Responsibilities of the fellow

The ASBMB science policy fellow makes significant contributions to the ASBMB Office of Public Affairs and the efforts of the Public Affairs Advisory Committee.

The fellow will gain skills and experience with a variety of issues and aspects of science policy. The general responsibilities for the fellow are:

  • Research and analysis
    • Track legislation and science-policy issues relevant to the society's membership.
    • In consultation with the director of public affairs, respond to members’ requests for information or updates regarding science-policy issues.
    • Support ASBMB's Public Affairs Advisory Committee by performing policy analysis, participating in meetings and organizing conference calls.
    • Attend Congressional hearings, briefings and other science-policy events of interest to the biomedical community.
    • Conduct an independent science policy project under the guidance of the director of public affairs and the PAAC.
  • Advocacy
    • Working with the director of public affairs, organize biannual Hill Day events for society members.
    • Prepare background materials for, arrange and staff society members’ meetings with Congressional representatives and staff.
    • Represent ASBMB and the biomedical community in regular meetings and conference calls with members of Congress, other representatives of the federal government and advocacy coalitions.
  • Communications
    • Update PAAC members weekly on developing science policy issues.
    • Author regular postings for the society's science-policy blog, the ASBMB Policy Blotter.
    • Write regular articles on relevant science-policy issues for the society's member magazine, ASBMB Today.
    • Contribute to a monthly public affairs e-newsletter.
    • Attend in-person meetings of the society's governing council.
    • Assist in maintaining the public affairs website.