BPS members Omoz Aisiku, Stony Brook University, and Diana Wong, University of Michigan, visited Capitol Hill on April 28 and 29 along with 270 other scientists, engineers, and educators for the 15th Annual Science-Engineering-Technology Congressional Visits Day (CVD).

CVD participants come from across the country to Washington, DC, each year to  emphasize the importance of consistent research and development (R&D) investments in science and technology (S&T), urge further investments in R&D and science education, and to thank Members of Congress for their past support and landmark legislation like the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act and the America COMPETES Reauthorization Act of 2010.

On the first day, CVD participants were given a lesson in Government 101—learning how the appropriations cycle works, how to speak with Members of Congress and their staff, and how to stay involved in the policy process when they return home.

The second day of CVD began with a breakfast reception at which retiring Representative Vern Ehlers (R-MI) thanked CVD participants for educating his colleagues about the importance of investments in S&T and R&D. Afterwards, CVD volunteers dispersed to their respective Representatives’ and Senators’ offices to represent their professional community. Wong and Aisiku visited the offices of Senator Charles Schumer (D-NY), Senator Carl Levin (D-MI), Senator Debbie Stabenow (D-MI), Congressman John Dingell (D-MI), and Congressman Tim Bishop (D-NY).

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