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News & Observer's Under the Dome - Price named 'champion of science'

May 8, 2013
In The News

By Mary Cornatzer

U.S. Rep. David Price is one of only 28 members of Congress named as "champions of science" by the Science Coalition, a nonprofit group of U.S. research universities.

Leaders of some of the universities held an event in Washington Wednesday to thank the 28 and try to boost their ranks. Price was the only member from North Carolina on the list.

From a Science Coalition press release:

"There is no question that the public benefit from federally funded research is exponentially greater than the original investment," said Susan Desmond-Hellmann, chancellor of the University of California, San Francisco. "Yet, our system of research only works when we have members of Congress who don't simply recognize its value, but who are also committed to providing the strong and sustained funding necessary for its proper functioning. That's why it's so important that we have members of Congress who are true Champions of Science."

The group said recipients of its Champion of Science Award are members of Congress "whose actions and votes consistently reflect their belief that basic scientific research, conducted at universities and national labs across the country, is essential to the nation's ability to address pressing issues in health, security, energy and the environment, and additionally, that a strong federally supported basic research enterprise drives innovation that fuels the U.S. economy."