December 1, 2008


In September, AIBS Public Policy Director Robert Gropp traveled to the University of California, Santa Cruz, where he met with students and faculty in the Environmental Studies Department. Gropp gave a seminar that illustrated how professional scientific societies can contribute to the development of our nation's science and education policy. Additionally, the talk provided a Washington, DC, perspective on the nation's current science policy, as well as suggestions for how graduate students and early career faculty can engage in science policy and media relations to contribute to a better public understanding of science and science policy issues.

"It's always rewarding to visit a university," Gropp said. "It's especially great to see such interest in science policy and public affairs from so many graduate students. I think it shows a growing awareness that what happens in Washington, DC, impacts the work done in a research lab on a college campus."

Next month, Gropp will travel to South Bend, Indiana, to speak with the graduate students in the Department of Biological Sciences at the University of Notre Dame.

For more information about presentations by the AIBS Public Policy Office, please visit, or send an inquiry by e-mail to

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