Bryn Mawr College
AIP FYI Science Policy Communications Intern
American Institute of Physics
This presentation explores the importance of informing the science community about how science policy priorities are set by Congress and government agencies. It describes two projects I have worked on as the FYI intern, a budget tracking tool and a bulletin on debates over research on the health effects of low doses of radiation. I will explain why these projects and others like them are crucial to the dissemination of information to the science community. Along the way, I will also explain the choices FYI makes on a weekly basis when deciding what news to cover.
I am Matangi Melpakkam (she/her), a rising senior majoring in Physics and Political Science at Bryn Mawr College. I participate in my college's SPS chapter regularly. Aside from academics, I run the IRS Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program at BMC, where we train volunteers to prepare taxes for low-income taxpayers in the Norristown, PA area. I am excited for this internship opportunity because I will be able to combine the skills learned from both of my areas of study to foray into science news writing.
In my free time, I like to read mystery/thrillers, cook, handletter, and swim. I am from New Jersey and my favorite animals are bees. This summer, I hope to explore composting and baking more.