Julia Nepper Selected to Learn About Science Policy and Advocacy

This April the Graduate School will send two University of Wisconsin-Madison graduate students to learn about science policy and advocacy at the Catalyzing Advocacy in Science and Engineering (CASE) workshop in Washington D.C. We are proud to have Julia Nepper (Weibel lab) representing our program and university at this workshop. The workshop teaches STEM graduate and upper-class undergrads about the structure and organization of Congress, the federal budget and appropriations process, and tools for effective science communication. Julia stated "the disconnect between those conducting research (scientists) and those benefiting from it (the public) is apparent in the divisive way in which topics such as climate change, vaccination, and genetically modified organisms are discussed in American politics versus in the scientific community. As both a member of the public and a scientist, these issues affect my strongly."