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(Washington, DC) – House Science, Space, and Technology Committee Chairwoman Eddie Bernice Johnson (D-TX) and Ranking Member Frank Lucas (R-OK) along with House Natural Resources Committee Chairman Raúl Grijalva (D-AZ) introduced a bipartisan resolution to recognize the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) 50th anniversary which falls on October 3. NOAA’s history of environmental stewardship dates back to the 19th century, wit
To direct the Director of the National Science Foundation to support STEM education and workforce development research focused on rural areas.
(Washington, DC) – House Science, Space, and Technology Committee Ranking Member Frank Lucas praised the passage of his bipartisan legislation to improve STEM education for rural schools today. STEM refers to science, technology, engineering, math, and computer science, and strong STEM education is critical to America’s economic growth.
The legislation establishes an interagency working group on forensic science research that is tasked with coordinating Federal investments and developing a unified Federal research strategy for forensic science research and standards and directs the agencies responsible for forensics science to carry out research and other activities consistent with the strategy.
Thank you, Chairwoman Stevens, for holding today’s hearing. All of us on this Committee know the critical role our universities play in America’s research enterprise.
They are the largest performers of basic research, which drives scientific and technological discovery in this country. They play a significant role in regional and national economic development, spurring countless start-ups and patent grants in a number of industries. And they educate and train our STEM workforce of tomorrow, which will be critical to our future competitiveness.
Thank you, Chairwoman Stevens, for holding today’s hearing to examine the challenges our academic research enterprise has faced during the COVID-19 pandemic.
When the pandemic reached our shores, many researchers immediately pivoted to apply their knowledge and resources to fight this virus. Universities have devoted engineering departments to 3D printing personal protective equipment (PPE) for frontline workers. They have engineered inexpensive ventilators and self-sterilizing equipment for hospitals. And they have even repurposed veterinary labs to process COVID-19 tests.
Congressman Mike Garcia filed bipartisan legislation along with Science, Space, and Technology Committee Chairwoman Eddie Bernice Johnson. The “Supporting Early Career Researchers Act” is a bill that would create a fellowship program at the National Science Foundation for postdoctoral researchers who are unable to continue their research at universities due to COVID-19. Congressman Mike Garcia had the following to say upon filing this vital legislation: