Four Yale researchers granted science and technology policy fellowships

The American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) has awarded four of its Science & Technology Policy Fellowships, which place fellows with backgrounds in science or technology fields in yearlong roles in federal government agencies, to Yale researchers. The recipients are: Eric M. Johnson Chavarria, Sarah Federman, Ira Kukic, and Megan B. Miller.

Johnson Chavarria is a biophysicist who earned his Ph.D. from the University of Illinois and was a National Science Foundation Postdoctoral Fellow in the laboratory of Enrique M. De La Cruz, professor of molecular biophysics and biochemistry at Yale. With his AAAS fellowship, he hopes to “bridge emerging technologies to address challenges within the Cancer Moonshot initiatives at the National Cancer Institute.”

Federman is an evolutionary biologist who earned her Ph.D. from Yale while supported by the National Science Foundation’s Graduate Student Research Fellowship Program. Her interest in developing integrative solutions to issues at the intersection of human development and the environment has brought her to the USDA’s Office of the Chief Scientist for the AAAS fellowship.

Kukic is a cell biologist who earned her Ph.D. from the University of Pittsburgh and was a postdoctoral fellow in the laboratory of Dr. Derek Toomre at the Yale School of Medicine, funded by the American Heart Association Postdoctoral Fellowship. She will be a fellow at the Office of Science Policy at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) where she will “promote biomedical research progress across the NIH through coordination, collaboration, impact analysis, and scientific reporting

Miller is a neuroscientist who earned his Ph.D. from UConn Health and spent the last two-and-a-half years as a postdoctoral fellow in the Department of Psychiatry at Yale and in the laboratory of Marina Picciotto. She will spend her AAAS Fellowship year accelerating international development impact by promoting evidence-based policies and programs at the U.S. Agency for International Development.

In 1973, the AAAS Science & Technology Policy Fellowships began with a group of seven fellows. Today, the program places about 300 fellows across the federal government annually. The aim of the fellowship is to “provide opportunities to outstanding scientists and engineers to learn first-hand about policymaking and contribute their knowledge and analytical skills in the policy realm.”