As the November midterm election nears, Research!America’s Bipartisan Civic Engagement initiative has been in full swing as graduate and post-doc science policy groups host public and candidate engagement events across the nation.
The Catalysts for Science Policy at the University of Wisconsin, Madison held an all-day workshop that introduced scientists and the public to science policy and the importance of effective science communication. The meeting focused on science policy issues of interest to Wisconsinites, such as environmental and research policy. Attendees heard from science policy analyst Chris Pickett and discussed policy issues with Secretary of State candidates Doug LaFollette (D) and Jay Schroeder (R). The event was held October 29 on the University of Wisconsin, Madison campus.
The South Carolina Psychiatric Association (SCPA) and South Carolina Medical Association Student Section (SCMA) at the Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC) hosted State House candidates Jennifer Gibson (D-99), William Cogswell (R-110), Ben Pogue (D-110), and Carol Tempel (D-115) at a Coffee with the Candidates event to discuss how their research directly impacts the economy of South Carolina. Candidates also discussed advances in telemedicine and the research needed to increase our understanding of the opioid epidemic. State House candidates Nancy Mace (R-99, incumbent) and Peter McCoy (R-115, incumbent) were invited, but could not attend due to scheduling constraints.
Read more about Research!America Bipartisan Civic Engagement Initiative here: http://bit.ly/2PIRSST