Awards and prizes are in the news – the Nobel prizes prominently among them, underscoring how investing in science pays off in finding solutions to what ails us. Every stakeholder in science should be amplifying the stories of the Nobel; and, every stakeholder in science should be thanking congressional leaders for their stalwart support for the science that will make future solutions, and future Nobel prizes, possible. Both these opportunities are covered in more detail in this newsletter; please take a look and get involved.
It is at this time of the year that we announce our 2019 awardees (most of them) as well. Plan now to join us in Washington on March 13, 2019 to celebrate Dr. Louis W. Sullivan, Dr. Susan Hockfield, Dr. David R. Williams, Denny Sanford, the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, and others who will be named in the coming weeks.
Five weeks from now we will know the composition of the new Congress, which will be seated in January. (I’ve included a couple of days for the conduct of recounts in tight races…) Advocates still have ample time to reach out to candidates to urge them to make research for health a top priority when they take office. Even bringing up the topic in a public forum like a Town Hall could make a big difference – it is all too rare that members of Congress tell us they hear from their constituents that science matters to them; please get involved to help change that report!