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UD Day in D.C. shows off astrophysics virtual reality

March 16, 2017 - From the heliosphere to the inner workings of the human brain, the richness of human culture, the way we get and consume energy and the all-fronts assault on disease, disorders, the effects of traumatic injury and human suffering, research at the University of Delaware touches life at just about every global address. For a few hours Wednesday, a sample of that broad expanse of work was on display in the Hart Senate Office Building. It was UD Day in D.C., an every-other-year showcase of federally funded studies and their impact, an opportunity for alumni, congressional staffers and leaders at every level to consider the value of the work and meet those in the trenches and at the benches of these projects. "Research matters to us," said UD President Dennis Assanis. "But more important, research matters to the world. We are changing lives, we are changing the world with the federal support we have been receiving. It's important to ensure that federal support stays in place, not only at the levels today but to increase that."