Alexa Sutton Lawrence
Alexa Sutton Lawrence


The Duke Initiative for Science & Society Science Policy Tracking Program is a comprehensive resource for scientists, policy makers, the public, students, and other stakeholders on developments in science and technology policy. Jump to SciPol Recent Policy Developments

About SciPol

SciPol is an unbiased public service website providing science policy updates, explanation of the relevant science at issue, and opportunities for engagement in the policy-making process. This program is brought to you by the Duke Initiative for Science & Society, which seeks to maximize social benefit from scientific progress by making science more accessible, just, and better integrated into society. The program launched with coverage of genetics/genomics and neuroscience and quickly expanded into nanotechnology, robotics, artificial intelligence, and energy.

SciPol seeks to provide timely and quality information to a broad audience of academics, companies, journalists, nonprofits, and policy practitioners. Policy development updates are initially posted when made available by policy actors; novel briefs are published after being authored, reviewed, and edited for quality. Information on the SciPol website is gathered from published news reports and press releases, personal communications, and regulatory, congressional, judicial, and executive sources.

In addition, the site also presents broad job opportunities related to Science Policy & Bioethics. We welcome additional opportunities from employers. If you would like to submit a job opportunity from a related field, visit our job submissions page. There is no cost involved in submitting employment opportunities.

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SciPol and the Duke Bioethics & Science Policy Masters Program

The Duke Master of Arts in Bioethics & Science Policy is unlike any other bioethics graduate program in the country. Our students are trained to identify and analyze complex issues in science and technology with an emphasis on how to apply their knowledge to affect change in our society. SciPol provides a channel to exercise what is learned in the classroom resulting in publishing opportunities and immediate real-world impact.

Today’s world of rapid progress in the sciences has seen an increased demand for professionals with expertise in the ethical and policy implications inherent in new discoveries. SciPol contributes to a broader education, opens more opportunities after graduation, and better equips our students to meet an ever-growing need in society.



Undergrads, Grads, and Postdocs

Want to Get Involved?

Students who contribute to the SciPol program gain hands-on experience writing and analysing current and upcoming developments in science policy. Authors collaborate with a team of supervising editors to ensure the quality of published content. The editing process is vertically integrated and includes undergraduates, graduate students, post-doctoral students, and faculty across multiple disciplines. Each contributor to a particular policy development is considered an author and are encouraged to cite these publications as valuable experience on their CV.

Participants may be eligible for independent study credit and invitation to SciPol exclusive events and training opportunities. Regardless of your field of scientific inquiry, if you are interested in bioethics and science policy, we encourage you to contact us for opportunities to join this expanding program and put your knowledge to service for society.

faculty and researchers

Duke Faculty, Researchers, and Other Experts

Want to Share Your Science?

A core function of the SciPol program is to accurately assess the relevant science affecting science policy decisions. Participation from Duke University experts is integral to this effort.

Contributors have the opportunity to position themselves as relevant experts in SciPol’s signature policy developments leading to new opportunities to connect with policymakers, journalists, and other key players who are driving changes in science legislation and regulation.

If you are faculty at Duke and would like to contribute to the SciPol program or comment on existing content we would love to hear from you. Contact us with feedback or to learn how you can help make scientific advancements more accessible and better integrated into our society by contributing to the SciPol program.

With the generous support of the Mary Duke Biddle Foundation.