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September Live Chat

Once a Fellow, Always a Fellow: Science Policy Impact Beyond STPF

The AAAS Science & Technology Policy Fellowships (STPF) is more than a yearlong position in the federal government: it is a transformative career opportunity. The fellowship broadens career options, opens doors and expands professional networks. On September 16, hear from three fellows from different disciplines as they discuss how the STPF fellowship impacted their identity, career trajectory and understanding of science policy.

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Live Chat Speakers

Danielle Haney, 2015-17 Executive Branch Fellow, National Institutes of Health, Office of Science Policy, Engagement, Education, and Communications
Dr. Haney is the U.S. Respiratory Lead for Patient Advocacy at Genentech. In her role, she champions the needs of patients and promotes inclusion of the patient voice at all stages of drug development. Prior to joining Genentech, she was a Senior Health Science Policy Analyst at the National Institute for Neurological Disorders, and Stroke (NINDS) at the National Institutes of Health. Danielle has devoted much of her free time to community service and communicating science to the public. Danielle received her Ph.D. in Immunology from the University of Pennsylvania.

Alejandro de la Puente, 2016-18 Executive Branch Fellow, National Science Foundation, Division of Undergraduate Education

Dr. Alejandro de la Puente is currently at the U.S. Department of Defense working as an Operations Research Analyst in the Office of the Secretary of Defense, Cost Assessment and Program Evaluation. Previously, he served as Associate Director of Science Alliance at the New York Academy of Sciences. In this role, he worked to provide graduate students and early career professionals with career development programs and opportunities to help them grow their careers. A researcher in theoretical physics, Alejandro experienced a calling to serve society by engaging in education policy as an STPF fellow in the Education and Human Resources Directorate at the National Science Foundation. Alejandro’s passion is to help young STEM students and professionals achieve their full potential, while increasing diversity and inclusivity in the STEM ecosystem in the U.S. and wider world. Alejandro received his Ph.D. in physics at the University of Notre Dame du Lac.

Heather Huyck, 1985-86 American Historical Association Congressional
Science & Engineering Fellow, House Committee on Interior and Insular Affairs
Dr. Huyck has worked in women’s history and public history since 1971, with a M.A. in Cultural Anthropology and Ph.D. in American History from the University of Minnesota. She has been a National Park Service historian and ranger, and a professional staff member, House of Representatives Subcommittee on National Parks and Public Lands where she did the staff work for 81 enacted laws including major legislation such as the Abandoned Shipwreck Act, the Archeological Resources Protection Act and the 1992 amendments to the National Historic Preservation Act. Her book Doing Women’s History in Public: A Handbook for Interpretation at Museums and Historic Sites was published in April 2020. She has travelled to 324 NPS sites and dozens of state, local, and private historic sites and museums.

Moderator: Ryan Gallasch, Program Manager, AAAS Science & Technology Policy Fellowships

Ryan manages partnerships with federal host agencies and offices facilitating day-to-day coordination of fellows. This entails conducting the selection and placement processes; monitoring and reporting on fellowship activities; and, serving as a liaison and guide to fellows and their mentors. In addition, Ryan contributes to planning and conducting orientation sessions, and participates in outreach and recruitment efforts.