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 Univ
|Contact: Angela Hopp|
American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology