NEWScience Policy provides a weekly aggregation of activities and events in Washington, DC affecting science, technology, and innovation policy. While not meant to be exhaustive, it highlights items related to the funding for and execution of research across disciplines, and the translation of discoveries into the marketplace.

NEWScience Policy is edited by Abby Benson and Amanda Arnold.Abby Benson, Editor

Abby Benson currently serves as Assistant Vice President for Research and Federal Relations at the University of Colorado. In this role, Abby ensures the flow of information between the university and relevant stakeholders in Washington, DC, and advocates for increased federal support of research and higher education. Abby also serves in several leadership roles in the higher education federal relations community, including as a member of the Association of Public and Land Grant Universities (APLU) Council on Government Affairs Executive Committee and as  Chair of the Association of American Universities (AAU) Council on Federal Relations. In 2012, Abby also served as President of the Science Coalition, an organization dedicated to strengthening the federal government’s investment in university-based scientific, medical, engineering and agricultural research.

Prior to joining CU, Abby served as Assistant Director of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Washington, DC Office, and as an officer in the U.S. Coast Guard. Abby earned a BS in geology and geophysics from Yale University and a MS in transportation and a MEng in Logistics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).


Amanda Arnold has served as Senior Policy Advisor in the MIT Washington Office since 2010. Amanda represents the interests of MIT in the areas of biomedical research, intellectual property, and aerospace and space defense policy. Previously, Amanda worked for the National Institutes of Health (NIH) where she served as Legislative Affairs & Health Policy Analyst at the National Human Genome Research Institute (NGHRI). While at NHGRI, Amanda offered technical assistance to Congressional staff, and functioned as the public liaison on genomics issues, including genetic testing and the personalized medicine policy.

Prior to joining NIH, Amanda served as Legislative Aide to U.S. Senator Jon Tester of Montana with expertise in Transportation, American Indian health care, and Science and Technology Policy. She worked in both the Montana and Arizona state legislatures, and served as professional staff on numerous campaigns, including the 2008 Presidential race.

Originally from Montana, Amanda completed her undergraduate work at Arizona State University and earned a Masters of Science degree in Science and Technology Policy with a focus on vaccine development from the Science Policy Research Unit (SPRU) at the University of Sussex in the UK.