The Mathematical Association of America





Rayburn Office Building, Washington, DC

June 17, 2003


             Tina Straley, Executive Director of the MAA; Richard Thompson, Department of Mathematics, University of Arizona; Kelley Peck, Eller College, University of Arizona; and Jason Haun, Eller College, University of Arizona visited congressional offices on Capital Hill.  We met with Representatives Jeff Flake, John Hayworth, John Shadegg, and Rick Renzi from the Arizona delegation; and with a legislative aid to Representative Ed Pastor.


             In the evening we were joined by the MAA Assoc. Executive Director, Donald Albers, for an MAA sponsored Mathematics for Business Decisions display at an exhibition in the Rayburn Office Building.  The group of 27 exhibits for National Science Foundation funded projects drew 270 attendees from congressional and White House offices.




             A member of the House Appropriations Committee, Arizona Representative Jim Kolbe, stopped by to learn about our program.

             Our MBD group had a nice discussion with Congressman Vernon Ehlers from Michigan.  Representative Ehlers is a member of the House Committee on Science.  He is a Ph.D. physicist, who has been a strong supporter of the National Science Foundation.



             The reception format provided many opportunities to discuss science and mathematics with visitors.  I enjoyed a pleasant conversation with Amy Flatten, Ph.D. (center back by the display), from the Office of Science and Technology in the Executive Office of the President.


             The Coalition for National Science Funding is a group of the major professional societies from all areas of science, mathematics, and engineering.  Its purpose is to encourage funding for National Science Foundation programs.  The annual exhibition and reception is a major part of this endeavor.  Each member society is entitled to present one project that has received NSF support.


             Further information about the coalition and the exhibition can be found at