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Mast gets a taste of policy, advocacy during Washington science communication workshop

Environmental engineering Ph.D. student Laura Mast, left, and math Ph.D. student Samantha Petti visit Georgia congressman John Lewis' office. They were unable to meet with Lewis, but they did have conversations with staffers from several Georgia representatives' offices during the Catalyzing Advocacy for Scientists and Engineers Workshop, a three-day crash course in federal policymaking and science advocacy. Mast and Petti were the only two students from Georgia Tech who attended. (Photo: Robert Knotts)

Last week, I had the pleasure of learning to translate my research and more at the Catalyzing Advocacy for Scientists and Engineers Workshop. We spent two days wading into the weeds of how federally funded science works: the myriad of agencies involved, how federal R&D appropriations works, and best practices for communicating with policymakers. Day three was dedicated to putting these new skills to work on the Hill, meeting with members of Congress and legislative staff on the Hill.

Monday, April 1, 2019
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