FOSEP event – Policy for Science vs Science for Policy

Join us for a FOSEP seminar!

Friday, Jan. 13


Foege N130

Policy for Science vs Science for Policy

Speaker: Dahlia Sokolov, PhD

Democratic Staff Director, Research and Science Education Subcommittee, U.S. House of Representatives

Science policy can be separated into two mostly distinct categories: advocacy for policies and budgets that directly affect the scientific enterprise itself; and advocacy for the inclusion of scientific data and understanding in decision making on the full range of policies affecting health, environment, energy, national security, and other major issues before our country and the world.  Or to simplify, policy for science and science for policy.  How do federal lawmakers think about and set policies and budgets for academic research, strings and all; and what is the relationship between budgets and policies for applied energy R&D and broader energy policy debates?  What is the “proper” role of the Federal government in supporting R&D, and more fundamentally, of how we describe and categorize R&D?  Dr. Sokolov will also speak about what it is like to be a scientist serving on Congressional staff.


Dahlia Sokolov is the Democratic Staff Director for the Research and Science Education Subcommittee of the House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology.  In this role, Dahlia advises committee members on oversight of the National Science Foundation, STEM education across the federal government, international science cooperation, and major interagency research initiatives such as the National Nanotechnology Initiative.  She has a Ph.D. in Bioengineering from the University of Washington and a B.S. in Engineering Physics from U.C. Berkeley.




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