We want to recognize some amazing NSPN members who have dedicated time to making sure our community flourishes. This past month, we have new leadership coming into our four regional hubs. To celebrate the transition, we invited both the outgoing and incoming regional hub chairs to share about themselves and what they have done or have in store for the National Science Policy Network.
Sam Anderson, outgoing Central Hub Co-Chair
- What is the most rewarding thing you have done during your tenure as a regional hub Co-Chair?
Watching and helping new groups in Chicago (Science Policy Group at the University of Chicago) and Iowa (ASPIRE) get off the ground.
- How has the hub grown during your tenure?
When we started, there were only a couple of groups [that transferred over from NSPG]. Since then, we have greatly expanded to the hub with the most registered members! The Central Hub has some productive scipol enthusiasts and I can’t wait to see what they do next.
I’ve applied for a number of science policy fellowships and with luck, I’ll end up in D.C. this fall!
Emilee Kotnik, incoming Central Hub Co-Chair
- What is the most satisfying thing you have done in the realm of science policy?
I've loved being on the leadership team for ProSPER and watching the group grow and become friends. The best part is introducing some of the first year grad students to the NSPN community and seeing them be inspired and excited about science policy.
- As you are stepping up to the position as a Regional Hub Co-Chair, what are you excited about doing in and with the Hub?
Right now we are planning on having a central hub retreat, so I'm excited to meet more members of the central hub, organize some fun and educational activities for us, and build stronger connections within the hub.
- What are your interests/passions in the realm of science policy?
I'm really interested in connecting scientists to the public and helping scientists learn to communicate complicated science issues to non-scientists. I'm also passionate about getting more scientists to run for office and participate in the policy-making process, so we can better advocate for scientifically-researched policy.
Make sure to check out the other regional hubs and their regional leadership!