Upcoming Events

Winter Quarter 2020: Why Science Matters for the Upcoming Los Angeles District Attorney Race

We are thrilled to announce the culminating event of our series Why Science Matters for the Upcoming Los Angeles District Attorney Race. On February 12th at 6 PM, two of the candidates running for L.A. County District Attorney – Rachel Rossi and D.A. George Gascon – will join us for an evening where they will tell us about themselves, how they plan to incorporate science into their policies, and how their policy choices can positively impact science. This race is arguably one of the most important upcoming races and we really hope you all can make it for this historic event.

As a reminder, we hope that you can make it to our events tomorrow evening and next Wednesday! These two events will teach us about the race, the role of the D.A., and prepare us to ask educated questions during the Q&A. Please see the previous email or the flyer below for details. 

Please forward this to anyone you think might be interested and RSVP for each event here. As usual, food will be provided!

Questions for the Q&A can be submitted prior to the event by replying to this email or sending a separate email to this address. Questions can also be submitted through question boxes at the two events leading up, and during the event itself.We hope to see you there!

For the second event of our series Why Science Matters for the Upcoming Los Angeles District Attorney Race, we are lucky to have Dr. Elizabeth Barnert come and tell us about her research, which focuses on youth involved in the juvenile justice system, youth that have been commercially exploited, and youth undergoing family separation.

Dr. Barnert has successfully translated her research into policy. She serves as an advisor to the California state legislature and to the US congress on juvenile justice policy. Her research has also contributed to the passage of bills including California SB 1322, AB 2992, and SB 439.

Welcome back! We are starting this new year by announcing our topic for the Winter Quarter: Why Science Matters for the Upcoming Los Angeles District Attorney Race. We are thrilled to have three events planned on this topic, culminating in an evening and Q&A with the candidates themselves! We are so lucky that the candidates have agreed to come speak with us and answer our questions. This is your chance to learn first-hand from the candidates themselves, and to address directly the future D.A. of L.A. County! You don’t want to miss these events!

Details about the events are below. The first will be next Thursday, January 23rd, where we will cover details about the D.A. and some examples of why this race is crucial for science. On Wednesday, January 29th, Dr. Elizabeth Barnert will tell us about her research and how she has been able to translate her research into policy. The final event, tentatively scheduled for Wednesday, February 12th, will be with the candidates themselves. More details to follow. We hope to see you all there!

Past Events

11/06/19 Wildfires: From Ecology to Policy

Please join us for our first general meeting of the year! The focus will be on WILDFIRES.

If you’ve wanted to learn more about what’s been happening in California, from the science to the relevant policies, this is your chance. 

Dinner is included!

11/5/2019 Lunch with the Union of Concerned Scientists

Tuesday, November 5th | 12:00-1:00 PM | Gonda 3303 (3rd floor conference room)

RSVP Necessary: uclascipolgroup@gmail.com

We have the last minute opportunity to have lunch with Deborah Moore, Western States Senior Campaign Manager at UCS. Let’s share what SPG at UCLA is planning for this upcoming year, and Deborah can share UCS efforts around wildfires, clean energy, climate preparedness and resilience, air pollution, and clean transportation, as well as other UCS campaigns around scientific integrity and more. We can also chat about training needs and upcoming UCS events, and brainstorm ways we may work together and support each others’ shared goals.

Lunch will be provided.

11/03/2019 Exploring Your Universe

Exploring Your Universe is coming up again and we need volunteers! On Sunday, November 3rd, thousands of children and parents will come to UCLA for a science fair of free science education and games.

This is a great opportunity to work on your communication skills and is always one of the most rewarding events we do!

You can sign up to volunteer at the link below by this Friday, October 18 – but don’t worry if you miss the deadline, you can still volunteer with our group!

2018-2019 Events

5/14/2019 Transitioning to a Career in Science Policy for Graduate Students and Postdoctoral Scholars

Tuesday, May 14th | 12:00 – 1:30 PM
Career Center, Conference Room 200
Register Here: https://ucla.joinhandshake.com/events/296288

Are you interested in translating your scientific training into a career in policy? This workshop will serve as an introduction to the world of science policy career opportunities and how you can work to influence science policy now as a graduate student or postdoc.

Light lunch will be provided.

Sponsored by UCLA Career Center and UCLA Graduate Division

1/29/2019 Policy Position Brainstorm

Interested in being a part of choosing which policy positions the Science Policy Group at UCLA will focus on for the upcoming year? Join us for our Policy Position Brainstorm!

