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US Public Affairs Programs

Making an impact with US policy supporting optics and photonics.

Capitol Hill Visits
Capitol Hill Visits

Making connections between US senators and representatives and their constituents on-site in Washington, DC.

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District Visits

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Congressional Fellowships
Congressional Fellowships

Explore a unique public policy learning experience and demonstrate the value of science-government interaction on Capitol Hill

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Congressional Optics and Photonics Caucus
Congressional Optics & Photonics Caucus

The O&P Caucus works to educate Congress on the importance of light-based research and technologies to the economy, security and scientific excellence.

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National Photonics Initiative
National Photonics Initiative

A collaborative alliance among industry, academia and government seeking to raise awareness of photonics

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Write Your Representative

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Public-Affairs

Scientific Societies Support Additional Visas for Students with STEM Degrees

Scientific societies, including Optica (formerly The Optical Society), signed onto a letter supporting increasing the number of EB (employment-based) visas for international students who earn, or previously earned, advanced STEM degrees in the United States.  The letter also requests that these individuals be exempt from any per-country cap.

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Public-Affairs

Coalition asks White House to Support STEM Community in Afghanistan

Science societies including Optica (formerly The Optical Society) signed onto a letter to Dr. Eric Lander, the Director of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) to extend assistance to engineers, scientists, and other educated professionals in Afghanistan.  The letter also asks them to assist women in STEM in their exodus from Afghanistan.

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Congressional Optics & Photonics Caucus Launched

The Bipartisan, Bicameral Congressional Optics & Photonics (O&P) Caucus is a Congressional organization that is co-chaired by Reps. Joe Morelle (D-NY) and Brian Mast (R-FL) and Senators Kyrsten Sinema (D-AZ) and Steve Daines (R-MT). The O&P Caucus will work to educate members of Congress and their staffs about the importance of light-based research and technologies to the economy, security and scientific excellence of the U.S.  It will also advocate for federal investment in this innovative and exciting space. The O&P Caucus will serve as a positive, proactive voice for the optics and photonics community within Congress and as a bridge to the administration.

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