Lora Weiss honors Congressman Frank Lucas as 2022 ‘Champion of Science’

Both universities sponsored Lucas as a testament to his dedication and leadership, resulting in vital support and critical funding increases that enable research universities to make meaningful contributions to cutting-edge technologies and innovations.

During his tenure as committee chair, Lucas spearheaded numerous bills that invest in the nation’s STEM talent and innovation – advancing more than 40 science research and innovation bills sponsored by the member of the committee. Congress over the past three years.

As Pennsylvania’s only land-grant university, research is a crucial part of Penn State’s mission. Lucas-sponsored bills and policies have helped reinforce this commitment to the Commonwealth to provide education, research, and service to Pennsylvania communities.

The funding provided by this legislation gives institutions like Penn State the ability to develop more technologies and innovations to address some of the world’s greatest scientific challenges.

Additionally, specific to Penn State’s mission, Lucas led the effort as chairman of the House Agriculture Committee to pass the 2014 Farm Bill despite calls to cut farm bill spending and in the fight against COVID-19, where 400 Penn State students and faculty worked. together to develop and deploy new products for healthcare professionals and hospitals.

Since 1999, the Champion of Science Award has recognized 109 members of Congress for their commitment to securing federal funding for critical scientific research efforts. The Science Coalition selects its winners based on their voting record, bill endorsements, and letters of support, among other factors.

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