IAPHS BLOG 2017-03-15T13:14:27+00:00


The IAPHS Blog is a virtual community that keeps population health professionals connected and up to date on the latest population health news, policy, controversies, and relevant research from multiple fields. Please note: Unless authored by IAPHS Staff, posts reflect views of individual authors, not those of IAPHS.

20Mar, 2017

For many, the term "science policy" sounds almost like an oxymoron -- an unnatural pairing of two different disciplines. Others may be aware of the marriage between 'science' and 'policy,' but don't necessarily understand how that relationship functions. Throughout graduate school, I knew I had an interest in science policy but didn’t know exactly what that meant or what role I could play in the field. The turning point for me came after my postdoctoral work, when I took part in a science and technology policy fellowship through the California Council on Science and Technology (CCST), a fellowship that gives scientists the opportunity to work as legislative aides and consultants in the California State legislature. Of all the bills that were drafted and analyzed during my fellowship year, one bill stands out to me as the most fitting example of science policy. It’s a high-profile bill that would go on [...]