2007-2008 AAAS Science and Technology Policy Fellows
The 2007-2008 AAAS S&T Policy Fellowship experience is almost complete, and so we return to the beginning to reflect on a year full of acronyms, networking happy hours, and, of course, many efforts to bridge the gap between science and public policy. Most importantly, there was a spectacular group of fellow Fellows, now friends, with whom to share the past year.
For those of you with a pair of binoculars and an insatiable hunger for unnecessary details, focus your attention to the upper left corner of the group picture, and you will find me sporting a handsome smile and an even handsomer Arizona Cardinals lanyard (below image). There are up to four interesting items worth noting:
1. At the time of the group photo, we hadn’t received our ID badges, thus rendering the lanyard completely useless other than as an ill-advised fashion accessory.
2. My healthy smile in the group photo was quite contrary to my physical discomfort as I produced an unprecedented volume of sweat during the 45-minute photo session on perhaps the most humid day in DC history, if not all of history.
3. At the Cardinals game where these lanyards were dispersed (below), you’ll find that I am displaying a facial expression that, indeed, represents my discomfort on that humid August day in Phoenix, in which the temperatures hovered around 115 degrees. Marty, on the other hand, seems strangely pleased, while Brian/Josh is either nosy, scared, or both, having never before experienced an Arizona summer.
4. Marty is wearing two lanyards.