Makenzie Lystrup- SPACS Colloquium October,4 2012

Science & Congress: A scientist’s perspective from inside the House of Representatives

Thursdays at 3:00 pm in Research Hall room 163

Physicists need to pay attention to the federal budget cycle so they know when to lobby.

The federal budget cycle over 2012, 2013 and 2014. This cycle is particularly relevant to Physicists, who need to know when best to lobby. Agencies are looking to fit this advice into a complex system in which they work on 3 budgets at any given time.

Lystrup abstract: The American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) states that “The science and engineering challenges that society faces today-locally, nationally and internationally-are far more complex than were those of 40 to 50 years ago. The problems now are more difficult to define and the solutions more difficult to identify and implement. The best available scientific, technical and economic information is required to establish priorities, make decisions, and develop best policies and practices. Yet, scientists often lack the skills and opportunity to apply their science successfully to support policy or to communicate effectively with the public and other non-academic audiences. Consequently, society’s needs for the most credible and objective scientific information are not being met.” To address these challenges, The AAAS manages and administers Science & Technology Policy Fellowships that place scientists in Congress for one year. Makenzie Lystrup, a Fellow just finishing her tenure as a Fellow, will share experiences and reflections on the 112th Congress, effects on science R&D in terms of budget and other policy, and a look forward toward the 113th Congress. Some of the questions that will be addressed: How can we be better advocates for our science? Is the scientific community just another special interest group? How can we communicate more effectively with decision makers?

GMU_October 4,  2012  SPACS Colloquia Presentation

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