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Leadership

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Shreya Desai
President
shreyadesai@wayne.edu

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Shreya is currently an undergraduate student at Wayne State University, working toward a major in neuroscience and a minor in psychology. Shreya was one of the cofounders of SciPol-Detroit and is is interested in pursuing a career in medicine.

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Katherine Dwyer
Vice President
fa3735@wayne.edu

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Katie is currently a dual-graduate student working towards her Ph.D. in Biological Sciences and M.B.A. She enjoys engaging in scientific outreach and eventually would like to inform and affect policy within the science-policy interface.

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Daed Daher
Secretary
gn8514@wayne.edu

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Daed is currently an undergraduate premedical student at Wayne State University, working toward a degree in Environmental Science. She advocates for ecological remediation as she believes the climate crisis is a huge factor to our health complications.

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Lana Grasser, PhD
 
NSPN Liaison
lgrasser@med.wayne.edu

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Lana Ruvolo Grasser (she/her/hers) recently obtained her PhD in Translational Neuroscience from Wayne State University. Under the mentorship of Drs. Arash Javanbakht and Tanja Jovanovic, her NIMH-funded dissertation project, “Biomarkers of Risk and Resilience to Trauma in Syrian Refugee Youth”, identified skin conductance response to trauma interview and fear potentiated startle as candidate biomarkers of trauma-related psychopathology in youth exposed to civilian war trauma and forced migration. Dr. Grasser has extended this work to query efficacy and underlying mechanisms of creative arts and movement therapies to address trauma-related psychopathology in families resettled as refugees of Syria, Iraq, the Congo, and Afghanistan. During the COVID-19 pandemic, she led efforts to expand these programs to the virtual space, to reach schoolchildren in the Pontiac and Waterford school districts. She is also passionate about science policy and advocacy, and is a member of the National Science Policy Network as well as the local branch SciPol Detroit. In the fall, Dr. Grasser will begin a postdoctoral fellowship within the Emotion and Development Branch at the National Institute of Mental Health. Outside of the lab, Lana enjoys scuba diving with her dad, being a triathlete, and practicing yoga. 

Advisors

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Hilary Marusak, PhD
Advisor
hmarusak@med.wayne.edu

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Dr. Marusak is an assistant professor of psychiatry and behavioral neurosciences at Wayne State University. She directs the WSU THINK lab, which focuses on the impact of stress and trauma on brain development in children and adolescents, and childhood anxiety disorders and PTSD.

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Stacie Clayton, MBA
Advisor
stacie.clayton@wayne.edu

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Stacie is the Director of Community Affairs for Wayne State University.  In this role she serves as the primary contact for individuals, business, community organizations, and local municipalities that seek involvement with the University.  Stacie promotes the urban mission of the University by strengthening, developing and sustaining mutually beneficial partnerships with stakeholders throughout the metropolitan Detroit area.  This includes strategically extending Wayne State’s resources to the community so that Wayne State continues to have a significant impact on the cultural, economic and social life of southeastern Michigan. Stacie also works directly with the University’s leadership, schools and colleges to advance their work internally and externally.

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Carrie Leach, PhD
Advisor
carrieleach@wayne.edu

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Dr. Leach is an Assistant Professor (Research) at the Institute of Gerontology and Community Engagement Program Manager at the Center for Urban Responses to Environmental Stressors (CURES) at Wayne State University. Dr. Leach has considerable experience in inter-disciplinary research in a variety of settings with expertise in health communication, environmental health literacy, and community-based and aging services delivery and communication. 

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Elizabeth Kutter
Advisor

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Elizabeth is the Senior Director of Government and Political Affairs at the Michigan Health and Hospital Association. She brings experience from both the public and private sector having served as a government affairs manager for Henry Ford Health System most recently and previously for the Michigan House of Representatives as Associate Legal Counsel and Policy Advisor to the Republican Caucus.

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James Williams
Advisor

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James is the Director of Federal Affairs for the Wayne State University Office of Government and Community Affairs. In his more than 20 years in Washington, DC, James has worked with six members of Congress, and has extensive experience addressing issues affecting Michigan. He has an broad list of legislative achievements, including playing a valuable role in helping to get two reauthorizations of the Higher Education Act signed into law; serving as one of principal individuals who drafted certain language in the Civil Rights Act of 1991; and helping to secure more than $700 million in appropriations funding earmarked for academic, defense, health care and transportation needs of the state of Michigan.

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Rochelle Chapman 
Advisor

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Rochelle is the Community Engagement Coordinator for the Center for Urban Responses to Environmental Stressors (CURES). Her role is to create bi-directional relationships with community members. To educate and disseminate research in a relatable way to the community.She was added to the White House Office of Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships Team weekly engagement meetings. For the past 19 years she has been involved in grassroots organizing and community outreach which includes free resources (food, clothing, school supplies, etc.) for residents.

CURRENT MEMBERS
  • Ava Palopoli

  • Lana Ruvolo Grasser

  • Lyndsey Braman

  • Alisa Kishta

  • Clara Zundel

  • Edlira Sako

  • Hilary Marusak

  • Daed Daher

  • Ayia Almufti

  • Savanah Rayyan

  • Colleen Linn

  • Julia Evanski 

  • Shreya Desai

  • Jennifer Oprisiu

  • Alicia Arkwright

  • Dalia Daher

  • Alixandria Trombley

  • Shelley Paulisin

  • Jack Schroeder

  • Prince Iroanya

  • Emma Fidler

  • Amanpreet Bhogal

  • Mackenzie Connell

  • Nicole Gadon

  • Alixandria Trombley

  • Maggie Sneideman

  • Brenna Friday

  • Christine Rabinak

  • Justin Hayes

  • Jaelen Mayberry

  • Victoria Kelly

  • Lisa Todd 

  • Quinten Beggs

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BENEFITS OF MEMBERSHIP
 

Membership is $25/year, which includes a free SciPol-Detroit t-shirt and benefits listed below. Membership dues are paid on Venmo to scipoldetroit@wayne.edu.

We are also selling SciPol-Detroit stickers and sweatshirts to raise money for a science-advocacy trip to Capitol Hill. Click here to access our order form. 

PARTICIPATE IN LANSING & DC TRIPS, SMALL GROUP LAWMAKER MEETINGS

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PRIORITY ACCESS TO EVENTS, NETWORKING, CAREER DEVELOPMENT, & LEADERSHIP OPPORTUNITIES

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THANK YOU

We are very grateful for the generous support of:

Wayne State University Office of Government and Community Affairs

Wayne State University College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

Wayne State University Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Neurosciences

Research!America Microgrant

Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS) Science for Public Good Fund