During her fellowship, Barclay has had the opportunity to work on a number of policy development and advocacy efforts with ACS, ranging from the congressional briefing series to the ACS policy website. In particular, the fellowship has offered her several excellent avenues to work on environmental policy — an issue that has long been her primary professional and personal interest.
Barclay Satterfield is the Science Policy Fellow in the American Chemical Society’s Office of Legislative & Government Affairs. She completed a B.S. in Chemical Engineering from Yale University in 2002 and a Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering from Princeton University in 2007.
As a graduate student, she worked with polymer membrane fuel cells, helped run a student organization, Greening Princeton, and completed a certificate in Science, Technology and Environmental Policy through Princeton’s Woodrow Wilson School of Public & International Affairs and the Princeton Environmental Institute.
The Science Policy Fellowship in the American Chemical Society’s Office of Public Affairs experience offers a broad exposure to the workings of the office, the Society, and the science policy world as a whole.
Barclay’s projects have included staffing an ACS-sponsored workshop on non-technical barriers to sustainability in the chemical industry and helping use the workshop results to craft a viewpoint article that was submitted to the journal Environmental Science & Technology. In addition, she has contributed to two policy statements for the Society: one on visa policies for visiting students and researchers and the other on sustainability in the chemical enterprise.
Barclay has helped develop and organize three congressional briefings as part of the Society’s Science & the Congress briefings project: one presenting the science, policy, and business perspectives on climate change, one on measurements and impacts of the disappearing Greenland ice sheet, and a third on including nanotechnology in science education.
In addition, Barclay has been in charge of developing the office’s policy webpage —www.acs.org/policy. This has been a chance to learn and share advice and ideas for members to become involved, help organize policy activities at the local section level and ensure successful advocacy meetings with their elected officials. The web project has also offered an excellent motivation to study the office’s goals, methods, and history of achievements and to grapple with effective ways to communicate these to Society members and the public.
Finally, during her fellowship Barclay has had many chances to promote science policy as a career path for scientists and engineers. At ACS national meetings, she has staffed the Legislative Action Network booth, both recruiting LAN members and answering questions for those interested in applying for an ACS Public Policy fellowship. She has also traveled to appear on two career panels in the graduate chemistry departments of Northwestern University and the University of Illinois, Urbana Champagne. She has also described her experiences for the internet audience in a recent www.act4chemistry.org video and in this blog.
The ACS Office of Public Affairs is now accepting applications for its 2009-2010 public policy fellowships. The application deadline is December 31. To learn more about this exciting opportunity click here.