As part of the 2006 Annual Meeting, "Biodiversity: The Interplay of Science, Valuation, and Policy," AIBS presented House Science Committee Chairman Sherwood Boehlert (R-NY) with an award commending him for his distinguished record of service and his support for the biological sciences.

Boehlert recently announced he will retire at the end of this congressional session later this year. Boehlert has represented New York's 24th congressional district for 24 years. He has been a member of the Science Committee for the duration of his congressional career and has chaired it since 2001. During his tenure he has supported a robust national science portfolio and has helped to secure crucial boosts in funding for agencies like the National Science Foundation.

AIBS President Kent Holsinger said, "Science is losing a strong ally in Congressman Boehlert. We are pleased to honor him with this award."

A day earlier at the 2006 AIBS Council meeting, Council members unanimously approved a resolution designating 2009 the "Year of Public Understanding of the Nature of Science." While developing this measure, the Council chose 2009 to celebrate Charles Darwin's 200th birthday and the 150th anniversary of the publication of the "Origin of Species." The AIBS Board will now consider the Council resolution.


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