Hultgren to Receive Champion of Science Award at Fermilab

The Champion of Science Award presentation takes place on Friday, Oct. 12 at Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory.

The Science Coalition, a collection of 50 of the leading public and private research universities in the United States, will present the Champion of Science Award to 14th District Congressman Randy Hultgren at Fermilab’s Ramsey Auditorium at 9 a.m. Friday, Oct. 12, 2012, in the Ramsey Auditorium.

In attendance will be Matthew Greenwald, University of Chicago; Pier Oddone, Fermilab director; Robert A. Easter, University of Illinois president and Hultgren.

The Science Coalition’s Champion of Science Award recognizes members of Congress "whose actions and votes consistently reflect their belief that basic scientific research, conducted at universities and national labs across the country, is essential to the nation’s ability to address pressing issues in health, security, energy and the environment, and additionally, that a strong federally supported basic research enterprise drives innovation that fuels the U.S. economy," according to a press release issued by Hultgren's office.

Mike Bruno October 10, 2012 at 01:36 PM
@Justin Well you're the one that brought up Christian scientific contributions with "how does it feel to know that mere christians have contributed far more to science in the past thousand years than you will ever be capable of?" Such statements remind me of the drivel I hear from Dinesh D'Souza that credits everything from democracy to sliced bread to Christianity. Since the Enlightenment and the scientific method, religion has basically tapped out and left the heavy (and light) lifting to science to impart any new understanding or make discoveries. Moreover; Christianity (or religion in general) was incidental to pre-enlightenment discoveries. If we could attribute great discoveries to revelation or holy texts, then we might credit religion with some of it, but it was just people thinking really hard about stuff.
Mike Bruno October 10, 2012 at 01:45 PM
@Colin That is spot on Colin. If one dismisses evidence or expertise or favors ideology over evidence and expertise they put themselves on the slipperiest of slopes. Climate change is an excellent example, but it seems that one political faction prefers the fictional narratives of Ayn Rand over the considered expertise of economists when discussing economic policy. It is very scary how anti-elite much of the country has become.
Justin Eggar October 10, 2012 at 03:08 PM
Mike, I switched gears a little bit (between creationism and religion/christianity) with my statement so let me come full circle on it. The point of religion isn't to further science. Thinking the world and science would have progressed further without religion is purely hypothetical and cannot be proven. Somebody can hold a disimilar view (whether correct or incorrect) and still make a contribution to society. Even in the scientific realm. Randy's contribution benefited science and our area, and he rightly deserves the award. As far as anti-elitism, that's certainly not as issue I have. I'd say that both sides of the fence have had issue with sound economic policy. Not just those that are Ayn Rand fans.
Colin C. October 10, 2012 at 06:08 PM
Mike, Your comment about Ayn Rand brings back fond memories. I read The Fountainhead my senior year in high school and Atlas shrugged as soon as it was published. I LOVED these books. They held THE ANSWER! It was so simple, so direct, so complete. WOW! That was it! Or at least it was until I got a little more psychology. sociology, economics, history and some real life experience under my belt. Then I realized that, ironically, Rand had made the same mistake that the person she railed against had made. Both she and Karl Marx had developed socio-economic theories that sounded great but utterly failed to take human nature into consideration. Marxism and "Randism" both look wonderful-----on paper. It's when humans actually try to practice either that we find that neither can actually work, as promised, in real life. Humans simply aren't built that way. So what does work? In my humble opinion, nothing. That is, we humans have failed, so far, in finding an adequate way to govern ourselves in a complex, technological, and massively populated, diverse society. As Winston Churchill said:"Democracy is the worst form of government, except for all those other forms that have been tried". We still have a long way to go to find a way to govern ourselves that is equitable and effective. Neither Karl nor Ayn had the answer. I'm not sure that anyone has.
Justin Eggar October 10, 2012 at 07:03 PM
Haha, good post Colin. Humanity is in its very nature messy. If there was a perfect system, it would be unfortunate in that it likely wouldn't include us in the picture.


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