Early career scientists at the University of California, Davis say they were inspired by Research!America president and CEO Mary Woolley’s presentation on changing hearts and minds for science on September 17. The seminar was “eye-opening, motivating and amazing,” tweeted one of the participants as Woolley described ways scientists can connect with the public and build meaningful relationships with policymakers. “What do elected officials and scientists have in common? Serving the public’s interest,” she told the group. “It was especially rewarding to talk to scientists who are fired with enthusiasm and determination to find the solutions to what ails us, and ready, willing and able to advocate,” said Woolley. She visited both the Davis and Sacramento campuses, which together encompass a medical school, veterinary school including a primate center, school of engineering, law school, nursing school and graduate and undergraduate science programs, “all highly ranked and highly collaborative,” she added.