The 2018 midterm elections could have tremendous impact on funding for medical, health and scientific research at a time when these issues demand attention. To explore the outcomes of the elections, including key House and Senate races, Research!America will host a post-election briefing on November 8, 2018.
The briefing, which will be held at the American Association for the Advancement of Science, will feature guest speaker Reid Wilson, national correspondent for The Hill newspaper. Wilson covered politics for The Washington Post, and he’s the former editor-in-chief of National Journal’s The Hotline. He is also the Amazon best-selling author of the book, Epidemic: Ebola and the Global Scramble to Prevent the Next Killer Outbreak. Mr. Wilson is an expert in spotting political trends as they develop and will take the opportunity to break down the election results and share his insight into future trends.
Research!America President and CEO Mary Woolley will also present highlights of the alliance’s Bipartisan Civic Engagement Initiative, which supported graduate and postdoc-led student science policy groups as they worked to engage with political candidates around the importance of scientific research. Woolley will present highlights from this effort over the last several months. Then, Rachel Owen, co-founder of the Missouri Science and Technology Fellows Program, will share her group’s experience.
The heart of the event will be a panel discussion analyzing the outcomes of the election, moderated by Yamiche Alcindor, White House Correspondent for PBS NewsHour. Alcindor is also a correspondent for NBC News and MSNBC. She will moderate a panel discussion of several former members of Congress and committee staff, including The Honorable John Edward Porter, The Honorable Michael N. Castle, The Honorable Bart Gordon and Sudip Parikh, PhD. The panel will explore implications of the election for medical and health research and development. For more information or to register, visit Research!America’s website at https://www.researchamerica.org/2018-post-election-briefing.