Monday, April 20, 2009

Know Your Legislators - Rep. Parker Griffith

Representing the 5th district of Alabama (The Fightin' Fifth - for Colbert Report fans) is Parker Griffith, MD.

Dr. Griffith is a retired physician having practiced radiation oncology for several years in northern Alabama. As a member of the Science and Technology committee, Congressman Griffith is involved in shaping issues directly related to NASA as well as the National Science Foundation.

Of his membership in the S&T committee, Rep. Griffith says
"This will also give me an opportunity to support our biotechnology industry and push for more science education at every level." (from The Huntsville Times)
NASA's Marshall Space Flight center is in Alabama's 5th district as are other hi-tech operations and Rep. Griffith is working to ensure that they perform at their full potential. He believes we must aggressively pursue avenues to promote scientific and technological advances.

Recently, he toured the Floyd Science building at the University of North Alabama. The 50 year old facility is in dire need of improvements. Rep. Griffith has made it one of his top priorities to secure funding to replace the aging science center.

In Congress today ...
The committee on science and technology is working with the Obama administration to implement the Advanced Research Projects Agency for Energy (ARPA-E). ARPA-E is tasked with undertaking high-risk, high-reward projects especially multi-disciplinary projects bringing together both public sector and private entities to solve the energy problems of the country.

For our readers in Alabama’s fightin’ fifth, contact Rep. Griffith and thank him for his support of science and technology initiatives. As advocates, reach out to your legislator and find out where they stand on issues that are important to you. If you’re interested in seeing your legislator profiled here on New Voices, let us know in the comments section!

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