January 25, 2016: FOSEP: Meeting minutes

Victoria H. DiStefano (VHD), Thomas Handler (TH), William T. Hartwig (WTH), Nannan Jiang (NJ), Marie C. Kirkegaard (MCK), Mallory P. Ladd (MPL), Ishita Ray (IR), Jessica M. Velez (JMV)

20 individuals in attendance (including officers)

Meeting agenda
Meeting minutes
Action items

Pizza and sign-in     6:15 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.


Welcome Officers         6:30 p.m. – 6:45 p.m.

Introduction of officers (with brief background)

            Victoria H. DiStefano

            Marie C. Kirkegaard

            Ishita Ray

            Nannan Jiang

            Jessica M. Velez

Group Photo_Funny

            Introduction of faculty advisor

                        Dr. Tom Handler


            Introduction of founders

                        Mallory P. Ladd

                        William T. Hartwig

            Introduction of attendees (Depending on number)

Description of events/opportunities              Victoria H. DiStefano      6:45 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.

Howard Baker Public Policy Challenge

            Semester long competition

            Requires teams to tackle a problem from local, federal, or state government

            If viable team, we may register late

                        Deadline was 1-22-16

                        If interested, submit ASAP

                        More geared towards potential for actual impact (e.g., campus recycling)


Meet and greet with Gloria Johnson

                        February 16, 2016 @ 6:00 p.m. (UTK Greve Hall 408)

Former member of Tennessee House of Representatives

                        How to effectively initiate dialogue with your local legislature

                        Generally focuses on education and civil rights

                        E-mail questions to MCK ASAP (ALL)


Union of Concerned Scientists webinars

                        Show of hands for preferred dates/topics

                        MCK passed out surveys

Perfecting your elevator speech webinar

                                    2-2-16 from 6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. in Greve Hall 408

                                    Will provide popcorn, chips, variety of other snacks


Nashville trip to meet with state officials to discuss the role science plays at the state level

                        How many would be interested?

                        Many individuals were interested in this opportunity


            Your ideas!


            Meeting TVA representative to discuss Integrated Resource Plan (IRP) (VHD)


            AAAS Fellowships (WTH)

                        Inviting fellows to discuss experiences in Congress


            Electronic interviews with ACS fellows (WTH)

                        Submit questions via e-mail and post as web series


            Call-in questions with WUOT

                        Answer questions related to political topics (e.g.., climate change)

                        Could also use Daily Beacon

                        Consider collaborating with Ask a Scientist


            Public policy debates (VHD)

                        Host lively yet peaceful debates on science policy topics

                        Not all policies have 2 sides (TH)

                                    Science is inherently liberal as it is based on questioning

                                    If interested, talk to TH about interest in editorial (ALL)

                        Emphasis on debating as a skillset


Policy discussions with College Democrats / Republicans

                        Invite College Democrats / Republicans to present their views on science policy issues


            Call for blog posts (JMV)

Submit to <https://knoxvillefosep.wordpress.com/submit-a-write-up/&gt; (ALL)

                        Include Baker Center events

                        Include what other (graduate) students are doing in policy


Interning with Representative John Ragan   Victoria H. DiStefano      7:00 p.m. – 7:15 p.m.

            Importance of local elections

            Contact VHD if interested in interning


Experiences at the Wilson Center                   Mallory P. Ladd             7:15 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.

Graduate internship opportunities in energy and environmental policy

Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars


General interests mentioned

            International policies on energy, H2O, etc.

            Science literacy

            Public health

            Running for Congress

            Extension of science

Program analysis following policy implementation

            How scientists communicate with policymakers


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