GTRI’s Marlit Hayslett Honored at Georgia Capitol

Published: March 29, 2012

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The Georgia General Assembly recognized Marlit Hayslett and her team at the Georgia Tech Research Institute’s (GTRI) Office of Policy Analysis and Research (OPAR) with two separate legislative resolutions commending their contributions to science and technology policy in Georgia.

Presented on Wednesday, March 21, 2012, HR 1766 commends Hayslett and the OPAR team for their ongoing support of the House Science and Technology Committee over the past seven years.  In her role of program coordinator for this committee, Hayslett has organized more than 30 legislative hearings with more than 100 expert witnesses.

The resolution commended Hayslett for her “efficient, effective, selfless and dedicated public service to the Office of Policy Analysis and Research and the Georgia General Assembly and the state of Georgia.”

“In 2005, I wanted to find out what Georgia Tech’s research was—in nanotechnology, ethanol and several other projects,” said Rep. Amos Amerson, retiring chairman of the House Science & Technology Committee. “This was an opportunity to learn what the research universities were working on in the state of Georgia. Dr. Steve Cross, then-head of the Georgia Tech Research Institute, and Marlit offered to help me set up an annual program for the committee,” he said.

On March 22, Sen. Barry Loudermilk and Sen. John Albers honored Hayslett on the Senate floor with SR 1194, which recognizes her efforts with the Joint Strategic Plan Study Commission.

Last year Hayslett partnered with the Technology Association of Georgia to introduce and enact legislation calling for a task force to explore the role of a strategic plan for science and technology in Georgia. As a result of this legislation, Georgia’s Science and Technology Strategic Plan Joint Study Commission was formed. 

Hayslett staffed the commission at hearings held in seven cities across the state, facilitated more than 10 subcommittee meetings and conference calls with members of the Commission, and arranged for more than 70 panelists to present to the Commission on science and technology topics such as health information technology, commercial space, agricultural technology, data centers, and Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) education. She also collected and reviewed all recommendations and authored the commission's final report.

“Science and technology policy is still an emerging area of discussion for legislators,” Hayslett said. “Our goal at OPAR is to help guide the conversation by making sure reliable research is available to decision-makers.  We are honored that Georgia’s legislative body has recognized our contributions as valuable and we will continue to provide our support as long as we can be useful.”

OPAR’s applied research agenda centers on analyzing state-level science and technology legislation.