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Tom Schmid, ChairDemocrats Abroad Japan

DA Japan Leadership:

Kiyoko Ayukawa
| Chair, Democrats Abroad Japan
Gordon Gaul
| Vice Chair, Democrats Abroad Japan
Sean Whitt
| Secretary, Democrats Abroad Japan
Jenise Treuting
| Kanto Chapter Treasurer
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    Announcement of Biannual Elections 2019

    It is time again for the DAJ bi-annual officers election!

    The 2019 Election Committee of Democrats Abroad Japan members is Sarajean Rossitto, Jenise Treuting Steven Breyak & Leslie Anne Rogers.

    We are pleased to be calling for nominations of candidates for the following positions:

    • National Officer positions:
      • Chair
      • Vice-Chair
      • Secretary
      • Treasurer
    • Members-at-Large positions (one each from):
      • Hokkaido
      • Eastern/Northern Honshu
      • Western/Southern Honshu
      • Shikoku
      • Kyushu/Okinawa
    • One (1) DPCA Voting Representative Term: Two (2) years
    Notes: No officer may serve for more than two consecutive terms in the same office. Pursuant to Article V, Section 1, “The Vice-Chair shall be of a different sex of the Chair.”

    Key dates:

    • 3/18 - 4/11 Nominations period
    • 4/11 - 4/26 Candidate statements of 500 words due.
    • 5/13 - 6/14 Voting period
    • 6/17 Membership notified of election results.
    Please submit nominations in writing no later than midnight Japan time on Thursday, April 11, to the Elections Committee to

    All nomination e-mails should include:

    1. Complete name of the person nominated
    2. Contact information including phone number, mailing address, and email address; and
    3. Confirmation of the position you would like to run for or are nominating another person to run for.
    More information will be coming soon by email and will be posted on the DAJ website at http://www.democratsabroad.org/jp
    Please direct all questions to the Committee by email: daj2019elections@gmail.com
    We look forward to receiving your nominations!



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    What’s being done to get more scientists and engineers into US politics and how can we support those efforts? How many women with a science background are in politics? How are they being supported?

    If you are a scientist, engineer or teacher, or know someone who is, urge them to become more involved in politics. They can either run for office (and these organizations will help them) or serve as advisors, speak up at town halls, or host events to inform the public.

    Congressional Science & Engineering Fellowships (30 + orgs)

    A partner society is a national or international scientific or engineering association that sponsors one or more fellows under the umbrella of the AAAS Science & Technology Policy Fellowships. Societies are typically 501(c)(3) organizations with a majority of members at the doctoral levels who are professionally involved in research or education related to science and engineering. Partner societies conduct their own application and selection processes, and may offer different stipends and support.

    Partnership is open to scientific or engineering societies. Partnership is not open to universities or university associations, academic institutions or consortia, trade associations, foundations, or commercial sponsors, or professional societies without a significant focus on science or engineering.

    All partner societies agree to sponsor at least one congressional fellow; in addition, they may choose to sponsor an executive or judicial branch fellowship.

    AAAS Science and Technology Policy Fellowships

    Providing opportunities for outstanding scientists and engineers to learn first-hand about federal policymaking while using their knowledge and skills to address today’s most pressing societal challenges.

    Eagleton Science and Politics Fellowship Program

    Established in 2015, it enables graduate students, post-docs, and faculty to explore intersections between science and politics in order to increase their understanding of how politics affects their disciplines and how they can effectively engage with political and policymaking leaders and institutions. The series highlights the need for improvements in communication between scientists and non-scientists and for expanding the pool of scientifically trained graduates interested in public service careers.

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