Capitol Hill Exhibition Highlights NSF-Sponsored Research

May 16, 2011

0313-1-300px.jpgAs part of the Coalition for National Science Funding’s Annual Exhibition & Reception on Capitol Hill, FABBS highlighted the NSF-funded research of Dr. Rick Thomas of the University of Oklahoma. The event, STEM Research and Education: Underpinning American Innovation, was held on the evening of May 11 and included exhibits from 30 scientific societies and universities.

In the exhibition, Thomas highlighted research funded by NSF on hypothesis generation - the process by which people think of explanations to account for patterns of data - and its implications for diagnosis in multiple domains. Thomas’ exhibit, Diagnostic Hypothesis Generation in Medicine, Intelligence, Surveillance, & Reconnaissance, identified the challenges in these environments and solutions offered through computational modeling that merges methods from computer science, robotics, and cognitive psychology. The research program is a joint effort of the University of Oklahoma’s Decision Processes Lab/Symbiotic Computing Lab, University of Maryland’s Decision & Memory Lab/Biologically Inspired Computing Lab, and Atmospheric Technology Services.

Visitors to the booth included Rep. David Philip Roe (R-TN); Rep. Chaka Fattah (D-PA); Minority Staff Director for the Committee on Science, Space, and Technology’s Subcommittee on Research and Science Education; staff from the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies; staff from the offices of Senator James Inhofe (R-OK), Rep. Mark Critz (D-PA), and Rep. Rush Holt (D-NJ). Staff from the National Science Foundation also visited the booth during the two-hour event.

In 2010, over 90% of NSF’s budget went to support research, facilities, and education projects in colleges and universities in all fifty states. The Coalition for National Science Funding advocates for NSF-supported research and the development of knowledge that will push the frontiers of science and maintain the nation’s international competitiveness.

Learn more about this event, see a photo gallery, and download a copy of Dr. Thomas' poster »

Two of FABBS member societies, the American Psychological Association and American Educational Research Association, also participated in the exhibition.

APA’s booth, The Science of Psychology: Mentoring the Next Generation of Behavioral Neuroscientists [PDF], showcased the research of Dr. Julio Ramirez and Scott Tonidandel. AERA’s booth, Teacher’s Use of Standards-based Instructional Materials in Math: Impact on Student Achievement [PDF], highlighted the work of Dr. Karen King.