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AAAS Live: AAAS Science & Technology Policy Fellowships

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Looking for an opportunity to take your career to the next level? For almost 40 years, scientists, social scientists and engineers have provided their expertise, analytical skills and training to policy-makers in Washington, DC. The AAAS Science & Technology Policy Fellowship program places individuals in congressional offices and over 13 federal agencies through unique year-long opportunities. Join us on October 9th at 3pm ET to discuss how to apply for the 2013-2014 Fellowships class, what its like to be a fellow, what fellows do after their time in DC and more!

Salaeha Shariff, the Fellowships Recruitment Project Director, and Jamie Vernon, a 2011-13 S&T Policy Fellow at the U.S. Department of Energy, will be on hand to answer your questions and discuss the program.

You can submit questions early by sending it in an email. You can also join the conversation on Twitter with #AAASLive. Enter your email address below to receive a reminder shortly before the live event.

Salaeha Shariff directs recruitment cultivation, national outreach activities, and diversity enhancement for the S&T Policy Fellowships. She plans and manages Fellowship orientation, professional development activities and interest/affinity groups. She is also responsible for furthering alumni engagement activities and initiatives to cultivate and maintain alumni participation in ongoing Fellowship initiatives.

She joined AAAS in September 2011, following over five years with the American Academy of Pediatrics, Illinois Chapter, where she directed and managed public health grants focusing primarily on immunization education and policy for Illinois pediatricians. Salaeha's responsibilities included overseeing development of educational programming for healthcare providers, recruitment and engagement of Illinois pediatricians and allied healthcare providers on varied educational and policy initiatives, managing committees/interest groups related to school health and infectious diseases, and policy work related to financing/reimbursement for pediatric practices and public health engagement. She has prior experience directing and managing operations for a small nonprofit educational organization. Salaeha holds a master's degree in public service from DePaul University and an undergraduate degree in psychology from Loyola University Chicago.

Jamie Vernon was a working molecular biologist when he recognized the need to reapply his knowledge and skills as a scientist to effect a broader and more immediate impact on his community. After more than a decade of training and experience in cell and molecular biology, he traded in his lab coat to pursue a career in science policy. The inkling that he might step away from the bench originated during graduate school when he began to explore science policy and science communication. He co-founded a science policy organization at the University of Texas and established a science outreach event to bridge the divide between science and the public. He began using social media for science advocacy and soon realized he had a stronger passion for policy and communication than research.

Today, he is an AAAS Fellow in EERE's Office of Strategic Programs, where he performs analysis that informs EERE decision-making. He leads a U.S. DOE initiative to disclose and improve energy data access services nationwide. He also provides decision support to accelerate commercialization of innovative clean energy technologies. His other activities include - identifying ways to streamline EERE's internal communications and information sharing; assisting communication of the results of EERE's impacts analysis and evaluations; and contributing to EERE's Strategic Plan.

Jamie is also gaining experience developing strategies to communicate on issues related to global warming. He currently serves as Co-chair of the United States Global Change Research Program's Social Media Task Team and organizes external expert engagement for the USGCRP Interagency Communications & Education Team.

Jamie is an award-winning science educator and communicator. He is NSF-trained to communicate science to the public, an avid user of Twitter, and he regularly contributes articles to science blogging networks such as Science Progress, Discover Magazine and Scientific American.

For more information on the Fellowships is available on the AAAS Fellowships website.