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News Release 08-035

Attend Capital Science 2008, a Premier Showcase of Scientific Talent, at NSF

Scientists will present the state of their arts to varied audiences, including scientists, students and the public, on March 29 and 30

Photos of Arden Bement, NSF's director, and glaciers.

Attend a presentation by Arden Bement, NSF's director, and an NSF presentation on polar research.

March 4, 2008

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Do you want to learn about timely, dynamic scientific issues straight from leading experts? If so, attend Capital Science (CapSci) 2008 on Saturday and Sunday, March 29-30, 2008, at the National Science Foundation (NSF) in Arlington, Va., near the Ballston Metro stop. 

This event--which is sponsored by the Washington Academy of Sciences--should appeal to scientists, researchers, professors, students, policy-makers, government professionals, reporters, communications professionals and science-oriented members of the public.

In a series of presentations, seminars, tutorials and talks, scientists and researchers from some 30 scientific societies will present the state of their arts on many current topics, including:

  • The International Space Station

  • Weather forecasting (a panel discussion with local TV weathermen Bob Ryan, Topper Shutt, and Joe Witte)

  • Terrorism

  • Scientists and engineers in the courtroom

  • Post-tsunami disaster relief

  • Conveying complex scientific issues to the public

  • Birds of prey in Virginia

  • The natural history of forests in the Washington, D.C., area

  • America's post-industrial economy

  • Tissue ownership

  • Nanotechnology for medical diagnostics

CapSci will also feature a presentation by Arden Bement, NSF's director, on the importance of science to U.S. competitiveness, as well as a presentation on international polar research from NSF's polar experts.

Attention students: you may attend CapSci 2008 and event dinners at reduced prices while space is still available.

For CapSci's complete program and information on registration, transportation, parking and special rates for students, see


Media Contacts
Lily Whiteman, National Science Foundation, 703-292-8310, email:
Peg Kay, Washington Academy of Sciences, 703-536-0990, email:

The U.S. National Science Foundation propels the nation forward by advancing fundamental research in all fields of science and engineering. NSF supports research and people by providing facilities, instruments and funding to support their ingenuity and sustain the U.S. as a global leader in research and innovation. With a fiscal year 2023 budget of $9.5 billion, NSF funds reach all 50 states through grants to nearly 2,000 colleges, universities and institutions. Each year, NSF receives more than 40,000 competitive proposals and makes about 11,000 new awards. Those awards include support for cooperative research with industry, Arctic and Antarctic research and operations, and U.S. participation in international scientific efforts.

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