The National Science Policy Network recently concluded winter elections for our Regional Hub Co-Chairs. Learn more about our new leaders below! 

Central Hub - Marie Fiori

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Where are you based and what do you study (broadly)?

I am a PhD Candidate at the University of Wisconsin-Madison in the Department of Chemistry. I study how molecules pack together in the organic glasses that are used in OLED devices.

What do you like best about NSPN and what are you excited for as a Hub Leader?

I've loved getting to know just how many facets science policy has, especially at the National Science Policy Symposiums in 2019 and 2020. They were some of my first opportunities to spend an entire weekend listening to experts in environmental justice, food systems, and more-- way beyond what I talk about for my research! Since NSPS, I've been really encouraged by conversations with other early career science policy wonks about how we want to define the field going forward.

As a Hub Leader, I'm excited to continue to hear about the myriad science policy issues being discussed by folks in the Central Hub. My favorite part of being Co-President of Catalysts for Science Policy at the University of Wisconsin-Madison has been helping smart, passionate people execute cool science policy projects, and I hope to do that on a larger scale as a Central Hub Co-Chair!

What is a fun fact about yourself?

I am a classically trained soprano and a mom to two house plants!

Twitter: @marie_fiori

 

Western Hub - Zoe Guttman

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Where are you based and what do you study (broadly)?

I'm from New York but have been living in LA since starting my PhD at UCLA. Broadly, I study the behavioral and neural mechanisms of human decision-making and how choice processes can be corrupted and exploited, both in healthy people and addictive disorders. My research combines neuroscience, behavioral economics, and computational methods. 

What do you like best about NSPN and what are you excited for as a Hub Leader?

I'm a big fan of NSPN! It astounds me that an organization of its kind is as new as it is. I think the world is finally waking up to how integral scientists are to the policymaking process, and I'm just grateful that an organization like NSPN is there to help train and guide early career researchers who care about policy. I hope to expand our membership so that more people can benefit the way that I have. NSPN brings together such an engaging, diverse group of people, and especially in LA where it's hard to meet people, it's been great for collaborating and making new friends who share my values and interests. 

What is a fun fact about yourself?

Hm, I'm pretty obsessed with my dog Romeo, who my friend found on the side of the highway. I also love to draw and have sung in some bands. My grandmother who just passed away had bright blue/purple hair (depending on the day) for the last 30 years, so that's cool too. 

Anything else you'd like to share as you take on your new role?

I'm just excited to take on a more active role in the group and contribute in any way that I can!

Twitter: @ZoeGuttman

LinkedIn: @ZoeGuttman

Instagram: @mllezoozoo

 

Southern Hub - Coleman Harris

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Where are you based and what do you study (broadly)?

I'm based in Nashville, TN, working on a PhD in Biostatistics at Vanderbilt University. My work largely revolves around different statistical approaches to remove noise from a type of imaging data in the cancer research space.

What do you like best about NSPN and what are you excited for as a Hub Leader

NSPN is a fantastic networking and collaboration space for anyone interested in science policy, and my favorite part has been continuing to meet and work with so many incredible people on topics in the policy arena. As the incoming Southern Hub Co-Chair, I'm most excited to get to know all of the regional leaders in the South, and providing resources and collaborating on all of their amazing ideas!

What is a fun fact about yourself?

I am an avid soccer fan and a born-and-raised Nashvillian, so you can catch me following Nashville SC throughout the year and especially during the MLS season. 

Anything else you'd like to share as you take on your new role?

I've been involved with NSPN since 2018, so it's fantastic to be in a leadership role and to take on some of the great projects and ideas I've been so inspired by – it's exciting to be here!

Twitter: @colemanrharris

Instagram: @colemanrharris

Website: https://colemanrharris.me 

 

Eastern Hub - Cierra Abellera

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Where are you based and what do you study (broadly)?

I am a Ph.D. student at the University of Massachusetts Amherst and I study the psychology of peace and violence. 

What do you like best about NSPN and what are you excited for as a Hub Leader?

I first learned about NSPN at the 2020 AAAS conference and was so excited to know there is an organization that focuses on developing public engagement skills at the student level.

What is a fun fact about yourself?

I spend any free time I have adventuring with my pup (chasing.kazumi).

Anything else you'd like to share as you take on your new role?

As an incoming NSPN co-chair, my goals beyond getting to know each chapter within the Eastern region are centered around strengthening collaboration between our chapters to streamline our advocacy as a collective agent of change.

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