Welcome to the official STEPPS blog, where STEPPS faculty, students, and graduates offer commentary about things related to science policy and to the Science, Technology, Environment, and Public Policy Specialization at M.S.U.
Our goal is to have each of the seven core STEPPS faculty members contribute something to this site at least once each week. We will also have invited contributors from among our students and our graduates providing content. We encourage all STEPPS community members to use the comment sections to offer their own input. Ideally, we see this as a place where we can share our thoughts and interests with one another and further build our community of scholars and students who are interested in local, national, and international science policy.
The freshest twelve posts are listed below, with the most recent ones first. Earlier posts can be found by clicking on the drop down menu in the “Archives,” which is located on the right side of this page. Also on the right, you will find a list of useful links to things like the STEPPS checklist and other online science policy resources.
National Parks Field Course: Yellowstone 2014
Study Away at Yellowstone National Park
Dr. Daniel Kramer
May 24 – 31, 2014
Yellowstone is the world’s first national park and presents an extraordinary opportunity to understand contemporary conservation problems and their legal, political, economic, social, and philosophical challenges. Yellowstone is home to grizzly bears, wolves, bison, elk, pronghorn, bighorn sheep and is the core of the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem, the largest stretch of mostly undeveloped pristine land in the continental United States.
This course will introduce students to a variety of conservation issues related to Yellowstone including wolf reintroduction, invasive species, energy production and residential development at the park’s periphery, the interactions of large predators (e.g. wolves, bears) with surrounding landowners and ranchers, and efforts to create an international system of wildlife corridors from Yellowstone to the Yukon.
In addition to plenty of opportunities for wildlife viewing, hikes, and touring, the course includes talks from National Park Service staff, wildlife researchers, surrounding landowners and ranchers, professors, and local environmentalists.
Cost: ~$1,500 plus tuition and fees
- Includes travel (airfare to Bozeman, MT and transportation to Yellowstone)
- Incudes cabin accommodations at Yellowstone Overlook Kendeda Field Campus
- Includes all meals
- Includes field trips in park and to surrounding areas
Credit: 3 credits (Arrangements below are still tentative so please verify with Dr. Kramer)
- JMC: MC390
- FW: Fulfills Experiential Learning requirement
- Lyman Briggs: Fulfills LB335: Natural Environment
- STEPPS: Fulfills either Science Applications or Public Policy requirements or MC459
Interested students should email Dr. Kramer (email@example.com)
The Japan Center will be offering a Environmental Science in Japan (ESJ) summer program (see below and attached). Designed to explore Japan’s environmental issues while providing a practical understanding of Japanese language and culture, students in this program enroll in the following courses:
* Keystone course in environmental sciences (3 credits): This course acquaints students with the environmental issues of Shiga and Japan through lectures, field trips, and practical research activities.
* Introduction to Japanese language and culture (3 credits): Develop Japanese skills in the classroom to use throughout your time in Japan.
* Internship or research experience (4 credits): Placements are based on the student’s interests and may include research activities or internships with local environmental organizations, government agencies, etc.
Scholarship funding is available to students.
All of the information about the ESJ scholarships<https://jcmu.isp.msu.edu/index.cfm?FuseAction=Abroad.ViewLink&Parent_ID=F58AD768-A4BA-DB3E-035E937A78F934A6&Link_ID=EE6D6138-A4BA-DB3E-035E48DA784FE341> and internship stipends<https://jcmu.isp.msu.edu/index.cfm?FuseAction=Abroad.ViewLink&Parent_ID=F58AD768-A4BA-DB3E-035E937A78F934A6&Link_ID=EE94A8E6-A4BA-DB3E-035EC4DD174F080E> is available on the Center website. The deadline for applications is March 7th, and they will continue to accept applicants until the program is full (about 10 students).
This Monday night (2/3) at 7pm, the honors college will be holding another forum in its “Sharper Lens/Wider Focus” series, this one on “Questioning Technology.” I will be speaking, along with three other faculty working on issues surrounding technology. I’d love to see some STEPPs folks in the audience.
Interested in health care policy? This is a great internship.
American Academy of Pediatrics, Michigan Chapter
**Especially looking for Fall semester interns!**
|Address||106 W. Allegan St., Suite 510|
|City, State ZIP||Lansing, MI 48933|
|Description||The Michigan Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics (MIAAP) is a diverse group of over 1,600 pediatricians. We are general pediatricians, sub-specialists, and academicians. Our members are active in promoting the health and well being of the children of the state of Michigan.
