I can’t recall a more unsettled time at the intersection of research and policy/politics than the present. That intersection is by definition where Research!America lives, where we were established to have impact as an alliance of stakeholders in research for medical and health progress. Making a difference during the current disruptive transition in Washington means staying focused as we make opportunities to reinforce current leaders and develop new relationships in Congress and the Administration. We are also anticipating, but not over-reacting to potential policymaking or other actions that our alliance can support or should oppose. In the latter category, we have spoken out against President Trump’s executive order on immigration (see elsewhere in this newsletter). In the former, we have been meeting nearly every day with one or more congressional offices, as there is quite a lot of relevant business at hand. Things are happening quickly in several quarters – the momentum gathering for the March for Science is a high-profile example. We’re keeping a finger on that, and so much more. Please be sure to tell us what you are doing to assure that science remains a top public priority! Follow us on social media and e-mail. We will continue to give you suggestions for advocacy; please join us in speaking out and taking action.