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At the NSF FY 2009 Budget Open House

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Photo of atrium exhibits and people

NSF's Budget Open House draws a large crowd to view science and engineering exhibits in the atrium of the agency's Arlington, Va., headquarters.

Credit: Pat Olmert , National Science Foundation

On Feb. 4, the National Science Foundation hosted an open house featuring 14 science and engineering exhibits. The day-long event, held in conjunction with the release of the budget request for the 2009 fiscal year, attracted hundreds of visitors of all ages.

BIOLOGICAL SCIENCES (BIO)

Photo of NSF Director Dr. Arden Bement, Jr., Martha Flanders, Kiisa Nishikawa, NSF Deputy Director Kathy Olsen

Left-to-right: NSF Director Arden L. Bement, Jr., Martha Flanders of NSF's Division of Integrative Organismal Systems in the Directorate for Biological Sciences, Kiisa Nishikawa, Regents' Professor in Northern Arizona University's Department of Biological Sciences, and NSF Deputy Director Kathie L. Olsen. Flanders holds a chameleon used to demonstrate fast capture movements. This is the first time that live animals were used for demonstration purposes in the NSF building.

Credit: Pat Olmert, National Science Foundation

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Photo of elementary school students viewing rapid prey capture movement of chameleon

Elementary school students view a computer model of the rapid prey capture movement of the chameleon.

Credit: Gwen Morgan, National Science Foundation

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COMPUTER AND INFORMATION SCIENCE AND ENGINEERING (CISE)

Photo of Deborah Estrin talking with Kathie L. Olsen, W. Lance Haworth and Teresa Kia in back

Deborah Estrin, UCLA professor of computer science (second from left), talks with NSF Deputy Director Kathie L. Olsen. Also shown are W. Lance Haworth, director of NSF's Office of Integrative Activities, and UCLA graduate student Teresa Ko.

Credit: Gwen Morgan, National Science Foundation

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EDUCATION AND HUMAN RESOURCES (EHR)

Photo of Jan Kettlewell speaking with Holly Smith and her daughter

Jan Kettlewell of the University System of Georgia talks about raising public awareness of the importance of math and science education with Holly Smith, NSF assistant program director in the Division of Ocean Sciences in the Geosciences Directorate, and her daughter.

Credit: Steven Lonker, National Science Foundation

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ENGINEERING (ENG)

Photo of James Weiland speaking with 8th graders

James Weiland of USC's Biomimetic Microelectronic Systems Center talks with eighth graders and Matt Hubbard (yellow tie).

Credit: Steven Lonker, National Science Foundation

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GEOSCIENCES (GEO)

Photo of Kathy Olsen, Alison Byrd, Principal Investigator Susan Cook, and Lynne Pacunas

NSF Deputy Director Kathie L. Olsen (far left) discusses ocean education activities with the Consortium for Ocean Leadership's Susan Cook, Alison Byrd and Lynne Pacunas.

Credit: Ellen Weir, National Science Foundation

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OFFICE OF POLAR PROGRAMS (OPP)

Photo of Julie Brigham-Gritte showing a core from meteorite impact lake

Julie Brigham-Grette of University of Massachusetts shows sediment and rock core recovered from an Arctic meteorite impact lake.

Credit: Pat Olmert, National Science Foundation

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MATHEMATICAL AND PHYSICAL SCIENCES (MPS)

Left-to-right: Evelyn Malkus, Francis Halzen, Jim Yeck

The University of Wisconsin-Madison's Evelyn Malkus, Francis Halzen (IceCube principal investigator), and Jim Yeck (project director) are on hand to talk about construction of the IceCube Neutrino Observatory at the South Pole.

Credit: Ellen Weir, National Science Foundation

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SOCIAL, BEHAVIORAL AND ECONOMIC SCIENCES (SBE)

Linda Argote

Linda Argote, professor of organizational behavior and theory at Carnegie Mellon University.

Credit: Steven Lonker, National Science Foundation

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OFFICE OF INTERNATIONAL SCIENCE AND ENGINEERING (OISE)

Elementary school student playing with the humanoid robot DARwIn

An elementary school student playing with the humanoid robot DARwIn.

Credit: Steven Lonker, National Science Foundation

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Graduate astudent Jesse Hurdus demonstrating the humanoid robot DARwIn

Jesse Hurdus, a graduate student at Virginia Tech’s RoMeLa (Robotics & Mechanisms Laboratory), demonstrates the humanoid robot DARwIn. DARwIn plays interactive games like soccer and dice.

Credit: Pat Olmert, National Science Foundation

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Douglas Blank (center) and Aleksandr Kushleyev (left) speaking with NSF Director Arden L. Bement, Jr.

Douglas Blank (center), an associate professor at Bryn Mawr College, and Aleksandr Kushleyev (left), of the University of Pennsylvania, speak with NSF Director Arden L. Bement, Jr., about using personal robots in introductory undergraduate computing courses.

Credit: Gwen Morgan, National Science Foundation

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OFFICE OF CYBERINFRASTRUCTURE (OCI)

Shawn Brown

Shawn Brown of the Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center

Credit: Steven Lonker, National Science Foundation

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Melyssa Fratkin and Scott Lathrop

Melyssa Fratkin of University of Texas and Scott Lathrop of University of Chicago in front of the TeraGrid exhibit.

Credit: Steven Lonker, National Science Foundation

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EXPERIMENTAL PROGRAM to STIMULATE COMPETITIVE RESEARCH (EPSCoR)

Josh Chamot (left) and Arun Ross (right)

Arun Ross (right), of West Virginia University (WVU), demonstrates face recognition to Josh Chamot of NSF's Office of Legislative and Public Affairs. WVU is the lead site for the NSF-supported Center for Identification Technology Research.

Credit: Gwen Morgan, National Science Foundation

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NSF EMPLOYEE DISPLAYS

Brian Gates demonstrating surface tension

Science assistant Brian Gates, of NSF's Division of Undergraduate Education in the Directorate for Education and Human Resources, demonstrates surface tension to middle school students.

Credit: Steven Lonker, National Science Foundation

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NSF Science Assistant Johnny Casana demonstrating the ecological footprint quiz

Johnny Casana demonstrates the ecological footprint quiz to young students. Casana is a science assistant in NSF's Division of Behavioral and Cognitive Sciences in the Directorate for Social, Behavioral and Economic Sciences.

Credit: Steven Lonker, National Science Foundation

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NSF Director Ardent L. Bement, Jr., three science assistants and two elementary school students

NSF Director Arden L. Bement, Jr., looks on as NSF science assistants Michelle Coghill (foreground), Robin Merritt (middle, wearing glasses) and Liz Lawrence demonstrate the physical properties of liquid nitrogen to students from one of the Arlington County, Va., homeschool groups. Lawrence is in the Office of the Assistant Director for Biological Sciences (BIO); Merritt is in the Division of Social and Economic Sciences of the Directorate for Social, Behavioral and Economic Sciences; and Coghill is in the BIO Directorate's Division of Integrative Organismal Systems.

Credit: Gwen Morgan, National Science Foundation

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Middle School students trying on cold weather gear worn on the Antarctic

Middle school students try on cold weather gear worn in Antarctica.

Credit: Pat Olmert, National Science Foundation

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(left-to-right) Michelle Toombs, Colleen Coyne, David Saunders, Stacie Boyd

NSF's Research.gov team: (left-to-right) Michelle Toombs, Colleen Coyne, David Saunders, Stacie Boyd, all of NSF's Division of Information Systems in the Office of Information and Resource Management.

Credit: Steven Lonker, National Science Foundation

 

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