|Emily L. Atieh
Graduate Student Emily Atieh attends the CASE Workshop (Catalyzing Advocacy of Science and Engineering) in Washington, D.C., sponsored by the American Association for the Advancement of Science. Two graduate students were selected from several participating universities based on their application and qualifications. This workshop featured a series of talks and training from members of all levels of the federal govnement, including the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) and the Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP). One talk featured Illinois Rep. Bill Foster, currently the only Congressman to hold a Ph.D. in Physics.
The conclusion of this workshop included visits to several Congressional offices of New Jersey, including Senators Bob Menendez and Cory Booker, and Representatives Rodney Frelignhuysen, Bill Pascrell, Frank Pallone Jr., Leonard Lance, Bonnie Watson Coleman, and Donald Payne Jr. Emily had the opportunity to speak with the congressmen or their staff to address budget issues and the importance of funding government agencies such as NSF, NIH, NOAA, and NIST, using the communication skills gained throughout the workshop.
More information about the CASE Workshop can be found on the AAAS website: