There hardly seems to be a scientist in the US that hasn’t at some point in his or her career benefited from the spending of tax payer dollars on scientific research. But, as scientists, it is easy (and maybe even necessary) to stay sheltered from the happenings on the Hill… Yet, happenings on the Hill (and nearby Arlington and Montgomery County) can and do affect what science happens in the lab. But, what seems to be less clear is how… who are the players? What are the decisions? At what level is science affected? For the next two weeks, I’ll be participating in a Science Policy (Dis)Orientation sponsored by Arizona State’s Center for Science & Policy Outcomes and Center for Nanotechnology & Society. More updates to come.