On Monday, November 5, Harvard President Drew Faust joined the Presidents of Northeastern, Boston University and MIT to present The Science Coalition’s annual Champion of Science award to Congressman Edward Markey. Markey was recognized for his strong commitment to funding the basic research that keeps the United States and the Commonwealth of Massachusetts at the forefront of scientific discovery and technological innovation.
A long-time member of the Energy & Commerce Committee, Congressman Markey has been outspoken in his commitment to research and development, supporting legislation that has led to advances in energy, technology, and biomedical research.
Congressman Markey has worked with other Champion of Science award recipients, including Congressman Brian Bilbray (R-CA,) on efforts to increase the National Institutes of Health’s budget. This year, their letter to the House Appropriations Committee attracted some 150 members of Congress to sign-on in support of the budget increase. Congressman Markey’s leadership has been a critical factor in ensuring continued strong support for NIH research.
President Faust commended Markey’s work on behalf of science, stating “we thank Ed Markey for his tireless support of science, and in particular his championing of university-based research as a pathway to knowledge that can unlock the future, strengthen the local economy and address the health and security needs of the nation. We are delighted that through The Science Coalition, Congressman Markey is being recognized nationally for what we know so well here at home.”
The Science Coalition’s Champion of Science Award is given to members of Congress whose actions and votes consistently reflect the 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 and that a strong federally supported basic research enterprise drives innovation that fuels the U.S. economy. Congressman Markey joins a distinguished group of 60 current and former Members of Congress who have received this award since 1999.