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SOURCE Coalition for National Science Funding

WASHINGTON, May 5, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- What do the twitches of a rat's whiskers tell us about the workings of the human brain? Can a robot help a child with autism? And how will big data unlock the genetic secrets of cancer? These are a few of the questions scientists and engineers are probing with grants from the National Science Foundation. Come meet these researchers and learn about their discoveries at the 20th Annual Exhibition and Reception hosted by the Coalition for National Science Funding (CNSF).

WHAT: "Investments in STEM Research and Education: Fueling American Innovation"

WHEN: Wednesday, May 7, 2014 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.

WHERE: B338-340 Rayburn House Office Building, Washington, D.C.

The 37 presentations by universities and scientific institutions reveal breakthroughs in an array of fields, from stem cells to STEM education, pulsars to printable robots, and offer solutions for cleaner water, combatting cybersnoops, and more. Titles include:

  • 25,000 Feet Under the Sea: Studying Japan's 2011 Tohoku Earthquake
  • Optimizing Crop Yields: Pollinators, Pests, and Pathogens
  • Building Computational Thinking in Museum Exhibits
  • The Mathematics of Stem Cells, Drug Resistance, and Cancer
  • Fire, Erosion and the Global Carbon Cycle
  • Parenting for STEM Success in African American Families

PLUS:  Educational innovation, from youngsters' exploration of genetics to institutionalizing undergraduate research.

The CNSF Exhibition and Reception annually draws more than 300 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.

Below is an alphabetical roster of exhibits:

20th Annual CNSF Exhibition & Reception Wednesday, May 7, 2014

American Economic Association/Population Association of America
Continuity and Change in American Economic and Social Life
Prof. Charles Brown
University of Michigan

American Educational Research Association
Integrating Quality Talk Professional Development to Enhance Professional Vision and Leadership for STEM Teachers in High-Need Schools
P. Karen Murphy
The Pennsylvania State University

American Geosciences Institute/American Geophysical Union/Geological Society of America
25,000 Feet under the Sea: Studying Japan's 2011 Tohoku Earthquake
Dr. Patrick Fulton and Dr. James Sample
University of California, Santa Cruz and Northern Arizona University

American Mathematical Society
Topological Sensor Networks
Prof. Robert Ghrist
University of Pennsylvania

American Psychological Association/Vanderbilt University
Russell the Robot: Engaging Children with Autism through Psychological and Engineering Research
Zachary Warren, PhD and Nilanjan Sarkar, PhD
Vanderbilt University

American Society of Plant Biologists
From Fire to Food: How Smoke Signals May Unlock New Innovations in Agriculture
David C. Nelson, PhD
University of Georgia

American Statistical Association
Statistics for Mixed Big Data in Cancer Genomics
Prof. Genevera Allen
Rice University

Associated Universities, Inc.
The National Radio Astronomy Observatory
Mark Adams

Association of Science-Technology Centers
Center for Advancement of Informal Science Education
Showcasing EHR Grants: Intersections and CAISE
Margaret Glass, PhD

Brown University
How Mathematics Research Fuels Innovation
Prof. Jill Pipher and Ruth Crane
Institute for Computational and Experimental Research in Mathematics (ICERM)

Coalition for Academic Scientific Computation
HPC Centers & STEM
Dr. Curt Hillegas
Princeton University

Computing Research Association
Printable Robots and Soft Robots
Ankur Mehta, Joseph DelPreto and Robert Katzschmann
Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Consortium of Universities for the Advancement of Hydrologic Science Inc.
Water Data Center-Advancing Hydrologic Research and Education
Emily Geosling

Council on Undergraduate Research
Institutionalizing Undergraduate Research for State Systems and Consortia
Shontay Kincaid

Ecological Society of America
Wildflower Response to Climate Change
Prof. David Inouye
University of Maryland

Entomological Society of America
Optimizing Crop Yields: Pollinators, Pests and Pathogens
Prof. Gary Felton and Prof. Christina Grozinger
The Pennsylvania State University

Genetics Society of America
Beyond the Gene: Epigenetic Control of Seed Development
Mary Gehring, PhD
Massachusetts Institute of Technology Whitehead Institute for Biomedical Research

Michigan State University
STEM Genetics: Steps Towards Success
Prof. Michelle Williams and Amy Frahm

Museum of Science, Boston
Building Computational Thinking in Museum Exhibits
Clara Cahill

National Communication Association
Improving Public Deliberation through the Citizens' Initiative Review
Prof. John Gastil and Prof. Katie Knobloch
The Pennsylvania State University and Colorado State University

NC State University
Dielectrics and Piezoelectrics
Dr. Elizabeth C. Dickey

Northwestern University
Rat Whiskers: Novel Engineering Applications and Insights for Neuroscience
Prof. Mitra Hartmann

The Ohio State University
Growing STEM Talent at a Large Scale
Prof. David Tomasko and Jasmine Peters

Oregon State University
Sustainable Materials Chemistry and Physics Education Reform
Prof. Douglas Keszler, Prof. Janet Tate and Jenn Amador

Princeton University
High-Assurance Cloud Services
Prof. Michael Freedman

Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics
The Mathematics of Stem Cells, Drug Resistance and Cancer
Prof. Doron Levy
University of Maryland

Society for Research in Child Development
Parenting for STEM Success in African American Families
Prof. Beth Kurtz-Costes and Prof. Stephanie Rowley
University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill and University of Michigan

Tufts University
Engineering Solutions for Clean Water
Dr. Kurt Pennell and Dr. Daniele Lantagne

University of California
Shaping the Future of Innovation and Research
Roxane Cohen Silver, David Feldman, Zach Reagh and Kristin Roher University of California, Irvine

Into the Loop Alliance: Exploring Computer Science
Jane Margolis
University of California, Los Angeles

Fire, Erosion and the Global Carbon Cycle
Asmeret Asefaw Berhe
University of California, Merced

Improving Success of First-Generation, Ethnically Diverse Students in STEM Majors
Michael McKibben
University of California, Riverside

The Role of the Loss of Anti-Oxidants in Developing Liver Tumors
Brittany Anderton
University of California, San Francisco

University of Colorado, Boulder
CCAT Telescope: Research, Technology and Training
Prof. Jason Glenn

University of Illinois at Chicago
Faces of STEM Education & Research at UIC
Prof. Mitra Dutta

University of New Mexico
An HSI Doing World Class Research and Education in Micro-Engineered Materials
Carlos Romero

West Virginia University
The Pulsar Content of Globular Clusters
Dr. Duncan Lorimer

About the Coalition for National Science Funding

The Coalition for National Science Funding is an alliance of more than 135 organizations united by a concern for the future vitality of the national science, mathematics and engineering enterprise. 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

Coalition for National Science Funding
1527 Eighteenth Street NW, Washington, DC 20036
(202) 588-1100


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