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

The two 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 significant contributions toward leading technologies and innovations.

During his time as committee chair, Lucas has led numerous pieces of legislation that invest in the nation’s STEM talent and innovation — advancing more than 40 scientific research and innovation bills sponsored by the congressman in the last three years.

As Pennsylvania’s sole land-grant university, research is a crucial part of Penn State’s mission. The bills and policies sponsored by Lucas have helped further that commitment to the commonwealth to provide teaching, research, and service to Pennsylvania communities.

Funding provided by that legislation gives institutions like Penn State the opportunity to develop more technologies and innovations to tackle some of the world’s greatest scientific challenges.

Additionally, specific to Penn State’s mission, Lucas led the effort as Chair 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 workers and hospitals.

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

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