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Old Challenges, New Faces Await Science Community in 2013

Science  16 Nov 2012:
Vol. 338, Issue 6109, pp. 874-875
DOI: 10.1126/science.338.6109.874

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When the new Congress convenes in January, the committee that keeps the closest eye on federal science policy—the Committee on Science, Space, and Technology in the House of Representatives—will have a new chair. The Republican lawmaker who gets the job (see sidebar) is expected to reinvigorate the panel as it tackles two major pieces of legislation. The full House will be without two of its staunchest advocates for federally funded research, as veteran representatives Judy Biggert (R–IL) and Brian Bilbray (R–CA) lost their seats. Partially offsetting those losses, the Democrat who beat Biggert, Bill Foster, is a high-energy physicist turned politician who will be returning after a 2-year absence.

  • * With reporting by Adrian Cho.