Guido Dominguez (he/him/his)
AIP Mather Policy Intern
U.S. House of Representatives
The American political scientist Don K. Price once said that “The union of the political and scientific estates is like a marriage, it will not be improved if the two become like each other, but only if they respect each other’s quite different needs and purposes.” As the AIP Mather Policy Intern for the House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology, I had the great privilege to witness this union on a daily basis. Through the countless hearings, briefings, reports, and summaries I attended and prepared it was clear to me that science is once again at the forefront of the nation’s priorities. This summer alone the committee has sheparded the passage of the National Science Foundation for the Future Act by the House, led the way for an increase in NASA’s budget of $1.5 billion, and held hearings on some of the most important scientific challenges of our time. There is still much more to do and room for a greater utilization of and respect for science throughout the policy process, but as Don K. Price masterfully concluded when talking about this marriage, “No great harm is done if in the meantime they quarrel a bit.” In my talk, I’ll be giving an overview of the process behind these achievements and more, as well as why I’m more hopeful than ever about the marriage between science and politics.
After I was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina, my family immigrated to the United States when I was 14 months old and we’ve lived in South Florida ever since. I am currently a rising Senior at Pomona College majoring in Physics, with a passion for policy. Thanks to the wide variety of coursework at Pomona, I’ve been able to explore my love of politics and policy through coursework as well as working closely with the local city council. I am drawn to policy specifically because it holds the key to impacting so many people’s lives for the better.
At Pomona, I work on independent research studying the biophysics of the spore dispersal mechanisms of Sphagnum Moss. Because of this, I had the opportunity of presenting my research at the American Physical Society Division of Fluid Dynamics back in 2019. I am drawn to physics because it’s all about trying your hardest to solve a problem, no matter how difficult or complex it is. I particularly love challenging problems because those are the ones that require you to change your perspective, consider different approaches, challenge your own assumptions, and be open minded. This same approach is one that I believe is quite valuable and too often missing in politics and policy.
I am very excited to be a Mather Policy Intern this summer and combine my physics background with my dream of working in the policy making process. I am very thankful to SPS for this opportunity, and look forward to a summer full of learning and new experiences.