APS Government Affairs (APS GA) is proud to announce 12 society members have been selected as Five Sigma Physicist awardees for their outstanding advocacy work that included taking multiple actions during the past year and maintaining communication with APS GA staff which included our own Laurie McNeil.
This year’s awardees participated in various initiatives centered on contacting Congress and the Executive Branch to help advance APS’s science policy priorities, including: ensuring the US scientific enterprise fully recovers from the pandemic, supporting visa and immigration policies that attract and retain talented international students to the US, addressing the helium crisis, and ending sexual harassment in STEM.
Laurie is being recognized for her many actions throughout the year including sending a letter to congress supporting international students who faced having their F-1 visas revoked if they did not take in person classes during the pandemic.
She pointed out that every APS member can make difference in advocacy efforts “simply by responding to requests to send messages to Congress and federal agencies.”
“The benefit from our communal effort far outweighs the very minor cost in time, especially since APS staff provide everything one needs to communicate effectively,” McNeil said.
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