General Interest Meeting

General Interest Meeting

Host Campus: SPAR – New Brunswick
When: Thurs 9/19/19, 6:30pm
Where: CCB Rm. 1203

Description: Join the graduate student organization Science Policy and Advocacy at Rutgers to learn more about what we do, what opportunities there are for scientists, and how YOU can get involved! Free pizza and beverages will be provided, but remember to BYOC!

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General Interest Meeting

General Interest Meeting

Host Campus: SPAR – Newark
When: Wed 8/28/19, 4:00pm
Where: GSA Lounge Access via A-2 basement level of Norfolk Parking deck
Description: Interested in science policy and advocacy? Come learn about the graduate student-led Science Policy and Advocacy at Rutgers (SPAR)!

  • Build science communication skills across Rutgers
  • Put a face and a name behind science at Rutgers
  • Develop scientific literacy in your community
  • Promote science-driven policies at the local, state, and federal levels

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Science Policy Café – With Kei Koizumi

Science Policy Café – With Kei Koizumi
Host Campus: SPAR – New Brunswick
When: Mon 5/06/19, 3:30 PM
Where: Institute for Food, Nutrition, & Health (IFNH) Rm. 101
Description: Join SPAR to welcome our distinguished guest, Kei Koizumi, as he leads an interactive discussion on science-based policymaking. A mini brainstorming workshop will follow, in which attendees and members of local and national SciPol organizations will work to create an action plan for closing the gaps between scientists, policymakers, and the public. Kei Koizumi is a Senior Advisor in Science Policy at the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). He is working to make AAAS a more effective force for science advocacy, and to connect science, the public, and public policy. Previously, Kei worked in the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP), and he has served as Director of the R&D Budget and Policy Program at AAAS.
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Science Meets Congress

Science Meets Congress
Host Campus: SPAR
When: 4/30/19 – 5/2/19
Where: Washington, D.C.
Description: This trip to Capitol Hill serves to demonstrate the ways that research at Rutgers benefits all residents of New Jersey and beyond. The first full day in D.C. will include training and networking with leaders in Science Policy, including those at the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), the Association of American Universities (AAU), the Rutgers Office of Federal Relations, and others. On the second day, participants will meet with the offices of several U.S. Representatives and Senators to advocate for science-based policy. Eligibility: Rutgers graduate student (Master’s or Doctoral level) at the time of the trip. All fields of study are encouraged to apply! Previous policy experience is not necessary!
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SciComm 101 Workshop: The “Write” Path to Science Communication with Policymakers

SciComm 101 Workshop: The “Write” Path to Science Communication with Policymakers
Host Campus: SPAR – Newark Health Sciences
When: Wed 4/24/19, 12:00 PM
Where: RBHS Graduate Student Association Lounge (180 W. Market Street, Newark, NJ)
Description: Last month the White House proposed across the board cuts for science granting agencies. Congress must increase spending caps otherwise these cuts will happen. ResearchAmerica is leading a campaign to #RaisetheCaps. In this context, SPAR is hosting a writing workshop empowering Rutgers scientists to participate in this campaign through writing. We will focus on the best ways to communicate via: (1) Writing a short 1 page documents for meeting with policymakers (2) Phone calls, letters, emails, and social media posts targeting congressional offices
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SciComm 101 Workshop: Be Yourself, Talking Science Authentically

SciComm 101 Workshop: Be Yourself, Talking Science Authentically
Host Campus: SPAR – Newark Health Sciences
When: Tue 3/19/19, 12:00 PM
Where: RBHS Graduate Student Association Lounge (180 W. Market Street, Newark, NJ)
Description: This workshop will be an interactive experience helping scientists better connect to their audiences when presenting their research. We will first highlight why communicating science is important. Second, we will introduce improvisational techniques through hands on activities. These activities will assist in scientists in using body language and emotion in talking science with audiences. Lastly, we will substantiate the need for scientists to communicate differently with politicians.
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SciComm 101 Workshop: Communicating Your Science

SciComm 101 Workshop: Communicating Your Science
Host Campus: SPAR – New Brunswick
When: Tue 3/12/19, 12:30 PM
Where: Biomedical Engineering Building, Rm. 122
Description: This interactive workshop will have you practicing and refining your skills to communicate the research you do as a graduate student, in various contexts (with policymakers, colleagues within/outside of your discipline, etc.). In addition, we will give a short presentation on professional advice and the art/nature of SciComm, as well as provide you with individual feedback during the activities.
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SciPol 101 Workshop: How Much Does the Federal Government Spend on Science?

SciPol 101 Workshop: How Much Does the Federal Government Spend on Science?
Host Campus: SPAR – Newark Health Sciences
When: Wed 2/06/19, 4:00 PM
Where: RBHS Graduate Student Association Lounge (180 W. Market Street, Newark, NJ)
Description: Join Science Policy and Advocacy at Rutgers (SPAR) for a workshop run by Brian Canter, President of SPAR Health Sciences Newark, that guides you how Congress spend the budget with a particular focus on budgets for federal funding of grant agencies. If you are curious as to why science has to suffer because the government is fighting over money for a border wall, come to this workshop!
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SciPol 101 Workshop: The Federal Budget and Your Science

SciPol 101 Workshop: The Federal Budget and Your Science
Host Campus: SPAR – New Brunswick
When: Tue 2/05/19, 12:30 PM
Where: Biomedical Engineering Building, Rm. 122
Description: During this workshop, we will be discussing how government funding works, including budget proposals, the role of legislative committees, the appropriations process, and how this budget affects the way we do science at the university-level.This will be an interactive workshop, complete with an activity and plenty of time for questions.
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Careers in Science Policy Panel

Careers in Science Policy Panel
Host Campus: iJOBS, SPAR – Newark Health Sciences
When: Fri 12/14/18, 3:00 PM
Where: Rosemary Gellene Room (Medical School Building Rm. 515)
Description: SPAR and Rutgers iJOBS are proud to present a panel on Careers in Science Policy. Learn about potential career paths, how your scientific skills can be applied to government and policy, and ways to prepare yourself for a success. After the panel, we will guide you through a policy memo writing activity. Light refresments will be served!
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