Science to Policy Program Alumni


Dr. Holly Mayton

Postdoctoral Researcher at the University of Virginia
UCR Program of Study:  Chemical and Environmental Engineering (Ph.D. 2018)
Science policy interests:  Food safety, water, sustainable agriculture, science diplomacy

Holly has served as a UC Global Food Initiative Fellow, represented students on the board of the California Agriculture and Food Enterprise (CAFE) at UCR, contributed to several California Natural Resources Agency committees on environmental science and public outreach, and worked part-time for the California Council on Science and Technology. Currently, she is serving as a national co-chair of the National Science Policy Network (NSPN). Holly is passionate about connecting food and water science to policy and advocacy outcomes, from the local to the international level.

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Dr. Drew Story

AAAS Congressional Fellow (sponsored by American Chemical Society)
Working for US Senator Chris Coons on the energy & environment portfolio
UCR Program of Study:  Chemical and Environmental Engineering (Ph.D. 2018), D.E. in Public Policy
Science policy interests:  Energy, environment, education

While at UCR, Drew spearheaded the creation of the Designated Emphasis in Public Policy, served as an advisor to the California Natural Resources Agency, and was selected as a “science translator” by the California Council on Science & Technology. He was appointed to the editorial board of the Journal of Science Policy & Governance and joined the Government Affairs Committee of the Association of Environmental Engineering and Science Professors. Drew hopes to use his scientific, communications, and policy training and experiences to improve stakeholder collaboration on energy, environmental, and education policy.

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Dr. Benjamin Sommerkorn

Past Vice Chair and Past Cabinet Member
"Brain aneurysms:  They don't have to be a headache."
Department of Mechanical Engineering
Interests:  Energy systems, sustainability, organizing, social justice

I am interested in the intersection of science, policy and social issues. My passion for policy comes from a desire to seek justice and to improve the lives of all people. I hope to work in the state and federal legislature making sure good data and science are at the fore of new policy. My dissertation work involves blood mechanics, brain aneurysms, and biomedical microdevices.