AIP Congressional Science Fellows

Rebecca Reesman

Rebecca Reesman

2016-2017
AIP-ASA Congressional Science Fellow
American Physical Society
Background: 

Rebecca received her Ph.D. in physics from The Ohio State University in 2014. For her dissertation, Rebecca used a novel mathematical method to characterize galactic gamma-ray emission; she also put constraints on the extragalactic background light by modeling the attenuation of extragalactic gamma-ray sources. After completing her Ph.D., Rebecca began working at CNA, a Federally Funded Research and Development Center in Arlington, Virginia, where she analyzed and solved problems for government agencies.

Placement: 
Rep. Derek Kilmer (D-WA)
Ryan Murphy

Ryan Murphy

2016-2017
AIP Congressional Science Fellow
American Physical Society
Background: 

Ryan Murphy received a Ph.D. from Washington University in St. Louis in 2015. For his doctoral research, he studied the origin of Galactic cosmic rays with an experiment that flew on a NASA long-duration balloon launched from Antarctica, and made two trips totalling five months to the continent. While a graduate student, he led his departments peer mentoring program and was involved in science outreach. He received a B.A. with majors in Physics and International Studies and a minor in Political Science from Northwestern University.

Placement: 
Rep. Betty McCollum (D-MN)

Rachel Carr

2015-2016
AIP-ASA Congressional Science Fellow
American Physical Society
Background: 

Rachel Carr received a Ph.D. in physics from Columbia in 2015. Her doctoral work focused on measurements of neutrino oscillations in the Double Chooz experiment, located at a commercial nuclear power station in France. Outside research, she has held science writing positions at Fermilab and the National Superconducting Cyclotron Laboratory at Michigan State. Her policy interests include nuclear nonproliferation and nuclear power, renewable energy, and tech industry issues.

Placement: 
Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA)

Sara Barber

2015-2016
AIP Congressional Science Fellow
American Astronomical Society
Background: 

Sara Barber is a recent graduate of the University of Oklahoma. She received her doctorate in Physics after defending her dissertation, Planetary Remnants Around White Dwarf Stars, where she examined the properties of planetary systems in the epoch following the host star death.  Sara is also passionate about science outreach. While in graduate school, she pioneered an astronomy outreach program and hosted a department tour for her district's representative, Tom Cole.

Placement: 
House Committee on Science, Space and Technology -- Space Subcommittee, Minority Office

Caitlin Murphy

2014-2015
AIP-ASA Congressional Science Fellow
American Crystallographic Association, American Physical Society
Background: 

Caitlin received her PhD in Geophysics from Caltech in 2012 where she used high-pressure experiments to improve the current understanding of Earth’s metallic core, and ran multiple geophysical field excursions to image seismic faults in Southern California. Since 2012, she has been a Carnegie Postdoctoral Fellow at the Geophysical Laboratory where she was exploring Earth and energy materials under high-pressure conditions at DOE-funded synchrotron and neutron facilities.

Placement: 
Senator Al Franken (D-MN)

Colin Cunliff

2014-2015
AIP Congressional Science Fellow
American Physical Society
Background: 

Colin received his PhD in quantum gravity from UC Davis in 2013 where he researched modifications to Einstein’s theory of gravity, quantum gravity and black holes.  His early graduate career also involved work on physics education, including exploration of student misconceptions about physics and development of physics curriculum.  Colin was most recently working as a physics lecturer at UC Davis and the College of the Canyons. 

Placement: 
Senator Diane Feinstein (D-CA)

Rose M. Mutiso

2013-2014
AIP-ASA Congressional Science Fellow
American Physical Society
Background: 

PhD in Materials Science and Engineering from the University of Pennsylvania. Dissertation research focused on electrical percolation and resistive switching phenomena in polymer-metal nanowire composites and nano-gap devices.  

Placement: 
Senator Chris Coons (D-DE)

Mark Mozena

2013-2014
AIP Congressional Science Fellow
American Physical Society, American Astronomical Society
Background: 

PhD in astrophysics from the University of California, Santa Cruz where his research focused on galaxy evolution with Professor Sandra Faber.

Placement: 
Rep. Mike Honda (D-CA)

Amitai Bin-Nun

2012-2013
AIP-ASA Congressional Science Fellow
American Physical Society
Background: 

MA in Mathmatics and Physics from University of Cambridge and PhD in Physics from the University of Pennsylvania

Placement: 
Senator Chris Coons (D-DE)

Meredith Drosback

2011-2012
AIP Congressional Science Fellow
American Astronomical Society, American Physical Society
Background: 

PhD in Astrophysics from the University of Colorado at Boulder.

Placement: 
Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee -- Science & Space Subcommittee Majority Office

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