APA's NSF-Supported Researcher Gets Rave Review on the Hill

Dan Anderson, APA member and NSF-supported researcher, served as APA's presenter at the annual Coalition for National Science Funding (CNSF) Capitol Hill Exhibit and Reception, where his research on the effects of digital media such as television shows and videos on children younger than two years old garnered interest from House Science and Technology Subcommittee Chairmen Brian Baird (psychologist and D-WA) and Dan Lipinski (D-IL).

Dan Anderson, APA member and NSF-supported researcher from the University of Massachusetts, found a receptive congressional audience for his studies of digital media and their effects on very young children.  Science GRO invited Anderson to serve as APA's presenter at the annual Coalition for National Science Funding (CNSF) Capitol Hill Exhibit and Reception in Washington, DC on April 14th.  Nine members of Congress and hundreds of congressional and federal agency staff stopped by to talk with Anderson about his research, which analyzes the ways in which digital media (including television shows and videos), either aimed at children younger than two years old or playing in the background in their homes, affects their cognitive development, forms of play, learning behaviors, and engagement with parents.  House Science and Technology Subcommittee Chairmen Brian Baird (psychologist and D-WA) and Dan Lipinski (D-IL) were particularly interested in the ramifications of Anderson's research.  APA is an active member of CNSF and will advocate strongly for increased NSF funding in the Fiscal Year 2011 appropriations bills.

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From left to right, Rep. Brian Baird (D-WA), Chairman, House Science Subcommittee on Energy and the Environment, and Dan Anderson, PhD

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From left to right Rep Dan Lipinski (D-IL), Chairman, House Science Subcommittee on Research and Science Education, and Dan Anderson PhD

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 From left to right, Cora Marrett, PhD, Acting Deputy Director, NSF, and Dan Anderson, PhD