An impressive number of scientists and educators recently dedicated a couple of minutes to send a letter to their Representative about funding for the National Science Foundation (NSF) in fiscal year (FY) 2011. These efforts through the American Institute of Biological Sciences (AIBS) Legislative Action Center helped to produce results: 70 Representatives signed a “Dear Colleague” letter to Chairman Mollohan and Ranking Member Wolf of the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Commerce, Science, and Justice. This display of support for $7.424 billion in funding for NSF in FY 2011 is a promising sign for sustaining the federal investment in NSF-sponsored research. To see the complete list of Representatives who signed the Dear Colleague letter, please visit


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