AIP FYI Science Policy Communications Intern
American Institute of Physics
Informing Science Policy
Lisa is working with the American Institute of Physics (AIP) staff to research and write FYI bulletins. AIP issues FYI bulletins multiple times a week to provide timely and unbiased summaries of science policy developments for the physics and astronomy communities. FYI topics can include updates on the federal budget process and appropriation bills, summaries of Congressional hearings examining science agencies, developments in U.S. energy policy positions, legislation of interest to the physics and astronomy communities, and changes in funding priorities at the National Science Foundation.
Science policy encompasses a wide range of topics, from debates about how much to fund different disciplines of science to how policymakers use (or ignore) scientific advice. As an intern for the American Institute of Physics’s science policy news service—FYI—I covered a variety of science policy events in and around the D.C. area, including Congressional hearings, National Academies studies, and a science coalition meeting. In my presentation, I will give a brief history of the FYI publication and how it fills a vital role in providing up-to-date coverage on science policy discussions and legislation in our government. From there I will discuss the articles I had a personal hand in producing during my time here this summer and the big takeaways I will carry with me as I move forward into my future career.
I am a recent graduate of Coe College in Cedar Rapids, Iowa with BAs in Physics and Communication and a minor in Mathematics. In the fall I will be attending Laurentian University in Sudbury, Ontario, Canada to pursue a one year master's in science communication. My goal is to become a science communicator, bridging the gap between the sciences and humanities in our society. While at Coe I did extensive glass research for three years on the binary tellurium vanadate glass system, and extensive communication research for two years on the construction of African American women's identity prior to 1920. I also served as editor-in-chief of the college newspaper, president of the college's Tae Kwon Do club, and served two years as a regional representative (Associate Zone Councilor) for the Society of Physics Students.
I look forward greatly to working as the AIP FYI Science Policy Communications Intern since it will provide me insight into the policies regulating how science is communicated to our society at various levels. Outside of work, I enjoy staying active, be that Tae Kwon Do, hiking, weightlifting--you name it. I also love to cook (Allrecipes is my friend!) and have been learning Korean for about a year now in anticipation of my trip to Seoul this spring. I can't wait to meet all the other SPS interns this summer and work with the AIP FYI team to communicate science policy to the masses!