Congressman Joe Kennedy is as passionate as we are about STEM education, making it a priority for his district and the nation. So the Science Soapbox team was thrilled to visit his office to talk about what inspired his interest in STEM education and its relationship as a critical concern for our economy. The Congressman also discussed how his degree in Management Science and Engineering influences his outlook on policy, and how it’s informed his concerns around the looming tax reform, especially its impact on graduate students. This episode was recorded one day before the House voted to pass the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act Bill, so we hope you find our conversation timely and useful.
Here are some of the links and references mentioned during the show:
- To learn more about Joe Kennedy’s Platform, we recommend visiting his congressional webpage
- You can learn more about the impact of the House’s tax bill on graduate students in this New York Times op-ed, this profile on NPR, and this explainer on WIRED
This episode was recorded on November 15, 2017 at The United States House of Representatives. Special thanks to Visager for music and to Maryam Zaringhalam for editing the episode.