Beatty Announces $27 Million in New Funding for Central Ohio
WASHINGTON, D.C.—Today, the National Science Foundation (NSF) awarded The Ohio State University two multimillion-dollar grants to conduct next-generation scientific research and to increase opportunities to attract and train young science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) professionals, including from underrepresented groups. A strong NSF supporter and longtime STEM champion, U.S. Congresswoman Joyce Beatty (OH-03) reacted to the exciting news, saying:
“For our economy to succeed in the 21st century and beyond, we must continue to push the current boundaries of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. These funding agreements will help do just that by investing in cutting-edge research, positioning Central Ohio as a pioneer in state-of-the-art scientific discovery. I am proud to support the NSF in Congress and even more proud of all the amazing work done by the staff and scientists at The Ohio State University.”
Specifically, NSF allotted more than $17.75 million for Ohio State’s Campus Chemical Instrument Center (CCIC) and $9.5 million for the school to implement the National EXtreme Ultrafast Science (NEXUS) facility. The CCIC operates one of the largest national magnetic resonance spectrometers in the country. This grant will fuel research currently lacking in the United States, thereby increasing economic competitiveness in the fields of energy, science, and medicine. Similarly, the NEXUS facility will bring new technology in high-power lasers to America for the first time and help in developing new insights in chemistry, physics, and material science.
In Congress, Beatty has consistently voted to increase federal investment at the NSF, and she also authored legislation to grow the STEM school to work pipeline for more Americans. Beatty’s bill, the 21st Century STEM for Girls and Underrepresented Minorities Act, H.R. 1591, would help local school districts create the necessary infrastructure for enhanced STEM learning early in a student’s academic career. Federal funding would be used to improve professional development for teachers, strengthen outreach to parents, provide mentoring and tutoring programs, expand access to afterschool and summer programs that provide additional enrichment opportunities in STEM, and promote academic advice and assistance in high school course selection.
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