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Tuesday, February 3, 2015
1:00 p.m.-2:00 p.m.
AV Williams 2460
For More Information:
Martha Heil
301 405 0876

Abstract: The science and technology enterprise in the United States is a system that relies on actors across sectors.  From academic institutions, philanthropies, and Federal agencies to the media, venture capital communities, legislative offices and more, the activities of these groups in science and technology (S&T) can lead to unprecedented understanding and change in the lives of people across the nation and the globe.  This ecosystem is the realm of science and technology policy.   In this colloquium, I will talk about careers in S&T policy, and my experience and lessons learned in moving from the perspective of atomistic modeling and nanoscale science to the 30,000 foot view of the S&T enterprise from the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy.  I will suggest resources for faculty, staff, and students who are interested in actively engaging in the policy process. 


Bio: Ashley Predith is currently the Assistant Executive Director of the President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology (PCAST).  The Council advises the President on topics across all fields of science and technology and regularly issues reports on areas of critical national interest.  Before joining the White House Office of Science and Technology, Dr. Predith was the Associate Director for Programs at a DOE Energy Frontier Research Center (EFRC).  Led by the University of Maryland in collaboration with two national labs and three universities, the EFRC investigates fundamental nanoscience to underpin next generation energy storage technologies. Dr. Predith previously was a science policy consultant for the Science & Engineering Workforce Project at the National Bureau of Economic Research and for the American Chemical Society. Ashley Predith has a PhD in Materials Science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a BS in Materials Science & Engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.


This presentation will be broadcast via GoToMeeting.

This Event is For: Public • Campus • Clark School • Graduate • Undergraduate • Faculty • Post-Docs


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