Random Thoughts from Debbie

Hi Deborah,

 I'm sending this newsletter before heading to Costa Rica tomorrow for two weeks for a very much needed vacation.  I love to travel and one advantage of being independent is that I can now travel off-season.  After not being able to travel during the pandemic, I'm trying to catch up.

Part of the reason I love to travel is to learn about other cultures.  Although we might think of other cultures from a country or ethnic standpoint, there are certainly also different cultures when we think about policy. This is something that really struck home during the pandemic. 

So I always encourage students to watch shows, listen to podcasts, etc. that present a different perspective than their own.  Whether you're an analyst or an advocate, you need to understand the variety of perspectives on the issues you are addressing.  Some policymaker is sure to ask you how you respond to those perspectives and you need to have a thoughtful answer ready.

I'm also excited to let everyone know that I have merged my consulting and teaching activities into a new S&T Policy Academy webpage!  Please take a look and let me know what you think! I put my first webpages together myself at the beginning of the pandemic and I was glad this time to have it done by some professionals.

Just hit reply to let me know your thoughts, how you’re doing, any questions you might have, and your feedback on any and all of this communication. I'm particularly interested in hearing if you received a fellowship, job, or other opportunity.  Sharing your story can help inspire others who are on the same path you were a few years ago. 

My goal is to help you reach your S&T policy goals  and I’m all ears.

New Science & Technology Policy Academy Webinar: What is Equity Analysis and How Can I Use It?

We all know that equity is a good thing, but in order to hold leaders accountable, you need to be able to assess a program's current equity, develop a plan to improve that equity, and then measure progress toward an equity goal. In this webinar, you'll learn what equity analysis is and how you can use it to meet your science & technology policy goals.
 At the webinar on November 21st at 6 pm eastern, you'll hear from Dr. Stephen Plank, vice president of Research, Evaluation, Evidence and Data at the Annie E. Casey Foundation on how they conduct equity analysis. The foundation produces guidance and analysis on equity on a regular basis as illustrated in their guide that provides "7 Steps to Advance and Embed Race Equity and Inclusion Within Your Organization" and their more recent reports. Other speakers will also offer their perspective on equity analysis, and organizations will tell you how you can participate in their activities. This webinar is co-hosted by Forefront and the National Science Policy Network.

 Registration is available until capacity is reached. Join us!

New Pilot Class: Equity Analysis for Scientists, Engineers, and Health Professionals

Interested in learning about equity analysis in-depth?  Join our class on Equity Analysis for Scientists, Engineers, and Health Professionals. You'll still watch videos for content, as with our other on-demand classes, but you'll be part of a 4-week cohort where you'll workshop activities together. Upon completion, you'll receive a digital badge to post on LinkedIn.

  • Registration/Details: Go to this  link
  • Registration Deadline: Monday, November 21 (or when capacity is reached.)
  • Video Content Available: Week of November 21
  • Q&A Sessions (Optional):  Weeks of  November 28 and December 5, 12, and 19; Day/time picked by class vote.


  • Professionals: $147
  • Students, Postdocs, Unemployed: $97
  • Students, Postdocs, Unemployed (NSPN Members): $49

Register for this great deal before spaces run out!

Cool Resource

I'm so pleased that Dr. Arati Prabhakar is the new director of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, the President's Science Advisor (formally the Assistant to the President for Science and Technology), and a member of the President's cabinet!  Not only is she the first woman and person of color to hold the role of the President's science advisor, but I've met her several time in the past and she's a wonderful and thoughtful person.  Take some time out of our schedule to watch her recent talk at AAAS on the aims of U.S. science and technology and you'll see what I mean. After a troubling start to OSTP in the Biden Administration, Dr. Prabhakar is the person we need to get a new start in the Biden Administration.

More Ways to Learn and Grow

The S&T Policy Academy has a number of ways for you to learn and grow:

    • ON DEMAND CLASSES FOR INDIVIDUALS:  Affordable classes that you can do at your own pace anywhere.  If you are a member of the National Science Policy Network (NSPN), you can get half off and apply for professional development funds that are enough to pay your entire tuition.  For each class you complete, you receive a digital badge.  Complete all four and you receive a certificate. To get more information or sign up, go to this webpage.
    • SPRING WORKSHOPS FOR ACADEMIC AND STUDENT ORGANIZATIONS, GOVERNMENT AGENCIES, & NON-PROFITS:  Workshops can cover any science & technology policy topic of interest to the sponsoring organization for any timeframe.  Now is the time to sign up for these before my schedule fills up for the Spring.  A 1.5-hour interactive workshop is only $250. Schedule a no-cost no obligation consultation on my calendar if you’re interested so we can work together to identify what will work best for your group.  You can see more information and examples of past topics on this page.
    • PREMIERE EXECUTIVE COACHING FOR INDIVIDUALS OR SMALL TEAMS:  Brand new this Fall and with limited space, premiere executive coaching is for individuals, groups of professionals, or Ph.D. candidates or postdocs who are interested in implementing science & technology policy analysis principles for a specific project, program, initiative, research paper, or dissertation. With coaching, you can learn life-long skills and at the same time reach your organization’s policy or communication goals. If you’re interested, please schedule a free consultation on my calendar to see if premiere executive coaching is a “right fit” for you. More information and frequently asked questions are on this page.
    • DONE FOR YOU SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY POLICY ANALYSIS, PROGRAM EVALUATION, & COMMUNICATION:  If time and staff are limited, and you are a non-profit or academic organization, industry, or business who wants to get a message out to the policymakers, then the Science & Technology Policy Academy can work with your team to get that project done. We can gather both existing and new information via surveys, interviews, focus groups, or roundtable discussions with experts or stakeholders.  We can then produce communication products such as policymaker guides, policy briefs, case studies, videos, and infographics.  Want to chat further to see if we’re a good fit for each other?  Then please schedule a free consultation on my calendar.  More information is and examples of past work is available on this page.

Thanks for reading!

Dr. Deborah D. Stine, Founder and Chief Instructor, Science & Technology Policy Academy


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