University of Rochester

Science Coalition Honors Representative Louise M. Slaughter for Commitment to Maintaining America’s Leadership in Basic Research

January 28, 2013

The Science Coalition today presented Congresswoman Louise Slaughter with its Champion of Science Award in recognition of her strong commitment to funding the basic research that keeps the United States and the state of New York at the forefront of scientific discovery and technological innovation. The award was presented to Congresswoman Slaughter by University of Rochester President Joel Seligman at an event at the University. University of Rochester representatives including Medical Center CEO Bradford Berk, researchers and students attended the event.

President Seligman and Rep. Slaughter President Seligman presents Congresswoman Louise Slaughter with the Champion of Science Award on behalf of the Science Coalition during a news conference at Helen Wood Hall on Monday, Jan. 28.

Rep. Slaughter talks to students

Slaughter speaks with University of Rochester McNair scholars (left to right) Sierrah Grigsby '13, Grace Cannon '13, and Alisa Jimenez '14 after being presented with the Champion of Science Award.

Rep. Slaughter talks to students

Slaughter speaks with University of Rochester microbiology students attending the award presentation. Slaughter holds degrees in microbiology and public health.

“I am delighted to present this award to one of the greatest advocates for higher education and research in Congress today,” said University of Rochester President Joel Seligman. “Congresswoman Slaughter is a true friend of science and we could have no better champion. Her passion, leadership and tenacity in support of university-based scientific research help fuel the innovation and discoveries that allow us to enhance the nation’s global competitiveness, drive economic growth, strengthen national security, and improve lives.”

“Even in these tough economic times, Congress must make the investments in scientific research and technological innovation that will allow our country to meet each challenge,” said Slaughter. “In an age when our politics often give us reason for despair, the constant progress of science gives us confidence in the realization of a better tomorrow.”

Rep. Slaughter tours a research facility

After the award presentation, Slaughter toured the Upstate Stem Cell cGMP Facility at the Medical Center with (left to right) microbiology and immunology chair Stepen Dewhurst, biomedical genetics professor Christoph Proschel, and facility executive director Michael J. Fiske.

Rep. Slaughter talks to researchers

Slaughter tours a testing lab at the Upstate Stem Cell cGMP Facility with Dewhurst and Fiske.