The mission of the Michigan Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics (MIAAP) is to identify, develop and manage opportunities to improve the health and welfare of children and the practice of pediatric medicine. We are affiliated with the American Academy of Pediatrics.
MIAAP also has a Pediatric Foundation to support programs that promote the mission and policy priorities of the AAP. In Michigan, one of the main the programs supported by the Foundation is the Assuring Better Child Development program to promote developmental screening of children and training of doctors.
Interns would be exposed to the state and federal legislative and budget process, a wide range of children’s health policy and budget issues and functions of a non-profit organization. Interns would have the opportunity to conduct policy and budget analysis, assist with training and educational events for pediatricians, assist with fundraisers and grant proposal development and marketing. Interns will gain skills in policy writing, strategic planning, advocacy, fundraising, communications and PR.
Students will be supervised by Colleen Livingston for day to day activities, but would interact with the Executive Director, Board of Directors, and members of the MIAAP.
|Qualifications||Students must have proficient written and oral communication skills. Experience with Policy or budget research and analysis is a plus but not required. Students must be self-motivated and organized. Students should also understand this is a small non-profit organization so clerical tasks would be expected as it is for all program staff.|
|Writing Sample Required||Yes|
|Deadline Dates||1 month prior to start date.|
|Amount Paid||amount varies|
OSTP Internship Program—Summer 2014
The Office of Science and Technology Policy is currently accepting applications for its Summer 2014 Internship Program. The application deadline is 11:59pm Friday, March 7. Students who are U.S. citizens and who will be actively enrolled during the 2014 academic year are welcome to apply.
More information and application instructions are available athttp://www.whitehouse.gov/ostp/about/student/.
About OSTP. The Office of Science and Technology Policy advises the President on the effects of science and technology on domestic and international affairs. The office serves as a source of scientific and technological analysis and judgment for the President with respect to major policies, plans and programs of the Federal Government.
About the Internship Program. Interns are accepted for one of three annual terms (Spring, Summer, or Fall), which each last no more than 90 days. While these positions are without compensation, the assignments provide educational enrichment, practical work experience, and network opportunities with other individuals in the science and technology policy arena.
For questions, please contact Rebecca Grimm firstname.lastname@example.org.
Green Corps is looking for college graduates who are ready to take on the biggest environmental challenges of our day.
In Green Corps’ yearlong paid program, you’ll get intensive training in the skills you need to make a difference in the world. You’ll get hands-on experience fighting to solve urgent environmental problems — global warming, deforestation, water pollution, factory farming and many others — with groups like Sierra Club and Food and Water Watch. And when you graduate from Green Corps, we’ll help you find a career with one of the nation’s leading environmental and social change groups.
For more information, read on or visit http://www.greencorps.org/findoutmore.
In your year with Green Corps:
Be trained by the best: Green Corps organizers take part in trainings with leading figures in the environmental and social change movements: people like Phil Radford, Executive Director of Greenpeace USA, and Bill McKibben, author and founder of 350.org.
Gain experience across the country: Green Corps sends organizers to jumpstart campaigns for groups such as Corporate Accountability International, Food & Water Watch, and Toxics Action Center in across the nation.
Make an impact on today’s environmental challenges: Green Corps organizers have built the campaigns that helped keep pass the first GMO labeling law; led to new laws to support clean, renewable energy; convinced major corporations to stop dumping in our oceans; and much, much more.
Get paid! Green Corps organizers earn a salary of $24,500. Organizers also have a chance to opt into our health care program with a pre-tax monthly salary deferral. We offer paid sick days and holidays, two weeks paid vacation and a student loan repayment program for those who qualify.
Launch your career: Green Corps will help connect you to environmental and progressive groups that are looking for full-time staff to build their organizations and help them create social change and protect our environment.
The application process:
In the next few months, we‘ll invite 35 college graduates to join Green Corps in 2014 -2015. We’re looking for people who are serious about saving the planet, people who have taken initiative on their campus or community, and people who are willing to roll up their sleeves and work for change over the long haul.
If you think you’re one of those people, visit www.greencorps.org to apply to join the 2014-2015 class of Green Corps’ Field School for Environmental Organizing. Green Corps’ yearlong program begins in August 2014 with Introductory Classroom Training in Boston, and continues with field placements in multiple locations across the U.S. Candidates must be willing to relocate.
Are you interested in a well-funded and prestigious exchange program that would send you to India? Check this out: http://www.indousstf.org/bose/US-Students.html