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Coalition for National Science Funding (CNSF) Exhibition

Dr. Tim Bralower and his congressman, Representative Glenn Thompson

17th Annual Coalition for National Science Funding (CNSF) Exhibition

11 May, 2011

Congressional Visits
9:00 am – 5:30 pm

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


2011 CNSF Exhibition and Reception Summary (PDF)

Summary of the Seventeenth Annual Coalition for National Science Funding Exhibition and Reception
Three geoscientists came to Washington in May to impart to lawmakers the value of their research, its impacts on society and the importance of federal funding for basic research. Dr. Chris Reddy of Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, Professor Timothy Bralower of Pennsylvania State University, and Dr. David James of the Carnegie Institution of Washington presented their federally funded research at the seventeenth annual Coalition for National Science Funding (CNSF) Exhibition and Reception on May 11, 2011. The exhibits were sponsored by the American Geological Institute (AGI), the American Geophysical Union (AGU), and the Geological Society of America (GSA), who are members of the CNSF.

Reddy presented his work characterizing the hydrocarbon plume released following the Macondo well blow-out and explosion on April 20, 2010. Reddy served as part of the response team and continues research to understand the effects of the BP Deepwater Horizon oil spill. Bralower presented his research on abrupt climate change in the past and highlighted his work on JOIDES Resolution, a drilling ship operated in part by the National Science Foundation. James drew in an enthusiastic crowd with a summary of research on the Yellowstone supervolcano using the EarthScope network.  James filled in for Professor Emeritus Robert Smith, University of Utah, who was unable to travel to DC at the last minute, but forwarded his latest results in a clear and compelling poster presentation.

The exhibit drew nearly 300 attendees and five Members of Congress. Congressmen Rush Holt (D-NJ), Chaka Fattah (D-PA), and Glenn Thompson (R-PA) were particularly interested in the three geoscience projects and the geoscientists engaged with the lawmakers about their research.  The geoscientists visited with their congressional delegations in DC office visits facilitated by AGI and AGU. Reddy met his congressman, Representative Bill Keating (D-MA), staff for senators Kerry and Brown and some committee staff. Bralower met with committee staff, staff for senators Casey and Toomey, and with his congressman’s staff. During the reception, Bralower was able to meet and speak with his congressman, Glenn Thompson.

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

-Posted 5/2011

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