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NCTL Presents National Science Foundation Projects on Capitol Hill April 29

April 19, 2015

The 21st Annual Coalition for National Science Funding (CNSF) Exhibition & Reception on Capitol Hill, Investments in STEM Research and Education: Fueling American Innovation, is April 29: 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm in the Rayburn House Office Building, Rooms B338-340 for Congress, staff, and National Science Foundation (NSF) leadership.

Only 30 exhibitors present NSF projects at this exclusive event. For 10 years, the Museum of Science's National Center for Technological Literacy® (NCTL®) has shared its NSF-funded research and development and STEM educational projects. This year, the Museum features two projects:

--the mature Nanoscale Informal Science Education Network (, a national community of researchers and informal science educators dedicated to fostering public awareness, engagement, and understanding of nanoscale science, engineering, and technology. The NISE® Network was developed with $41 million in NSF-funding over 10 years. It includes 555 museum, university and industry partners and has involved 30 million people in activities and exhibits. is an online library of 500 free nano educational products and tools for educators, scientists and the media.

--the "Building with Biology" project, supported by a $2.1 million NSF grant for Multi-Site Public Engagement with Science - Synthetic Biology. The project involves leading informal science institutions in partnership with scientists across the country to develop activities bringing scientists and publics together in conversations about this emerging field. With its potential to develop programmable cells to treat cancer, cheap anti-malarial drugs, and green hydrogen for fuel, the Museum recognizes the need for a broader conversation between scientific experts and the public about synthetic biology. This is especially true, given the uncertainty about the risks and ethics of this cutting edge work and the complexities of regulating research while encouraging innovation.

The NCTL supports CNSF's efforts to secure NSF funding and is grateful to Massachusetts Senator Edward Markey for urging colleagues to do the same during this appropriations cycle.

The Museum of Science, Boston

  1 Science Park, Boston, MA 02114  phone: 617-723-2500