Workshop Agenda


Catalyzing Advocacy in Science and Engineering (CASE)

2014 Pilot Policy Workshop

March 31-April 1, 2014


March 31, 2014

AAAS Headquarters, 2nd Floor

1200 New York Ave., NW

Metro Station: Metro Center (Blue, Orange, and Red Lines)


Registration Opens: Abelson/Haskins Conference Room, 2nd Floor

11:00     Welcome and Introductions

                Abby Benson, University of Colorado

All Participants and Participating Organizations


11:30     Introduction to U.S. Science and Technology Policy

Toby Smith, VP for Policy, Association of American Universities


12:30     Working Lunch: Introduction to Federal Budget Process

Matthew Hourihan, Program Director, AAAS R&D Budget and Policy Program

DiscussantsErik Fatemi, Cornerstone Government Affairs

                                       Michael Higdon, Cornerstone Government Affairs


2:00        Break (Move to Auditorium)


2:15        An Interactive Workshop: Negotiating an Appropriations Bill                                        

Matthew Hourihan, Program Director, AAAS R&D Budget and Policy Program


Students will break into groups and be given an example of the Commerce, Justice, Science (CJS) appropriations bill, by agency and program, and then work on allocating funding for each program/agency within the constraints of congressional budget allocations.  At the end groups will present their budgets to the entire group to explain their rationale. 


3:45        Break


4:00        The Role of OSTP and its Impact on the Federal Budget

Kei Koizumi, Assistant Director for Federal R&D, Office of Science and Technology Policy


5:00        Leave for Capitol Reflecting Pool


5:30        Group Photo at the Capitol Reflecting Pool

1st Street, NW/SW, between Pennsylvania Avenue, NW, and Maryland Avenue, SW

(West side of the U.S. Capitol Building)

Capitol South Metro Station (Orange and Blue Lines) – 10minute walk

Union Station Metro Station Massachusetts Ave. Exit (Red Line) – 10 minute walk

Maps and directions are provided


6:00        Dinner at Carmine’s Family Style Restaurant (Private Dining Room)

                425 7th St NW, Washington, DC, (202) 737-7770

Metro Stop Archives-Navy Memorial (North on 7th street NW toward D street NW)

Metro Stop Gallery Place-Chinatown (South on 7th Street NW toward F Street, NW)

This will also serve an opportunity to talk with the host organizations and ask questions regarding the sessions from that day.

April 1, 2014

Madison Building, Library of Congress, Dining Room A, 6th floor

Please use the entrance on Independence Avenue, SE (between 1st & 2nd Streets)

Capitol South Metro Station (Orange and Blue Lines) – closest to building

Union Station Metro Station – Massachusetts Ave. Exit (Red Line) – 20 minute walk



9:00        Arrival

(Note that breakfast is available at the Residence Inn. However a light breakfast will be available at workshop for speakers and others.) 


9:15        How Policy is Made: Lessons from Current Issues 

Panel discussion with Hill staff to provide a case study of energy-related legislation.


Aaron Weston, House Energy Subcommittee

Adam Rosenberg, House Energy Subcommittee

Rose Mutiso, Office of Senator Chris Coons

Legislative Assistant, Office of Senator Lamar Alexander (invited)


10:15     Break


10:30     Congress: Its Structure and Processes

Judy Schneider, Specialist on the Congress, Government and Finance Division

Congressional Research Service, Library of Congress 


12:00     Lunch with Keynote Address

Madison Hall (1st floor, near Entrance), Madison Building, Library of Congress


1:00        An Interactive Workshop: How to Communicate with Congress

This session will begin with an overview of the do’s and don’ts of communicating with Members of Congress and staff. 

Jennifer Zeitzer, Director of Legislative Relations, FASEB

                Jessica Butler, Senior Policy Advisor, Rep. David Valadao (R-CA)       

Avenel Joseph, Senior Policy Advisor, Health & Environment, Sen. Ed Markey (D-MA)

Kimberly Montgomery, Minority Professional Staff Member, House Science & Technology Committee


2:15        Break


2:30        Getting your Message Across: The Importance of Lobbying and Advocacy

Objective is to provide students a perspective on the important role that lobbyists and advocates play on behalf of S&T. 

Adam Katz, Research!America

April Burke, Lewis & Burke Associates

                Amanda Arnold, MIT


3:30        Next Steps: Translating Knowledge into Practice 

This closing session will give participants an opportunity to discuss next steps and how to take what they’ve learned and apply it in practice back on campus. Steering Committee Members will be present.

Kate Stoll, Emerging Leaders in Science & Society (ELISS)

Sam Brinton, Stand with Science

Tyler Glembo, American Physical Society


5:00        Wrap up (Homework to prepare for Hill Visits)


6:00        Reception, 2325 Rayburn House Office Building