The Science Policy Group (SPG) at UCI was initiated in 2015 with the goal of bringing together members of the UCI community interested in how science can inform policy and/or how policy informs scientific research.
Meetings for Spring 2018 take place every Wednesday from 6-7 PM in Natural Sciences 2, 3rd floor conference room (room 3201). Meetings will alternate between general meetings featuring a guest speaker or group activity, and “journal club” meetings where we discuss relevant literature and other materials related to the practice of science policy.
Our club’s Constitution can be found here.
William "Iam" Gaieck
Materials Science and Engineering, PhD
Issues and the accompanying policy decisions that address them can be incredibly complex. While coming to a decision, one can fall-prey to emotions, gut-reactions, and by various sources of bias; when such influences corrupt the decision-process, it can lead to inefficient and often undesirable outcomes. In order to overcome sub-optimal outcomes, I believe our leaders of today and tomorrow need to adhere to evidence-based policy practices. I believe in applying the scientific method to (science) policy and to expanding accessibility of STEM education/careers to all.
Biomedical Engineering, PhD
Environmental Health Sciences, PhD
I want the public and politicians alike to understand science and see it as a tool for a sustainable and equitable future.
Environmental Health Sciences
As a scientist studying female reproductive toxicology, I believe have a responsibility to be engaged in science policy. In doing so, my goal is to combine my passion for environmental health and women's health with my desire to create a greater positive change throughout our society using evidence-based policy to improve the lives of women, children and families throughout the nation and world.
Psychological Science, PhD
Politicians often lack or ignore scientific understanding, but getting policymakers and stakeholders to take science seriously requires a distinct set of skills that most scientists are not taught. Science policy, advocacy, and communication are critical for ensuring that scientists' hard work has real-world impact.