John Carroll University
AIP Mather Policy Intern: Representative Bill Foster's office (D-IL 11)
U.S. House of Representatives
As a student of interdisciplinary physics, I prided myself on being able to work across disciplines when a task required it or would benefit from that approach. However, the challenges the nation faces today and that our Congress must address require a level of interdisciplinarity and collaboration that even I would not have fully appreciated until recently. The national mood largely sets that diverse, overlapping agenda, as it should in a republic, but how did the agenda we saw being shared in media and on the streets translate to my, albeit unrepresentative sample, of work in a Congressional office? This presentation will seek to answer those questions about the national mood, my work, and other day-to-day duties and experiences as a Congressional intern on virtual Capitol Hill.
Hello, all! My name is Kyle Blasinsky, and I am a recent graduate of John Carroll University where I received my Bachelor of Science in Interdisciplinary Physics with minors in Economics and Political Science. I was born and bred not too far from JCU in Willoughby, Ohio. Allegedly, the city is full of haunted sites; there is a book about it and everything. We were also featured in an episode of the Twilight Zone…in the 1950s. As lovely as my hometown may be, I digress. Anyway, this summer I am (virtually) working with the Society of Physics Students as a Mather Public Policy Intern, and I could not be more thrilled. Woo!
Science policy has always been a passion of mine, though I have a particular interest in energy and environmental policy. This passion inspired my coursework as an undergraduate and my application for this position with SPS. In the fall, I plan on using everything I have learned over the last four years at John Carroll as well as everything I anticipate learning this summer as I continue my academic and professional career in public policy. For the next six years, in pursuit of that end, I will be calling Nashville, Tennessee home while I undertake studies at Vanderbilt University in the graduate and law schools’ Ph.D./J.D. dual degree program in Law and Economics.
Of course, my life is not all academics all the time. Although I like to pretend that I am an avid cook, what I really am is an avid consumer of Bon Appetit videos on YouTube. Because I was/am a stereotypical college student, I love playing frisbee too; if my journey in public policy fails to pan out, I am sure a career as a professional KanJam player would make for a solid backup plan. I also enjoy biking, hiking, and making PowerPoints.
As I said, I am very excited to be working for SPS this summer, and I cannot wait to take you all along for the ride with me!