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At the NSF FY 2008 Budget Open House

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Photo of crowd of people in building atrium

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: Patrick Olmert, National Science Foundation

On Feb. 5, the National Science Foundation hosted an open house featuring 15 science and engineering exhibits. The day-long event, held in conjunction with the release of the budget request for the 2008 fiscal year, attracted hundreds of visitors of all ages.

BIOLOGICAL SCIENCES (BIO)

Photo of students looking through a microscope at the plant modeling exhibit

Mike Kerkman, an educator at the Huntington Botanical Gardens in San Marino, Calif., encourages two "future scientists" to examine parts of a flower under a microscope.

Credit: Curt Suplee, National Science Foundation

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COMPUTER AND INFORMATION SCIENCE AND ENGINEERING (CISE)

Photo of child trying out robot controls

Jenny Burke, a researcher with the University of South Florida's Center for Robot-Assisted Search and Rescue, shows a young visitor the view from the camera in one of the center's robots.

Credit: Curt Suplee, National Science Foundation

video crew taping people talking

Robin R. Murphy of CRASAR (left) talks about the center's work with NSF Deputy Director Kathie L. Olsen.

Credit: Patrick Olmert, National Science Foundation

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EDUCATION AND HUMAN RESOURCES (EHR)

Photo of people and for the sake of water exhibit

From left, Anna Hutchinson, a Cincinnati high school teacher, Sarah Pumphrey, a grad fellow at the University of Cincinnati, Sharon Backman, another high school teacher, and the University of Cincinnati's Anant Kukreit, professor and principal investigator, and Dan Oerther, assistant professor and co-principal investigator.

Credit: Curt Suplee, National Science Foundation

Photo of 2 people and exhibit space

Keith Thomas, a New Jersey middle school science teacher (left) and Cindy Hmelo-Silver of Rutgers University.

Credit: Curt Suplee, National Science Foundation

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ENGINEERING (ENG)

Joel Weingarten of the University of Pennsylvania (background) directs the movement of the hexapod robot to the delight of two young visitors.

Credit: Curt Suplee, National Science Foundation

NSF Director Arden L. Bement, Jr., enjoys younger visitors' interactions with one of the hexapod robots.

Credit: Gwen Morgan, National Science Foundation

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GEOSCIENCES (GEO)

Photo of  people and the Earthscope exhibit

Michael Wysession of Washington University in St. Louis (right) talks to the NSF's Bement about Earthscope's outreach efforts.

Credit: Gwen Morgan, National Science Foundation

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MATHEMATICAL AND PHYSICAL SCIENCES (MPS)

Photo of man holding miniature mass spectrometer

Zheng Ouyang of Purdue University holds the miniature mass spectrometer.

Credit: Curt Suplee, National Science Foundation

Photo of crowd gather around a monitor

R. Graham Cooks of Purdue University (center) and Christian Janfelt, a visiting PhD from Denmark (far right), talk with a group of young students about detecting trace levels of contaminants.

Credit: Curt Suplee, National Science Foundation

Photo of researcher and National High Magnetic Field Laboratory exhibit.

David Graf, a postdoc at the National High Magnetic Field Laboratory (NHMFL).

Credit: Curt Suplee, National Science Foundation

Photo of people around maglev train model

Graf (back to camera) and Brian Fairhurst, NHMFL's deputy director (far left), describe the lab's magnetically levitated (or "maglev") train model to the NSF's Olsen and others.

Credit: Patrick Olmert, National Science Foundation

Photo of group at compact portable cosmic ray detector exhibit

Randy Ruchti, a program director in NSF's Physics Division, answers questions about detecting cosmic rays.

Credit: Curt Suplee, National Science Foundation

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POLAR PROGRAMS (OPP)

Photo of CReSIS exhibit space

A few minutes before the open house opens, the Center for Remote Sensing of Ice Sheets (CReSIS) exhibit is ready for the public.

Credit: Curt Suplee, National Science Foundation

Group of people in front of exhibit

NSF's Olsen with (left to right) Jerome Mitchell of Elizabeth City State University in North Carolina, Stephen Ingalls, the associate director for administration at CReSIS, Sivaprasad Gogineni, director of CReSIS and distinguished professor of electrical engineering and computer science at Kansas University, the center's lead institution.

Credit: Patrick Olmert, National Science Foundation

Photo of a man holding penguin model in front of mostly young people

David Friscic of NSF's Office of Polar Programs talks about penguins, special apparel and research in Antarctica.

Credit: Curt Suplee, National Science Foundation

Photo of a girl in a parka

A young volunteer tries on Antarctic outerwear.

Credit: Curt Suplee, National Science Foundation

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SOCIAL, BEHAVIORAL AND ECONOMIC SCIENCES (SBE)

Photo of graphics from vulnerability science exhibit

Graphics from the University of South Carolina's display on vulnerability science research.

Credit: Curt Suplee, National Science Foundation

Photo of researcher showing children tiny model skulls and computer models

Eric Delson, chair of Lehman College's Anthropology Department (left), shows several visitors "virtual fossils" on the computer screen and a number of objects including solid versions of virtual fossils that were printed on a rapid prototyper ("3D printer") after development on the computer.

Credit: Curt Suplee, National Science Foundation

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OFFICE OF INTERNATIONAL SCIENCE AND ENGINEERING (OISE)

People in front of international exhibit with flags and a globe

Adrienne Huston, a AAAS fellow in NSF's Office of International Science and Engineering, and Allan Miller, an Albert Einstein Distinguished Educator Fellow, in the same office.

Credit: Curt Suplee, National Science Foundation

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OFFICE OF CYBERINFRASTRUCTURE (OCI)

Photo of a woman pointing and audience wearing special glasses

Donna Cox, of the National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA) at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, makes a point about a 3-Dimensional scientific visualization.

Credit: Curt Suplee, National Science Foundation

Audience wearing 3D glasses

Wearing special glasses, visitors take in clips from several 3D stereo high-definition scientific visualizations.

Credit: Patrick Olmert, National Science Foundation

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EXPERIMENTAL PROGRAM to STIMULATE COMPETITIVE RESEARCH (EPSCoR)

Photo of EPSCoR Hawaii exhibit

Kenneth Y. Kaneshiro of University of Hawaii at Manoa talks about research cyberinfrastructure with several visitors.

Credit: Gwen Morgan, National Science Foundation

 

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