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Geoscience RAPID Grants Highlighted on the Hill

RAPID Response Group
Scientists and GSA staff at the exhibit. Left to right: Krista Rybacki, Erik Hankin, Kristan Uhlenbrock, Henrieta Dulaiova, Gregory Moore, David Valentine, Linda Rowan, Elizabeth Landau, Kasey White
David Valentine & Lois Capps
David Valentine discusses his oil spill work with Rep. Lois Capps (D-CA).

GSA joined with the American Geosciences Institute (AGI) and the American Geophysical Union (AGU) to highlight geoscience research at the Coalition for National Science Funding Exhibition and Reception on 15 May. Five geoscientists came to Washington, D.C., to share with policymakers their research that was funded by NSF’s Rapid Response Research (RAPID) grants.

Dr. David Valentine of the University of California–Santa Barbara presented his results on the hydrocarbon plumes and microbial action subsequent to the 2010 BP Deepwater Horizon oil spill. Dr. Gregory Moore and Dr. Henrieta Dulaiova, University of Hawaii, discussed research related to the Tohoku earthquake. Dr. John Hole and Dr. Martin Chapman, Virginia Polytechnic Institute, highlighted their research on last year’s magnitude 5.8 earthquake near Mineral, Virginia.

The exhibit drew more than 250 attendees and six members of Congress. The geoscientists met with their congressional delegations in D.C. office visits facilitated by AGI, GSA, and AGU.