PODCAST | AAAS 2018 Live: From Bench to Policymaking

Carlos Faraco
Apr 30, 2018

In this episode Carlos Faraco, a neuroscientist and current AAAS Science & Technology Policy Fellow (STPF) at the National Institute of Justice, speaks with Frances Colón, CEO of Jasperi Consulting, former Deputy Science Advisor at the Department of State under Hillary Clinton and John Kerry, and 2006-08 STPF fellow at the State Department. Broadly, they’ll discuss how Dr. Colón’s training as a developmental neurobiologist prepared her for a career in science policy, along with the issues which motivated her to make that leap. Specifically, she will discuss her work on climate change in the Americas while at the Department of State, how that work has helped inform her perspective on climate change and other issues she is working to address in South Florida, as well as how scientists and individuals from all walks of life can become more civically engaged. The discussion also delves into how local politics may differ from the national perspective, and how local leaders and scientists can step in to make impactful and necessary change at the local level.


Host: Carlos Faraco, Ph.D., Neuroscience
2016-2018 Executive Branch Fellow at the National Institutes of Justice

Frances Colón, Ph.D., Neuroscience
CEO, Jasperi Consulting
2006-08 Executive Branch Fellow at the Department of State
Former Deputy Science and Technology Adviser to the Secretary of State (2012-2017)
Twitter: @fcoloninfl

Executive Producer

Carlos Faraco, Ph.D., Neuroscience
2016-2018 Executive Branch Fellow at the National Institutes of Justice

Image: Frances Colon

Carlos Faraco

Carlos is a neuroscientist whose academic work has primarily focused on developing novel human MRI methods to evaluate disease progression and incident risk in stroke and neurodegenerative disease patients. His current work as an AAAS S&T Policy fellow at the National Institute of Justice has focused on strategic planning and developing effective science communication strategies. Additionally, Carlos is co-Director and Executive Producer for the Sci on the Fly podcast, as well as Editor for the blog.


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