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Chemist to Lobby for NSF Funding at Washington Event

April 29, 2015

Hrant HratchianChemistry Professor Hrant Hratchian is part of a delegation of academics at the Coalition for National Science Funding’s (CNSF) advocacy day in Washington, D.C., today.

Hratchian will show his lab’s research with an exhibit titled, “Better Living Through Computational Chemistry.”

We use computers to explore chemistry,” Hratchian explained. “By working at the interface of mathematics, physics and chemistry, we’re able to investigate chemistry at the atomic level — this allows us to explore how and why chemistry occurs.”

While in Washington, Hratchian will also meet with Senate and House representatives on Capitol Hill to lobby for support of science funding.

The Coalition for National Science Funding is an alliance of more than 140 professional organizations, universities and businesses 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.

The CNSF Exhibition and Reception annually draws more than 300 attendees, including members of Congress and their staff, congressional committee staff, the leadership of NSF, and representatives from the White House and other policymaking and research agencies.

For more information on CNSF, visit