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Science to Policy Student Cabinet

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    Lindsey Pedroncelli

    Cabinet Co-Chair
    "Save our strawberries!  The fight against fungi."
    Department of Microbiology and Plant Pathology
    Interests: Climate change, agriculture

    As I became more aware of the lack of sustainability within the food and agriculture industries, I began wondering what I could do to help. California is an agricultural hub and I believe it is important to educate people throughout the state where their food comes from and what they can do to live more sustainable lives. I also hope to inform policymakers and influence change at the policy level to make the food and agriculture industries safer for consumers and the environment. Through S2P I hope to learn how to influence these changes and how to effectively communicate my science knowledge.

    Archana

     

    Archana Aravindan

    Curriculum & Events Committee Chair

    "Asking the Galaxies that are small, how are we here at all!?"

    Department of Physics & Astronomy

    I am a first-year Ph.D. student in Physics and Astronomy, and I am presently working in a lab that studies outflows from galaxies. I will be studying outflows from dwarf galaxies to discern whether these outflows are caused by Active Galactic Nuclei, which would throw light on how stars stop forming in these galaxies. I am interested in Science policy to find out how my research can help the community in general and learn how to communicate scientific research in a way that everyone understands it!

    Yaqiong Li

     

    Yaqiong Li

    Curriculum & Events Committee Member

    "“Atoms and electrons tell you the secrets of energy storage."

    Department of Materials Science and Engineering

    Yaqiong Li is a fifth-year Ph.D. student in Materials Science and Engineering program at UC Riverside. She studies computational material science and focuses on atomistic and electronic scale simulation. Specifically, she is investigating the properties and behavior of material interfacial systems in the energy storage field and trying to enhance the corrosion resistance of the electrode and further improve the cyclability of zinc batteries. Yaqiong would like to use her engineering background to conduct policy analysis and make recommendations for policymakers.

     

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    Chris Rudnicki

    Government Relations Committee Chair

    "Sunrise to Sunset: Don't waste Any of it"

    Department of Mechanical Engineering

    Chris Rudnicki is originally from outside Chicago and is now a 4th year Ph.D. Student in the Mechanical Engineering Department. He works on using non-thermal plasma processes to synthesize plasmonic nanoparticles, specifically ZrN, as an alternative to gold and silver for photocatalytic applications. Chris is hoping that his science background and interest in politics can be combined to contribute to building a more just and equitable society.

    Sanika

     

    Sanika Nishandar

    Government Relations Committee Member

    "Arsonist with a Purpose"

    Department of Mechanical Engineering

    I am a fourth year PhD candidate in the Department of Mechanical Engineering. My research focuses on the environmental applications of fluid dynamics, specifically initiation and spread of wildfire as well as air pollution monitoring in indoor and outdoor environments. My interest in public policy stems from my aspiration of communicating the ongoing research to an audience beyond the scientific community.

     

    Jenna

    Jenna Roper

    Network Engagement Committee Chair

    "Smart Crops for Smarter Farming"

    Department of Bioengineering

    Jenna Roper is a 4th year PhD student in the Department of Bioengineering. She develops next generation sensors for small, rural farmers in developing nations in order to increase agricultural sustainability. She is interested in the intersection of science and public policy and aims to transition into policy upon the completion of her degree.

    Ariana

     

    Ariana Firebaugh-Ornelas

    Network Engagement Committee Member

    "99 problems but extinction ain't one"

    I am a 4th year PhD Student in the  Department of Evolution, Ecology, and Organismal Biology. I study coexistence dynamics in plant communities in Southern California. I’m a SoCal native rooted in bridging connections between science, equity, and community. 

     

    Gabriel Ortiz

     

    Gabriel Ortiz

    Content Creation Committee Member

    "Still fertilizing? Bacteria can do it better"

    Department of Microbiology and Plant Pathology

     I'm a fifth year PhD candidate in the Department of Plant Pathology. I'm currently studying the interaction among crops and beneficial soil bacteria. I aim to understand the human impacts on the interaction and how this knowledge can be used to develop sustainable strategies for crop improvement. I am interested in using science policy as a tool to have a positive impact in my community as well as to improve my science communication skills.

    Sarah

     

    Sarah Bobardt

    Content Creation Committee Member

    Department of Genetics, Genomics and Bioinformatics

    Sarah Bobardt is a fifth year PhD student in the Genetics, Genomics, and Bioinformatics program at UC Riverside. Her research focuses on understanding the role of the endocannabinoid system in host-nematode interactions. She is currently a Graduate Assistant for the Exploration Center for Innovative Teaching and Engagement (XCITE) at UCR. Prior to graduate school, she earned a degree in Molecular, Cell, and Developmental Biology from UC Los Angeles. Her career goals include working in science policy and education to improve communication between researchers and the general population.

    William Ota

    William Ota

    Student Cabinet Member

     

    Jessica Bradford

     

    Jessica Bradford

    Student Cabinet Member

     

     

    Elijah

     

    Elijah Hall

    Student Cabinet Member

     

     

    Jean Claude

     

    Jean Claude Lraudkunda

    Student Cabinet Member

     

     

    Dongwei

     

    Dongwei Sun

    Student Cabinet Member

     

     

    Nakul

     

    Nakul Gangolli

    Student Cabinet Member

     

    Esther

     

    Esther Omaiye

    Student Cabinet Member