We will discuss which local assembly members we want to be in touch with and which bills we want to advocate for. This is an opportunity to impact legislation in a meaningful way! 

Pizza and light refreshments will be served. We hope to see you there!

1/31/2019 Winter 2019 Kickoff
spg general meeting 1-31-2019

Join the Science Policy Group at UCLA for our first event of the quarter! We will discuss the recent government shutdown and its implications on science in the U.S., including impacts on scientists, the NIH, FDA inspections, the environment, and more.

Free pizza included!

11/04/2018 Exploring Your Universe

We are going to have a booth again this year at Exploring Your Universe. We had great activities last year and it was a lot of fun connecting with children and parents of the LA community who were excited about science and policy. 

The event is Sunday, November 4th from 12am-5pm and we need volunteers to help at the booth. If you’d like to be a part of this interactive (and fun!) event, please let us know by this Friday so we can register you. If you get back to us by this Friday, October 19th, you will get lunch, water, snacks, and an EYU2018 T-shirt on the day of the event. Otherwise, you can still come help out without being officially registered.  

10/27/2018 Science Advocacy Symposium: Building the Next Generation of Science Advocacy Leaders

We would like to announce an amazing opportunity coming up on October 27th for Science Policy Group members. 

In collaboration with the Union of Concerned Scientists and graduate students at UC Irvine, San Diego, and Riverside, we are offering a one-day Early Career Scientists Symposium. The symposium’s goal is to train the next generation of science advocacy leaders and is an extraordinary opportunity for anyone interested in science policy and advocacy.

Please register ASAP as spots will go quickly!

WHATBuilding the Next Generation of Science Advocacy Leaders WHEN: Saturday, October 27th, 10am-4pm WHERE: UC Irvine

7/20/2018 Online Training on Science Advocacy & Communications

In collaboration with the Union of Concerned Scientists, we are offering an online training on science advocacy and communications for early career scientists. This is only being offered to a few programs (us, UCSD and UCI), so we are really lucky to be a part of it!
The training is taking place on Friday, July 20 from 10:30 am – 12:30 pm. It’s remote, so all you have to do is sign on!

Depending on how many people are interested, we will mostly likely get together as a group to participate, for whoever is interested. 

Please register and participate! This is an incredible opportunity for early career scientists who want to learn more about science advocacy and communication.

2017-2018 Events

5/23/2018 Exploring Science Policy Careers

Join the Science Policy Group at UCLA for a career panel featuring professionals working in science policy.

Light refreshments will be served.

This event is generously sponsored by UCLA’s Career Center and UCLA’s Graduate Division.

RSVP: scipolcareers.eventbrite.com

4/30-5/4/2018 Science Advocacy Week

Join the Science Policy Group in collaboration with GSA, Government Relations and the Career Center for a week of science advocacy activities!

Mon 4/30: Do You Know Your Government?
This session is open to everyone! Join GSA for a workshop to brush up on your knowledge of how the government functions, including how a bill becomes a law. Knowing this is the first step to effective advocacy!

Wed 5/2: Science Advocacy Workshop
This session is by (short) application only! Join Dr. Mark Gold and UCLA’s Government Relations for an advocacy training session to give you all the tips and tricks you need for the district office visits.

Fri 5/4: District Office Visits
End your advocacy week by putting your new knowledge and skills to the test with district office visits! We will be visiting the offices of our California state representatives. You will be supplied with talking points for these meetings.

*Note that if you are chosen to participate in the Wednesday and Friday sessions, you may also have the opportunity to join us for a networking breakfast with a former AAAS S&T Policy Fellow!

4/10/2018 Science for Science Policy: More Important Now than Ever

The Science Policy Group at UCLA is back for Spring 2018! We are excited to have Douglas Friedman as our guest speaker.

Join us on Tuesday, April 10th at 1:00 PM in Young Hall 2033!

Make sure to RSVP at sci4scipol.eventbrite.com

3/19/2018 General Meeting #5 – Mental Health Policy

Join the Science Policy Group at UCLA for our general meeting on Monday, March 19th at 5:00 PM in Boyer Hall 159, where we will be discussing mental health policy. Light refreshments will be served.

3/14/2018 From the Lab to the Ballot: Bringing STEM to Politics

Join us for a panel discussion and Q&A session focused on mobilizing STEM trained individuals to participate in politics and government.

