On Tuesday, May 7, Stony Brook University President Samuel L. Stanley Jr., MD and Chief Deputy to the President Judy Greiman met with the Director of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) Kelvin Droegemeier in Washington, DC. Topics discussed during the meeting included national science and security policies in addition to the newly formed White House Joint Committee led by the National Science and Technology Council’s committees on Science and Science and Technology (S&T) Enterprise. The Joint Committee is charged with tackling the most pressing challenges facing US researchers: administrative burdens, safe research settings, research integrity and research security.
Director of Government Relations Lauren Brookmeyer, President of the Graduate Student Organization (GSO) James Vassallo, President of the Undergraduate Student Government (USG) Justas Klimavicius, and 2018 Wolfie Tank Winner Yark Beyan joined Stanley and Greiman in DC for meetings with members of the New York Congressional Delegation. Meetings were held with Leader Chuck Schumer, Rep. Lee Zeldin, Rep. Grace Meng, Rep. Peter King, Rep. Tom Suozzi, and Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand’s higher education staff. Issues discussed during the meetings included lifting the Budget Control Act’s harmful discretionary caps in FY20 and FY21, increasing federal funding for student financial aid, re-authorization of the Higher Education Act (HEA), a permanent solution for DACA recipients, increasing funding for scientific research, and delaying the impending Medicaid Disproportionate Share Hospital (DSH) cuts.
Stony Brook’s Office of Government Relations coordinated these meetings and continues to work closely with members of Congress, White House staff and federal agencies on Stony Brook University’s federal priorities.