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Ehlers's Retirement Called 'Big Loss' for Science

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Science  19 Feb 2010:
Vol. 327, Issue 5968, pp. 929
DOI: 10.1126/science.327.5968.929

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Vernon Ehlers, a staunch supporter of science and one of three physicists in the U.S. House of Representatives, is retiring after 17 years in Congress. The announcement last week was characteristic of the soft-spoken, self-effacing 76-year-old Michigan Republican. His retirement at the end of the year will strip the science committee of arguably its two most influential members following a similar decision by its chair, Representative Bart Gordon (D–TN), not to seek reelection after 26 years in the House.