Representatives from ICERM were among the presenters at an exhibition sponsored by the Coalition for National Science Funding held on May 7 in Washington, D.C. The exhibition, titled “Investments in STEM Research and Education: Fueling American Innovation,” aimed to illustrate the value of the federal investment in basic science research to Members of Congress and their staffs. Sastry Pantula, director of the Division of Mathematical Science of the National Science Foundation (photo, left) and Cora Marrett, director of the National Science Foundation (photo right) stopped by the ICERM exhibit and met with ICERM's Deputy Director Jan Hesthaven and Assistant Director Ruth Crane. ICERM, through its workshops, semester-long programs, conferences and special events, brings in scholars and others from around the world who spend on average more than $3.4 million annually locally. Hesthaven and Crane also represented ICERM the following day at The Science Coalition’s “Breakfast of Champions,” which honors Members of Congress who have shown support for basic scientific research.

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