November 2010

ASBMB Holds Second Annual Graduate Student-Postdoc Hill Day

This past September, ASBMB held its second graduate student/postdoctoral fellow Hill Day. Ten young scientists from across the United States joined the PAAC and ASBMB’s policy team to help convey the importance of strong and continued funding of basic biomedical research. 

 

The Senators and Representatives Visited for Hill Day 2010:

Rep. Jo Bonner, R-Ala.
Sen. Barbara Boxer, D-Calif.
Sen. Maria E. Cantwell, D-Wash.
Rep. Rosa L. DeLauro, D-Conn.
Sen. Christopher J. Dodd, D-Conn.
Sen. Richard J. Durbin, D-Ill.
Sen. Russ Feingold, D-Wis.
Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y.
Sen. Tom Harkin, D-Iowa
Rep. Patrick Kennedy, D-R.I.
Sen. Herb Kohl, D-Wis.
Sen. Joseph Lieberman, I-Conn.
Rep. David Loebasck, D-Iowa
Rep. Nita M. Lowey, D-N.Y.
Rep. Jim McDermott, D-Wash.
Sen. Jeff Merkley, D-Ore.
Sen. Barbara Mikulski, D-Md.
Rep. Gwen Moore, D-Wis.
Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash.
Rep. David R. Obey, D-Wis.
Sen. Jack Reed, D-R.I.
Sen. Charles E. Schumer, D-N.Y.
Rep. José E. Serrano, D-N.Y.
Rep. Paul D. Tonko, D-N.Y.
Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse, D-R.I.

After the tremendous positive feedback that was received in September 2009, when the American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Public Affairs Advisory Committee brought graduate students and postdoctoral fellows to one of its scheduled visits to Capitol Hill, the committee and society took a page from the Hollywood playbook.

In entertainment, a successful movie invariably will spawn a sequel; why shouldn’t a successful policy event try the same?

So, Sept. 21, 2010 witnessed the return of the ASBMB “Student/Postdoc Hill Day.” Ten young scientists from across the United States joined the PAAC and ASBMB’s policy team to help convey the importance of strong and continued funding of basic biomedical research.

Together, this diverse group spent an extremely busy day traveling through the U.S. House and Senate office buildings, meeting with 25 senators and representatives and/or their staff members from the states and districts from which the ASBMB delegation hailed.

As in the previous year, the young researchers who accompanied the more seasoned policy members provided a human face to a numbers problem. As new ASBMB policy fellow Geoff Hunt noted, “Often you can sell an idea to Congress better with a story than just stats, and having these students talk about how their work and future was being impacted by changes in funding or the stem cell ruling really helped deliver our message.”

Hill Day 2010
ASBMB 2010 Hill Day participants included, from left, Ratika Krishnamurty, Stacey Barnaby, Sloan Warren, Fred Cheng-Chia Wu, Lauren Amable, Sarah Bergeron, Carrie Chambers, William Shadrick, Selena Gell and Jessica Slater Jutzy.

 

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