Rep. Susan Davis was named a 2020 “Champion of Science” by a nonpartisan organization made up of more than 50 public and private research institutions, including UC San Diego, it was announced Friday.
UCSD nominated Davis, D-San Diego, for recognition by The Science Coalition, which focuses on highlighting partnerships between the federal government and America’s research universities.
The award honors members of Congress “whose actions and votes consistently reflect their commitment to fundamental science through funding investment for federal research agencies,” according to a statement released by her office.
Lauren Brookmeyer, the Washington-based group’s president, called Davis “a tireless advocate for America’s scientific enterprise and for robust, predictable federal investment in fundamental science research.”
Davis said she was “honored to be recognized by The Science Coalition and UC San Diego.”
“San Diego has always been at the forefront of innovation and research,” Davis added. “We must be sure that it remains so.”
Angela Phillips Diaz, executive director of Government Research Relations at UCSD, described Davis as “a true `Champion of Science,’ most notably in her work as an original co-sponsor and steadfast advocate of the 21st Century Cures Act.”
According to Davis’ office, she has led an effort in Congress to increase funding for National Institutes of Health for medical research.
Davis was one of nine honorees this year.
- Sen. Tammy Baldwin, D-Wis.
- Sen. Maria Cantwell, D-Wash.
- Rep. Suzanne Bonamici, D-Ore.
- Rep. James Langevin, D-R.I.
- Rep. Dave Loebsack, D-Iowa
- Rep. Steve Stivers, R-Ohio
- Rep. Paul Tonko, D-N.Y.
- And Rep. Greg Walden, R-Ore.
“Since 1999, more than 100 members of Congress have been recognized with the Champion of Science Award for their efforts to secure federal funding for fundamental scientific research – through their voting records, bill sponsorships, letters of support, or other activities aimed at boosting scientific discovery,” the group said.
Awardees were selected both for their support of research institutions and efforts to ensure fundamental scientific advancement across all disciplines.
— City News Service contributed to this report.
>> Subscribe to Times of San Diego’s free daily email newsletter! Click hereFollow Us: