The JSPG Staff
Shalin R. Jyotishi is the Chief Executive Officer of the Journal of Science Policy & Governance. His background centers on the intersection of science, technology, and policy and its impact on economic growth, competitiveness and innovation.
By day, Shalin works with senior decision makers from research universities as a member of the Economic Development and Community Engagement team at the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities (APLU), a research, policy and advocacy association based in Washington, DC, where his portfolio straddles economic development and innovation policy. Previously, he held various positions with the Science, Engineering & Technology Policy program at the American Academy of Arts & Sciences. While at the American Academy, Shalin concurrently held a research appointment at the University of Michigan working with authors Homer A. Neal, Tobin L. Smith, and Jennifer B. McCormick on the 2nd edition of the book, Beyond Sputnik: U.S. Science Policy in the 21st Century (Forthcoming MIT Press). His other past experiences include consultant roles with the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) and Innovation Associates.
Shalin's passion for science policy took hold while studying biological sciences and government at the University of Georgia where he contributed to NSF-funded Science of Science & Innovation Policy (SciSIP) research and led a number of policy and innovation-related projects on campus and at the local and national level. He served on governance committees of the University Economic Development Association, was selected as the first student member of the national advisory board of the Commission on Innovation, Competitiveness & Economic Prosperity of the APLU, and was named a University Innovation Fellow of the Hasso Plattner Institute of Design at Stanford University.
He currently serves on the editorial board of the Journal of Economic Development in Higher Education, on the steering committee of the Engaging Scientists & Engineers in Policy (ESEP) Coalition, and on the Higher Education Advisory Committee of the International Economic Development Council. He has published on regenerative medicine topics in the SAGE Encyclopedia of Stem Cell Research and has served on the student editorial board of the Education Law & Policy Review. He is a member of the UCLA Science Policy Group Board of Advisers and volunteers with various startup and civic organizations in Arlington, Virginia.
Gary W. Kerr, Ph.D. is the Senior Director for Operations and International Outreach at the Journal of Science Policy and Governance, having previously served as Editor-in-Chief, and before that as an Associate Editor. Gary is a Lecturer in Festival and Event Management at Edinburgh Napier University, and is also completing his second PhD at the University of Salford, Manchester (UK), where he researches the social, political and cultural dimensions of science festivals. Following Bachelor’s studies in Genetics and Master’s studies in Medical Genetics (both from the University of Glasgow), Gary gained a PhD in Biological Sciences from the University of Warwick where he researched the molecular basis of conditions such as Down's syndrome and miscarriage, using budding yeast as a model organism.
Whilst re-training as a social scientist, Gary read Science & Technology Studies at the University of Edinburgh and held a Visiting Research Fellowship at the African Centre for Technology Studies in Nairobi (Kenya) where he researched the social dimensions of renewable energy technologies. In 2012, Gary was recipient of a Science Policy Fellowship at the Scottish Parliament, where he held the role of Senior Research Specialist, and authored a report briefing Members of the Scottish Parliament (MSP's) on climate change & the role individuals have in helping reduce the country’s greenhouse gas emissions. He has also authored a report for the parliament on genetics healthcare & public health screening policy & regulation, and has lectured on this topic at the University of Glasgow.
Gary is a keen science communicator and undertakes freelance science communication, public engagement, training and consultancy roles across the globe for public sector, business and charity organisations. He has recently undertaken training and consultancy roles in the UAE, Saudi Arabia and India.
Gary is a Governor of the Salford Royal NHS Foundation Trust and a Governor of the Northern Care NHS Alliance - an organisation providing health and social care to over 1 million people, with a budget of £1.2Bn. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society for Arts and a Justice of the Peace (Magistrate) for England and Wales.
Adriana Bankston, PhD is the Director of Communications and Outreach at the Journal of Science Policy & Governance. Her main interests lie in advocating for improved training and policies affecting early career scientists, as a way of building a more sustainable and positive research enterprise.
By day, Adriana is the Associate Director of Fundraising and Strategic Initiatives at Future of Research (FoR), a nonprofit organization whose mission is to champion, engage, and empower early career scientists with evidence-based resources to improve the scientific research endeavor. Within FoR, her goal is to increase transparency on issues affecting early career scientists, empower them to speak up for changes in the research enterprise, and enable them to utilize their talents to benefit society.
Adriana first became involved with Future of Research on a volunteer basis, collecting data to monitor the compliance of institutions with the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), peaking her interests in policies affecting postdoctoral researchers. She continued to work on the postdoctoral salary project as a member of the FoR Board of Directors. Adriana was also a member of the organizing committee for the FoR meeting on expanding leadership roles for early career scientists, whose goal was to ensure their representation in decision-making roles affecting the future of the research enterprise.
In addition to her involvement with FoR, Adriana also serves as an Associate Member of the Public Policy Committee within the American Society for Cell Biology (ASCB), and is Co-chair of the PhD Career Outcomes Committee of the Graduate Career Consortium. Previously, she served as Co-vice Chair of the Policy, Education & Advocacy Writing Team within the National Postdoctoral Association’s Advocacy Committee. She also contributed to the Rescuing Biomedical Research writing program, intended to help graduate students and postdocs about to embark on a career in science policy improve their policy writing skills. These experiences solidified Adriana’s interests in advocating for early career scientists.
Adriana aims to further the mission of the Journal of Science Policy & Governance through her passion for empowering early career scientists in making their voices heard in improving the future of research.
Max G. Bronstein is the Founder and Senior Adviser of the Journal of Science Policy and Governance. He holds a Masters in Public Policy and a Graduate Certificate in Science Policy from the Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy at the University of Michigan. His undergraduate degrees are in biology and writing composition from Ithaca College. Max has held positions at the National Science Foundation, the U.S. House Committee on Science and Technology, the University of Michigan, the National Institutes of Health, and the Michigan Journal of Public Affairs.
Max has significant consulting experience in government affairs and non-profit services with a focus on science and technology policy. He is the former Director of Science Policy at Research!America and and the Chief Advocacy and Science Policy Officer of the EveryLife Foundation for Rare Diseases. He is currently the Senior Director of Health Policy & Corporate Affairs at Audentes Therapeutics.