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

Parkland: Lessons in Activism
Parkland: Lessons in Activism
By Chris Unterberger The tragedy that occurred at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, on Valentine's Day 2018, was horrific, dark, and seemingly...
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AAAS Annual Meeting 2021 Recap
AAAS Annual Meeting 2021 Recap
By Chris Unterberger Though the AAAS Annual Meeting touches on many different areas of science—advancement, policy, diplomacy—the underscore of it all is communication. This year’s...
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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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Journal Club Review

Parkland: Lessons in Activism
Parkland: Lessons in Activism
By Chris Unterberger The tragedy that occurred at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, on Valentine's Day 2018, was horrific, dark, and seemingly...
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July Journal Club Review: How Students Cope with Racism in Academia
July Journal Club Review: How Students Cope with Racism in Academia
July's journal club was led by Sam Anderson. Amanda Hurley wrote the journal club review. In the wake of recent events, including the high profile...
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Open science through the lens of COVID-19
Open science through the lens of COVID-19
April journal club was led by Laura Borth. Journal Club review was written by Aaron Lowenstein. The scientific community is driven by scientific societies, whose...
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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 led 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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