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Advocacy Propels Your Science: It’s in Your Hands

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Advocacy is critical to ensure that the U.S. continues to be a hub for innovation and scientific discovery. However, it’s not enough for organizations to advocate for science—policymakers want to hear directly from their constituents. There are many ways to deliver messages, ranging from meeting with elected officials at home or in Washington, attending a town-hall meeting, or submitting a letter-to-the-editor. This seminar will offer action steps researchers can take to advocate for science and provide an overview of online tools and resources that are available to communicate the value of federally funded research.

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Jennifer Zeitzer has been Director of Legislative Relations at FASEB since October 2008, and was appointed the Deputy Director of FASEB’s Office of Public Affairs in 2014. She represents FASEB on Capitol Hill, manages FASEB’s communications with the U.S. Congress, and develops legislative strategies related to funding for the NIH and other federal science agencies. She also coordinates FASEB’s advocacy efforts with coalition partners in the biomedical and scientific research community.

Zeitzer is a member of the Executive Committee of the Friends of VA Medical Care and Health Research (FOVA) Coalition, and serves on the Steering Committee of the Ad Hoc Group for Medical Research. Her areas of expertise include the federal budget and appropriations process, IRS regulations concerning lobbying by non-profit organizations, and grassroots advocacy. Previously, she was the Director of Congressional Relations at the Alzheimer’s Association. She is a member of the National Academy of Social Insurance and has a bachelor’s degree in political science from the Pennsylvania State University.

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