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Congressmen receive award for committment to biological research

April 16, 2013

Ah, it warms the cockles of my cranky, Tuesday afternoon heart to report that the Biological and Ecological Sciences Coalition have awarded Daniel Lipinski (D-Illinois) and Dave Reichert (R-Washington) the Congressional Leadership Award for the congressmen’s commitment to scientific research. How refreshing it is to see a Republican supporting scientific research! Although I maintain that reasonable people can disagree about politics, when one half of the two-party system casts itself as anti-science, we have a problem.

Representative Lipinksi is co-chair of the House Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics Education Caucus and sponsored the National Science Foundation Authorization Act of 2010, which authorized 8-10.7 billion dollars for the National Science Foundation in years 2011-2015.

Representative Reichert is noted for his efforts to support the conservation of Washington’s wilderness – as such, it’s not surprising to find him on the Wild Salmon Caucus in the House! He is also the co-chair of the National Parks Caucus and National Landscape Conservation Caucus, and a member of the Congressional Biomedical Research Caucus.

Read more about the award at the Ecological Society of America and the American Institute of Biological Sciences.


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