Boehlert recently announced his retirement after representing his own House district, New York's 24th, for 24 years. He has been a member of the Science Committee for the duration of his congressional career and has chaired it since 2001. During his tenure he has supported a robust national science portfolio and has helped to secure crucial boosts in funding for agencies like the National Science Foundation.
AIBS President Kent Holsinger said, "Science is losing a strong ally in Congressman Boehlert. We are pleased to honor him with this award."
The awards presentation will take place on May 24 at 7 pm at the Westin Grand Hotel in Washington, DC. It will begin this year's AIBS Annual Meeting, which will address the topic "Biodiversity: The Interplay of Science, Valuation, and Policy."
For more information on the AIBS Annual Meeting, visit http://www.aibs.org/annual-meeting/annual_meeting_2006.html.
About AIBS: The American Institute of Biological Sciences is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) scientific association dedicated to advancing biological research and education for the welfare of society. Founded in 1947 as a part of the National Academy of Sciences, AIBS became an independent, member-governed organization in the 1950s. Today, with headquarters in Washington, DC, and a staff of approximately 50, AIBS is sustained by a robust membership of some 5,000 biologists and 200 professional societies and scientific organizations; the combined individual membership of the latter exceeds 250,000. AIBS advances its mission through coalition activities in research, education, and public policy; publishing the peer-reviewed journal BioScience and the education website ActionBioscience.org; providing scientific peer review and advisory services to government agencies and other clients; convening meetings; and managing scientific programs. Website: www.aibs.org.
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