FEBRUARY 25-26, 1998

Thanks to the good graces and hard work of Nadine Lymn and Jean Zettler, a generic press release follows that can be used now to promote CVD '98. It is anticipated that your organizations would modify this to suit your needs. Another release is in the works for distribution right before the event. -- Kathi Ream


Scientists and industry representatives underscore importance of federal R&D

In support of our nation's investment in science and technology, over 170 representatives from academia and industry will head up to Capitol Hill for the 3rd annual Science and Technology Congressional Visits Day on Thursday, 26 February. Teams made up of science, engineering, and business leaders will pay visits to some 200 congressional offices.

Congressional Visits Day is organized by the Science-Engineering-Technology Work Group, an information network of 35 professional scientific societies, and the Coalition for Technology Partnerships, a group of over 100 businesses, trade associations, and technical societies.

In particular, scientists, engineers, and technical industry representatives will be underscoring the importance of federally funded science and technology as well as the partnerships between government, universities, and industries.

"We're concerned about the future vitality of the U.S. science, mathematics, and engineering enterprise," explains Janis Tabor, Executive Director of the Council for Chemical Research and Co-Chair of the SET Work Group.

"Constituents, who also happen to be scientists, engineers, and business leaders, need to articulate the vital role federally funded research and development plays in our nation's quality of life and economy," adds Kathleen Kingscott, Public Policy Director for Science and Technology at IBM Corporation and chair of the Coalition for Technology Partnerships. "That's what Congressional Visits Day is all about."

More than 50 percent of all industrial innovation and growth in the United States since World War II can be attributed to advances pioneered through scientific research, with public science at the core of society's progress. Achievements include global environmental monitoring, lasers, and the Internet. Tabor and Kingscott note that part of the strength of the federal R&D system derives from its diversity across many agencies with a wide variety of missions that rely on science and technology. This diversity reflects the interdependence of scientific disciplines and the growing interdisciplinary nature of meeting scientific and technological challenges.

Last revised: February 6, 1998

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