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Maya Spaur

President

I am a first year Master of Science in Environmental Health & Engineering student at the Bloomberg School of Public Health. My research is on risk of illness from consuming raw or undercooked shellfish harvested in Chesapeake Bay and Washington state. I am very passionate about climate justice, and when I am not in the lab or on my computer, I can often be found hiking or attending environmental justice rallies in Baltimore or Washington, D.C. 

 
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Michael Zimmerman

Treasurer

I am a research assistant in the department of Urology, currently focused on a study evaluating the diagnostic efficiency of different biopsy techniques.  I've taken a winding path to get here that involved becoming a CPA and managing hospital finances, but along the way I discovered a love for science and medicine and a belief that the best evidence should always inform public policy.  When not working, I love high-pointing and exploring new mountain ranges, and also enjoy attending piano recitals and concerts.

 
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Caroline Siebald

Seminar Chair

I’m a PhD student in Human Genetics, working on neurons that innervate the inner ear. To me, exposure to and debate with the most creative thinkers about innovative solutions is crucial for thinking through science policy issues and coming up with actionable strategies. I’m excited to bring some of those thinkers to Hopkins. Politically, my interests mostly relate to universal access to health care, adequate nutrition, and women’s health. Outside of the lab I’m usually found running or biking, exploring new places, cooking for hours, or at a coffee shop with a few books from the ever growing piles in my room.

 
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Brittany Avin

Advocacy Chair

I'm a PhD candidate in the Biochemistry, Cellular and Molecular Biology program at the School of Medicine. My research focuses on the molecular mechanism of cancer activation, specifically in thyroid cancer. As a cancer survivor, I am actively involved in advocacy and cancer education in the community to help close the gap between scientists, clinicians, and patients. Outside of work, I enjoy watching football, exploring new places, and walks around the Harbor. 

 

Allison McCague

Special Events Coordinator

 
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Maegan McBride

Social Media Chair

I'm an MPH student at the Bloomberg School of Public Health with a concentration in Food Systems. Specifically I'm interested in agriculture and sustainable food production. When it comes to politics, I am concerned with climate issues and I believe advocacy for evidence based policy can help create a greener world. In my free time I’m usually reading a new book, on Twitter, or trying to learn how to code. 

 
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Sophie Rottenberg

Member-at-large

My name is Sophie Rottenberg and I am a first year student in the MSPH Health Policy and Management program. I am extremely excited to embark on this year with the Science Policy Group at JHU. I would like to spearhead an effort to target policymakers and their response to the opioid crisis, from state response policies to addiction prevention programs-- we should be getting answers to the substances killing 115 people a day. Contact me if this sounds like change you would like to see from our policymakers at srotten1@jhu.edu. Fun facts about me are I am a huge Tottenham fan and really couldn't live without Panang Curry! 

 
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Richard Sima

President Emeritus and co-founder
 

I am a Ph.D student in the Neuroscience graduate program.  My current research focuses on non-motoric functions of the cerebellum, particularly those related to emotion and cognitive processes.  As Carl Sagan once described it, science is a candle in the dark.  With my research and JHSPG, I hope to both help ignite the flame and share its light.  When I’m not in the lab, I can be found in a superposition of: out dancing, playing boardgames with friends, or relaxing with a book.

 

Chanel Matney, PhD

Co-founder

 

 
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Kaitlin Wood

Previously: Communications Chair

I'm a PhD student in the Human Genetics graduate program. My research focuses on understanding the molecular biological processes that underlie aging. I believe that the features of good scientific methodology (objective inquiry, replicated studies, and careful analysis of biases) are also the foundation of good public policy. When not at the bench you'll most likely find me experimenting with new recipes in the kitchen or exploring new trails in my running shoes. 

 
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Leah Cairns

Previously: Advocacy Chair
 

I'm a PhD candidate in the Biochemistry, Cellular and Molecular Biology program at the School of Medicine. I work in a biophysics lab in the Bloomberg School of Public Health. I love helping other scientists speak up and advocate for themselves and their work. Outside of work, I love hosting friends for potlucks and exploring the quirks of Baltimore!