August 2, 2018
Elaine DiMasi: Running for Office
Robert P Crease meets a physicist who is trying to get into politics – and finds out what you need to succeed.
“DiMasi was known for her hands-on work and no-nonsense descriptions of life as a scientist. In the early 2000s, for example, I heard her speak to female science students, likening life at a user facility such as Brookhaven’s National Synchrotron Light Source to a road trip. ‘You gather a few friends together and get in a car with a plan to get somewhere at a certain time,’ she told them. ‘You know the plan will change. You also know there is going to be a flat tire in the middle of the night, which you will be able to fix – or not. You will eat too many short meals and too much junk food, and will get too little sleep. By the end you will either love or intensely dislike your other companions.’
In 2010 she began to think about a different kind of trip.”