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Golden Goose Award

The Science Coalition is a founding organization of the Golden Goose Award. The purpose of the Golden Goose Award is to demonstrate the human and economic benefits of federally funded research by highlighting examples of seemingly obscure studies that have led to major breakthroughs and resulted in significant societal impact.


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ScienceWorksForU.S.

ScienceWorksForU.S. is a joint project of The Science Coalition, the Association of American Universities and the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities to inform policymakers and the public of the devastating impact that sequestration is having on federally funded scientific research.

Universities conduct the majority of basic scientific and medical research in the United States and, as such, are ground zero for the discovery and innovation that fuels the economy, as well as for the education of future scientists, engineers, doctors, teachers and entrepreneurs.

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Innovation Deficit

Close the Innovation Deficit is an effort by the business, higher education, scientific, and high-tech manufacturing communities who are concerned about cuts and stagnating federal investments in research and higher education at a time when other nations are investing heavily in these areas. The Science Coalition supports the effort to Close the Innovation Deficit and believes sustained federal investments in research and higher education are necessary to develop the ideas, people, and innovations that power our economy, create jobs, improve health, and strengthen our national security.


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SCIENCE 2034

What does science hold for the future? SCIENCE 2034 is an initiative by The Science Coalition to mark our 20th anniversary by looking forward 20 years and focusing on the possibilities of the future.

While we don’t know what the next “Big Thing” will be, we can make some educated predictions about how well-funded scientific research might change our lives and our world. At www.Science2034.org we ask scientists, policymakers and thought leaders to weigh in and tell us what they think science will enable 20 years from now and what that will mean to individuals, society and the world.


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The Science Coalition

Senator Patty Murray (D-WA)

November 12, 2013

The Science Coalition today presented Senator Patty Murray with its Champion of Science Award in recognition of her strong commitment to funding the basic research that keeps the United States and the state of Washington at the forefront of scientific discovery and technological innovation.   The award was presented at an event in Washington, D.C., by Washington State University President Elson S. Floyd.                    


“Senator Murray's continued support has enabled Washington State University to become the world class research institution we are.   From protecting our state's $40 billion agriculture industry through support for  the National Clean Plant Network and Specialty Crop Research Initiative, to working with our researchers to enhance our national security, all while ensuring our students can afford college.  WSU is grateful and proud of the work our Senator has done for us, the state of Washington and the nation as a whole." 


"Washington State’s science community is developing innovative solutions to some of our biggest challenges. I am honored to receive this award and look forward to continuing to fight for funding for critical research that benefits not just our state, but the entire country,” Senator Murray said.


As Chair of the Senate Budget Committee, Senator Murray has been outspoken about the devastating effects of sequestration on scientific research, and has fought to protect federal investments in research and development. She is a longtime supporter of agricultural and health care research, showing proven leadership in securing federal grants for programs across Washington State.


“Senator Murray has been a tireless advocate for government funding of basic scientific research and education over her more than two decades of service in the U.S. Senate,” said Science Coalition President Tim Leshan of Northeastern University.  “Senator Murray understands that these are the investments that educate the next generation, grow our economy, and keep America at the forefront of innovation.  We are particularly grateful for her leadership in attempting to find a way to avoid the damaging cuts to research wrought by sequestration and we are honored to present her with this award.”


The Science Coalition, a non-profit, nonpartisan organization of more than 50 of the nation’s leading public and private research universities, including Washington State University and Northeastern University, which has a graduate satellite campus in Seattle.  The Science Coalition is dedicated to sustaining strong federal funding of basic scientific research as a means to stimulate the economy, spur innovation and drive America’s global competitiveness.


The Science Coalition’s Champion of Science Award recognizes 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 the innovation that fuels the U.S. economy. Senator Murray joins a distinguished group of more than 60 current and former members of Congress who have received this award since 1999.


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