Biophysical Society Bulletin | July/August 2018
From the 2017-2018 BPS Congressional Fellow Hello again, Biophysical Society members! I am continuing to enjoy my time on Capitol Hill, and I’ve been fortunate to have several unique experiences. One of these experiences was visiting the Illinois 11th Congressional District and joining a congressional delegation trip to Argonne National Lab and Fermilab in May. In the district, I had a chance to visit the place that constitu- ents had been calling from for the past eight months. I visited a high school, a manufacturer, and a local union, and learned a great deal about the education and workforce development efforts taking place in the 11th District of Illinois and across the country. I also was able to join a delegation of congressional members and staff to visit Argonne National Lab and Fermilab. On the tours of these world-class research facilities, I got to see quantum computers and atomic force microscopes, and see up-close large-scale projects such as the Advanced Photon Source and neutrino experiments. This was an incredible trip, and I was able to return to our office in Washington, DC, with a greater understanding of the places and people that Congressman Foster is working to represent. I also returned with a more comprehensive view of the research and collaboration that takes place at the US National Laboratories. I am grateful to the Biophysical Society for this experience! Please contact Sean Winkler at email@example.com if you are interested in setting up a Congressional visit with BPS! — Yasmeen Hussain
Yasmeen and other members of the delegation 300 feet underground at the NOvA neu- trino detector at Fermilab. Photo credit: Reidar Hahn/Fermilab
Yasmeen participating in a demonstration of the Oleo Sponge, a material developed at Argonne National Lab which selectively picks up oil rather than water and could be used in oil spill management.
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