February 22, 2017
by Carol Lynn Alpert
Jessica, Karine and I brought our whole PI squad, our first two-color QSTORM images, hands-on demos, and a Quantum Dot Peep Show to Capitol Hill last week and got a chance to speak with dozens of guests at “The Arc of Science” event sponsored by the National Science Foundation and the Coalition for National Science Funding. NSF Director France Córdova spoke personally with us and later gave us a glowing review during her welcoming remarks. Chair of the House Science Committee Lamar Smith (R-TX), and Representatives Eddie Bernice Johnson (D-TX) and Rep Dan Lipinski (D-IL) also spoke to about 200 people gathered at the event, which showcased 11 NSF-funded science projects (including LIGO) and our industry and community partners. We also met Robert Fleischmann, our QSTORM-AO program officer, James Olds, Asst. Director for BIO, and several other key NSF officials. We were proud to be able to share the QSTORM story with policy-makers and to help represent the power of basic and applied science to advance societal goals, and “enhance the US economy, security and global competitiveness” — the theme of the evening.