Caitlin Fairchild

Web Producer Caitlin Fairchild joined Government Executive in summer 2011 as an editorial fellow, after graduating from the College of William & Mary, where she spent four years writing for the student newspaper, The Flat Hat. In March 2012, she was hired full time as a web producer. She has completed internships at Washingtonian Magazine and at the public affairs office of Nellis Air Force Base in Las Vegas.
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Infographic: Global Government Priorities for 2016

January 21, 2016 FROM NEXTGOV arrow What are your new year's resolutions for work this year? GovDelivery set out to discover just that and surveyed 1,100 of people in all levels of government, both in the U.S. and U.K., to figure out what they were hoping to achieve in the coming year. So, what does the...

Video: Running Low on Ink? Don't Worry, the Printer Can Order More

January 20, 2016 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Does your printer seem to be constantly running out of ink? Amazon has a solution. Devices featuring Amazon's Dash Replenishment service are here, and they are very convenient. The online retail giant's smart printer will order more ink when those cyan or magenta levels run low, making offices everywhere more...

Video: Virtual Reality Takes on the Art of Salvador Dali

January 19, 2016 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Most of the news around virtual reality has centered around its potential for video games. But some are pushing the technology into new realms. The Dali Museum in St. Petersburg, Florida, is using VR technology to further people's understanding of art. The museum, which is dedicated to the works of...

Video: What Energy Dept. Scientists Can Learn from Movies of Cold War-Era Bomb Tests

January 15, 2016 FROM NEXTGOV arrow On July 16, 1945, the United States tested the first atomic bomb. Since then, hundreds of atomic bombs have been detonated in the atmosphere and recorded on high-speed cameras for analysis. Those thousands of film reels are now in dire need of preservation. Many have already turned to dust. Not...

Video: Lego Robots Scoot into Classrooms and Teach Kids How to Code

January 14, 2016 FROM NEXTGOV arrow During his State of the Union address, President Obama said one of his goals for the future is to "help students learn to write computer code." Lego has developed its own fun way to do just that. Lego Elementary WeDo 2.0 kits come with a smart hub (featuring a battery,...

Government Technology and the State of the Union

January 13, 2016 FROM NEXTGOV arrow During last night's State of the Union address, President Obama kept mentioning technology as a big focus area, highlighting renewable energy, computer science and coding skills for students, and medical research. He continually cited America's "spirit of discovery and innovation." "That spirit of discovery is in our DNA," the president...

Looking for Your Very Own R2-D2? Here Are Robot Sidekicks That Come Close

January 12, 2016 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Many people have been hoping for their very own adorable robot assistant since the first "Star Wars" movie out in 1977. Since then, technology has come a long way, and personal robots are now available for purchase. At this year's Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, a few friendly robots...

Video: This Drone Can Teach You How to Code

January 11, 2016 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Want to learn how to code and fly a drone at the same time? Check out Robolink's CoDrone. Tiny in size, it look like just toy, but in fact this drone is a useful tool for anyone who wants to begin programming. Robolink has online tutorials available so both kids...

Video: The Gadgets from CES That Will Improve Your Life

January 8, 2016 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Many see the Internet of Things as revolutionary, while others point out the major security risks. But some smart devices just want to make life a little bit easier for busy users. At this year's Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, these gadgets stole the show. Have a problem with...

What Color Lightsaber Would Use the Most Energy?

January 7, 2016 FROM NEXTGOV arrow To celebrate the arrival of The Force Awakens, the latest chapter in the "Star Wars" saga, the Energy Department gathered some of its best and brightest to talk about some of the potential science behind these beloved movies. The four scientists came together in a "Rebel Alliance Google Hangout" and...

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