AFS is a 501c3 non-profit science advocacy and research community started by early-career scientists at MIT. We are a partner of the national and Boston chapter of the March for Science and hold conferences and events such as our Advocating for Science Workshop and Symposium. We also conduct research and make apps for the greater good through our research branch, The Global Health Research Collective.
For more information, check out AFS’s article in eLife, “Avoiding a lost generation of scientists”. Above is our infographic from the article on the academic research crisis.
Daniel is a political campaign data expert, organization builder, academic research leader, and policy analyst with experience in several sectors. Daniel currently serves as Data Director at Beto for Texas and recently served as the Illinois Data Director for Senator Elizabeth Warren’s 2020 presidential campaign, data consultant to the Vote Yes for Fair Tax campaign in Illinois, and Deputy Data Director of the 2020 Maine Democratic Coordinated Campaign. Before his campaign work, Daniel managed research labs in the MIT Sloan School of Management focused on AI policy and US economic policy. Daniel also studied electricity markets, energy policy, thermal engineering, and nuclear plant design in the MIT Department of Nuclear Science and Engineering.
Dr. Nina Klymenko, PhD
Christine is a Social Media Content Specialist with Thermo Fisher Scientific and a Visiting Assistant Professor at Bridgewater State University. She is also a Board Member of the Association for Women in Science, Massachusetts Chapter (MASS AWIS) and serves as a Co-Chair for the Communications Committee. She received her bachelor’s degrees in chemistry and biochemistry at University of Massachusetts Amherst and her doctorate in molecular cell biology at University of Massachusetts Medical School. Prior to her current roles, she completed a postdoctoral fellowship at Boston University School of Medicine. During her free time, she enjoys photography, painting, and hiking.
Dr. Sloka Iyengar, PhD
AFS science writer
Sloka studied mechanisms by which neuronal circuits can generate and propagate spontaneous seizures as a graduate student and postdoc. She then switched to clinical epilepsy research, where she worked with adults and children with epilepsy. She is also a science writer and has coordinated several activities in the New York area for science outreach. As an advocate for neuroscience funding, she has attended several Capitol Hill day events and is the co-chair of the Advocacy Committee for the NY Society for Neuroscience chapter.