Public Interest Technology Community Innovation Fellowship
An immersive learning program for engaging communities in science and technology policy, education and research
The Expert and Citizen Assessment of Science and Technology (ECAST) network—led by Arizona State University‘s Consortium for Science, Policy and Outcomes (CSPO), the Museum of Science, Boston, and SciStarter— and the Association of Science and Technology Centers (ASTC), with support from New America’s Public Interest Technology University Network (PIT-UN), have created a Public Interest Technology Community Innovation Fellowship (PITCIF) program for staff at eligible ASTC Science Center and Museum Members and their community partners.
This fellowship will train the next generation of science-engagement professionals to collaborate with local civic, government, and university partners to engage the public on science and technology issues that matter to their local communities. This fellowship is open to staff at eligible ASTC-member science and technology centers or museums who are interested in working with a government, nonprofit, or university partner and vise versa. Fellows will work in teams to design, develop, and convene an inclusive, informed, and diverse forum on a public interest technology topic relevant to the community.
The 2020 pilot cohort consisted of five teams from across the country. Each team will create their own public forums that are grounded in community needs and equity. Each team will initially engage a small group of community members in the planning phase to co-create their forums, and ensure that their approach will benefit the community they are aiming to reach.
- Ann Arbor, MI: Jade Marks (Museum of Natural History) and Justin Schell (Shapiro Design Lab) are interested in community owned data.
- Los Angeles, CA: Sacha Van Voorhis (Discovery Cube) and Rebecca Ferdman (LA County Chief Sustainability Office) are interested in environmental sustainability.
- San Jose, CA: Anja Scholze (Tech Interactive) and Corinne Okada Takara (Xinampa) are interested in biotechnology.
- Waco, TX: Cindee Millard (Mayborn Museum Complex) and Melissa Mullins (Center for Reservoir and Aquatic Systems Research) are interested in water equity and access.
- Worcester, MA: Rachel Quimby (EcoTarium) and Stefanie Covino (City of Worcester) are interested in heat resilience.
Photo courtesy of Eric Workman, Museum of Science.
Meet the Project Team
Associate Director, CSPO DC
Co-director of CENTSS, Clinical Associate Professor
Additional Team Members
President and CEO, Association of Science and Technology Centers
Chief Operating Officer, Association of Science and Technology Centers
Program Manager, Museum of Science Boston
Program Coordinator, CSPO-DC
Chief of Staff, Association of Science and Technology Centers