Rep. Sherwood Boehlert to receive award from AIBS

AIBS President will commend House Science Chairman for his support of science

Washington, DC--To cap off its 2006 Annual Meeting, the American Institute of Biological Sciences will present House Science Committee Chairman Sherwood Boehlert, R-NY, with an award commending him for his distinguished record of service and his support for the biological sciences.

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.

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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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