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Entomologists Meet Policymakers in Washington, DC

ESA President Phil Mulder and Ariel Rivers in the Hart Senate Office Building on Capitol Hill.

In October 2014, the Entomological Society of America formed a Science Policy Fellows program to support and develop scientists as visible and effective advocates for entomology and entomological research. The plan was to select five entomologist and teach them about how science policy and science funding decisions are made at the federal level, and to provide them an opportunity to engage with lawmakers, legislative staff, and federal agency leaders in Washington, DC.

Last week, the ESA Science Policy Fellows flew in to Washington, DC, where they met with members of Congress and their staff. Two of them, Marianne Alleyne and Ariel Rivers, wrote blog posts about the experience. You can read about their adventures in DC by clicking on the links below:

Quorum Sensing On Capitol Hill, by Marianne Alleyne

Entomological Society of America (ESA) Science Policy Fellows do DC, by Ariel Rivers


  1. I do hope the proposed issue “Entomologists meet policymakers in Washington, D.C.” does not become political. As a trained Entomologist, I have found politics and science, especially Entomology, make strange bed mates. Please keep politics out of science and stop some of the misinformation paraded as science be retracted.

    • Well, as ESA’s 2013 President Rob Wiedenmann wrote in a column that year, “We (ESA) need to be at the table when [entomological] issues are discussed or future directions are planned, and we need to bring our voice with us to the table. You’re either part of the solution or part of the problem … We do have choices: to be active and be leaders in the process, or be passive and be led by the process.” If entomologists do not educate and advise policymakers on entomological issues, who will? For more on ESA’s Science Policy initiatives, see

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