Science Policy in California: A Special @CapSciComm Networking Social on January 27th


Our monthly science communicators happy hours are back! This January, we’re meeting up with colleagues who are bridging the world of research with state government policy:

Capital Science Communicators Networking Social
Featuring the CCST Science and Technology Policy Fellows
Tuesday, January 27, 2015
6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
de Vere’s Irish Pub
(in the back room)

1521 L Street, Sacramento 95814
Free to attend
RSVP Link:

If you’ve ever been curious about how science gets translated into government policy in California, or how the State of California enacts science, health, technology, and environmental legislation, or how scientists can make an impact in the government world, then this meetup is the one for you.

Joining our networking social will be our friends from the CCST Science and Technology Policy Fellowship. Offered by the California Council on Science and Technology (CCST), this fellowship experience places engineers and PhD scientists in the California State Legislature for one-year appointments. Fellows use their technical expertise to serve as staffers and advisors for Members of the California State Assembly, California State Senators, Assembly and Senate Committees, and other legislative offices, and they play a role in shaping the science, health, technology, and environmental issues facing our state today.


Our meetup this month is co-organized by CCST Policy Fellowship alumna Dr. Dharia McGrew, who received her PhD in cell and molecular biology from Brandeis University and is now a policy consultant to the California State Assembly Committee on Health. Dharia coordinates the CCST alumni network, and she will be joined by other current and former CCST Science and Technology Policy Fellows to talk about their experiences in the California State Legislature and transitioning from research into policymaking. 

Students, postdocs, and even mid-career researchers and professionals who are interested in exploring a policy direction and applying to the Fellowship are especially encouraged to attend—in fact, applications for the next class of CCST Policy Fellows are due February 28th. But as always, our meetups are always open to any professionals and students who have an interest in communicating science to the public.

In government—as in journalism, industry, law, education, and the arts—the clear and concise delivery of scientific knowledge is critical in sustaining a healthy society and economy. So whatever your trade or craft, join us and help us spice up science in the Sacramento region! See you on January 27th and at future CapSciComm events.

Here’s a glimpse at who’s attending:

  • Samir Arora (Filmmaker, Ecotone Media)
  • Doug Banda (Graduate Student Researcher, UC Davis Department of Chemistry)
  • Heather Bruce (PhD Candidate in Molecular and Cell Biology, UC Berkeley)
  • Dr. Debra Cooper (CCST Fellow ’14, California State Senate Office of Research)
  • Dr. Angee Doerr (CCST Fellow ’14, California State Senate Natural Resources and Water Committee)
  • Kelly Gravuer (PhD Candidate in Ecology, UC Davis)
  • Dr. Laurie Harris (CCST Fellow ’14, California State Senate Environmental Quality Committee)
  • Dr. Matt Holland (Senior Environmental Scientist, State Water Resources Control Board; CCST Fellow ’11)
  • Dr. Christine Hochmuth (CCST Fellow ’14, California State Senate Committee on Transportation and Housing)
  • Kate Ingram (PhD Candidate in Ecology, UC Davis)
  • Angela Kaczmarczyk (PhD Candidate in Molecular and Cell Biology, UC Berkeley)
  • Dr. Annabelle Kleist (Project Manager, Capitol Impact; CCST Fellow ’12)
  • Dr. Andrew Kosydar (CCST Fellow ’14, Office of Assemblymember Tom Daly)
  • Ben Young Landis (Science Communicator, U.S. Geological Survey)
  • Dr. Dharia McGrew (Consultant, California State Assembly Health Committee; CCST Fellow ’11)
  • Timothy Miller (Analyst, UC Davis Office of Research Compliance & Integrity)
  • Dr. Shannon Muir (CCST Fellow ’14, California State Senate Health Committee)
  • Ben Nicholson (Chemical Engineer, Micromidas)


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