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Deborah D Stine PhD

I’m Dr. Deborah D. Stine, your instructor. For over 30 years, I've been fortunate enough to work for some of the top organizations in the country as a translator of science and technology to policy makers. I've worked at the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine; the Congressional Research; the President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology at the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy; and Carnegie Mellon University. I’ve influenced countless public policies throughout my career through my understanding of science, engineering, technology, and public policy. Many of the scientists, engineers, and health professionals who I’ve mentored have gone on to successful careers in the White House, Congress, federal and state agencies, non-governmental organizations, think tanks, business, and industry. Now I'd like to provide that same knowledge and guidance to you.

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About this course


Whether you’re a scientist, engineer, or health professional interested in a career in science and technology policy or a researcher who’s interested in improving how they describe the potential societal implications of their research, you need a better understanding of science and technology policy. You also need to understand the key principles involved in evaluating programs, analyzing potential public policies that might respond to societal implications, and then communicating your results to policymakers and the public. 

Educational Outcomes 

In this “learn by doing” class, students will enhance their understanding of:

  • What encompasses science & technology (S&T) policy
  • The role of the White House, Congress, and Judiciary in S&T policy

  • The role of international government and U.S. states & cities in S&T policy

  • The role of scientists, engineers, and health professionals in public policy.

  • The analytical and communication techniques that support scientific, engineering, and health-focused communications with policymakers.

  • An overview of careers in S&T policy.

How it Works:  You can go through the material at the pace that works for you.  The content of the class is presented through short-taped lectures of about 15 minutes on our learning management system called Ruzuku.  You will then practice the content of each lesson through exercises on which you'll receive feedback. 

During the six weeks of the class, there will be a weekly one-hour live Q&A session where you can ask questions and students can volunteer for their exercises to be "workshopped."   The date and time for the weekly Q&A session will be determined by the vote of the registered participants.  Evening (eastern) options will be offered.

Although the Q&A sessions occur over 6 weeks, it sometimes takes longer for students to complete the exercises due to their other responsibilities.  There is no expiration date for watching the videos.  In addition, you can use your three coaching calls to get feedback on your work at any time - before or after the Q&A sessions end - along with career guidance and any other professional guidance you'd like to receive. The date/time for coaching calls is based on your schedule and that of the instructor and is scheduled via an app.  You also have long-term access to the instructor and announcements of jobs, fellowships, seminars, and workshops via the Academy's Slack channel.

Schedule: The optional Q&A Sessions will occur for one-hour once a week from June 28 - August 2, 2021.  The specific day and time will be determined by class vote, but are typically from 5-8 pm eastern Tu, Wed, or Th.

Cost:  As a pilot, this class is half off our usual rate!   The pilot rates below are in exchange for being patient as the class content is developed from week to week, and for providing feedback throughout the class on the videos, exercises, and anything else that may help with developing the final version of the class.  

Students/Postdocs/Unemployed $97   Register at the student et al. level

Professionals $147.  Register at the professional level

Further half-price discounts are available for friends (2 students for the price of 1), and for  National Science Policy Network (NSPN) members  (click on  NSPN webpage link for details.)

Questions or Discount Codes Needed?:  Email