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2 The Fellowships aim to: Educate scientists and engineers on the intricacies of federal policymaking Provide scientific and technical knowledge to support development of well-informed policies Foster positive exchange between scientists and policymakers Empower scientists and engineers to engage in policy- relevant research and other activities that addresses challenges facing society Increase the involvement and visibility of scientists and engineers in the public policy realm Create more policy-savvy scientists and engineers

3 Policy for Science 1 Science for Policy 2 What is Science Policy? Develop and determine STEM education and R&D funding priorities and directions; establish guidelines and regulations on practice and conduct of science. Inform and enhance the development, decisionmaking, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of policies and resulting programs and regulations.

4 Policy for Science Funding directions and levels Transformative research Human/Animal subjects Stem cell research Pipeline of researchers Visas for foreign scientists Science for Policy Climate change adaptation and mitigation Clean energy efficiency Neuroethics implications Stem cell research Health Care Reform Marine fisheries catch quotas

5 2011-2012 AAAS Fellows

6 Five Fellowship Areas Congressional Roger Revelle Fellowship in Global Stewardship Diplomacy, Security & Development Health, Education & Human Services Energy, Environment & Agriculture

7 Congressional 2 placements (via AAAS) Anticipated placement opportunities: Offices of members of Congress Congressional committees Additional Congressional Fellowships are available through more than 30 scientific and engineering society partners Go to and click on “Society Partners”

8 Roger Revelle Fellowship in Global Stewardship 1 Placement Anticipated placement opportunities: Federal agencies Congressional offices or committees Environmental or sustainability oriented non-profit organizations in Washington, DC This fellowship is open only to applicants with three years of post- degree professional experience (or six years of post-degree experience for applicants with an MS in engineering)

9 Diplomacy, Security & Development 25-40 placements Anticipated placement opportunities: US Agency for International Development Department of Defense Department of Homeland Security Department of State NIH Fogarty International Center USDA Foreign Agricultural Service

10 Health, Education, & Human Services 25-40 placements Anticipated placement opportunities: Department of Health & Human Services Department of Veterans Affairs National Institutes of Health National Science Foundation USDA Food Safety Inspection Service

11 Energy, Environment & Agriculture 25-40 placements Anticipated placement opportunities: Department of Energy Environmental Protection Agency National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration National Science Foundation U.S. Department of Agriculture (including Forest Service) Department of Interior

12 Qualifications: Hold a doctoral-level degree (PhD, MD, DVM, DSc) in any scientific or engineering discipline »All degree requirements must be completed by 12/5/2011 »Individuals with a master’s degree in engineering & three years of post-degree professional experience also may apply Show a commitment to apply your scientific or technical expertise to serve society Exhibit good communication skills, especially to non-scientific audiences Demonstrate problem-solving ability, initiative, leadership qualities, and flexibility Hold U.S. citizenship

13 Benefits to Host Office: Area experts to assist with office projects Knowledge base of current happenings in academia Increased network of professional contacts – academic & AAAS Benefits to AAAS Fellow: Exploration of government Ability to choose best match Opportunity to build relationships and learn from government peers

14 Fellowship Benefits Stipend/Salary $74,000 – 97,000 depending upon experience or previous salary Health Insurance: Reimbursement for Fellow and family coverage Relocation Reimbursement: Up to $4,000 if relocation is more than 50 miles from Washington Travel/Training Allowance: Up to $4,000 with prior approval of fellowship supervisor Professional Development: Intensive orientation in September and year-long program Alumni Network: More than 2,500 current and former Fellows working in DC and around the world

15 2011-2012 Class 255 Year-long Fellows The largest class in AAAS Fellowships history! 220 Executive Branch Fellows 207 selected & administered by AAAS 13 selected & administered by partner scientific and engineering societies 35Congressional Fellows 2 selected & sponsored by AAAS 33 selected & sponsored by partner societies 180 First-year Fellows 75 Second-year Executive Branch Fellows 9Short-term Executive Branch extensions (2-6 months)

16 An array of Sectors »Academic institutions »Nongovernmental organizations »Intergovernmental entities »Private industry »Government labs »Independent consultants 2011-12 Fellows Represent A Broad range of disciplines »Behavioral/Social »Biological »Engineering/Computational »Geosciences »Health/Medical »Physical

