The Science Coalition is a founding organization of the Golden Goose Award. The purpose of the Golden Goose Award is to demonstrate the human and economic benefits of federally funded research by highlighting examples of seemingly obscure studies that have led to major breakthroughs and resulted in significant societal impact.
ScienceWorksForU.S. is a joint project of The Science Coalition, the Association of American Universities and the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities to inform policymakers and the public of the devastating impact that sequestration is having on federally funded scientific research.
Universities conduct the majority of basic scientific and medical research in the United States and, as such, are ground zero for the discovery and innovation that fuels the economy, as well as for the education of future scientists, engineers, doctors, teachers and entrepreneurs.
Close the Innovation Deficit is an effort by the business, higher education, scientific, and high-tech manufacturing communities who are concerned about cuts and stagnating federal investments in research and higher education at a time when other nations are investing heavily in these areas. The Science Coalition supports the effort to Close the Innovation Deficit and believes sustained federal investments in research and higher education are necessary to develop the ideas, people, and innovations that power our economy, create jobs, improve health, and strengthen our national security.
What does science hold for the future? SCIENCE 2034 is an initiative by The Science Coalition to mark our 20th anniversary by looking forward 20 years and focusing on the possibilities of the future.
While we don’t know what the next “Big Thing” will be, we can make some educated predictions about how well-funded scientific research might change our lives and our world. At www.Science2034.org we ask scientists, policymakers and thought leaders to weigh in and tell us what they think science will enable 20 years from now and what that will mean to individuals, society and the world.
The Science Coalition today gave Senator Lamar Alexander its “Champion of Science” award in recognition of his strong and continued advocacy for basic research funding. “Senator Alexander knows first-hand the role basic research plays in driving our economy and keeping America competitive in the global marketplace,” said John Edward Sexton, President of New York University. “Senator Alexander understands that spending for scientific research is not an expense, but rather an investment in America’s future,” Sexton added. A dozen representatives from Science Coalition universities accompanied Sexton at the event on Capitol Hill.
Senator Alexander, Chairman of the Republican Conference, has demonstrated his support for science and higher education throughout a long and distinguished career, including service as Governor of Tennessee, as the U.S. Secretary of Education, the president of the University of Tennessee, and as a professor at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government. Senator Alexander helped lead the effort that resulted in passage of the America COMPETES Act last year, supporting science funding and science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education to keep America competitive. This year, Senator Alexander has helped push for critically necessary emergency funding to keep key science programs running, including at the country’s national laboratories and the U.S. commitment to the International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor (ITER) Project.