Grounds for Science - Science and Public Policy Duo!

Presentation | April 25 | 6:30-8:30 p.m. |  Cafe Leila

 1724 San Pablo Ave., Berkeley, CA 94702

 Eric Lee, Graduate Program of Infectious Diseases and Immunity; Vetri Velan, Department of Physics

 Science@Cal

Note Change in date and location for Grounds for Science. This month's cafe will be held on a Thursday evening at Cafe Leila. Grounds for Science features short talks by UC Berkeley graduate students.

Science’s role in policy, politics, and process with Eric Lee

Science and politics have historically operated in separate spheres of society. On the rare occasions that scientists have stepped into the world of policy, they have primarily acted as advocates for science funding, a relatively limited scope in the grand scheme of politics. Eric will explain why having a deeper understanding of policy can benefit scientists and policymakers, and how he has translated that knowledge to help with a bill in the California legislature.

Engaging in Public Policy as a Scientist with Vetri Velan

As scientists, we are often considered to have roles in society that are separate from considerations of government and public policy. Yet this distinction is unneeded; scientists have an active role to play in using their findings to inform policy, and policy can affect scientists’ ability to perform our research. Vetri will discuss his experiences in science policy, focusing on two particular experiences: his advocacy on the so-called “graduate tax” in the 2017 tax bill, and his travel to Washington D.C. in March to advocate for federal research funding.

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 All Audiences, Alumni, Faculty, Friends of the University, General Public, Staff, Students - Graduate, Students - Prospective, Students - Undergraduate, Cal Parents

 Food and Drink available for purchase.

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