New Congressional science chair to focus on education, energy policy, and environment



With the re-shuffling of the leadership of Congressional committees following the recent U.S. general elections, Sherwood L. Boehlert, a 10-term congressman from upstate New York, has been selected by the Republican leadership to be the chair of the Science Committee in the House of Representatives. During his January 31 “maiden” speech as the new committee leader, Boehlert told members of the Universities Research Group, “I want to build the Science Committee into a significant force within the Congress. With that momentum, I want to ensure that we have a healthy, sustainable, and productive [research and development] establishment; one that educates students, increases human knowledge, strengthens U.S. competitiveness, and contributes to the well-being of the nation and the world.”