ASTRA Affiliated Programs

MLK's "Cybernation" in Action - ASTRA's Fight To Secure It

May 08, 2019

It was my great pleasure to be invited by Dr. Ronnie Lowenstein, ASTRA’s Advisor and Futurist, to participate in the “STEM on the Hill” reception on April 2, 2019 in the Russell Office Building, co-hosted by The Alliance for Science & Technology Research in America. I was delighted to attend because, like ASTRA and its partners, I recognize the prescient words of Dr. Martin Luther King, who just four days before his assassination in 1968, described “a triple revolution,” one of which was “… a technological revolution, with the impact of automation and cybernation….”(“Remaining Awake Through a Great Revolution,” March 31, 1968, Those words reinforce our current need to identify issue areas, innovative policies and organizational processes to help secure Dr. King’s visions of a cybernation.

CSSP Chat Discussions

April 28, 2019

In response to a strong interest in continual interactive collaborative informative conversations with both current and potential Council of Scientific Society Presidents (CSSP) members, two CSSP members, Lisa Keefe and John Downing, have put together a fabulous program for monthly CSSP Chat sessions. These sessions are being held on the third Thursday of the month at 12:30 pm ET. 

Congressional Visits Day - STEM on the Hill™ 2019

March 31, 2019

April 2nd and 3rd, 2019

The CVD is a two-day annual event that brings scientists, engineers, researchers, educators, and technology executives to Washington to raise visibility and support for science, engineering, and technology. Visit for more information.

Uniquely multi-sector and multi-disciplinary, the CVD is coordinated by coalitions of companies, professional societies and educational institutions and it is open to all who believe that science and technology comprise the cornerstone of our Nation’s future.

Shining a Light on PBM & The Health Care Innovation Ecosystem

November 01, 2018

Recently, I was honored to be invited by Dr. Robert Boege, Executive Director of ASTRA to join ASTRA’s Futurist Dr. Ronnie Lowenstein, and serve as a NetGeneration of Youth Cyberjournalist covering a Congressional Briefing held in the Rayburn House Office Building on October 11, 2018 entitled, “Ending Opiod Use: A New Hope”.  The event was co-sponsored by ASTRA, The World Association for Laser Therapy, NetGeneration of Youth, The Optical Society of America, and thirteen other science and medical organizations.  What an opportunity to learn about PBM, “photobiomodulation,” an innovative medical technology, as well as, to be exposed to the organizational stakeholders who advocate for support of America’s ‘science and technology innovation ecosystem.’

Photobiomodulation Therapy Event - Briefing Materials

October 22, 2018

ASTRA was among the hosts and co-sponsors of a Congressional Briefing event titled, Ending Opioid Use; A New Hope, on October 11, 2018.

James Carroll (CEO, THOR Photomedicine), Prof. Praveen Arany (University at Buffalo, NY), Annette Quinn RN (Program Manager, Radiation Oncology, University of Pittsburgh (UPMC) Cancer Center) introduced Photobiomodulation (PBM) to a large gathering of senior policy officials at the Rayburn House Office Building.