Career Center

SoMCC Event


  AAAS Science & Technology Policy Fellows
Date:   Tuesday, February 13, 2007
Time:   12:00 - 1:30 PM
Location:   Clark Center Auditorum
Sponsor:   School of Medicine Career Center (SoMCC)
Event details:  

For more than 30 years, AAAS Science & Technology Policy Fellows have bridged the divide between science and public policy, gaining significant knowledge about the federal government system while advancing their careers and helping promote science in the U.S. and around the globe. Year-long opportunities are available in six thematic areas: Congressional Diplomacy Energy, Environment, Agriculture & Natural Resources Global Stewardship Health, Education & Human Services National Defense & Global Security.
Cynthia Robinson, Director of the AAAS Science & Technology Policy Fellowships, will present information on available opportunities, qualifications, the application process, and how the program can impact your career. Graduate students, alumni and faculty from all fields of science, engineering and medicine are welcome to attend.
Please note that the program is open only to US citizens who hold a PhD or equivalent terminal degree in their field. The application deadline for the 2007-08 fellowship year is December 20, 2007. Fellowships are awarded in the spring and begin in September. Stipends range from $67,000 to $87,000, depending on experience.
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About the Speakers:

Cynthia Robinson

Director, Science & Technology Policy Fellowships, AAAS

Cynthia Robinson directs the AAAS Science & Technology Policy Fellowships department, administering programs and activities with annual combined budgets of ~$6 million, a staff of eight, and yearly cohorts of more than 130 Fellows. She directs strategic planning, program development and evaluation; oversees budgets and conducts grant management; and supervises stakeholder relations, communications, and fellowship networking initiatives. Prior to joining AAAS in 2004, Cynthia worked for seven years directing fellowships for scientists and engineers focusing on the environment and conservation, with the Pew Fellows Program in Marine Conservation, and the Aldo Leopold Leadership Program.

She has more than 18 years of experience in program management, communications, and non-profit administration. Cynthias early career was in public relations and marketing. She also worked in the area of education for sustainability, and spent three years in international development with the Peace Corps in Thailand and The Gambia, focusing on environmental education and youth enrichment programs.

Cynthia holds a bachelors degree in journalism from Boston University and a masters degree in international environmental policy from Tufts University. She serves as chair of the Robert and Patricia Switzer Foundation and is an overseer and past trustee of the Sea Education Association.

Krista Donaldson, PhD
Researcher, Stanford University

Krista is a mechanical engineer.  She is currently a research associate at Stanford's
Center for Design Research.  Prior to returning to Stanford, she was a 2004-2005 AAAS Diplomacy Fellow at the U.S. Department of State, where she handled reconstruction of Iraq's electricity sector. Working in Washington and Baghdad, she developed and promoted economic and electricity policy to improve the sustainability and pace of US reconstruction efforts in Iraq.  She received her PhD from Stanford in mechanical engineering and product design; her research focused on product development to support economic growth in less industrialized economies. Krista has taught engineering and design courses at Kenyatta University (Kenya) and the University of Cape Town (South Africa), worked at the non-governmental organization KickStart in Nairobi and consulted to several NGOs and donor organizations.  She also proudly serves on the board of The Aquaya Institute, founded by 2004-05 AAAS Fellows Jeff Albert and Ranjiv Khush.

Ranjiv Khush, PhD
Principle, The Aquaya Institute

Ranjiv is a microbiologist and immunologist. He serves as Principle at The Aquaya Institute, a San Francisco-based non-profit organization dedicated to advancing public health by improving drinking water quality around the globe. Prior to joining Aquaya, Ranjiv was a 2004-05 AAAS Diplomacy Fellow in the Office of the Science and Technology Advisor to the U.S. Secretary of State. Before joining the U.S. Department of State, Ranjiv held a Research Scientist appointment in the Department of Microbiology and Immunology at the Stanford University School of Medicine. Ranjiv has degrees from the Universities of California at Davis and Santa Cruz, and was a Postdoctoral fellow at the Centre National de Recherché Scientifique in Paris, France. Ranjiv has also worked at an agricultural biotechnology company and taught medical microbiology for four years.

Fee:   Free and open to all Stanford ID holders.
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