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Coalition for National Science Funding (CNSF) Exhibition

David Valentine and Representative Lois Capps

18th Annual Coalition for National Science Funding (CNSF) Exhibition

15 May, 2012

Congressional Visits
9:00 am – 5:30 pm

CNSF Exhibition and Reception
Rayburn House Office Building, Room B338-340
5:30 – 7:30 pm


2012 CNSF Exhibition and Reception Summary (PDF)

Summary of the Seventeenth Annual Coalition for National Science Funding Exhibition and Reception

Five geoscientists came to Washington in May to impart to lawmakers the value of their research and its impacts on society.  Dr. David Valentine of the University of California, Santa Barbara, Dr. John Hole and Dr. Martin Chapman of Virginia Polytechnic Institute (Virginia Tech), and Dr. Gregory Moore and Dr. Henrieta Dulaiova  of the University of Hawaii presented their federally funded research at the eighteenth annual Coalition for National Science Funding (CNSF) Exhibition and Reception on May 15, 2012. The exhibits were sponsored by the American Geosciences Institute (AGI), the American Geophysical Union (AGU), and the Geological Society of America (GSA), who are members of the CNSF.

Valentine presented his results from a National Science Foundation (NSF) RAPID Grant to research the hydrocarbon plumes and microbial action subsequent to the 2010 BP Deepwater Horizon oil spill. Moore presented his research on the Tohoku Earthquake and explained to participants the seafloor movements associated with the magnitude 9.0 earthquake that caused the destructive tsunami. Dulaiova discussed her research tracking the plume of radiation through the Pacific Ocean that originated from the Fukushima nuclear meltdown as a result of the tsunami. Hole and Chapman presented their observations and assessment of the magnitude 5.8 earthquake near Mineral, Virginia.

The exhibit drew nearly 270 attendees and six Members of Congress. Congresswoman Lois Capps (D-CA) and Congresswoman Colleen Hanabusa (D-HI) were particularly interested in the three geoscience projects and the geoscientists engaged with the lawmakers about their research.  The geoscientists met with their congressional delegations in DC office visits facilitated by AGI, GSA and AGU.

The event was organized by Linda Rowan and Wilson Bonner of AGI, Kasey White of GSA, and Elizabeth Landau, Erik Hankin, and Kristan Uhlenbrock of AGU.

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

-Posted 5/2012

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