Annual Capitol Hill exhibit features APA learning scientist
Each year the Coalition of National Science Funding (CNSF), of which APA is an active member, hosts an exhibit/reception on Capitol Hill to showcase stellar research funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF). For the 18th annual event, held in May, APA brought in distinguished learning scientist and APA Fellow Roy Pea, from Stanford University. Pea and his colleagues receive some of their research funding through NSF’s Science of Learning program and Pea’s recent work on social media usage and problematic developmental outcomes in “tween” girls has received substantial national media coverage. In addition to talking with the members of Congress in attendance at the exhibit/reception (Reps. Lois Capps (D-Calif.), Hansen Clarke (D-Mich.), Colleen Hanabusa (D-Hawaii), Rush Holt (D-N.J.), Mike Simpson (R-Idaho) and Lamar Smith (R-Texas)), Pea and the APA Science Government Relations Office’s Heather Kelly met personally earlier that day with Sen. Barbara Boxer’s (D-Calif.) legislative assistant for education and health to discuss the Senator’s support for developmental research related to technology and media.