17 Previous Experience of 2011-12 Fellows Years since earning Ph.D. »<1 year: 12% »1-5 years:59% »5-10 years:17% »10+ years:12%

18 2011-12 Gender Breakdown Yearlong Fellows (N=255) 65%35% STEM Doctoral Degrees 2005 Female 44.6% Male 55.4% Source: NSF 2009 Report to Congress

19 “How selective are the fellowships?” 2011-12 Selection Statistics Program Applications Interviews Finalists Congressional 71 10 2 DSD 189 96 74 EEA 155 96 70 HEHS 228 72 49

20 Candidate Data: Areas of scientific specialty (key words) Areas of policy interest Brief bio (200 words max ) Candidate Statement: Reasons for applying for a AAAS Fellowship Summary of background & expertise Areas of Interest Career Goals 1,000 words max Curriculum Vitae: Education, expertise, achievements, honors & publications 2,000 words max Extracurricular activities: Brief examples of activities beyond the lab or classroom 500 words max References: Three recommendation letters are required May apply for two AAAS fellowship areas Application Materials

21 Online Applications Due:December 5, 2011 Notification of Interview:February 2012 Interviews:Early March 2012 Host offices notify AAAS:Mid-March, 2012 Notification of Finalists:Mid-March 2012 Finalist Placement Week:April 2012 Placement Offers:May – June 2012 Finalize host arrangements:August 2012 Fellowships Begin:September 1, 2012 Fellowships End:August 31, 2013 Timeline

22 NMFS Kiki Jenkins (2007-09) Erin Seney (2010-11) Ariana Sutton-Grier (2010-12) Jennifer Howard (2011-2012) NOS Brandon Sitzmann (2010-12) OAR Eric Toman (2007-08) Christine Jessup (2009-10) Laura Petes (2009-11) Jen Boehme (2010-11) Melissa Kenney (2010-12) UNSEC Gabrielle Dreyfus (2009-11) Colin Quinn (2011-2012) Previous and Current Placements of AAAS Fellows at NOAA

23 Melissa A. Kenney – Linking Climate Science with the Social Sciences Ph.D., Water Quality Modeling and Decision Analysis, Duke University, 2007 Ongoing Activities: Indicator Framework for the National Climate Assessment (NCA) »Lead expert on developing a national indicators framework for the NCA, to develop national high level indicators that communicate climate change and variability impacts on ecological, physical, and societal systems NOAA & Western Governor’s Association (WGA) Memorandum of Understanding »Technical assistance to develop a transboundary regional climate consortium for the development, coordination, and delivery of decision-relevant climate information in the Columbia River basin NOAA-NSF SBE Collaboration Interagency Work group »Facilitate collaborations between NOAA funded Regional Integrated Science and Assessment (RISA) centers and NSF SBE funded Decision-making Under Uncertainty (DMUU) centers

24 Ariana Sutton-Grier – Ecosystem Services and Environmental Markets Ph.D., Ecology, Duke University, 2008 Ongoing Activities: Providing expertise incorporating ecosystem service valuation into NOAA activities »Office representative to the Chesapeake Bay Environmental Markets Team Co-Chairing the NOAA Coastal Blue Carbon Team: A pilot project for implementing an Ecosystem Service Framework at NOAA »Working to help NOAA determine how to engage in domestic and international blue carbon science and policy opportunities »Developing an interagency community interested in coastal blue carbon Planning Committee Member for the NOAA Ecosystem Science Workshop and White Paper Writing Team

25 Brandon Sitzmann – Linking Science to Operations Ph.D., Animal Science, University of Maryland, 2007 Ongoing Activities: Chief of Staff to Dr. Paul Sandifer, Chief Science Advisor at the National Ocean Service (NOS) and Senior Science Advisor to the NOAA Administrator NOS-wide Science Activity Coordination and Tracking »Research Council - Science Advisory Board - Council of Research Fellows OSTP Subcommittee on Ocean Science and Technology - NOS Energy Team Small Business Innovation Research Program - Coastal Blue Carbon Team Interagency Biodiversity Team - NOAA Sentinel Site Program Line Office Transition Managers - High Performance Computing Committee Interagency Cross-Cutting Group on Climate Change and Human Health »NOAA representative and Chair of Data Integration workstream »Online metadata catalog to identify and characterize existing and emerging federal datasets related to human health and global environmental change

