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Developing the Next Generation of Civic Scientists: Rice Science Policy Symposium

Developing the Next Generation of Civic Scientists: Rice Science Policy Symposium

The next generation of civic scientists — scientists and engineers who use their knowledge, accomplishments and skills to help bridge the gap between science and society — will have to contend with enormous challenges in the coming decades, from climate change to new public health risks. This symposium explored topics of interest for early career professionals and the general public, including the development of fact-based policies that serve the public good, the role of the national academies in policymaking, and opportunities to communicate science to the public and participate in public policy at all levels of government. Speakers from the national academies, research institutions and the Texas Legislature highlighted the many processes, levers and stakeholders that anyone involved with science policy should be aware of. The symposium also served as a forum for attendees to meet others interested in science policy in Houston and beyond.

This event was part of the Civic Scientist Lecture Series sponsored by the Baker Institute Science and Technology Policy Program and the Rice Science Policy Network, with generous support provided by Benjamin and Winifer Cheng, Rice University’s George R. Brown School of Engineering and Wiess School of Natural Sciences. Additional funding was provided by Rice University’s Student Activities/President's Programming Fund, the Baker Institute Student Forum and a Graduate Student Association enrichment grant.

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Session 1

Session 2

Session 3

Session 4

 

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Agenda 

9:00 a.m.

 

 

Coffee and Networking

9:30 a.m.

 

 

Opening Address

Kirstin Matthews, Ph.D.
Fellow in Science and Technology Policy, Baker Institute

Adam Navara
Ph.D. Student, Department of Bioengineering, Rice University

10:00 a.m.

 

 

How Students Can Engage with Science Policy Immediately

Moderated by: Adam Navara, Ph.D. Student, Department of Bioengineering, Rice University

Adriana Bankston, Ph.D.
Chief Executive Officer & Managing Publisher, Journal of Science Policy & Governance; Principal Legislative Analyst, University of California Office of Federal Governmental Relations

10:30 a.m.

 

 

Panel

Moderated by: Adam Navara, Ph.D. Student, Department of Bioengineering, Rice University

Neal Lane, Ph.D.
Senior Fellow in Science and Technology Policy, Baker Institute; Professor of Physics and Astronomy Emeritus, Rice University

Rachel Meidl LP.D., CHMM
Fellow in Energy and Environment, Baker Institute

Scott Solomon, Ph.D.
Associate Teaching Professor, Department of BioSciences, Rice University; Research Associate, Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of Natural History; Science Communicator

Noon

   

Lunch

 1:00 p.m.    

Keynote Address: The Role of National Academies in Policymaking

Moderated by: Jordin Metz, Ph.D. Student, Department of Chemistry, Rice University

Marcia McNutt, Ph.D.
President, National Academy of Sciences

2:00 p.m.    

The Role of Scientists and Engineers in City, County and Statewide Policymaking

Moderated by: Jordin Metz, Ph.D. Student, Department of Chemistry, Rice University

The Honorable Carol Alvarado
Texas Senator, District 6

3:00 p.m.    

Coffee Break

3:15 p.m.    

Breakout Groups and Networking

4:30 p.m.    

Adjourn

 

 

 

When?

Fri, April 8, 2022
9 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
(GMT-0500) US/Central

Where?

James A. Baker III Hall
Rice University's Baker Institute – 6100 Main St
Houston, TX 77005