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  1. Join the ECPA Live Chat | December 5, 12:00 PM ET In this live chat, you’ll learn more about the SfN Early Career Policy Ambassadors Program, a year-long program for early career scientists interested in science policy and advocacy. Hear from SfN’s Grassroots Advocacy Specialist as well as current and former ECPAs about the application process and their experiences in the program. Learn more about the ECPA Program. Facilitators Adam M. Katz Adam Katz is a Grassroots Advocacy Specialist at the Society for Neuroscience. He previously was a Policy and Advocacy Specialist at Research!America. Katz’s main research interests lie in neural plasticity. He received his undergraduate degree in Brain and Cognitive Science from the University of Rochester and his Master’s in Policy and Advocacy from Georgetown University. Ellen Wann, PhD Ellen Wann is a neuroscience advocacy fellow at the Society for Neuroscience. She was previously a PhD student in the Department of Neurobiology and Behavior at the University of California, Irvine and a 2016 Society for Neuroscience Early Career Policy Ambassador. Wann’s doctoral research focused on studying brain activity and blood flow changes after stroke. She received her bachelors in neuroscience and statistics from St. Olaf College and her PhD from the University of California, Irvine. Related resources Community Live Chat with Michael Heintz, SfN Advocacy Director Becoming an Early Career Ambassador (webcast) The Power of a Good Anecdote: Lessons From SfN’s 2017 Hill Day What I Learned at SfN’s Capitol Hill Day The Undergraduate Influence: Strategies to Get Involved in Science Policy
  2. Over the weekend, it appeared that the leadership of the House and the Senate have reached an agreement on a bill to keep the government open for the remainder of FY 2017. The bill includes a two billion dollar increase for the NIH budget, as well as increases in funding for the Department of Agriculture and the Food and Drug Administration among other measures. The bill has bipartisan support and avoids a costly government shutdown. If you’re interested, the full text can be found here.
  3. Science – 28 Apr 17 Standing up to fear In 2014, after years of planning, I finally got my visa to start my Ph.D. studies in the United States. I chose to come to this country—leaving behind my family and other loved ones in Iran—because I thought it would be the best way to grow as a... How has your academic institution responding in light of the travel ban? Do you have any recommendations for how any scientist can shed more light on this issue to those in academic administrations?
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