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Seminar: What I wish I knew when figuring out how to be a scientist on the outside

Ada Bacetty - Brookings Institution Legislative Fellow, Senior Policy Advisor

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March 19, 2018, 3:35 PM - 4:30 PM

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Ada Bacetty is currently a Brookings Institution Legislative Fellow assigned to the Office of Congressman Sanford D. Bishop, Jr (GA-02) as a Senior Policy Advisor. Her role is to help shape the Congressman’s legislative agenda in his duties as Ranking Member of the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration, and Related Agencies. In this capacity, Dr. Bacetty works closely with staff and members of the House Appropriations subcommittee, as well as industry stakeholders, trade associations, constituents, and other groups to advance the Congressman’s priority to ensure the U.S. continues to produce the highest quality, safest, most abundant, and most economic food and fiber anywhere in the world. Additionally, her portfolio also includes researching and analyzing proposed legislation, offering voting recommendations, speech and testimony writing, and liaising with the Administration and other Congressional offices on numerous issues including rural health care, agricultural trade, higher education, research and development, and economic development. From 2008 – 2016, she served in various roles for the Department of Defense’s (DoD) Defense Threat Reduction Agency (DTRA) from International Scientific Program Manager to Branch Chief and Program Manager for the Biological Threat Reduction Program (BTRP) in Africa, the Former Soviet Union, and the Middle East and South Asia. Prior to her DoD career, Dr. Bacetty was a USDA-ARS research scientist conducting studies focused on host-pathogen interactions, mycotoxins, nematology, and pathogen detection. She has authored numerous peer-reviewed publications and presented at a multitude of national and international meetings. Ada holds a Bachelor’s degree in Biology from South Carolina State University, a Master’s in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology from Georgetown University, and a PhD in Plant Pathology from The University of Georgia.