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Coalition for National Science Funding (CNSF) Exhibition

Dr. Bob Byrne and Dr. Sabine Mecking with Rep. Brian Baird (D-WA) at the CNSF Exhibition

16th Annual Coalition for National Science Funding (CNSF) Exhibition

14 April 2009

Congressional Visits
9:00 am – 5:30 pm

CNSF Exhibition and Reception
Rayburn House Office Building, Room B338
5:30 – 7:30 pm


2010 CNSF Exhibition and Reception Summary (PDF)

Geoscientists Show Policymakers the Value of NSF-Funded Research
The Coalition for National Science Funding (CNSF) held its sixteenth annual Exhibition and Reception on April 14, 2010 in the Rayburn House Office Building, Washington DC. The exhibition provides an opportunity for scientists to present some of their NSF-funded research to policymakers and the interested public on Capitol Hill. The scientists  communicated  about the value of their research, its impacts on society and the importance of federal funding for basic research. The 2010 Exhibition involved 30 booths and more than 70 scientists. Hundreds of people attended the exhibition and learned about many different research projects. Some  of the attendees were policymakers, including nine members of Congress and many congressional staff from personal offices and committees.

The American Geological Institute (AGI), the American Geophysical Union (AGU) and the Geological Society of America (GSA) sponsored two booths and three research projects. The research included a study of melting permafrost in northernmost  Alaska presented by Andy Jacobson (Northwestern University);  understanding earthquake hazards in the Seattle area presented by Tim Melbourne (Central Washington University); and direct measurements of ocean acidification in the northern Pacific Ocean presented by Bob Byrne (University of South Florida) and Sabine Mecking (University of Washington).

The researchers arrived early and spent the day visiting sixteen congressional offices for  members from Florida, Illinois, Washington and  Alaska to speak  about hazards, climate change and ocean acidification related to their research.

A full summary of the event is available as a PDF.

-Posted 5/2010

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