May 10, 2013
LSST exhibited at the 19th Annual Coalition for National Science Funding (CNSF) reception in the Rayburn House Office Building on May 7, 2013. The American Astronomical Society is a member of CNSF and sponsored LSST to participate in this year’s event with the theme: Investments in STEM Research and Education: Fueling American Innovation.
Steve Kahn, Victor Krabbendam, Suzanne Jacoby, and Susan Hutchison engaged in numerous conversations with congressional representatives and staffers, policy makers, and representatives of national agencies during the two-hour, well attended event. Conversations of note included those with Dr. Cora Marrett (NSF Director), Dr. Fleming Crim (NSF/MPS), Representative Bill Foster (IL-11) and Representative Jerry McNerney (CA-09) who will be making a one-minute speech on the House floor to get LSST entered into the Congressional record.
LSST’s booth stood out from others with its bright graphic poster, a can of “Dark Matter” from the Brooklyn Superhero Supply Company, a video (available here) and handouts created specifically for our recent Washington DC visits.
The Coalition for National Science Funding (CNSF) is an alliance of over 120 organizations united by a concern for the future vitality of the national science, mathematics, and engineering enterprise. CNSF supports the goal of increasing the national investment in the National Science Foundation's research and education programs in response to the unprecedented scientific, technological and economic opportunities facing the United States.
Financial support for Rubin Observatory comes from the National Science Foundation (NSF) through Cooperative Agreement No. 1258333, the Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Science under Contract No. DE-AC02-76SF00515, and private funding raised by the LSST Corporation. The NSF-funded Rubin Observatory Project Office for construction was established as an operating center under management of the Association of Universities for Research in Astronomy (AURA). The DOE-funded effort to build the the Rubin Observatory LSST Camera (LSSTCam) is managed by the SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory (SLAC).
The National Science Foundation (NSF) is an independent federal agency created by Congress in 1950 to promote the progress of science. NSF supports basic research and people to create knowledge that transforms the future.
NSF and DOE will continue to support Rubin Observatory in its Operations phase. They will also provide support for scientific research with LSST data.
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