The four fellows – Shin-Yi Lin, a biologist and neuroscientist; Andrew McAllister, an applied physicist; Allison McCague, a human geneticist; and Liana Vaccari, a chemical engineer; were selected from a pool of candidates with Ph.D. or equivalent degrees in the sciences for their interest in bringing scientific expertise to politics and government.
“At Eagleton, we study how American politics and government work and change, analyze how democracy might improve, and promote political participation and civic engagement. Through programs like the Eagleton Science and Politics Initiative and the science fellowship, Eagleton helps students, elected officials, and members of the public link the study of politics with its day-to-day practice,” said Eagleton associate director John Weingart.
Scientific issues are front and center in current national political conversations. The science initiative addresses the need for scientists, elected officials, and policymakers to communicate and work together to better inform public policy. The fellowship program puts that concept to the test by giving scientists the opportunity to serve in and engage with the state government,” said Anna Dulencin, senior program coordinator for the Eagleton Science and Politics Initiative.
“The fellowship would not be possible without the support of Rutgers–New Brunswick Chancellor Christopher J. Molloy, Governor Phil Murphy, and the New Jersey Legislature – especially Assemblyman Andrew Zwicker,” added Dulencin.
Eagleton Science Fellows were selected for their accomplishments as scientists, interest in the American political system, and passion for public service. They have a desire to better understand how politics affect their scientific disciplines and how they can effectively engage with state leaders and institutions.
Meet the Eagleton Science Fellows Class of 2020: https://eagleton.rutgers.edu/rutgers-eagleton-institute-of-politics-announces-first-class-of-science-fellows/