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SPSSI's October Policy Update

SPSSI Policy Update


Watch live on November 5: SPSSI's congressional seminar on ableism. Please join SPSSI on Facebook Live from 12:00 - 1:30 pm Eastern on Tuesday, November 5, 2019 for its next congressional seminar. Speaking will be Michelle Nario-Redmond, PhD (Hiram College) who authored SPSSI's recently released book entitled "Ableism: The Causes and Consequences of Disability Prejudice." A recording of the seminar will also be posted to SPSSI's YouTube channel afterward. 

Watch live on October 24: SPSSI's UN Committee to present at science and human rights conference. On Thursday, October 24, 2019 from 2:00 - 3:30 pm Eastern, members of SPSSI's UN Committee will be presenting a session entitled "Advancing Science in a Global Context: Scientific Engagement at the United Nations" as part of the 10th anniversary conference of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) Science & Human Rights Conference. A live video of the event will appear on the webpage linked to above. #SHRCoalition #science #humanrights #UN

SPSSI webinar on November 4: "Interested in a Non-Academic Internship? Hear from PhD Candidates with Non-Profit Experience." Please join SPSSI's Graduate Student Committee for a webinar on using your research expertise to promote social justice outside of the academic setting. The webinar will take place on Monday, November 4, 2019 from 12:00 - 1:00 pm Eastern and feature talks by PhD candidates Miriam Sarwana (Stony Brook University) and Raea Rasmussen (Tufts University), who will share their experiences interning at think tanks and nonprofits as preparation for careers in the public and private sectors.

Watch live on October 24: Sixteenth Annual AERA Brown Lecture in Education Research. Join us at 6 pm Eastern on Thursday, October 24, 2019 for a lecture by Prudence L. Carter, PhD (UC Berkeley) entitled “'A Shade Less Offensive': School Integration as Radical Inclusion in the Pursuit of Educational Equity." The Lectureship was inaugurated in 2004 to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Brown v. Board of Education decision, in which the U.S. Supreme Court took into account scientific research in issuing its landmark ruling. SPSSI is serving as a Friend of the 2019 Brown Lecture. 


Local- and State-Level Policy Work Awards: Proposals due Friday, November 1, 2019. Each fall, SPSSI gives three awards of up to $2,000 for projects that aim to influence policy at the local and state levels through applied research. This is a great opportunity for students and early career scholars to partner with more seasoned scholars to carry out research that can directly inform local- and state-level policy discussions. Research/policy groups outside of the United States who are looking at local and/or regional issues within their countries are also encouraged to apply. Click here to see examples of previously awarded projects.

Do you have a National Science Foundation grant? If so, let SPSSI know! SPSSI is a member of the Coalition for National Science Funding (CNSF), an alliance of over 130 professional organizations, universities, and businesses that support the goal of increasing the national investment in the National Science Foundation's research and education programs. CNSF regularly hosts briefings, exhibits, and meetings on Capitol Hill. It would be great for SPSSI to know about your NSF-supported work so that we can highlight it in our own coalition work. Email SPSSI's Policy Director Sarah Mancoll ( to alert her to your grant. 

Societies Consortium on Sexual Harassment in STEMM. The Societies Consortium launched its website in September of 2019 to coincide with its first in-person meeting as a group. The Consortium, which counts SPSSI as a member, was created in early 2019 to advance professional and ethical conduct, climate, and culture across science, technology, engineering, math, and medicine. Among other projects, the Consortium seeks to develop model honors and awards policies that societies can adopt and adapt to meet their needs. 

How We Respond: Community Responses to Climate Change. The AAAS Center for Public Engagement with Science and Technology announced the launch of "How We Respond: Community Responses to Climate Change." These multimedia stories and accompanying report highlight the innovative ways communities are using science to respond to climate change at a local level. Through this resource, you can explore:

  • Multimedia community spotlights – stories and short films featuring community members, scientists, and engineers working together to adapt to climate change impacts and reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
  • A brief report summarizing the urgent problem of climate change, the range of reasons people are taking action, how science supports decision-making, and the different approaches to climate response – using the community spotlights as examples.
  • How you respond offers resources to help communities take action on climate.


Senators Mike Braun (R-IN) and Chris Coons (D-DE) team up to form bipartisan climate caucus in the Senate. As noted in September in the Washington Examiner, the caucus would be the first bipartisan group on the Senate side dedicated to climate change discussions. (The House Climate Solutions Caucus was formed in 2016 by Florida Representatives Ted Deutch and Carlos Curbelo. That caucus currently has 63 members — 22 Republicans and 41 Democrats.)

Federal Judge strikes down Tampa ban on conversion therapy. As reported in the Washington Blade, a federal judge in Florida has struck down a ban on widely discredited “ex-gay” conversion therapy in Tampa, ruling the city lacks jurisdiction to enact the ordinance.Should the city decide to take that action, the case would head to the U.S. Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals, which has jurisdiction over Florida.

EPA signals retreat from controversial "secret science" rule. According to Science magazine, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is dropping plans to issue a final version this year of its divisive plan to limit the agency’s use of scientific studies in crafting major new regulations. 


Apply to become a AAAS Science & Technology Policy Fellow - applications due November 1, 2019

Apply to become an APA Congressional Fellow - applications due January 5, 2020

Apply to become an APA Executive Branch Science Fellow - applications due January 5, 2020

Training/service opportunity: Promote the human rights of students and scholars by participating in Student Advocacy Seminars sponsored by Scholars at Risk

Funding opportunity with the National Institutes of Health (NIH): Effects of extreme weather and disaster events on aging processes (Next application due date: November 4, 2019)

Nomination opportunity: Membership on the Secretary's Advisory Committee on Human Research Protections - nominations due October 25, 2019

Training opportunity: Campus Restorative Justice Across Student Affairs - November 13-15, 2019 at the University of San Diego

Training opportunity: Campus Restorative Justice for Bias Response and Historical Harm - February 17-19, 2020 at the University of New Orleans


First Focus releases the Children's Budget 2019

Recorded NIH methodology webinar: Text Mining for Behavioral and Social Sciences Research

The Hill: Mandatory minimums harm children

Scholars at Risk releases new report - Obstacles to Excellence: Academic Freedom & China’s Quest for World Class Universities

Pew Research Center report: More than half of U.S. adults trust law enforcement to use facial recognition responsibly

NSF releases Science & Engineering Indicators 2018