Bulletin of the American Physical Society
APS March Meeting 2018
Monday–Friday, March 5–9, 2018; Los Angeles, California
Session F02: Public Outreach and Physics History: Exploring physics topics beyond the lab.
11:15 AM–1:51 PM,
Tuesday, March 6, 2018
LACC Room: 150B
Sponsoring Unit: FOEP
Chair: Rebecca Thompson, American Physical Society APS
Abstract: F02.00009 : The Politics of Science*
12:51 PM–1:03 PM
As an AIP Mather Policy Intern, I spent last summer working with the House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology minority staff. This committee has jurisdiction over a variety of federal agencies, including NASA, NIST, NOAA, and NSF, and covers science policy areas ranging from energy regulation to STEM education. Through my work with committee staff, I gained a greater familiarity with and appreciation for the legislative process, particularly the intersection between science and public policy. My work covered a wide range of tasks, including assisting with the preparation of hearing materials and legislation, documenting hearings within and outside of the committee, and performing basic background research on topics related to upcoming hearings. I will present an overview of the committee system in the House of Representatives and some specific issues that were considered by the science committee during my time on Capitol Hill. Finally, I will discuss my observations of the efforts currently being made to bridge the gap between scientists and politicians as well as suggestions for how these can be expanded on.
*Many thanks to the American Institute of Physics and the Society of Physics Students.
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