The National Science Foundation gave Sen. Jake garn, R-Utah, its gold medal for distinguished public service in support of U.S. science and engineering.
Erich Bloch, NSF director, cited Garn as "a leading advocate in the Congress for expanded federal investment in science, space and technology."Garn serves on the Independent Agencies Appropriations Subcommittee and has helped get substantial increases in science and technology budgets despite increasing restraints on the overall federal budget.
The medal was awarded to Garn and to Rep. Doug Walgren, D-Pa., chairman of the House Subcommittee on Science, Research and Technology, at a black-tie dinner at the State Department.
In accepting the award, he said, "I have a deep, personal commitment to America's leadership in the area of science and technology. It is our technological base that is America's source of greatness. It is what has made us a world leader with the highest standard of living on the face of this Earth. But we are now losing our technological edge because we are not adequately funding the federal programs which will help preserve it."