Biomedical Policies and Politics
This course is intended for those who work in, or have interest in, biomedical research and innovation in drugs, medical devices, or biologics and medical biotechnology. The first half of Biomedical Policies and Politics will be devoted to historical, political, and legal background of biomedical research, other health research (e.g., public health, health services research), and regulation. The second half will focus on “hot topics” in biomedical research, such as therapeutic uses of genome-editing, drug pricing, patenting, and innovation policy.
History of American Science Policy
This survey course will examine the relationship between science and policy by exploring three kinds of policies: (1) policies that draw on scientific information or technological advancements in an effort to achieve positive outcomes; (2) policies that address problems associated with the uptake and assimilation of scientific advancements within society; and (3) policies that seek to advance science or facilitate the dissemination and application of technologies or scientific information. The History of American Science Policy will explore significant events and episodes; compare science-based policy orientations across time periods; and assess the usefulness of alternative science-based regulatory instruments.
Writing True Stories That Matter
Researchers, policy wonks, grant writers, program managers, aspiring politicians, decision makers, and writers of all ages: Everyone needs to know how to find and write a strong, effective, true story. That’s what Writing True Stories That Matter is all about, helping students and professionals transform research, experiences, and ideas into compelling nonfiction narratives so that readers are both educated and entertained.
Concepts and Tools for a New American Science Policy
Concepts and Tools for a New American Science Policy is a training program in Washington, DC, for early career science and technology policy practitioners. The program is built around twelve modules held on Fridays that explore different aspects of science policy, ranging from strengthening connections between researchers and the public to the role that science plays in confronting and managing uncertainty.