Tuesday, July 16, 2013

APLU Interns Meet NSF Director

Pictured From Right to Left: Jim Turner, APLU Senior Counsel; Stephen Payne, Intern (Penn State);
Michael Mastroianni, Intern (UAlbany); Cristian Cardenas, Intern (UC Davis);
Dr. Cora B. Marrett, Acting Director of the National Science Foundation;
Jacob Steiner, Intern (University of Wisconsin-Madison);
Alexandra Colevas, Intern (UVA)
By Michael Mastroianni

You can plan a pretty picnic, but you can’t predict the weather. You also can’t predict Metro train mishaps.

On Wednesday, July 10, five APLU summer interns found themselves caught in the center of a massive metro line outage.  On most days this would not have been an issue, except on this particular evening we were to meet Dr. Cora B. Marrett, acting director of the National Science Foundation (NSF).

After an hour-and-a-half ordeal on the subway, we arrived just in time to capture a photo with Marrett, who could not have been more gracious and kind.  Now starving, we then headed to Ted’s Montana Grill for a hot meal and a cold root beer. 

**Editor's Note: We’re happy to report each intern made it back home safely…and without a hitch.

Mastroianni is a 2013 APLU graduate intern and doctoral student at the University of Albany, State University of New York in the educational theory and practice program.