Goals

Catalysts for Science Policy (CaSP) has three main goals:
Educate
Educate graduate students and postdocs about science policy and emphasize the importance of increasing scientist participation in science policy issues, both local and national.
Engage
Increase graduate student and postdoc 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

AAAS 2020 meeting CaSP reflections
AAAS 2020 meeting CaSP reflections
In February 2020 members of CaSP traveled to Seattle, WA for the 2020 American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) annual meeting. The theme...
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2019 National Science Policy Symposium: Reflections
2019 National Science Policy Symposium: Reflections
Article compiled by CaSP Communications Chair April MacIntyre This November, the National Science Policy Network (NSPN) and Catalysts for Science Policy (CaSP) teamed up to...
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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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Journal Club Review

Pain Management: Issues, Ironies, and Possible Solutions to the Opioid Epidemic
Pain Management: Issues, Ironies, and Possible Solutions to the Opioid Epidemic
February journal club was lead by Shannon Walsh. Journal club review was written by Chris Unterberger and April MacIntyre. Necedah (nehSEEduh; /nəˈsiːdə/), a small town...
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An Astronomical Controversy: The Thirty Meter Telescope and the need for indigenous voices in science
An Astronomical Controversy: The Thirty Meter Telescope and the need for indigenous voices in science
January journal club review by Amanda Hurley, journal club led by Grant Hisao On July 17th 2019, over thirty people, including Native Hawaiian elders, were...
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December Journal Club Review: Incentivizing a Healthy Diet for Recipients of Nutrition Assistance
December Journal Club Review: Incentivizing a Healthy Diet for Recipients of Nutrition Assistance
December’s journal club was led by Ben Rush (Graduate Student in Nutrition). Journal club review was written by Grant Hisao (Postdoc in Biochemistry).   It is...
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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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