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Science returns to the Capitol Hill spotlight at March 24 exhibition

WASHINGTON, DC Fascinating scientific advances across the spectrum of science, technology, engineering and mathematics disciplines will be featured and explained through engaging table-top exhibits at the Coalition for National Science Funding (CNSF) 15th Annual Exhibition & Reception. The exhibition/reception will be held 5:30 to 7:30 PM on Tuesday, March 24, in Rooms B338-340 of the Rayburn House Office Building in Washington, DC.

Highlighting 34 innovative research and education projects supported by the National Science Foundation (NSF), the CNSF Exhibition & Reception is a much-anticipated event that annually draws more than 350 attendees including members of Congress and their staff, congressional committee staff, the leadership of NSF and representatives from the White House and other policymaking and research agencies.

Research poster presentations will highlight a wide range of exciting science, including topics such as:

  • Environment: climate change, reproductive hormones in the environment, environmental implications for nanotechnology, water quality
  • Agriculture: pathogen outbreaks in agricultural systems, improving drought tolerance in plants
  • Science Policy: the science of science and innovation policy
  • Education: the brain and education, parent-teacher collaboration, technology skills for educators, the city as a learning lab
  • Finance: the psychology of financial risk-taking
  • Energy & Materials: solar energy, bendable concrete

A complete roster of exhibits is listed below. The media are invited to the exhibition/reception. Contact Anita Benjamin at 202-588-1100, for complimentary registration.

About the Coalition for National Science Funding

The Coalition for National Science Funding is an alliance of more than 120 organizations united by a concern for the future vitality of the national science, technology, engineering and mathematics research enterprise as well as the related kindergarten through graduate educational base. CNSF supports the goal of increasing the national investment in the National Science Foundation's research and education programs in response to the unprecedented scientific, technological and economic opportunities facing the United States. For more information on CNSF, visit

2009 Featured Exhibits

Listed below are all 34 of this year's exhibits, appearing in alphabetical order by sponsoring organization name, followed by exhibit title, presenter and presenter's affiliation (when different from sponsoring organization):

  • American Astronomical Society, LSST: The Widest, Fastest, Deepest Eye of the New Digital Age, Sidney Wolff and Don Sweeney, Large Synoptic Survey Telescope

  • American Educational Research Association, Changing the Game: Curriculum, Teachers and Parents Working Together, William H. Schmidt, Michigan State University

  • American Geological Institute/Geological Society of America/American Geophysical Union, Geosciences Research: Helping the Global Community Understand and Deal with Climate Change, Peter Kelemen, Columbia University

  • American Mathematical Society, Modeling Outbreaks in Agricultural Systems, Human Communities and Computer Networks, David Hiebeler, University of Maine

  • American Physical Society, Long Range Dipolar Fields as a Tool for Nuclear Magnetic Resonance Microscopy, Carlos Meriles, City College of New York

  • American Psychological Association, The Psychology of Financial Risk-Taking: Results from fMRI Studies, Brian Knutson, Stanford University

  • American Society for Biochemistry & Molecular Biology, Cell-to-Cell Communication in Bacteria, Lee Swem, Princeton University

  • American Society for Microbiology, Microbial Contributions and Solutions for a Changing World, Gary M. King, Louisiana State University

  • American Society of Agronomy/Crop Science Society of America/Soil Science Society of America, Reproductive Hormones in the Environment, Francis X. M. Casey, North Dakota State University

  • American Society of Plant Biologists, Improving Drought Tolerance in Plants, Sarah M. Assmann, Pennsylvania State University

  • American Sociological Association, Developing the Science of Science & Innovation Policy, Jonathan Mote and Jerry Hage, University of Maryland

  • Association of Science-Technology Centers, Current Science in Museums, Margaret Glass

  • Coalition for Academic Scientific Computation, HPC Goes Green, Sue Fratkin

  • Computing Research Association, Computing Aids for Autistic Children, Greg Abowd, Georgia Institute of Technology

  • Consortium for Ocean Leadership, Ocean Observatories & Scientific Ocean Drilling, Tim Cowles, Jim Channell and Roy Wilkens, Ocean Leadership's Ocean Observing Program, University of Florida and Hawaii Institute of Geophysics and Planetology at the University of Hawaii, Manoa

  • Consortium of Universities for the Advancement of Hydrologic Science Inc., Water Data Services for Education, Research and Decision Support, David Kirschtel

  • DOSECC (Drilling, Observation and Sampling of the Earth's Continental Crust), Climate Change, Extinctions and Solar System Chaos, Paul Olsen, Columbia University

  • Ecological Society of America, Climate Change Consequences in Natural Ecosystems, Travis Huxman, University of Arizona

  • Incorporated Research Institutions for Seismology, Cornerstone Facilities for Seismology, Bob Woodward and David Simpson

  • Michigan State University, Harmful Algal Blooms and Water Quality in the Changing Climate, Elena Litchman

  • Museum of Science, Boston, Advancing Technological Literacy & Skills (ATLAS) for Elementary Educators, Christine Cunningham, National Center for Technological Literacy at Museum of Science, Boston

  • Northwestern University, Diagnostics of the 21st Century, Thomas J. Meade

  • Population Association of America & Association of Population Centers, The Panel Study of Income Dynamics: Study Overview and Research Topics, Narayan Sastry, University of Michigan

  • Princeton University, Mapping the Earth's Interior, Jeroen Tromp

  • Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics, Applications of Dynamical Systems, Konstantin Mischaikow, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey

  • Society for Research in Child Development, How and Why Does Parenting Change When Children Turn into Teenagers, Robert D. Laird, University of New Orleans

  • University Corporation for Atmospheric Research (UCAR), High Flying HIPPO: Pole-to-Pole Climate Missions, Laura Curtis and Cindy Schmidt

  • University of California, Davis, Photons for Life, UC Davis Center for Biophotonics Science & Technology, Dennis L. Matthews, UC Davis School of Medicine

  • University of California, Irvine, The UC Irvine Center for Solar Energy, Lori Greene, UC Irvine Office of Research

  • University of California, Los Angeles, UC Center for Environmental Implications of NanoTechnology (UC CEIN), Yoram Cohen and David Avery, UC Los Angeles UC CEIN

  • University of Michigan, Bendable Concrete, Victor Li

  • University of Pittsburgh, The Brain and Education, Julie Fiez

  • University of Pittsburgh, The City as Learning Lab, Kevin Crowley

  • University of Wisconsin-Madison, Synchrotron Radiation Center -- Wisconsin Free-Electron Laser, Joseph Bisognano


Contact: Anita Benjamin
American Sociological Association

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