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STPF groups are formed and managed by current and alumni fellows. They provide a forum to meet and discuss issues related to areas of targeted interest, including various areas of science, policy, and other topical issues. Affinity group activities range from presentations and discussions with expert guest speakers, to monthly meetings and gatherings over coffee, workshops, full day symposia, and multi-day conferences. Social groups do not necessarily reflect the views of AAAS, its Council, Board of Directors, officers, or members. Social groups are available as a public service, but this does not constitute endorsement by AAAS.
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STPF Affinity Group: U.S. Healthcare Policy

The U.S. Healthcare Policy Affinity Group looks at foundational issues, hot topics, and careers in U.S. healthcare policy with a focus on biomedical and technological advancements.

Contact the co-chairs Balkissa Ouattara (, Christiane Olivero (, and Jessica Cleveland ( to join and get event invitations.

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STPF Affinity Group: Water

The Water Affinity Group focuses on the different aspects of the critical water issues of our time. From inland waterways to the ocean, including, but not limited to: drinking water infrastructure, emerging contaminants, groundwater extraction and other water resources, and harmful algal blooms. Water-related issues intersect other topical areas such as natural hazards, food security, climate change, foreign relations, energy, and environmental justice. Whether you are a water enthusiast or want to explore how water connects to other crucial issues, this group will focus on the interests of the current membership and topical subjects of the present.

Contact the co-chairs Bria Jamison ( and Jordin Metz ( to join the group and receive event invitations.

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STPF Affinity Group: Data Users/R Users Group

This group advances the mission of making data more accessible by sharing methods of implementation. The covid 19 pandemic has highlighted that many citizens are willing and in fact, would like to look at data for themselves. One of the things that this group discusses and brings to the forefront is how is data represented, its reach and limitations but also methods for interacting with data that are more clear and open, and FAIR. This group also shares knowledge about the statistical programming language R and its use in the federal government.

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STPF Affinity Group: State and Local Policy (STaLP)

 STate and Local Policy (STaLP) is a group for fellows interested in connecting with scientists and policy-makers working in state & local (S&L) government. Whether you are interested for personal policy curiosities, long-term career goals, or your current fellowship involves coordinating with S&L governments, we’ll plan events & discussions to broaden exposure to science policy at a more local level.

Contact the co-chairs Katie Reichard ( and Kate McGrath ( to join the group and receive event invitations.

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STPF Affinity Group: AI Policy

 A group to learn about and discuss the current state of artificial intelligence technologies, their applications and likely impact, and ongoing or likely future policy relating to such technologies. We welcome fellows (current or alum) from all disciplines to contribute to the discussion.

Contact the co-chairs Eric Breckenfeld ( and Sarah Stevenson ( to join the group and receive event invitations.

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Policy, Advocacy and Engagement Discussions

To answer the call for a better forum for communication and networking around today's science advocacy efforts, this online group can be used to share ideas, actions, and collaboration.
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STPF Alumni Group: Minnesota

This group is for STPF alumni in Minnesota to connect with each other and share fellow updates, science policy events, news and more!
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STPF Social Group: Namaste! Yoga Group

AAAS fellows who are also yoga teachers will provide monthly yoga classes to fellows living in the DMV. Classes cater to everyone ranging from beginners to advanced.
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AAAS Science & Technology Policy Fellowships

AAAS Science & Technology Policy Fellowships (STPF) provide opportunities to outstanding scientists and engineers to learn first-hand about policymaking and contribute their knowledge and analytical skills in the policy realm. Representing a broad range of backgrounds, disciplines, and career stages, fellows serve in one-year assignments (September-August) in all three branches of government. Each year, the program adds to a growing corps over 3,000 strong of policy-savvy leaders working across academia, government, nonprofits, and industry to serve the nation and citizens around the world. Attracting significant interest from highly qualified professionals, STPF fellows are a powerful and coveted resource. Learn how to become a fellow:
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AAAS STPF Alumni Engagement Advisory Committee

Alumni Engagement Advisory Committee (AEAC), composed of STPF alumni from multiple classes, program areas, and disciplines, to spearhead STPF alumni engagement initiatives.
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