NSPN 2020 Election Initiative
As part of the NSPN 2020 Election Initiative — an effort to promote science policy regarding critical issues in the US ahead of the 2020 election — we have a team focused on plastic pollution. We first published a meta-review, which is a resource for the public, policymakers, and journalists to facilitate learning about the issue. Now, we are working with Science Rising on a series of op-eds to communicate how the science of plastics informs what we can do to reduce plastic pollution.
Contact: Alex Epstein
Science Meets Science
Our group has won a grant from Research!America to host a series of three public forums and policy roundtables on scientific ethics motivated by the phrase: “We can, but should we?”. Our topics and timeline include:
- November 2019 – After the Wildfires: Where should we live?
- January 2020 – Don’t Have a Cow: Will fake meat save the planet?
- March 2020 – Artificial Intelligence: It’s smart but is it just?
Our member, Eric Lee, won the STEM Solutions in Public Policy Competition hosted by the UC Center Sacramento with a proposal to improve labeling standards for over-the-counter probiotics. His idea was developed into Assembly Bill 1178 by Assemblymember Bill Quirk, and is making its way through the California Legislature. To date, it has passed the health committees from each house and awaits a vote on the California Senate floor.
Contact: Eric Lee
2020 NSPN Symposium Bid
Science Policy Certificate
In collaboration with campus partners, we are working to create a course-based Science Policy Certificate at UC Berkeley.
Contact: QinQin Yu
Science Policy Book Club
Bay Area Science Policy Happy Hours
We organize quarterly trips to the California State Capitol for students to meet with lawmakers and advocate for science-based policies such as electric vehicle and roof-top solar accessibility, overdose prevention, plant-based school lunch, and Hepatitis C research funding.
Contact: Erin Sullivan
2017 Tax Bill
Our members regularly write op-eds on topics related to science policy for publications such as The Daily Cal. Past topics include:
- Coronavirus comes to CA – Eric Lee (The Daily Californian, 3/3/2020)
- Bridging the culture gap between science and policy – QinQin Yu (The Berkeley Science Review, 7/31/2019)
- Funding for basic research – Erin Sullivan, QinQin Yu, Kimberly Huynh (The Daily Californian, 2/5/2019)
- Visiting your state legislative office – Erin Sullivan, Eric Lee, Chris Jackson
- Nonpartisan science – Chris Jackson (The Daily Californian, 11/27/2018)
- GMOs and smallholder farms – Nicholas Karavolias (The Daily Californian, 11/20/2018)
- STEM student voting – Sara Glade, Andrew Bremer (The Daily Californian, 10/23/2018)
- STEM Nobel laureate diversity – Chris Jackson (The Daily Californian, 10/19/2018)