US Senator Pete Domenici of New Mexico wins American Chemical Society Award

04/04/05

Sen. Pete Domenici (R-N.M.), Chairman of the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources, and a member of the Appropriations and Budget Committees and the Senate Science and Technology Caucus, will receive the American Chemical Society Public Service Award during ceremonies April 5 at the U.S. Capitol. A former math teacher, Sen. Domenici is a strong advocate for education and has worked hard to increase funding for higher education programs and teacher professional development programs.

ACS, the world's largest scientific society, presents its annual Public Service Awards to recognize outstanding contributions to the development of public policy that benefits the chemical sciences. Elected to the Senate in 1972, Sen. Domenici is an outspoken supporter of the need for increased federal research and development in the physical sciences. "His commitment to the mission of basic R&D in the face of a challenging budget environment is crucial to maintaining American scientific leadership in the 21st century," says ACS President William F. Carroll, Jr.

As chairman of the Appropriation Subcommittee on Energy and Water Development, Sen. Domenici oversees funding for the national laboratories of the Department of Energy. He is a strong proponent of technology transfer from the national labs to the private sector and for increased federal funding of basic research.

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