. As a student and postdoc at Duke University, he investigated the large-scale physical controls on ocean biological productivity, as well as the linkages between climate variability and marine ecosystem changeHis family is from India and East Africa, and he was born in the UK. He has previously worked as a personal trainer, analytical chemist and high-school teacher. Apurva and his wife Sejal have eight-year-old twins.
Christa Hasenkopf, Co-Founder, OpenAQ and 2013-14 Executive Branch Fellow, US Agency for International Development, Office of Science & Technology
Christa Hasenkopf is an atmospheric scientist passionate about the power of open air quality data. She is the co-founder of OpenAQ, a new initiative to convert real-time air quality data already publicly shared around the world into a form that is historically and programmatically accessible to the public. For the past two years, she has also been an American Institute of Physics Executive Branch Fellow at the State Department, working on air pollution issues and helping build international scientific collaborations. She is also an adjunct professor at Johns Hopkins University, developing a course on air quality, as well as an associate editor at Science & Diplomacy, a quarterly publication by the AAAS Center for Science Diplomacy. Prior to coming to DC, Christa conducted research in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia one of the most polluted cities in the world. While there, she, Mongolian colleagues, and an American software developer launched the first air quality monitor to share data via social media in Mongolia, which gained national and international attention. Christa received her PhD in atmospheric science from the University of Colorado.
Kate Himes, 2011-13 Executive Branch Fellow and 2013-15 Overseas Fellow, U.S. Agency for International Development
Kate Himes’ career reflects her passion for science, development, science communication, and education. As an Science & Technology Policy Overseas Fellow and Science Adviser at USAID/Central Asia, she leads science-related initiatives, including conservation, water, and capacity-building. Previously, she was a Science & Technology Policy Fellow and Science Adviser in the Office of Science and Technology at USAID Washington working at the intersection of science, development, and diplomacy. Experiences in this nexus affirm her belief in the power of international science collaboration. Prior to this, Kate was special assistant to the provost at the University of Minnesota, where she advised on strategic science, research, and graduate education policies and initiatives. She earned her PhD and BS in neuroscience from the University of Minnesota and MBA from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Her dissertation focused on nervous system development, and included a brief foray into honeybee behavior. She believes strongly in the importance of science communication and education, particularly women’s access to science, technology, math, and engineering fields, and seeks opportunities to inform the public about science.
Linda E. Kupfer, Senior Scientist, Center for Global Health Studies, Fogarty International Center, NIH, and 1984-85 Executive Branch Fellow, Department of State
Linda Kupfer has spent over a decade at the Fogarty International Center (FIC) at the National Institutes of Health. She is currently a senior scientist at the Center for Global Health Studies, FIC. Linda recently spent two years (2011-2013) on detail at the US State Department, Office of the Global AIDS Coordinator, as a Senior Policy Advisor. In 2006, she served as the NIH Acting Director for Evaluation in the NIH Office of the Director. Linda's global research interests include the integration of non-communicable and communicable diseases in health delivery systems in low and middle income countries, implementation science and program evaluation, and she is particularly interested in the role of capacity building in international research. Linda received her bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Cornell University and her MSc and PhD in Pharmacology from Columbia University before commencing an STPF Fellowship at the State Department.
Brent Nelson, 2014-16 Executive Branch Fellow, Department of Energy, Building Technologies Office, and Associate Professor, Department of Mechanical Engineering, Northern Arizona University
Brent Nelson is an AAAS Science & Technology Policy Fellow at the Department of Energy’s Building Technologies Office. He is currently on leave from Northern Arizona University, where he is an Associate Professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering and was his college's teacher of the year in 2013-2014. His teaching focuses on thermodynamics and heat transfer, and his research foci are in energy efficiency, bioengineering, and engineering education. He completed his masters and PhD at GeorgiaTech, performing interdisciplinary research at the intersection of thermal transport, materials science, and nanofabrication. Before joining the faculty at Northern Arizona University in 2008, he also completed a postdoctoral fellowship studying design innovation and engineering design education with the Center for Biologically-Inspired Design at GeorgiaTechPrior to his time at GeorgiaTech, he completed his undergraduate degree in mechanical engineering at UC Berkeley, where he graduated with high honors.
Brent enjoys communicating about science and engineering, collaborating on problems at the intersection of science and engineering, playing outside, trying to be a blessing to those around him, and shenanigans.
Stephanie Petzing, 2014-16 Executive Branch Fellow, Department of Defense, Office of Basic Research
Stephanie Petzing is a AAAS Science & Technology Policy Fellow at the Department of Defense in the Office of the Secretary of Defense, NCB/ Threat Reduction and Arms Control Office. Her portfolio includes assisting in the coordination of the Global Health Security Agenda for the Department of Defense. She earned her Ph.D. in Emerging Infectious Diseases from the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences, focusing on Henipaviruses, a group of deadly viruses carried by flying foxes.
Renata Afi Rawlings-Goss, 2014-16 Executive Branch Fellow, National Science Foundation, Office of Assistant Director
Renata Rawlings-Goss is a biophysicist who completed her doctorate work at the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor. She then worked with the Center for Computational Medicine, where she developed new predictive statistics for patient monitored diabetes. Subsequently, she became a Penn-Port fellow in the department of genetics at the University of Pennsylvani.
As a fellow at the National Science Foundation working on Big Data policies and priority goals, she sits on the NITRD inter-agency Big Data Senior Steering group. Additionally, Renata participates in the implementation of NSF priority goals for increased activity and workforce in data science. She interacts with industry partners and the White House Office of Science and Technology policy in the formation of public-private partnerships around big data, data science and the “Internet of Things.”