Science to Policy Program Alumni


Dr. Holly Mayton

AAAS Science and Technology Policy Fellow
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). She also completed a postdoctoral appointment at the University of Virginia. Holly is passionate about connecting food and water science to policy and advocacy outcomes, from the local to the international level. 

Contact Holly:
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Dr. Drew Story

Water Cycle Science Lead at U.S. Global Change Research Program
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. He is a former AAAS Science and Technology Policy Fellow (sponsored by American Chemical Society) where he worked for US Senator Chris Coons on the energy & environment portfolio.

Contact Drew:
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Dr. Derreck Carter-House

NSPN SciPol Scholars Program Coordinator
UCR Program of Study:  Plant Pathology (Ph.D. 2019)

Derreck served as the student cabinet chair, participated in our inaugural cohort of our Science Policy Certificate Program, and served as our first visiting fellow in Congressman Mark Takano's office where he analyzed veteran health care accessibility data in Southern California and prepared a report for the Veteran Affairs Committee. After earning his Ph.D. he worked as a postdoctoral researcher at UCR, chaired the Graduate Education Committee for the National Science Policy Network (NSPN), and now serves as their SciPol Scholars Program Coordinator. 

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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. 

Jon Nye

Dr. Jonathan Nye

Postdoctoral Fellow, EDGE Institute, UC Riverside
UCR Program of Study: Earth Sciences (Ph.D. 2019)
Science policy interests: environmental restoration

Jonathan W. Nye, Ph.D. was a graduate from our inaugural science policy certificate program in 2019! He is now a Postdoctoral Scholar in the EDGE Institute and the Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences advised by Marilyn Fogel. He earned his B.S in Earth Sciences and B.A. in Anthropology at the University of California, Santa Cruz, and his PhD in Geological Sciences at the University of California, Riverside. Dr. Nye’s research focuses on ecology and biogeochemistry of ancient and modern food webs. He uses carbon, nitrogen and hydrogen stable isotope systematics to identify changes in marine and aquatic ecosystems. Dr. Nye is an associate member of the Salton Sea Task Force, a collaboration between EDGE, S2P, and other researchers, an effort to engage public officials on environmental restoration of California’s largest lake, the Salton Sea.

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Dr. Karin Johnson

Administrator, Texas Research Data Center
UCR Program of Study: Sociology (Ph.D. 2020)
Science policy interests: international migration, higher education

Karin was a graduate from our science policy certificate program. She completed her Ph.D. in May 2020 in Sociology from UCR. She researches international migration, specifically looking at how national higher education policies shape global international student trends to the US, as well as to other countries. Karin previously worked in international development and higher education. She also worked with the US Government Accountability Office (GAO) in the Financial Markets and Community Investments team.