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Government leaders supporting the call

Brian Baird

Former Congressman, (D-WA-3), Fmr Chairman, Research and Science Education Subcommittee, Science and Technology Committee

Rosina Bierbaum

Former Associate Director, White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP); Dean of the School of Natural Resources and Environment, University of Michigan

Joseph Bordogna

Former Deputy Director, National Science Foundation; Alfred Fitler Moore Professor Of Engineering, University Of Pennsylvania

Steven Chu

Energy Secretary; Past Director, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, Professor of Physics and Molecular and Cellular Biology at U.C., Berkeley, Nobel Prize in Physics, 1997

Rita Colwell 

Former Director, National Science Foundation 1998-2004; Distinguished Professor, University Of Maryland/Johns Hopkins University School Of Public Health;  National Medal of Science, 2006

George Cowan

White House Science Council member under President Reagan; Recipient, Enrico Fermi Award; founding member, Santa Fe Institute; conducted nuclear research with the Manhattan Project

Vern Ehlers

Former Congressman, (R-MI-3), Fmr Ranking Republican, House Subcommittee on Research & Science Education

Vernon Ellingstad

Director, Office of Research and Engineering, National Transportation Safety Board

Sam Farr

Congressman, (D-CA-17)

Bill Foster

Former Congressman, (D-IL-14)

William Fraser

Chief Geologist, California Division of Safety of Dams

Richard Garwin

Member President's Science Advisory Committee, 1962-65, 1969-72, (Presidents Kennedy, Johnson, and Nixon), Defense Science Board 1966-69; Council Member, National Academy of Sciences; Former Director IBM Watson Lab; IBM Research Center Fellow Emeritus 

John Gibbons

Former Science Adviser to President Clinton

Wayne Gilchrest

Congressman, (R-MD-1)

Newt Gingrich

Former U.S. Speaker of the House

Bart Gordon

Congressman, (D-TN-6) Fmr Chairman, U.S. House Committee on Science and Technology

John Holdren

Science Advisor to President Obama; Director of White House OSTP, Past President and Director, Woods Hole Research Center; Past Chair, American Association for the Advancement of Science

Rush Holt

Congressman, (D-NJ-12) 

Jay Inslee

Former Congressman, (D-WA-1)

William Jeffrey

Director, Science and Technology Division, Studies and Analyses Center, Institute for Defense Analyses; Former Director, National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST); Former Senior Director of Homeland and National Security in the Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP)

Mauri Katz

Former Director, U.S. Dept. of Energy, Office of Defense Program Laboratories

Alexander King

Director, Ames Laboratory, U.S. Dept. of Energy

Nancy Kopp

State Treasurer, State of Maryland

Jean Kranz

Senior Advisor For Space, U.S. House of Representatives

Madeleine Kunin

Former Governor, State of Vermont; Former U.S. Deputy Secretary of Education; Former Ambassador to Switzerland

Michael Lach

Head of High School Teaching and Learning, Chicago Public Schools

Christopher Landsea

Science and Operations Officer, NOAA/NWS/National Hurricane Center

Neal Lane

Former Science Adviser to President Clinton

Jim Leach

Former Congressman (R-IA-2); Director, Institute of Politics, Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University; former Chair, Banking and Financial Services Committee, Subcommittee on Asian and Pacific Affairs, and Congressional-Executive Commission on China

Jane Lubchenco

Undersecretary of Commerce for Oceans and Atmosphere; Director of NOAA, Past President, American Association for the Advancement of Science; Distinguished Professor of Zoology, Oregon State University

Jack Markell

State Treasurer, State of Delaware

Thomas Mason

Director, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, U.S. Dept. of Energy

Betty McCollum

Congresswoman (D-MN-4)

Jerry McNerney

Congressman (D-CA-11); Fmr Vice Chair, Research and Science Education Subcommittee, Science and Technology Committee

Marcia McNutt

Director of USGS; Past President & CEO, Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute

David Michaels

Former Asst. Secretary, U.S. Dept. of Energy; Director, The Project on Scientific Knowledge and Public Policy and Acting Chairman, Dept. of Environmental and Occupational Health, George Washington University School of Public Health and Health Services

Brad Miller

Congressman, (D-NC-13); Fmr Chairman, Investigations and Oversight Subcommittee, Science and Technology Committee

Rebecca Otto

State Auditor, State of Minnesota

Malcolm Peterson

NASA Comptroller, 1993-2002; SES Presidential Rank Award

John Podesta

Former White House Chief of Staff, President Clinton; CEO, the Center for American Progress

John Porter

Chair, PBS; Chair, Research!America; Former Congressman (R-IL); former chair, House Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education Appropriations Subcommittee

Lois Quam

Executive Director, Global Health Initiative (GHI), U.S. Department of State

Jim Ramstad

Former Congressman, (R-MN)

Andrew Reynolds

Deputy Science & Technology Adviser to the Secretary of State

R.T. Rybak

Mayor, City of Minneapolis

Greg Simon

Former Chief Domestic Policy Advisor to Vice President Al Gore; President, Fastercures

Walter Slocombe

Under Secretary of Defense for Policy, 1994-2001; Senior Advisor for National Security and Defense, Coalition Provisional Authority for Iraq, 2003

James Tate, Jr.

Former Science Advisor to the Secretary of the Interior

Harold Varmus

Director, National Cancer Institute; Past President, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center; past director of the National Institutes of Health; Nobel Prize in Medicine, 1989

Tim Walz

Congressman, (D-MN-1)

Susan Wood

Former Asst. Commissioner for Women’s Health for FDA; Research Professor, George Washington University School of Public Health and Health Services