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American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) Science and Technology Policy Fellow Interview: Franklin Carrero-Martinez, Ph.D.

Bureau of Oceans and International Environmental and Scientific Affairs
April 22, 2014


Franklin Carrero-Martinez, Ph.D.

Science Policy Advisor

Office of the Science and Technology Adviser


So here at the State Department, I don’t have two days that are the same. Every day is different, and that is one of the things that I really enjoy about being here at the State Department. One day I may be working with Pakistan, the next day I may be working with Mexico. Some days I may be working with nanotechnology issues; some other days on STEM education for women.

I’ve traveled to Mexico, Pakistan, Indonesia, China, Panama, and other countries as well. When I travel, I visit different governments; different universities. I advise and I sit at the table with colleagues from different universities, trying to make their research policy relevant. What does that mean? What’s the implication of their research in advising or informing their government so that they can make the best decisions out of their local research?

One of the things, for example, that I did recently in Mexico was a workshop in entrepreneurship for scientists and engineers. There we provided them with the tools that they needed to commercialize their research. We’re doing the same in Pakistan over this summer.

Scientists have a lot of different tools in their toolbox. One of them, for example, is the use of peer review and meritocracy as a way to move science forward. These are skills that we use when we engage foreign governments in the science realm.

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