Michael Henry

Director of Science Policy
American Institute of Physics

“An Unexpected Renaissance for the Physical Sciences?”

Abstract: Congress is on track to finalize a 2018 federal budget that provides record levels of investment in the science agencies. In largely rejecting the cuts to science in the Trump 2018 budget request, Congress has forged its own path in funding the government and chosen to prioritize both defense and nondefense R&D spending. Meanwhile, physical sciences frontiers like quantum information sciences and materials research are receiving broad-based support for new investments from Congress and the White House. Is the Trump era shaping up to be a renaissance of federal support for the physical sciences?

Bio: Mike Henry is responsible for FYI, delivering authoritative news and resources on federal science policy, with a focus on the physical sciences. FYI is widely read by policy makers in the legislative and executive branches and throughout the scientific community, as an effective means of keeping current on important policy and funding developments. Before coming to AIP, Henry was government relations manager for the University Corporation for Atmospheric Research in Boulder, Colorado, and a legislative aide for Sen. Benjamin Cardin of Maryland. He has an M.S. in Environmental Studies with a certificate in Science and Technology Policy from the University of Colorado, Boulder and a B.A. in Political Science from Williams College.