Goals

Catalysts for Science Policy (CaSP) has three main goals:
Educate
Educate graduate students about science policy and emphasize the importance of increasing scientist participation in science policy issues, both local and national.
Engage
Increase graduate student awareness of various science policy careers and provide opportunities to help them become better candidates for these positions.
Advocate
Communicate relevant science topics to government and funding agencies, and to the non-scientist community in Madison.

Recent CaSP Activities

From Pipettes to Policy
From Pipettes to Policy
By Edna Chiang (Microbiology PhD Student, CaSP Member) (Views expressed here are my own and do not represent those of FASEB.) This summer, I traded...
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My experience attending a climate policy bootcamp
My experience attending a climate policy bootcamp
by Michael A. Pinkert (Graduate Research Assistant, CaSP Member)  Climate change is such a conversational debate that there’s seldom any discussion on what actual policies...
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CaSP Participates in the NSPN 2020 Election Initiative with a Meta-Review on Emerging Infectious Diseases
CaSP Participates in the NSPN 2020 Election Initiative with a Meta-Review on Emerging Infectious Diseases
by Marie Fiori, CaSP Co-President CaSP’s parent organization, the National Science Policy Network (NSPN), recently launched their 2020 Election Initiative. This initiative seeks to educate...
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Science Policy Opportunities For Early Career Scientists
Grant S. Hisao (Postdoctoral Research Associate, CaSP Member, Associate Editor for the Journal of Science Policy and Governance) On May 3, 2019, CaSP held a...
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Effective Use of Social Media in Science
According to a 2018 Pew Research Center Survey, the majority of Americans are users of social media. Nearly 68% of American adults use Facebook and...
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Reflections on the AAAS 2019 meeting
Reflections on the AAAS 2019 meeting
In February, twelve members of CaSP attended the 2019 AAAS meeting in Washington, DC. We hosted a CaSP recap event after the conference where various...
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Journal Club Review

October Journal Club Review, the Vaping Crisis: Mysteries and dangers
October Journal Club Review, the Vaping Crisis: Mysteries and dangers
October’s journal club was led by Amanda Hurley (Postdoc in Plant Pathology). Journal club review was written by Chris Unterberger (Graduate Student in Pharmaceutical Sciences)....
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September Journal Club Review: University of Wisconsin Extensions, fertilizing communities by building bridges with academia
September Journal Club Review: University of Wisconsin Extensions, fertilizing communities by building bridges with academia
Journal club was lead by Derrick Grundwald, review written by Marie Fiori Farmers have long been the backbone of Wisconsin’s economy. Many farmers inherit their...
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August Journal Club Review: Policies to correct food insecurity
August Journal Club Review: Policies to correct food insecurity
August’s journal club was led by Laura Borth (Graduate Student in Nutrition). Journal club review was written by Amanda Hurley (Postdoc in Plant Pathology). Whether...
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June Journal Club Review: Cracking and Packing – The Evolution of Governor Gerry’s Salamander
June Journal Club Review: Cracking and Packing – The Evolution of Governor Gerry’s Salamander
June’s journal club was led by Kevin Lauterjung (Graduate Student in Biophysics). Journal club review was written by Grant Hisao (Postdoc in Biochemistry). Redistricting, or...
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May Journal Club Review: Carbon pricing and the fight against climate change
May Journal Club Review: Carbon pricing and the fight against climate change
May’s journal club was led by Michael Pinkert (Graduate Student in Medical Physics). Journal club review was written by Grant Hisao (Postdoc in Biochemistry). Carbon...
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Journal Club Review: Get to know your GMO
Journal Club Review: Get to know your GMO
April’s journal club was led by April MacIntyre (Graduate Student in Microbiology). Journal club review was written by Amanda Hurley (Postdoc in Plant Pathology). GMO...
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