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Will HartwigWill Hartwig, Co-Director

September 2012 - December 2014
Ph.D. Chemistry, 2015

Will graduated from the University of Colorado Boulder in 2007 with a B.A. in Chemistry and Biochemistry. He recieved his Ph.D. in Synthetic Organic Chemistry in May 2015. His graduate research included the synthesis of unnatural opioids and methods development. As well as being a Co-Director for FOSEP, Will participated in United Government of Graduate Students (UGGS) at the University of Colorado as the Chemistry Department Representative. His policy interests include genetically modified organisms (particularly in agriculture), alternative transportation, vaccinations, and chemical regulation and safety.


Sydney KaufmanSydney Kaufman, Co-Director

January 2011 - August 2013
Ph.D. Chemical Physics, 2013

Sydney Kaufman received a B.Sc. from McGill University, then worked on rural energy issues in Alaska. She is currently a Ph.D. candidate in Chemical Physics at JILA and the University of Colorado Boulder working on gas phase ion chemistry of energetically relevant material.


Danielle BuckleyDanielle Buckley, Co-Director

November 2009 - May 2013
Ph.D. Chemistry, 2014

Danielle Buckley received a B.S. in Chemistry at the University of Texas at San Antonio. In her graduate work she studied lead chalcogenide quantum dot colloidal solutions and arrays. She used linear and non-linear ultrafast spectroscopy to study differences in dynamics between solutions and films with bulky, organic ligands and with shorter ligands that allow greader electronic coupling between quantum dots in an array.


Lida BeninsonLida Beninson, Co-Director

September 2012 - May 2013
Ph.D. Integrative Physiology

Lida Beninson earned her bachelor’s in Neuropsychology from Princeton University and Master of Science in Integrative Physiology from the University of Colorado at Boulder. She is completing her doctoral studies in Integrative Physiology and completing a graduate certificate in the Center for Science and Technology Policy Research. In addition to her doctoral studies, Lida serves on the editorial board for The Journal of Science Policy and Governance and was a 2012 recipient of the AIBS Emerging Public Policy Leadership Award. Lida has a wide range of research experience from the Monsanto Company, the FDA’s National Center for Toxicological Research, and the National Science Foundation and she has authored several publications covering topics in immunology, biochemistry, undergraduate research initiatives, and science and technology policy.


Mirvat AbdelhaqMirvat Abdelhaq, Co-Director

June 2011 - August 2012
Ph.D. Chemistry, 2013

After completing her high school education in Jerusalem Mirvat moved to Albuquerque, New Mexico where she attended the University of New Mexico. At UNM, Mirvat earned degrees in Chemistry and History. Mirvat received her Ph.D. in Chemistry at the University of Colorado at Boulder. Her graduate research concerns the design, synthesis and photophysical characterization of ruthenium polypyridyl complexes that undergo photo-induced intramolecular electron transfer. Her policy interests include United States foreign policy, global and domestic renewable energy policy and STEM education policy.


Khara RamosKhara Ramos, Project Director

August 2011 - April 2012
Post-doc, Psychology & Neuroscience

Khara Ramos graduated with a B.S. in Symbolic Systems from Stanford University, a Ph.D. in Neuroscience from the University of California, San Diego, and worked as a Post-doctoral Fellow with Dr. Linda Watkins at the University of Colorado Boulder. Dr. Ramos’s research focuses on how non-neuronal cells in the nervous system counteract the ability of opioids to control pain, with a particular interest in pharmacological targeting of these non-neuronal cells so as to maximize opioid analgesia while limiting associated side effects. Khara's policy interests include STEM education policy, domestic and international scientific workforce development policy, domestic health policy, and health diplomacy.


Khara RamosJosh Hewitt, Project Director

June 2011 - December 2011
Ph.D. Chemistry

Josh Hewitt is a Post Doctoral Associate at University of Minnesota's Department of Horticultural Science.


Evan HeismanEvan Heisman, Co-Director

January 2011 - July 2011
M.S. Engineering

Evan Heisman is a civil engineer at the United States Army Corps of Engineers.


Erik HeathErik Heath, Co-Director

January 2011 - July 2011
MBA Business

Erik Heath is an account executive at Inalfa Roof Systems Group.


Emily ZakemEmily Zakem, Co-Director

May 2010 - May 2011
M.S. Environmental Sciences

Emily Zakem is a graduate student at MIT's Program in Atmospheres, Oceans and Climate.


Ryan SmithRyan Smith, Co-Director

November 2009 - December 2010
Ph.D. Physics

Ryan Smith is an assistant professor at California State University - East Bay.


Andrew EdwardsAndrew Edwards, Co-Director

October 2009 - May 2010
Ph.D. Integrative Physiology

Andrew Edwards is a post doc fellow at the Oslo University Hospital and Simula Research Laboratory.


Ursula RickUrsula Rick, Co-Founder & Co-Director

August 2009 - August 2010
Post-doc, Center for Science & Technology Policy Research

Ursula Rick is the Manager of Regulatory Affairs at Western Energy Alliance.


Melanie RobertsMelanie Roberts, Co-Founder & Co-Director

August 2009 - June 2011
Research Fellow, Center for Science & Technology Policy Research

Melanie Roberts founded the first chapter of FOSEP in 2004, as a Ph.D. student in neurobiology and behavior at the University of Washington in Seattle. After completing her Ph.D., she went to Washington D.C. as an AAAS Science and Technology Policy Fellow. In 2006-07, she worked for Senator Jeff Bingaman on innovation and competitiveness, health policy, and improving science advice for congress. She then moved to the National Science Foundation, where she addressed peer review for interdisciplinary and transformative research, broader impacts of research, and ethics education. Melanie moved to the University of Colorado Boulder in 2009, where she was a visiting fellow at the Science and Technology Policy Research Center and Assistant Director at the Biofrontiers Institute. She co-founded the second chapter of FOSEP at CU Boulder and continues to mentor the group while building a national infrastructure. She now works for the American Association for the Advancement of Science as the Directorate for Social, Behavioral, and Economic Sciences.


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