Traditionally, members of Congress spend time during the summer back in their home state and congressional district. This provides an excellent opportunity for constituents to meet with their elected federal officials. Many members of Congress will either host community fora or will participate in community events celebrating festivals and holidays, such as the 4th of July. These are excellent, informal opportunities for scientists to introduce themselves to their member of Congress. It also reminds members of Congress that scientists are engaged members of their constituency. The less formal and slightly slower pace of the summer also provides an opportunity to invite elected representatives to tour your museum/scientific collection, research station, or laboratory.
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