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Rush Holt to Deliver Science Policy talk during 2017 Frontiers in Optics + Laser Sciences Meeting


30 August 2017

Rush Holt to Deliver Science Policy talk during 2017 Frontiers in Optics + Laser Sciences Meeting

AAAS CEO and Former Congressman to present the role of science in society and government

WASHINGTON – At a time when there are widespread concerns about the place of science in our society and government, what role should scientists have with policymakers? What can be done to help avoid policies that devalue science and discontinue the much needed investment in research and development? Rush Holt, CEO of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) will address these issues and more during a special presentation during the Frontiers in Optics + Laser Science (FIO + LS) conference and exhibition in Washington, DC.
Prior to his position at AAAS, Holt represented New Jersey’s 12th Congressional District for 16 years as a member of the U.S. House of Representatives. Holt established a long track record of advocacy for federal investment in research and development, science education, and innovation, serving as a senior member of the Committee on Natural Resources and the Committee on Education and the Workforce. He founded the Congressional Research and Development Caucus, and served as a co-chair of the Biomedical Research Caucus and was awarded The Optical Society’s “Advocate of Optics” award in 2009.
WHAT: “Rush Hour” Science Policy talk by Rush Holt
WHEN: Wednesday, 20 September, 9:00 – 10:00 EDT
WHERE: Washington Hilton, Georgetown West, Concourse Level, Washington, DC

The event is open to all FIO + LS attendees and members of the media. A light breakfast will be available before the event beginning at 8:45 EDT.  

Media Registration
A media room for credentialed media and analysts will be located on-site. Media interested in attending the event should register on the FiO + LS website: Media Center.

About FiO + LS
 Frontiers in Optics is The Optical Society’s (OSA) Annual Meeting and held together with Laser Science, a meeting sponsored by the American Physical Society’s Division of Laser Science (DLS). The two meetings unite the OSA and APS communities for five days of quality, cutting-edge presentations, in-demand invited speakers and a variety of special events spanning a broad range of topics in optics and photonics—the science of light—across the disciplines of physics, biology and chemistry. The exhibit floor will feature leading optics companies, technology products and programs. More information at: FrontiersinOptics.org

About The Optical Society
Founded in 1916, The Optical Society (OSA) is the leading professional organization for scientists, engineers, students and business leaders who fuel discoveries, shape real-life applications and accelerate achievements in the science of light. Through world-renowned publications, meetings and membership initiatives, OSA provides quality research, inspired interactions and dedicated resources for its extensive global network of optics and photonics experts. For more information, visit osa.org.
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