Congressman Jim Cooper (D-TN)
December 2, 2013
The Science Coalition presented Congressman Jim Cooper with its Champion of Science Award in recognition of his strong commitment to funding the basic scientific research that keeps the United States and the state of Tennessee at the forefront of scientific discovery and technological innovation. The award was presented yesterday at The Science Coalition’s annual meeting in Washington, D.C.
In 2012, based on an idea first proposed by Congressman Cooper, the Golden Goose Award launched as a way to illustrate the value of federally funded basic research. The award highlights the often unexpected or serendipitous nature of basic scientific research by honoring federally funded researchers whose work may not have seemed to have significant practical applications at the time it was conducted but has resulted in tremendous societal and economic benefit.
Congressman Cooper has further demonstrated his belief that federally funded basic scientific research is the cornerstone of American innovation and essential to our economic growth, health, global competitiveness, and national security consistently by consistently supporting strong funding for key federal research agencies including the National Institutes of Health, National Science Foundation, National Aeronautics and Space Administration, and the Department of Energy.