President honors champions of science

University of Illinois President Timothy Killeen joined other higher education leaders from across the country to honor legislators who were designated "Champions of Science" by the Science Coalition. The event took place in Washington, DC, in early October.

The champions are legislators who have demonstrated a continuing commitment to funding the basic research that keeps the United States at the forefront of scientific and medical discovery and that fuels the nation’s innovation pipeline. Illinois legislators honored include Sen. Dick Durbin, Rep. Randy Hultgren, and Rep. Daniel Lipinski.

“I am proud that three of the Science Coalition’s 32 “Champions of Science” are from right here in Illinois – Sen. Dick Durbin and Congressmen Randy Hultgren and Daniel Lipinski,” said President Killeen. “Their leadership is fostering investments in education and research that are critical to address the world’s greatest challenges and lead the way to progress and economic growth.” 

President Killeen introduced Congressman Lipinski, a ranking member of the Science, Space and Technology Subcommittee on Research, and called him a leading voice in support of innovation and scientific research. Killeen noted Lipinski's support for programs that strengthen the innovation ecosystem like I-Corps, which trains researchers and students to be entrepreneurs and accelerate innovation from NSF-sponsored research.

The biennial Breakfast of Champions event is held to celebrate sitting members of Congress who have received the award and to recognize the most recent class of champions – those who received their award in the past two years – with commemorative Breakfast of Champions Wheaties® boxes.

The Science Coalition is a non-profit, nonpartisan organization of more than 60 U.S. public and private research universities, including the University of Illinois. It is dedicated to sustaining the federal government’s investment in basic scientific research as a means to stimulate the economy, spur innovation and drive America’s global competitiveness. More than half of U.S. economic growth since World War II can be traced to science‚Äźdriven technological innovation.

Watch the video of the event.


October 2015