Public Affairs



Committee Members

Ed Egelman, Chair (2018)
Dorothy Beckett (2018)
Jenna Campbell (2016)
Timothy A. Cross (2018)
Yale E. Goldman (2018)

Kathleen Hall (2018)
Samantha Harris (2018)
Eric Jakobsson (2018)
Jennifer Johnston (2017)
Shekhar Patel (2017)

Suhrud Rajguru (2017)
Suzanne Scarlata (2017)
Tara Schwetz (2018)
Taner Sen (2017)
Seth Weinberg (2018)
Harel Weinstein (2018)
Peter Winter (2018)
Ragothaman Yennamalli (2016)
Tianqi Zhang (2017)
Frances Separovic, ex officio

The Public Affairs Committee's responsibilities include (1) ensuring appropriate support for biophysics and basic research at the federal funding agencies; (2) supporting biophysics through congressional and public outreach and education; (3) developing special initiatives and responses, as appropriate, to matters of public policy that impact on biophysics and biophysicists at all education and career levels; and (4) advising the Society president and council on matters of public affairs.  Recently, the committee has provided input on strategic plans at NSF and NIH, budget and appropriations decisions on Capitol Hill, reauthorization legislation for NIH, NSF, and the Department of Energy Office of Science, open access regulations and bills, as well as other areas of interest to the Society.  The committee also plans policy events for the Annual Meeting and sponsors scientists to participate in Hill Days in Washington, DC.

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