Science Coalition Honors Congressman
David L. Hobson '63
|Joining Congressman Hobson and President Holbrook at the award ceremony are Vice President for Research Robert McGrath and Rick Greeman, dean of the College of Mathematical and Physical Sciences|
The Champion of Science Award presented by the Science Coalition to Congressman David L. Hobson '63 in July is an outgrowth of his work as Chairman of the House Energy and Water Appropriations Subcommittee. In that capacity, he focuses on advances in nuclear power technology and the impact science can have on the nation's energy needs in the future. He also supports getting elementary- and middle school-aged students interested in science.
The mission of The Science Coalition, representing more than 400 member organizations, is to expand and strengthen the federal government's investment in university-based scientific, medical, engineering and agricultural research. The Science Coalition believes support for research across the entire range of scientific disciplines is the most important step the nation can take to maintain America's position at the forefront of scientific discovery, technological innovation, and economic growth in the 21st century.
In addition to his leadership of the Energy and Water Development Appropriations Subcommittee, Congressman Hobson is also a senior member of the Defense Subcommittee. He recently announced that the House of Representatives approved his bill that includes a total of $58.76 million in funding for energy and water development projects in the Ohio 7th District and surrounding areas. The bill directs funding for U.S. Department of Energy operations, including nuclear weapons research and development, nuclear site cleanup, scientific research, and the 16 national laboratories. The bill was approved with bipartisan support by a vote of 416 to 13.
"This bill will fund a variety of programs ranging from high-tech research and development programs that will help transform and strengthen our economy to water infrastructure projects that will improve the environment and provide access to clean water sources for our communities. I am pleased to have been able to draft this important bipartisan legislation and shepherd it through to its passage by the full House of Representatives," Congressman Hobson says.
The next step for the bill is to be reconciled with a Senate version of the Energy and Water Development Appropriations bill that has yet to be considered.