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biochem belle
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Fri, Oct 15, 2010, 3:53 pm CDT
I'm a lowly postdoc. I have no legal background whatsoever. But I like to keep up with things that change we do science. Most scientists pay attention to how science is changing science (e.g. new methods, new reagents, new models), but I'm surprised by how many of my colleagues know little about science policy, proposed changes, and events that impact science and science policy-like the injunction on human embronic stem cell work or how animal rights extremists are pushing some scientists out of research, or at least out of animal research. I often run across things that I find fascinating or disturbing in this regard, but they often don't get turned into blog posts. So I'm hoping to get some discussions about these issues going with this group.

Genomic Repairman
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Sat, Sep 04, 2010, 8:04 pm CDT
As much as it sucks the big one, politics effects us and just about damn near every aspect of our personal life, from tying you shoes, to tying the knot, to tying one on. So we might as well talk about it.

Nikkilina
Washington University School of Medicine
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Mon, Oct 04, 2010, 4:13 pm CDT

I actually kind of enjoy politics. In fact, I would love to be a science policy advisor for a politician one day. Is that weird?


Jason Goldman
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Thu, Oct 14, 2010, 10:44 pm CDT

I'm here because I'm interested in the way polcy informs science and the way science informs (or doesn't inform) policy-related decisions. Just wrote my first policy-related post last week, too: http://scienceblogs.com/thoughtfulanimal/2010/09/the_fate_of_the_alamogordo_chi.php


JanedeLartigue
UC Davis
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Fri, Oct 15, 2010, 12:24 am CDT

Nope not at all weird Nikkilina, I'm totally with you on that one, I'd really like to get involved in science policy as well, I'm actually thinking of doing a science policy fellowship in sacramento next year.  The only thing I worry about is being corrupted by the politics, and having to meet Meg Whitman!


Nikkilina
Washington University School of Medicine
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Fri, Oct 15, 2010, 8:13 am CDT

I really think it would be cool to have the opportunity to meet and interact with lots of different people, even ones I politically disagree with. I thought about trying for one of the policy fellowships, but it just doesn't make sense for me right now. Good luck with yours though!


biochem belle
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Fri, Oct 15, 2010, 8:16 am CDT

Jason Goldman said:

I'm here because I'm interested in the way polcy informs science and the way science informs (or doesn't inform) policy-related decisions.

That's quite similar to the way I think. I have to admit that I'm often surprised by how little many postdocs and grad students know about the current policy issues.


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Fri, Oct 15, 2010, 3:53 pm CDT

The thing that drives me crazy is the disconnect between how much science your average Joe-the-plumber has at least a basic grasp of, and how much science literacy is necessary for informed decision-making in elections and on ballots.

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