College Park, MD, July 2, 2001 -- Representatives from the American Institute of Physics (AIP) and Society of Physics Students (SPS) recently joined exhibitors from more than 30 scientific, engineering and professional societies and universities at a reception on Capitol Hill to showcase the results of National Science Foundation (NSF) funding. The 7th annual Coalition for National Science Funding (CNFS) Exhibition and Reception, held June 13th, 2001 at the Rayburn House Office Building in Washington, DC, provided an opportunity for CNSF members to mingle with members of Congress, congressional staff, and NSF officials, where they demonstrated the monumental impact of NSF-funded research and education programs and lobbied for increased funding in the coming years.
The AIP exhibit, coordinated by AIP's Media and Government Relations and Education Divisions, highlighted eight NSF-funded programs: PhysTEC, Physics Teaching Resource Agents (PTRA), Two-Year Colleges in the 21st Century (TYC21), Physics in the Two-year College, AAPT New Faculty Workshops, Active Physics, Powerful Ideas in Physical Science, and Physics Cinema Classics. These programs are currently administered by AIP and two of its member societies, the American Physical Society (APS) and the American Association of Physics Teachers (AAPT).
Representing AIP and its member societies at the reception was SPS Intern Mark Lentz, a senior Physics & Mathematics major at Northwestern State University of Louisiana. Mr. Lentz, who is spending the summer working in the AIP Education Division, is the first intern at AIP sponsored by SPS, the professional society for undergraduate physics students. Also in attendance from AIP were Dr. Marc Brodsky, Executive Director and CEO; Dr. Jack Hehn, Director, Education; Dr. Jim Stith, Director, Physics Resources Center; and Richard Jones, Media and Government Relations.
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