Created by on 03/27/2012

Judith S. Bond, PhD, President-Elect of the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology (FASEB) was one of a select group of individuals invited to testify during a House Commerce, Justice, Science (CJS) Appropriations Subcommittee public witness hearing on March 22nd. Dr. Bond spoke in support of a $7.3 billion budget for the National Science Foundation (NSF) in fiscal year (FY) 2013, explaining that “strong and sustained NSF appropriations enable the research and training crucial to the future success and prosperity of the United States.”
Noting that her first source of external research funding was from an NSF grant, Bond explained that NSF sponsors high-quality projects at research institutions nationwide. She also described how NSF-funded research augments the biomedical sciences, citing mathematics and computer modeling projects to aim to improve the structural design of stents used to treat coronary artery disease. “The broad portfolio of fundamental research supported by NSF expands the frontiers of knowledge, fuels future innovation, and creates a well-developed research infrastructure capable of supporting groundbreaking research projects,” Dr. Bond testified. She also highlighted NSF’s efforts relating to education and career development, stating, “As someone who has mentored over 40 researchers and strongly believes in the importance of training the next generation of scientists, I deeply value NSF’s critical mission to strengthen science, technology, engineering, and mathematics education.”
House CJS Subcommittee members in attendance during FASEB’s testimony included Chairman Frank Wolf (R-VA), Ranking Member Chaka Fattah (D-PA), and Representative Tom Graves (R-GA). Although the Senate CJS Appropriations Subcommittee is not expected to hold a public witness hearing this year, FASEB submitted written testimony in support of increased funding for NSF on March 19th.