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Monday, July 24 - Wednesday, July 26, 2017
Science Policy Trip to Washington, D.C.

ASAP is again holding its annual trip to Washington, D.C. to engage with policymakers and practice communicating effectively with legislators to advocate for science. Working with Cornell's Office of Federal Relations, the trip entails group sessions and individual meetings with your representatives.

Preference is given to those who have taken Chris Schaffer's Science Policy Bootcamp: from concept to conclusion course and BESTies involved in ASAP, as you will get much more out of the visit with this background. Transportation and lodging will be provided. Please indicate your interest to Sabrina Solouki by July 1.

Read news about last year's trip here.

About ASAP: Advancing Science And Policy

Connect with ASAP via their websitelist-serve (email to join), or Facebook. ASAP hosts many events and training sessions to help Cornell graduate students and postdocs learn how to use non-partisan language to defend the basic institution of unbiased science. 

About Science Policy Bootcamp: from concept to conclusion

As scientific and technological discoveries continue to change our world and society at a rapid pace, it has become imperative that our policymaking approach be informed by science. From energy policy to climate change, from health care to bioterrorism, from science education to technology innovation it has become critical to have professional scientists and engineers actively engaged in the policymaking process. However, a fundamental issue facing today's government is the fact that too few scientists have experience with the inner workings of public policymaking and too few policymakers have significant science or engineering knowledge. This large gap between the two fields needs to be bridged if we are to have a society where science influences the course we take. Science Policy, from Concept to Conclusion aims to fill this void. Scientists and engineers in this course will learn about the policymaking process through active research and advocacy work. Some class time will be devoted to broadening student perspectives on science policy through lectures by Cornell faculty and visiting government officials, group discussions of reading assignments, and other activities. The primary activity of the course, however, will be a real policy-making exercise that builds over the course of the full semester. Working in small groups students will identify an issue at the intersection of science and public policy, thoroughly research the issue, formulate a detailed plan to address the issue, and implement their plan for solving the problem toward the end of the term. Examples may include producing technical reports and analysis, drafting legislation, commenting on Federal or State rulemaking, writing legal briefs to support legal action, launching public outreach campaigns, or raising press awareness of an issue. There will be opportunities to meet with local, state, and federal lawmakers and government officials to try to advance policy ideas.

Some outcomes of the course can be seen here.

Supported by the Cornell BEST Program.

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