From: The Honorable Jim Cooper
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Date: 9/13/2016

Recognizing Federal Investments in Basic Science Research: Celebrating the Golden Goose Award Winners

Dear Colleague:

Federal funding for the basic science research performed at colleges, universities and research institutes across this country is crucial to our economy and quality of life. It has and deserves continued strong bipartisan support.

As we continue to focus on using scarce federal resources, it is important to ensure that America invests robustly across all fields of scientific research and to remember that scientific discovery is often serendipitous and its impacts on society are often

Failing to invest properly could scuttle important work like the research that is being honored by this year’s Golden Goose Award. The award was launched in 2012 by a coalition
of science, education and industry organizations that believe federally funded basic science research is the cornerstone of American competitiveness and is essential to our economic growth. We hope you will join us to celebrate the following federally funded
scientific discoveries:

  • Drs. Peter Bearman, Barbara Entwisle, Kathleen Mullan Harris, Ronald Rindfuss and J. Richard Udry for their work developing and carrying out the landmark
    multidisciplinary, longitudinal study of the social and biological factors that influence adolescent health: The Longitudinal Study of Adolescent to Adult Health, or Add Health. This NIH-funded study has been fundamental to informing the
    national conversation around adolescent health and its impact on lifelong wellbeing, despite the researchers having to overcome significant opposition and even the cancelation of an earlier study.

  • Drs. Edward F. Knipling and Raymond C. Bushland for their study of the “Sex Life of the Screwworm Fly.” Their USDA-funded work led to a novel pest control
    technique and the eradication of the deadly fly in North and Central America, which has saved the livestock industry and consumers billions of dollars over the past 50-plus years. Their “sterile insect technique” informs ongoing fights against other agricultural
    pests and insects carrying infectious pathogens, including the Aedes aegypti mosquito – the primary culprit in transmission of the Zika virus.

  • Drs. John Bartholdi, Sunil Nakrani, Thomas D. Seeley, Craig A. Tovey and John Vande Vate for their study of honey bee foraging behavior and development of
    the “Honey Bee Algorithm” for shared web server allocation, which is now being used by major web hosting companies to maximize revenues and streamline internet services in a global market worth more than $50 billion.

Please join us on Capitol Hill as we celebrate their work:

Fifth Annual Golden Goose Award Ceremony
September 22, 2016 – 5:30 PM
Coolidge Auditorium, Library of Congress
101 Independence Ave SE, Washington, DC 20540

To RSVP for the event and help ensure the critical investment in scientific research continues, visit


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JIM COOPER                                            CHARLES W. DENT
Member of Congress                                   Member of Congress

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DONNA F. EDWARDS                              RANDY HULTGREN
Member of Congress                                   Member of Congress

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BILL FOSTER                                           ROBERT J. DOLD
Member of Congress                                   Member of Congress

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