On May 3, members of the U.S. House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology and Colorado congressional delegation joined leaders and scientists from CU Boulder to showcase university research and federal partnerships.

Last year, CU Boulder merited $634 million in sponsored research funding, including $481 million from federal agencies. Participating in this visit were Representatives Joe Neguse and Ed Perlmutter of Colorado, Donald Norcross of New Jersey, Jerry McNerney of California, and Bill Foster of Illinois, as well as CU President Todd Saliman, CU Boulder Chancellor Philip DiStefano, CIRES Director Waleed Abdalati, LASP Director Daniel Baker, INSTAAR Director Merritt Turetsky, JILA Chair Konrad Lehnert, RASEI Director Seth Marder, CEAS Dean Keith Molenaar and AERO Chair Brian Agrow. Valentin Pillet of the National Solar Observatory also participated.

Given the committee’s jurisdiction over federal science agencies that regularly partner with CU Boulder, including NSF, NASA, NOAA, NIST and DOE, this visit served as a showcase of CU Boulder’s research achievements made possible through these federal partnerships. During the visit, the group heard from CU Boulder research leaders and toured the Aerospace Engineering Sciences Building as well as LASP. University leadership offered to continue to be a resource to the Committee and Congress as they works on the most pressing challenges of our time. Last year, four CU Boulder faculty testified before Congress and many more engaged federal officials on issues of importance.

Photos by Casey A. Cass/CU Boulder