Offered by the California Council on Science and Technology (CCST), the California Science and Technology Policy Fellowships place professional scientists and engineers in the California State Legislature for one-year appointments. These professional development opportunities will enable fellows to work hands on with policymakers to develop solutions to complex scientific and technical issues facing California through their interaction with the legislative process. The fellowships are ideal for qualified applicants who are interested in improving the interface between science and legislative decision-making and who want to learn the public policy decision-making process. Fellows will be placed, for one year, in various offices of the California State Legislature. The fellows will learn the intricacies of the California legislative process and will provide legislators and their staffs with clear and unbiased advice, answers to technical questions, and clarification of policy options for issues with science and technology related attributes. More information is available on the CCST website. The application deadline is February 28, 2013.
An-Chi Tsou, who received her bioengineering Ph.D. here last year, is one of ten members of the fourth class (2012-13) of S&T Policy Fellows. She’s been working as a health and science adviser in the office of Assemblymember Rob Bonta. Her work there was included in a profile of Tsou in the January 22 Daily Californian. In different sources, one could learn that while at Berkeley, Tsou won the Graduate Division’s Outstanding GSI Award (in 2008), and in the summer of 2011 went to Italy as a member of the US mixed-gender team in Beach Ultimate Frisbee, and came home a world champion.