Scientific research at Penn State has led to innovations that have enhanced U.S. national security and advanced our economic competitiveness.
Penn State researchers are currently on the leading edge of discovering new cures for diseases and new materials and processes that could transform American manufacturing.
More than 60 percent of the funds that support Penn State scientific research comes from federal agencies where Congress decides research-funding levels. Recently, Congress considered two bills (H.R. 1806 and H.R. 2578) that would have a negative impact on Penn State scientific research because the bills propose to allocate federal funding in a way that unfairly diminishes important areas of scientific research.
U.S. Rep. Glenn Thompson, R-Howard Township, was one of the leaders opposing these bills on behalf of Penn State.
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Not only did Thompson vote against his party’s leadership on each bill, he also actively promoted examples of quality Penn State scientific research that could be negatively impacted with his congressional colleagues.
The congressman’s leadership in support of Penn State scientific research is nothing new.
Thompson is consistently supporting our research priorities in Congress and at various federal agencies. There is arguably no stronger supporter of Penn State scientific research in Congress than Thompson.
On behalf of the Penn State scientific research enterprise, I thank Thompson for his votes against legislation that could hurt scientific research at Penn State and for his continued leadership.
Neil A. Sharkey
The writer is vice president for research at Penn State.