Mount Sinai Science Policy Group (MSSPG)

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Background

MSSPG was formed to serve as a platform to connect young researchers who are passionate about science policy, increase science awareness throughout the local community, and train science researchers on policy planning and analysis and provide inputs to policymakers. The group also strives to explore the ethical, legal, and regulatory issues that arise from biomedical progress, advocate for science-informed policymaking, and communicate science to the public through OpEds and public talks.

Getting Involved

MSSPG is being restructured under the interim leadership of Piyush Kumar, PhD.

MSSPG membership is open to everyone from Mount Sinai. However, the leadership positions can be held by GSBS grad students and postdocs only. Honorary and affiliate membership can be awarded to policy groups from other universities and institutes.

Currently, as of February 2022, All positions are open (initially one person for each position. When the group grows, 2 co-presidents, separate secretary and treasurers can be elected democratically). 

Structure

Working title and major responsibilities

  1. President/Co-presidents: Overall leadership, interaction with authorities/Mt Sinai leadership/ GSBS/OPA, forging collaborations with other Policy groups and organizations, fundraising
  2. Secretary/treasurers: Meeting minutes, reminders to fellows and members, keeping track of funds, liasoning with Grad School and Office of postdoc affairs 
  3. Coordinators: Project Coordinators-Lead and coordinate specific events; Outreach Coordinators– social media, website, Liasons: Postdoc liason and Grad student liason

Slack Channel

Mount Sinai students and trainees can join by clicking this weblink: https://join.slack.com/t/mountsinaisci-qkv7099/shared_invite/zt-13ozyiede-t~0XkJDehv~YyptMWX6xDQ

Past Leadership and activities

MSSPG thanks outgoing leader Allison Kahn who is soon to graduate. Some of the past events and activities of the group include:

  1. Voter registration drives
  2. Participated in the March For Science, organized a table for education on vaccines, climate change, genome editing, open access policies, environmental regulations, etc.
  3. Op-ed writing 
  4. Science policy symposium → hosted speakers from the Alan Alda Center for Science Communication, NYS EPA, etc.

Contact:

For any queries, please email Piyush: <piyush.kumar@mssm.edu>