Earlier this year, I photographed Assistant Professor of Geology David Szymanski and his NASE402 Science in Environmental Policy course at Bentley University in Waltham, Massachusetts, USA. These sorts of assignments are always tough, since the bulk of what the story was about had already happened or was scheduled to happen in Washington, DC. The class gives students the opportunity to directly advise local and national lawmakers on environmental policy using a science-based approach. I was also excited to learn that Professor Szymanski served as an adviser to Montana Senator Jon Tester, who represents where I'm from, as a Congressional Science Fellow a few years back.