What Life is Like for a Scientist in Congress
In this presentation, Congressman Bill Foster will share insight about life as a scientist in Congress. Bill began his career at the age of 19, when he and his younger brother co-founded Electronic Theatre Controls, Inc., a company that now manufactures over half of the theater lighting equipment in the United States. After receiving his Ph.D. in Physics at Harvard University, Bill spent over 20 years doing high-energy physics research at Fermi Lab. He is the co-inventor of the recycler ring, the latest of Fermi's giant particle accelerators, and was a member of the team that discovered the top quark. Bill began his political career in 2007 and will speak about his transition from science to Congress. He will also review the current status of federal support for scientific research and development and other key issues facing Congress today.