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Hirono: Let’s Have An Official U.S. Science Laureate!

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From a press release Wednesday (May 8):

Senators Mazie K. Hirono and Roger Wicker (R-MS), along with Representatives Zoe Lofgren (D-CA) and House Science Committee Chairman Lamar Smith (R-TX), introduced bipartisan companion legislation in the Senate and House of Representatives today that promotes science education and celebrates scientific achievement by establishing an official Science Laureate of the United States. The Science Laureate would be a nationally renowned expert in their field who would travel around the country to inspire future scientists.

This new honorary position would be appointed by the President from nominees recommended by the National Academy of Sciences and serve for a term of 1-2 years. … Like the Poet Laureate, the Science Laureate would be an unpaid, honorary post. …

“As American students trail their international peers in STEM proficiency, the U.S. Science Laureate will be a national role model who can encourage students to learn more about the sciences,” said Hirono. “By elevating great American scientific communicators, we can empower students – especially girls and minorities – to get excited about science. …”

Original Senate cosponsors include Senators Ayotte (R-NH), Murray (D-WA), Cochran (R-MS), Gillibrand (D-NY), Udall (D-NM) and Boozman (R-AR).

Read Civil Beat’s story, Is Hawaii Doing Enough To Engage Kids In Science, Tech And Math?

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