Journal Club Review – Reviewing Peer Review

January’s journal club was led by Grant Hisao (Postdoc in Biochemistry). Journal club review was written by Jenny Bratburd (Graduate Student in Microbiology). Last week’s journal club explored a key area of policy for science: how can we improve peer review? Peer review is a key practice in academia, where experts critique a paper before … More Journal Club Review – Reviewing Peer Review

February 7, 2019 – Emerging Pathogens & Diseases Panel

Pathogens also pose a number of challenges and questions in terms of policy, such as food recalls, GMO development, travel restrictions, and immunization requirements. To start CaSP’s 2019 event series, we will be hosting a panel discussion on the policy aspect of infectious diseases. The panel will feature four panelists with diverse expertise: Thomas Friedrich, … More February 7, 2019 – Emerging Pathogens & Diseases Panel

Journal Club Review – Get to know your Farm Bill

December’s journal club was lead by April MacIntyre (Graduate student in Microbiology). Journal club review was written by Samantha Anderson (Graduate student in Biochemistry) and April MacIntyre. Last month’s journal club focused on a timely topic in national policy, the Agricultural Improvement Act of 2018 (Farm Bill) on the day the bill headed to the … More Journal Club Review – Get to know your Farm Bill

End of 2018

Happy Holidays! The last two events for the fall semester have kept everyone at CaSP quite busy. On November 16, in collaboration for the Wisconsin Institute for Discovery, CaSP had the pleasure of welcoming Kei Koizumi to give a seminar to the UW-Madison community. Mr. Koizumi served as the Assistant Director for Federal Research and … More End of 2018

Journal Club Review: C-ROADS

November’s journal club was led by Sam Anderson (Graduate Student in Biochemistry). Journal club review was written by Kevin Lauterjung (Graduate Student in Biophysics). November’s journal club focused on the Climate Rapid Overview and Decision Support simulator (C-ROADS), which lets participants navigate the real world consequences of climate change policies. I know I’m going to … More Journal Club Review: C-ROADS

Second Annual Science Policy Symposium: A recap

By CaSP Secretary and Social Media Manager April MacIntyre, Sam Anderson, and Kevin Lauterjung.  On November 10, 2018, several CaSP members attended the daylong Second Annual Science Policy Symposium held at the Rockefeller University in New York City. The symposium was organized by the Science and Education Policy Association (SEPA) and the National Science Policy … More Second Annual Science Policy Symposium: A recap

December 05, 2018 – Science Communication: Challenges and Opportunities

On Wednesday December 05, 2018, CaSP has the honor of hosting a presentation by Dominique Brossard, professor and chair in the Life Sciences Communication department at UW-Madison. She will be speaking about her research, which studies the interplay of science, media, and policy. The event will be held in 2131 Biochemistry Building from 3:00 PM. … More December 05, 2018 – Science Communication: Challenges and Opportunities

Science Policy Predictions After the 2018 Midterms

Editorial written by Jenny Bratburd, CaSP member and a graduate student in Microbiology. In the 2018 midterms, many scientifically trained candidates won elections for the House of Representatives, including a doctor, nurse, and several engineers. Further, with Democrats controlling the House, leadership on committees will change. Notably on the Science, Space and Technology committee, climate … More Science Policy Predictions After the 2018 Midterms

Journal Club Review – Environmental concerns for local housing: A rock and a hard place

October’s journal club was led by Kevin Lauterjung (Graduate Student in Biophysics). Journal club review was written by Amanda Hurley (Postdoc in Jo Handelsman’s Lab). This October, CaSP’s journal club turned an eye towards local issues. Science communication played a central role in a recent debate about low-income housing placement in Dane County. As uncomfortable … More Journal Club Review – Environmental concerns for local housing: A rock and a hard place

November 16, 2018 – Science & Policy: Lessons Learned in the Obama White House

On Friday November 16, 2018, CaSP will be hosting a presentation by Kei Koizumi. He will be sharing his experience having worked in the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy under President Obama. The event will be held in the Orchard View Room at the Wisconsin Institutes for Discovery from 5:30 PM. Kei … More November 16, 2018 – Science & Policy: Lessons Learned in the Obama White House