26 Jennifer Howard – Linking climate science to the management, and conservation of living marine resources Ph.D., Reproductive Physiology, Texas A&M University, 2008 Ongoing Activities: 2013 National Climate Assessment Oceans and Marine Resources Technical Input Report »Serve as co-lead to the Technical Input team by coordinating team activities and the development of the technical input for the marine chapter »Contribute to the writing and editing of the technical input report Interagency Working Group on Ocean Acidification (IWG-OA) »Assist in incorporating comments from interagency and public review »Coordinate efforts with nongovernment scientists on ocean acidification Vulnerability Assessment Work Group »Assist in the development of draft methodology for assessing the vulnerability of fish stocks with input from regional scientists and fishery managers »Research current knowledge and identify potential approaches

27 Colin Quinn – Strengthening Science Ph.D., Plant Ecology, Colorado State University, 2010 Ongoing Activities: NOAA’s Scientific Integrity Policy »Work to implement NOAA’s Scientific Integrity Policy, which was released on December 7, 2011. CENRS Integration of Science and Technology Sustainability Task Force »Map science and technology sustainability activities across NOAA and coordinate sustainability efforts with other federal partners. »Create a systems framework to incorporate sustainability activities into operation for federal agencies. NSF-Sponsored Sustainability Symposium »Work with a National Academies Steering Committee and interagency partners to plan NSF-Sponsored Sustainability Symposium that will be held May 16-18, 2012 in Washington, D.C.

28 Post-fellowship Opportunities (year after fellowship) Remain in public policy: 40-50% »Pursue a second fellowship year »Hired into FT post at host agency or office »Work for another federal agency, Congress or CRS »Pursue policy posts at local, state, regional, international levels »Take a position at a professional society, think tank, nonprofit in policy/government relations Return to work in the same sector: 20-25% »Return to previous position (sabbatical) »Obtain new position in the same field/sector Do something completely different: 20-25% »Move into a position in a new sector »Start a new academic degree program

29 NOAA mentors, supervisor and references: Dr. Claudia Nierenberg, 301-734-1245, Dr. Paul Sandifer, 843-762-8814, Dr. Russell Callender, 301-713-3020, Dr. Kenric Osgood, 301-427-8163, Dr. Nancy Beller-Simms, 301-734-1205, Dr. Brian Pawlak, 301-427-8621,

30 Online Applications Due: 12/5/2011 Apply at Questions? 202-326-6700 or Questions? Kira Mock at 202-326-6612 or

31 Back-up Slides

32 1973-74 Congressional Fellows – the first class

33 2010-11 Discipline Categories Yearlong Fellows (n=210) 36% 13%10% 9% 18% 14%

34 Years Since Qualifying Degree 2010-11 Yearlong Fellows (n=210)

35 Age Range of All 2010-11 Fellows

36 Fellows’ Contributions International Coalitions: Consulted with non-governmental and research organizations in Mexico and Belize to organize a planning workshop for a bi-national coastal management coalition. Disaster Relief: Served as task force deputy to organize the U.S. response to the Japanese tsunami recovery effort and launch long-range policy discussions on an early warning system. Scientific Capacity/Nonproliferation: As special advisor to the Coalition Provisional Authority, participated in program to direct Iraqi weapons scientists into new careers. Horacio Murillo, 2005-06 AAAS Congressional Fellow

37 Fellows’ Contributions Science Outreach: Organized a congressional press conference to urge insurance companies to provide coverage for colorectal cancer screening among people over 50 years old. Agency Infrastructure: Oversaw a multi-million dollar software program to develop a computer security system for DoD computer networks nationwide. Education Reform: Evaluated testing mandates at the primary and secondary levels to determine ultimate direction for federal spending in education. Allison Smith, 2004-06 DSD Fellow at the U.S. Department of Homeland Security

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