AFS is a non-partisan science advocacy community hosted by students and postdocs at MIT. Scientists around the country have grown increasingly pessimistic about their futures and the future of academic research. We realized that the scientific community does not have a loud enough voice and we aren’t connecting to the public or legislators effectively. Science policy also lacks transparency. You may find yourself thinking- I want to help but what should I do to advocate? Is it really going to make a difference? How does science policy work and when is the most impactful time to contact my representatives? AFS is a community to discuss science policy and to create easy online advocacy campaigns that have maximal impact. Stay connected by signing up, following us here, liking us on facebook, and following us on twitter.
Contributors are welcome- that’s what community is all about.
For more information, check out AFS’s article in eLife, “Avoiding a lost generation of scientists”. Below is our infographic from the article on the academic research crisis.
Daniel studies electricity markets, electric grid operation, and nuclear plant design as a PhD candidate in the MIT Department of Nuclear Science and Engineering. He seeks to improve the economic competitiveness of current and near future nuclear power plants, and to improve our strategies for nuclear energy research and development, through better understanding of federal and state energy policies, design and operation of the electric grid, the deployment of intermittent renewable generators (IRG), and deregulated markets for electricity. Daniel served as Legislative Action Chair for the MIT Graduate Student Council (GSC) during the 2015-2016 year and currently serves as the GSC External Affairs Chair.
Nina Klymenko, PhD
Christine is a Social Media Content Specialist with Thermo Fisher Scientific and a Visiting Assistant Professor at Bridgewater State University. She is also a Board Member of the Association for Women in Science, Massachusetts Chapter (MASS AWIS) and serves as a Co-Chair for the Communications Committee. She received her bachelor’s degrees in chemistry and biochemistry at University of Massachusetts Amherst and her doctorate in molecular cell biology at University of Massachusetts Medical School. Prior to her current roles, she completed a postdoctoral fellowship at Boston University School of Medicine. During her free time, she enjoys photography, painting, and hiking.
Sloka Iyengar, PhD
AFS science writer
Sloka studied mechanisms by which neuronal circuits can generate and propagate spontaneous seizures as a graduate student and postdoc. She then switched to clinical epilepsy research, where she worked with adults and children with epilepsy. She is also a science writer and has coordinated several activities in the New York area for science outreach. As an advocate for neuroscience funding, she has attended several Capitol Hill day events and is the co-chair of the Advocacy Committee for the NY Society for Neuroscience chapter.