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Chat with Fellows: Ask Questions to Learn How You Can Be a Policy Fellow

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Are you interested in expanding your science policy resources and networks? Considering a sabbatical year opportunity that will give you hands-on federal policy experience?  This is your chance to ask questions and learn more about the fellowships.  

Hear how doctoral level scientists and engineers have enhanced policy and transformed their career path through a one-year public service and professional development fellowship in science policy.   

Join us on September 17 at 2:00 p.m. ET for a one-hour live chat session where you'll learn how fellows impact policy initiatives on Capitol Hill, in federal agencies, and the judicial branch -- and how you can apply your science and engineering background to transform your career. Have your questions answered by fellows and chat with S&T program staff about the application process and requirements.

The "Enhancing Policy, Transforming Careers: Chat Series with S&T Policy Fellows” is a series of live text and video chat sessions with current and alumni fellows. Interact with fellows and fellowship staff and learn about the impact policy fellows have been making for over 42 years. 

Chat Partcipants:

Sage Russell, Associate Director, AAAS S&T Policy Fellowship Program

Sage Russell is associate director of the S&T Policy Fellowships. In this capacity she oversees nine staff in the fellowship programmatic operations, and supervises outreach to and partnerships with federal agencies, congressional offices, and collaborating sponsor societies.  Sage orchestrates the selection and placement processes; directs applicant and fellow communication and services; guides the professional development activities; conducts quality control on the monitoring and reporting processes; reviews and edits policies, guidelines, and standard operating procedures for program activities; and implements programmatic enhancements. In addition, she reviews proposals and actively participates in recruitment and outreach activities. Sage assists the director with strategic planning, developing and launching new initiatives, and formulating program policy.

Shubha Ghosh, PhD, JD, 2014-15 Judicial Branch Fellow, Federal Judicial Center

Shubha Ghosh, was the 2014-15 Judicial Branch Fellow at the Federal Judicial Center (FJC). At the FJC he built on his specialties in intellectual property and economic analysis of legal policy. He worked with researchers at the FJC to investigate current policy issues confronting federal courts in addressing patent litigation. Dr. Ghosh’s work builds on his extensive writings in intellectual property law and policy, particularly on the role of patent law in promoting innovation and competitiveness.

 Since 2008, he has been the Vilas Research Fellow & Professor of Law at the University of Wisconsin, where he currently teaches Intellectual Property, Transactional Intellectual Property Seminar, and rotates among Patent, Copyright, and International Intellectual Property, Business Organizations; Antitrust; Law & Economics; and Torts. He has authored over fifty scholarly articles and book chapters as well as several books in the fields of intellectual property, competition law and policy, international law, and legal theory.   His scholarship is among the most cited of the law school faculty. He is a member of the American Law Institute (ALI), current chair of the AALS Section on Law & South Asian studies, and member of the Executive Committee of the AALS Section on Internet and Computer Law.

Dr. Ghosh has held positions as a tenured full professor at SUNY-Buffalo Law School and SMU Dedman School of Law. He is engaged as an active scholar and teacher and has also served as a consultant on several intellectual property and antitrust cases with national law firms. Professor Ghosh has also worked with the World Intellectual Property Organization on the relationship between traditional knowledge and legal systems.  He has provided legal commentary for SquawkBox, The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, Marketplace on NPR, Financial Times, and other media publications.

He received his PhD in economics from the University of Michigan and holds a law degree from Stanford Law School.


Nancy Martin, PhD, 2014-16 Executive Branch Fellow, U.S. Agency for International Development

Dr. Nancy Martin is a 2014-16 AAAS Science & Technology Policy Fellow at the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) in the Office of Gender Equality & Women’s Empowerment. Her work with the GenDev Office focuses on the USAID implementation of the U.S. Strategy to Prevent and Respond to Gender-based Violence Globally.

Nancy is a sociologist with a management and engineering background. She is currently on leave from the Sociology Department at California State University, Long Beach where she teaches statistics, research methods, the sociology of gender, and a seminar on religion and social change. Her most recent research examines the role of religious identity and behavior in college students’ reproductive and sexual health decisions. Other projects include the role of religion in social protest events in the U.S., and the organization and culture of American megachurches.

In an earlier career, Nancy worked as an engineer and manager for the U.S. Air Force and two large corporations after completing her B.S. in Operations Research & Industrial Engineering from Cornell University. She returned to graduate school in part out of recognition of the pervasiveness of gender issues in all kinds of organizations. She earned her M.A. in Sociology with an emphasis in feminist theories from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas and Ph.D. in Sociology with specialization in religion and gender from the University of Arizona. 

View other upcoming and archived chat sessions in this series.

The AAAS S&T Policy Fellowships are open to doctoral level degree holders in any of the following:

  • Medical and Health sciences
  • Biological, Physical or Earth sciences
  • Social and Behavioral Sciences
  • Computational sciences and Mathematics
  • Engineering disciplines (applicants with a MS in engineering and three years of professional experience also qualify).

Read an overview of S&T Policy Fellowships here, so we’ll have more time to answer specific questions relevant to you.