"Rep. Lewis understands the exciting promise that science holds. He has examined the issues that will have the greatest impact on our future, and knows that science is the solution to many of our present-day challenges. He has worked to ensure that science is included in the art of governing," said Dr. Eli Pearce, president of the American Chemical Society, the world's largest scientific society. Pearce will present the award to Lewis at a reception on Wednesday, September 25.
Lewis has been a staunch supporter of increased defense and civilian research, championing funding increases for the National Science Foundation, the only federal agency whose sole mission is to support and advance basic research.
As Chairman of the House National Security Appropriations Subcommittee, Lewis has been an advocate for science and technology programs at the Department of Defense. Lewis' leadership has been key in increasing funding for defense science and technology, which has risen every year since he became chair.
The American Chemical Society Public Service Award was established by the Board of Directors in 1996 to recognize non-members who have made outstanding contributions to the development of public policy that benefits chemistry and the sciences. Rep. David Price (D-NC) also received the 2002 award.