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Tuesday, May 16, 2017
Take a politician to work

Kudos to ASAP (Advancing Science and Policy) for engaging politicians, policy makers and STEM scientists. ASAP invited three local politicians to campus to visit labs and talk to students interested in science policy. The three Spring events congregated a great number of students from diverse fields and interests.

Leslie Danks Burke leaded a roundtable discussion on "How to run for State Government" on March 30. Ms. Danks Burke was a candidate for the New York's 58th Senate District but lost her bid to incumbent Republican senator Tom O'Mara.

On April 12 ASAP hosted Ithaca Mayor Svante Myrick who visited Mariela Casasola's Cornell Infant Study lab and Chris Schaffer's Advanced Imaging lab. After the lab tours Mayor Myrick met with students for an informal discussion. Read the review by Elodie Gazave, research associate in the Section of Plant Breeding and Genetics in the School of Integrative Plant Science and BEST program marketing and communications manager.

Finally, Assemblywoman Barbara Lifton visited Lawrence Bonassar’s Musculoskeletal Tissue Regeneration Lab (Meinig School of Biomedical Engineering), the Cornell Institute for Climate Smart Solutions Group (College of Agriculture & Life Science), Robert Howarth's ecosystem science (Biogeochemistry), toured the Marcellus shale lab (Ecology and Evolutionary Biology), and Lynden Archer’s metal-air batteries and carbon capturing lab. You can read highlights of Ms. Lifton's visit on May 12 here.

Photo credits from left to right:  

Ms. Danks Burke with students (ASAP) 
Mayor Myrick in the Infant Study lab (Elodie Gazave)
Ms. Lifton with students in Lynden Archer's lab (Azul Pinoba Photography)