WHEN: 3/14 from 6:30-8:30 PM
WHERE: Neuroscience Research Building Auditorium (Rm 132)
HOW: RSVP at 314actionuclapanel.eventbrite.com (no charge for admission)

Featured panelists include:

  • Jess Phoenix, a volcanologist running for Congress in the only Republican-held district in LA county (CA-25)
  • Edward Walker, a Sociology Professor at UCLA whose research focuses on social movements and author of Grassroots for Hire: Public Affairs Consultants in American Democracy
  • Jamie Tijerina, a scientist at Caltech, Director At-Large of the Historic Highland Park Neighborhood Council, and head of 314 Action LA County
  • Alex Bradley, a molecular biologist at UCLA who co-organized the 2017 March for Science in Los Angeles (MFSLA) and continues to serve as the MFSLA organization’s Communications Director.

Event begins at 6:30 pm with light refreshments and an opportunity to sign in and ask a question for the panelists. Panel discussion will begin promptly at 7 pm. A reception with refreshments will follow, with an opportunity to meet the panelists.

2/12/2018 General Meeting #4 – Science Censorship with Dr. Tepring Piquado

Join SPG for our fourth meeting of 2017-2018! We are thrilled that we will be joined by Dr. Tepring Piquado, who will discuss her career path in science policy and science censorship from the perspective of her career at RAND.

We will be meeting on Monday, February 12, 2018 at 5:00 PM in Boyer Hall 159. Snacks and refreshments will be provided.

1/22/2018 General Meeting #3 – Science Policy Career Round-Table Discussion

We are excited to kick off 2018 with our first general meeting of the year! We will be joined by speakers who will discuss their careers and how they relate to science policy.

We will be meeting on Monday, January 22 at 5:00 PM in Boyer Hall 130. Snacks and refreshments will be provided.

11/1/2017 General Meeting #2 – Gerrymandering

Want to learn how gerrymandering affects U.S. politics, and science policy can be used to reduce or inflate gerrymandering? Come to the Science Policy Group at UCLA’s second general meeting of the year to find out!

Join us this Wednesday, November 1st at 5:30 PM in Boyer Hall 159. Snacks and refreshments will be provided.

10/4/2017 General Meeting #1 – Hurricanes and Climate Change

We hope you’ll join us for our first meeting of the year! It will be held next Wednesday, October 4th from 6-7 pm in the Gonda first floor conference room (Gonda 1357). We’ll start with a brief overview of the group, our structure, and our plans for the year. Then, we’ll have a discussion about something that has been on a lot of people’s minds lately: the recent hurricanes, how they may be impacted by climate change, and the role policy can play in addressing these issues.

We encourage you to check out this Vox article discussing climate change’s role in recent severe storms, and this recent New York Times article highlighting climate policy in California.


Snacks and refreshments will be provided.

8/5/2017 SoCal Science Policy Happy Hour

Join fellow SoCal Science Policy Groups for a happy hour on Saturday, August 5th at Stereo Brewing in Placentia at 6 pm!

6/22/2017 UCLA and USC Science Policy Happy Hour

Join USCience Policy and Science Policy Group at UCLA for a joint happy hour at Mandrake Bar from 5 pm – 7 pm on June 22. Connect with fellow science policy enthusiasts, and join us for a discussion around the effect of refugees and sanctuary cities on stress.

After this event, you should gain a sense of how:

  1. Science shapes policy
  2. Understanding how to effectively communicate science to the public

To build upon these goals, we are going to tie in a conversation topic to show how science plays a role. After all, application of a new skill will help cement this concept better.

  1. Relationship among refugees, stress, and psychiatric disease
  2. (if time) What additional policies are in place/should be in place to support them?

To kick start your thinking caps, here’s a Nature interview on this relationship.

Attached you will find a paper on the role science policy plays a role and how to do advocate for an issue with science!

RSVP is required for the included free drink ticket.

Please RSVP here: http://uscuclascipolhappyhour.eventbrite.com

6/7/2017 Kickoff Event

Join our newly founded Science Policy Group at UCLA in our kickoff event! Learn about science policy, upcoming events, open officer positions, and provide your own input on the group and its platform.

We welcome undergraduate students, graduate students, postdoctoral scholars, faculty, and staff.

Please RSVP here: scipolkickoff.eventbrite.com

Access the slides from this event here.Kendall-Taylor Levit 2017