AIP Mather Policy Intern: US House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology
U.S. House of Representatives
In the U.S. House of Representatives, the Committee on Science, Space, and Technology regularly invites prominent scientists and agency officials to share their work and statistical findings with Members of Congress. Data is at the epicenter of the Science Committee, leading to a remarkable amount of bipartisan action in an era defined by political gridlock and Twitter feuds. Yet, agreement tends to be drowned out by partisan cacophony, and much of this policy-driving data is hidden to the average citizen. Beyond these numbers, Capitol Hill is home to other “hidden figures” as well. From Metro travel times to the demography of policy briefings, this presentation will both look broadly at how data influences the legislative process and take a deeper dive into some of the unconventional statistics of Capitol Hill.
I am originally from Tampa, Florida and am now a rising senior at Duke University, with a double major in Physics and Political Science. After graduating, I plan to attend law school and work towards a career combining the sciences and legal issues. I am passionate about solving complex problems and finding novel ways to clearly explain scientific concepts, so I’m truly thrilled to be working on science policy this summer! Last year, I had the chance to work on climate policy at a think tank in D.C., where I used my physics background on a project coding Bayesian belief nets in Python to be used as tools for policy makers.
At Duke, one of my favorite activities is teaching physics. I am able to do this through community outreach at schools around Durham and by working as a physics lab teaching assistant. This past spring, I developed and taught my own course called “Physics for Everyone” which explored issues of accessibility in the sciences. As president of Duke’s SPS chapter, I am also able to launch many of my own initiatives to improve our physics community. On top of that, I love music (especially jazz!) and play saxophone in Duke’s pep band. I enjoy fixing and tinkering with instruments, so you can always pick me out of the crowd at basketball games by looking for the musician with blue tape on her saxophone. I am fascinated by the science of music, and next year, I will be doing physics research on the acoustics of saxophone mouthpieces.
In my free time (when I have any), I enjoy long runs, rock climbing, and good books—three of the best ways to keep challenging myself.