Josh Alland traveled to Washington D.C. to advocate for science research

June 13, 2018 - Student Josh Alland joined other students, faculty, and representatives from the University Corporation for Atmospheric Research (UCAR) in Washington D.C. to advocate for basic science research funding. Josh was granted this opportunity through his successful essay submission in UCAR’s Capitol Hill Visits Essay Contest. While in D.C., Josh met with the offices of senators and representatives to discuss the importance of funding the National Science Foundation and the National Center for Atmospheric Research. Josh also discussed the importance of his research on better-understanding hurricane intensification, and linked his research to the nation’s economic security, health, and national security. Josh described the need to improve forecasts of hurricane intensification, motivating with real-world examples from the devastating 2017 hurricane season. Overall, Josh was optimistic to find supportive congressional offices, and he is hopeful that basic science research will continue to be adequately supported in 2019.

To learn more about the UCAR Capitol Hill Visits Essay Contest, visit: https://president.ucar.edu/university-relations/capitol-hill-essay-contest”.