Navigation Links
‘Scientific leaders of the future’ gear up for important talks on Capitol Hill
Date:9/20/2010

Young scientists from across the nation will fan out on Capitol Hill on Tuesday to engage policymakers in discussions about today's grand research challenges and to practice communicating the importance of supporting scientific discovery financially to bring medical and technological breakthroughs to bear.

The undergraduate and graduate students participating in "Hill Day," sponsored by the American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, have a number of messages they intend to send to Congress. Organizers say the experience is likely to be a life-changing one for the emerging researchers, many of whom are performing important laboratory work back home.

"This is one of our most important activities," said Thomas Baldwin, dean of the College of Natural and Agricultural Sciences at the University of California, Riverside, and a member of ASBMB's public affairs panel. "Not only does it afford us an opportunity to talk with our elected representatives in Congress, which itself is a critically important activity, but it is an opportunity for young scientists to engage in the process of public debate. These are our scientific leaders of the future. Getting them involved now will pay dividends to the science community for years to come."

Fordham University chemistry major and undergraduate researcher Stacey Barnaby, who is to meet with the staff of U.S. Sen. Charles E. Schumer, D-New York, among others, said she believes the nation is at a turning point in its history and that it is natural for scientists to play leading roles in helping to determine what's to come.

"It is scientists who spend many hours in the laboratory and come up with leading breakthroughs toward the cure for a disease, or vaccines, or build new materials for solar cells, or biofuels, to perhaps one day make us independent of foreign oil," she explained.

William Shadrick, 33, a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee who is to meet with the staff of U.S. Sen. Russ Feingold, D-Wis., echoed her sentiments, saying: "Cleaning up the (Gulf of Mexico) oil spill, determining permissible emission levels for power plants and establishing sound management policies for the wolves of Yellowstone are all problems that require the input of science in order to make a sound decision."

Meanwhile, Ratika Krishnamurty, a 26-year-old graduate student at the University of Washington in Seattle who is scheduled to meet with the staffs of U.S. Rep. Jim McDermott, D-Wash., and U.S. Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash., emphasized that "science is not a partisan issue" and that making policy and funding decisions on the high-quality data made available by scientific research is the best approach.

"Behind every experiment is a story," said 28-year-old Selena Gell, a doctoral candidate at Brown University. "A story that reveals why it is important to understand the folds of a protein or the formation of nerve synapses. While the story may seem clear to the students and scientists directly involved, too often that story is lost on the world outside research."

These days, the amount of data available to policymakers is growing exponentially, said Gell, who is scheduled to visit with U.S. Sen. Jack Reed, D-R.I., so scientists must present clear and compelling narratives.

"Scientists have a duty to make sure that basic research, which does not always have a straightforward application, continues to be part of the national science agenda," Gell said. "By providing context for research programs that may otherwise seem obscure, scientists can help ensure that these projects, which will eventually provide a backbone for future technical or medical advancement, are not neglected."

Other participants will include students Carrie Chambers of Wichita State University, Lauren Amable of the University of South Alabama, Sloan Warren of Yale University, Jessica Slater of Loma Linda University, Sarah Bergeron of the University of Iowa and Fred Wu of New York Medical College.


'/>"/>

Contact: Angela Hopp
ahopp@asbmb.org
301-634-7389
American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
Source:Eurekalert

Related biology news :

1. Frost & Sullivan Award Underlines IrisGuards Product Quality Leadership
2. Pharma and food thought leaders set to converge in Amsterdam next April
3. 3 Georgian leaders sign Vienna Declaration, strengthen call for science-based drug policy
4. At opening of XVIII International AIDS Conference, scientific, community and political leaders applaud recent progress toward universal access and urge continued momentum to finish what weve started
5. Business, science, education and government leaders to strategize on high-tech materials
6. More Than 100 Global and U.S. Municipal Leaders Join Mayor Daley, Business, Civic, Academic and Foundation Leaders at 2010 Richard J. Daley Global Cities Forum
7. AIBS names emerging public policy leaders
8. Leaders from the National Academies gather to discuss engineering innovations in health care
9. Pancreatic Cancer Action Network-AACR Pathway to Leadership Grant awarded to Johns Hopkins Early Career investigator
10. 2 nurses emerge as leaders in informatics
11. IgeaCare Solutions Inc. Emerges Under New Leadership and Funding
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:3/28/2017)... India , March 28, 2017 ... IP, Biometrics), Hardware (Camera, Monitors, Servers, Storage Devices), Software ... Vertical, and Region - Global Forecast to 2022", published ... Billion in 2016 and is projected to reach USD ... between 2017 and 2022. The base year considered for ...
(Date:3/24/2017)... The Controller General of Immigration from Maldives Mr. Mohamed ... received the prestigious international IAIR Award for the most innovative high security ... ... Maldives Immigration Controller General, ... picture on the right) have received the IAIR award for the "Most ...
(Date:3/23/2017)... , March 23, 2017 The report "Gesture Recognition and ... Industry, and Geography - Global Forecast to 2022", published by MarketsandMarkets, the market ... CAGR of 29.63% between 2017 and 2022. Continue ... ... ...
Breaking Biology News(10 mins):
(Date:4/20/2017)... - Prometic Life Sciences Inc. (TSX: PLI) (OTCQX: PFSCF) ("Prometic" or ... Congress ("ILC") 2017 of the European Association for the Study ... on the positive effects of PBI-4050 on reduction of non-alcoholic ... syndrome. ... Lyne Gagnon, Vice-President of R&D Pre-clinical of Prometic "This extensive ...
(Date:4/20/2017)... CA (PRWEB) , ... April 20, 2017 , ... ... of clinical trials worldwide, announced today that they were named one of the ... which covers the latest developments in the pharmaceutical industry. , “We take pride in ...
(Date:4/20/2017)... Dutch philosopher Koert van Mensvoort - founder of ... of Technology in Eindhoven - has written a ,Letter to Humanity, ... humanity to avoid becoming a slave and victim to its own technology, but ... ... philosopher Koert van Mensvoort – founder of the Next Nature Network and Fellow ...
(Date:4/20/2017)... April 20, 2017 For today, Stock-Callers.com ... novel drug development and clinical research aimed at treating diseases ... (NASDAQ: BSTG), Keryx Biopharmaceuticals Inc. (NASDAQ: KERX), Kite Pharma Inc. ... ). You can access our complimentary research reports on these ... ...
Breaking Biology Technology: