Invitation: Science Policy Series Kick Off

July 28, 2020

Sigma Xi members are invited to attend the kick-off event for the introduction to a state-level science policy series, open to the public by RSVP only.

Invited Participants: North Carolina Science & Technology Policy Fellows and Sigma Xi members (The North Carolina Science & Technology Policy Fellowship is administered by NC Sea Grant.)

About the Kick-Off: This event is designed by Sigma Xi to prepare researchers to participate in science policy at the state level. This series will focus on the North Carolina science policy network but will provide general information about science policy that will appeal to scientists nationwide. 

The first event will occur on July 30 (1:30-4:30 pm ET) via Zoom.

The itinerary for the July 30 event is planned to be the following (details subject to change):

1) Sara Mirabilio, NC Sea Grant: Introduction to the Fellowship, Background on Fellows' placements, Goals of the program

2) Jean Goodwin, NC State, Department of Communication: The mindset change from academia to policy, how policymaking is similar/different from research and teaching

3) Deborah Stine, Science, Technology, and Innovation Policy Analysis & Education, LLC: Basic skills and tools for policymaking: What do you need to know on day one of your policy fellowship? What is a policy memo? How to prepare for a policy briefing?

4) Amy Auth, Kelly Dockham, UNC Government Affairs, and Jeff Warren, NC Policy Collaboratory: 1) A discussion of state and federal advocacy, 2) A discussion on how scientists can use their expertise to shape policy as a career

To RSVP: RSVP on Eventbrite.
The July 30 event will be recorded. Those who RSVP will have access to the recording at a later date. 

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More About Sigma Xi: Sigma Xi, The Scientific Research Honor Society is the world’s largest multidisciplinary honor society for scientists and engineers. Its mission is to enhance the health of the research enterprise, foster integrity in science and engineering, and promote the public understanding of science for the purpose of improving the human condition. Sigma Xi chapters can be found at colleges and universities, government laboratories, and industry research centers around the world. More than 200 Nobel Prize winners have been members. The Society is based in Research Triangle Park, North Carolina. On Twitter: @SigmaXiSociety