16th Annual Coalition for National Science Funding (CNSF) Exhibition
14 April 2009
CNSF Exhibition and Reception
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.
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