Sen. Dole Aide Tours Photonics Institute

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Reggie Holley, seated, deputy state director for U.S. Senator Elizabeth Dole, R-N.C., recently visited a number of laboratories at the Fitzpatrick Institute for Photonics to learn more about the scope of federally funded research at the Pratt School of Engineering. Postdoctoral fellow Yizheng Zhu, right, explains his optics research project in the lab of Adam Wax, associate professor for biomedical engineering. Looking on are, from left, Quincy Brown, postdoctoral fellow in the lab of Nimmi Ramanujam, associate professor of biomedical engineering; Melissa Skala, postdoctoral fellow in the lab of Joseph Izatt, professor of biomedical engineering; and Mike Giacomelli, graduate student in Wax’s lab. Skala and the Optical Society of America organized the trip to demonstrate to elected officials the importance of federal funding for the future of research in general, as well as the benefits of federal support for the state. With a better understanding of what happens in such laboratories, it is hoped that elected officials will be better informed as they consider research funding from such government agencies as the National Institutes of Health, National Science Foundation and the Department of Defense.