Our meeting last night was a huge success. Our members split off into their project groups and everyone is off to a great start! The four projects discussed last night cover a wide range of topics and interests:
- Cuba Exchange Project – This group is planning to develop an exchange program between Cuban and American medical students. It is an exciting time for Cuba-U.S. science diplomacy because of the re-establishment of diplomatic relations between the two countries. This group is hoping to help Penn promote this new diplomatic relationship.
- Science Diplomacy Consulting –Members of this group will work as science consultants for a foreign consulate, and gain valuable experience while using their scientific expertise to directly inform evidence-based policy.
- Institute on Science for Global Policy – ISGP is a non-profit organization founded by former science advisor to the Secretary of State: Dr. George Atkinson. Members of this group will be collaborating with ISGP by volunteering at and participating in policy conferences. This is a great opportunity for our members to learn how policy makers use scientific information to inform their decision-making, and to connect with policy makers. To learn more about ISGP click here.
- Central America Policy Evaluation – This group will systematically evaluate different strategies to combat health problems in individual Central American countries, and provide an evaluation of the most effective policies in the region. This evaluation can be used by nations in Central America to direct resources into the most effective programs.
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