Ep 1: Through the Lens of a Scientist

The Federal Register. allows citizens to keep up-to-date on current government agency rules, public notices, and recently proposed rules.

Contact your reps. Click here for contacting your Representative and here for contacting your Senator.

The President's Council of Advisors on Science and Technology (PCAST). PCAST advises the President on matters involving science, technology, education, and innovation policy. The Council provides scientific and technical information that is needed to inform public policy.

How a bill becomes a law.


Ep 4: COVID-19 Legislation (Moulton)

Rep. Moulton's Op-Ed: Click here for Rep. Moulton's WBUR Op-Ed about the federal government's response to COVID-19.

CARES Act: Important pandemic legislation; click here to learn more.

Defense Production Act (DPA): A Cold War-era law, the DPA gives the President power over domestic industries. Click here for more information. 

The ALEXA Act: Introduced by Rep. Moulton, the Automatic Listening and Exploitation (ALEXA) Act protects the data devices like Alexa collect. Click here to learn more.

Service opportunities: Both the Peace Corps and AmeriCorps were discussed by Rep. Moulton. Peace Corps volunteers serve abroad while AmeriCorps volunteers serve in the U.S. Click on the links to learn more about both organizations and their opportunities.

Click here for a hub of volunteer opportunities.

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Ep 5: Modeling Public Health Data (Hyder)

Joshua Epstein's "Why Model": an excellent resource for beginners in modeling and modeling in general. See PDF here.

An article addressing challenges in modeling for public health policy: Access the article here.

Faculty profile of Dr. Hyder: Learn more about Dr. Ayaz Hyder's work and background at his faculty page here.

Check out Dr. Hyder's tweets @ayazhyder on Twitter.


Ep 2: The COVID-19 Vaccine, Part I

The COVID-19 vaccines from Moderna and Pfizer are mRNA vaccines. For more information for understanding the biology behind the vaccines, click here.

For understanding the FDA regulatory review process for the COVID-19 vaccines, click here.

For more information about Dr. Adolfo García-Sastre and his background, work, and expertise, click here.


Ep 3: The COVID-19 Vaccine, Part II

The Tuskegee Experiment was performed in 1932 and remains one of the most notorious cases of medical misconduct. Click here to learn more.

For more information relating to Reverend Diann Holt's role on the Vaccine Distribution Task Force, check out this article

Reverend Holt is the Founder and Executive Director of Durham's Maternal Stress-Free Zone (DMSFZ), which seeks to offer support for women that are about to have a baby. To learn more, check out their website here.


Ep 4: COVID-19 Legislation (Houlahan)

Service opportunities: Rep. Houlahan served for Teach for America, a non-profit organization that places teachers in low-income schools with the mission of giving students an excellent and equitable education. Learn more about service opportunities through Teach for America here.

Women in STEM Caucus: a bipartisan group of members of Congress focused on advancing the role of women in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics. Click here for an informative infographic.

Resources for Early Career Scientists: 

1. National Science Policy Network (NSPN): fosters engagement of early career scientists in the policymaking process. Website here.

2. Association of Women in Science (AWIS): global network that encourages women in STEM at all levels to drive innovation and change. Website here.

3. American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS): largest disciplinary scientific society that believes STEM can be used to address challenges and issues in our world. Website here.


Ep 5: Modeling Public Health Data (Tuite)

Videos from the CDC: The videos and article linked here discusses the insights models can provide, how modeling has informed responses in the public health sector, and where modeling can lead the public health community in the future.

Dr. Asheigh Tuite, PhD/MPH: to learn more about Dr. Tuite, her background, and her research, click here for her profile.

Check out Dr. Tuite's tweets @ashtuite on Twitter!

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Ep 8: The Graduate Student Mental Health Crisis (Vanderford)

Find Nathan Vanderford's groundbreaking Nature Biotechnology paper from 2018 here

Click here for an article from Science that provides tips on how to build a network of mentors.

Want to become a member of the National Science Policy Network? Start here!

To find out more about what you can do with your PhD and the career options ahead of you, click here.

Thinking about conducting informational interviews with someone who has pursued your career of interest? Start here to learn how to get the most out of the interview. Click here for a list of questions.


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Ep 6: COVID, the Vaccines, and the Deaf and Hard of Hearing

ASL Videos from FEMA: To watch a video of Deaf Vaccination Day in Philadelphia, click here. Here, FEMA will walk you through what will happen at a vaccination center.

To start working with the deaf and hard of hearing: Instead of thinking about how you can help the deaf and hard of hearing, consider ways in which you can work with this community! See the links below for more information on how you can get involved.