July/August 2011 Issue • Volume 39 • Issue 6

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ASA Research on the Diffusion of
New Knowledge Featured on Capitol Hill


From left to right: Cora B. Marrett, Deputy Director
of the National Science Foundation;
Charles Holt, University of Virginia;
Representative Chaka Fattah (D-PA);
Daniel Newlon, American Economic Association;
and Sally Hillsman, ASA Executive Officer.

The American Sociological Association sponsored a successful exhibit at the Coalition for National Science Funding’s (CNSF) 17th Annual Exhibition and Reception on Capitol Hill, titled STEM Research and Education: Underpinning American Innovation,on May 11, 2011.

This year, ASA Research and Development Department’s Roberta Spalter-Roth presented research on "Technology, Networks, and the Diffusion of New Knowledge" at the annual CNSF poster session, which included 35 research and education projects funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF). The CNSF Exhibition specifically highlights NSF-supported research so that members of Congress, their staff, Committee staff, and other policymakers can learn from researchers directly about the work that NSF funds.

More than 280 people, including Rep. Chaka Fattah (D-PA) and the Ranking Democrat on the House Commerce, Justice, Science Appropriations Committee, Rep. Rush Holt (D-NJ), Rep. Jerry McNerney (D-CA), Rep. Phil Roe (R-TN), and Rep. Glen Thompson (R-PA), attended the exhibition and spoke with the poster presenters.

CNSF, of which ASA is a member, is an alliance of more than 120 organizations united by a concern for the future vitality of the national science, technology, engineering, and mathematics research enterprise as well as the related kindergarten through graduate educational pipeline.

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