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.

Blog

October Theme: Ethics in Science
October Theme: Ethics in Science
The reference book giant Merriam-Webster defines the word “ethics” as “the discipline dealing with what is good and bad and with moral duty and obligation.”...
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Opioid Addiction Relief?
Opioid Addiction Relief?
In July of this year, journal club discussed the opioid crisis (see July’s Journal Club Review). The discussion focused on changes at the Drug Enforcement...
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July Theme: Addiction
Earlier this year, Wisconsin’s junior Senator, Tammy Baldwin (D), publicly spoke about her mother’s addiction with prescription drugs and the impact on her life. Her...
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Journal Club

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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Journal Club Review: Is HIV cured or not? – the next decade of AIDS in America
March’s journal club was led by Marie Fiori (Graduate Student in Chemistry). Journal club review was written by Amanda Hurley (Postdoc in Plant Pathology). On...
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Journal Club Review: Flint fumbles science-driven lead pipe replacement program – Why and What’s Next?
Journal Club Review: Flint fumbles science-driven lead pipe replacement program – Why and What’s Next?
February’s journal club was led by Jenny Bratburd (Graduate Student in Microbiology). Journal club review was written by Amanda Hurley (Postdoc in Plant Pathology). Recently,...
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Journal Club Review – Reviewing Peer Review
Journal Club Review – Reviewing Peer Review
January’s journal club was led by Grant Hisao (Postdoc in Biochemistry). Journal club review was written by Jenny Bratburd (Graduate Student in Microbiology). Last week’s...
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