Ezra Heitowit Ph.D. ’71, Applied and Engineering Physics
Member of the House Science Committee
Vice President of the Universities Research Association
Tuesday April 12, 4:30, Phillips 219
The general issue of policy advocacy in the scientific and engineering community is a timely one. Questions of whether and how to spend research money in a time of overall budget cutting amid such issues as energy use and climate change that are seen to have high stakes for the near and far future have led to ongoing considerations of the role of both the individual researcher and professional societies in such fora as Physics Today. While professional advocacy is unavoidable, perhaps quite desirable, there are questions about the respective roles of the individual and that of professional societies. The talk draws upon my experiences on the Congressional Science Committee and as Vice President of the Universities Research Association.