When physics, art and sequestration collide in D.C.

Artist Xavier Cortada with Rep. Joe Garcia (FL) with Cortada's artwork in D.C.

With another round of sequestration looming, FIU advocates took to the Hill to inform Congress about the potential impact of further sequestration cuts to research and education.

Already, this year’s round of cuts have impacted core research initiatives, reduced the size of many grants and limited new rounds of funding. Additional educational impacts will only grow if future sequestration occurs. To date:

  • 169 MPAS students have seen academic support services reduced, and stipends for McNair Scholars have been trimmed;
  • 25 students will be eliminated from the Educational Talent Search Program;
  • All Upward Bound and ETSP tutors are now volunteers, while tutors at target schools have been eliminated, which will affect college entrance and success rates; and
  • Summer enrichment programs for local high school students have been reduced considerably.

STEAM Collaborative Artwork presented to Congress

Along with recognizing FIU’s own role in the recent discovery of the Higgs Boson particle (aka the God Particle), physicist Pete Markowitz made the case this week to our Florida delegation and many key members of Congress for investments in basic scientific research. Among those visited were Congressman Lamar Smith (TX-21), chairman of the Science, Space and Technology Committee; and Congressman Randy Hultgren (IL-14), chairman of the National Labs caucus.

Xavier Cortada and Pete Markowitz (center and right) present art to Congressman Lamar Smith (TX), chairman of the Science, Space and Technology Committee.

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