The latest edition of the Science Outside the Lab program sponsored by the National Nanotechnology Coordinated Infrastructure, “Nanotechnology and Policy,” recently happened in Washington DC and I got to take part! The week-long program focused on exposing graduate students working in the field of nanotechnology to policymakers and public servants in the DC area.
We had the chance to stay at George Washington University’s dorm rooms for the week, riding the metro to all our meetings like true DC regulars. Over the course of the week we heard from people working at the US Chamber of Commerce, the National Institutes of Health, the Environmental Protection Agency, the National Science Foundation, and many more. We received coaching on science communication through a two-day workshop, helping us translate the intricacies of nanotechnology to broader audiences.
On Capitol Hill, we met with staffers of Bernie Sanders in his office, got a “hey guys” from Cory Bookers, and walked past the two Texas senators John Cornyn and Ted Cruz.
We even had the chance to see the once in a lifetime event of the Washington Capitals winning the Stanley Cup with the crowds outside of the Capital One Arena…