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2009 Science-Engineering-Technology Congressional Visits Day

14th Annual Science-Engineering-Technology Congressional Visits Day

28 April 2009
Geosciences Briefing
Association of Public and Land Grant Univerisites
1397 New York Ave NW
9:00 am – 2:00 pm

AAAS Briefing
AAAS Headquarters
1200 New York Ave NW
2:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Reception and Awards Ceremony
Capitol Hill
902 Hart
5:30 pm - 7:30 pm

29 April 2009
Congressional Breakfast
Cannon Caucus Room
8:00 am – 9:00 am

Capitol Hill Visits
9:00 am - 5:00 pm


Geoscientists Make Their Presence Known on Capitol Hill

The American Geophysical Union (AGU), the Geological Society of America (GSA) and the American Geological Institute (AGI) hosted 25 geoscientists representing 9 different states at the 14th Annual Science-Engineering-Technology Congressional Visits Day (SET-CVD). The event, organized by a working group of 35 societies and associations, brought nearly 250 different scientists, engineers, and students to Capitol Hill on April 28-29, 2009. The mission of SET-CVD was to stress the importance of federally funded research and development, to advocate for continued funding for the sciences, and to thank members of Congress for supporting science in the stimulus and fiscal year 2009 budget.

On their visits the geosciences participants forwarded this message as well as the specific need for continued support of geosciences research and development. The participants were well received by the staff, who showed genuine interest in the geosciences. In several cases the participants were asked to follow up with more information and to serve as a resource in the future. Thanks to the many participants, the geosciences are increasing their presence on Capitol Hill.

SET-CVD Full Summary (2 pgs, PDF)
2009 Geosciences R&D Leave-Behind (2 pgs, PDF)
2009 SET-CVD Website (Includes additional resources)

SET-CVD Agenda

Tuesday, April 28th


Welcome and Introduction

Gene Bierly (AGU), Craig Schiffires (GSA), Pat Leahy (AGI)


Overview of CVD

Linda Rowan


How to Conduct a Visit - Basic Dos and Don'ts

Elizabeth Landau


Overview of Federal Budget Progress for Fiscal Year 2010

Linda Rowan


Geoscience Message

David Curtiss





Panel Session with Federal Agency Representatives

  • NOAA – Richard Spinrad,  Assistant Administrator, Oceanic and Atmospheric Research
  • NSF – Marge Cavanaugh, Deputy Assistant Director for Geosciences
  • USGS – Tim West, Congressional Liaison Officer, Office of Communications
  • DOE Office of Science – David Lesmes, Program Manager, Biological and Environmental Research
Craig Schiffries


Congressional Science Fellow Q&A session

  • AGU – Maggie Walser, Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee
  • AGI – Gabrielle Dreyfus, Office of Senator Byron Dorgan (D-ND)
  • GSA – David Szymanski, Office of Senator Jon Tester (D-MT)
  • SSSA - Lea Shanley, Office of  Senator Bill Nelson (D-FL)
Craig Schiffries




Practice Congressional Visits



Wrap-up and Leave for AAAS Briefing



AAAS Briefing

  • Kei Koizumi, Assistant Director for Federal R&D, White House Office of Science and Technology Policy
  • Michael Holland, Program Examiner, Energy Branch Office of Management and Budget
  • Chuck Atkins, Staff Director, U.S. House Science and Technology Committee
  • Jason Freihage, Budget Analyst, House Budget Committee
  • Eric Werwa, Legislative Director, Office of Representative Michael Honda (CA)
  • Dan Byers, Professional Staff, U.S. House Science and Technology Committee



Reception and Awards Ceremony for Representative David Obey (D-WI)


Wednesday, April 29th


Congressional Breakfast

  • Representative Joe Courtney (D-CT), U.S. House Education & Labor Committee
  • Senator Ted Kaufman (D-DE), Mechanical Engineer
  • Representative Pete Olson (R-TX), U.S. House Science and Technology Committee
  • Representative Adrian Smith (R-NE), Ranking Member, Subcommittee on Technology and Innovation, House Science and Technology Committee



Capitol Hill Visits



EarthScope Reception


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