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Developing Civic Scientist Leaders

The Science & Technology Policy Program created the “Developing Civic Scientist Leaders” (DCSL) program to provide Rice University science and engineering graduate students with an opportunity to learn about the intersection of scientific research and government policymaking processes, and to develop the communication and leadership skills necessary to effectively engage with state and federal legislators on policy challenges related to science, technology, innovation and higher education. The goal of the program is to build a network of civically engaged scientists, engineers and other technical professionals who use their knowledge of science to advance policy in the public interest as they progress in their respective careers at Rice, Houston, Texas and across the country.


Public Funding of Science and Technology Research and Development: 2020

 

Fact Sheets

DCSL graduate students from Rice University’s schools of Natural Sciences and Engineering developed the following infographic fact sheets. They were virtually presented to federal and Texas state congressional representatives and their staff in the fall of 2020 to promote the need for public funding of science and technology research & development.  

Blogs and Opinion pieces

The 2020 DCSL cohort also produced a series of opinion pieces for the Baker Institute Blog and the Science & Technology Policy Program’s Medium page on a variety of topics related to science and technology policy. 

"Is My Neighborhood Polluted? The Case for Mobile Monitoring in Houston," by Blake Actkinson
Read at the Baker Institute Blog or Medium

"The Unspoken Threat of the Anthropocene," by Robert Laroche
Read at the Baker Institute Blog or Medium

"Texas Should Adopt Stricter Standards on Persistent Chemical Pollutants," by Jordin Metz
Read at the Baker Institute Blog or Medium.

"Biomanufacturing at Epi(demi)c Proportions," by Kathryn Brink
Read at the Baker Institute Blog or Medium

"Facing our climate contradictions," by Lauren Howe-Kerr
Read at the Baker Institute Blog or Medium

"How can we prevent the next ‘CRISPR babies’?, by Adam Navara
Read at the Baker Institute Blog or Medium

"The Ones the COVID-19 Relief (CARES) Bill Left Behind," by Robert Laroche
Read at the Baker Institute Blog or Medium.

"Sears: Once your ordinary department store, now a vehicle for tech sector gentrification," by Nicole Mitchell
Read at the Baker Institute Blog or Medium.

"Destroying environmental protections during Covid-19 will cause more respiratory illness," by Jordin Metz
Read at the Baker Institute Blog or Medium.

"Environmental policy update: More deregulation by the Trump Administration," by Jordin Metz
Read at the Baker Institute Blog or Medium.

"Restoring natural bodies of water: An emerging crisis," by Prakash Reddy Chintakunta
Read at the Baker Institute Blog or Medium.

"Preparing for the next employment revolution," by Janelle Clark
Read at the Baker Institute Blog or Medium 

"Supporting resourceful space exploration," by Robert Bullard
Read at the Baker Institute Blog or Medium


Acknowledgements

Funding for the 2020 DCSL cohort was generously provided by Rice University’s Doerr Institute for New Leaders, with additional support from Benjamin and Winifer Cheng and Rice University’s Brown School of Engineering and Wiess School of Natural Sciences.