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Congressman Tom Cole

Representing the 4th District of Oklahoma

Science and Technology

The health and longevity of Oklahoma’s economy depends in large part on the acceleration of scientific and technological innovations. Maintaining Oklahoma’s leadership in these fields requires a concerted effort to ensure ongoing investments in technology, education and science.

As a member of the STEM Education Caucus, I support broadening science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education at the elementary, secondary and postsecondary levels. I believe we must harness American innovation by improving energy efficacy and success, supporting research and basic science labs and widening access to STEM education while building America’s STEM workforce.

I support the needs of our scientists to continue their research and provide meaningful employment to our communities. In fact, the Fourth District of Oklahoma is the proud home of the National Weather Center, a massive research center that provides facts and predictions regarding the weather and information on emergency preparedness. Not only does the center provide lifesaving resources to Oklahomans, but it also benefits our state’s economy and workforce as a major employer to our district for scientists, researchers and meteorologists from around the world. Science and research programs like these are vital for solving the most pressing challenges facing Oklahoma and the entire nation.

Research Leadership in the Fourth District

The University of Oklahoma (OU) plays a vital role in comprehensive research. With three campuses in Norman, Oklahoma City and Tulsa, OU encompasses a broad array of disciplines in chemistry, engineering, meteorology, medicine, physics and much more. OU is designated by the Carnegie Foundation as a Highest Research Activity institution, placing it in the top tier of comprehensive research universities in the nation.

Also in the Fourth District, Ada is the home to the Robert S. Kerr Environmental Research Center. Research at the Kerr Lab focuses on soil and subsurface environments. This is the Environmental Protection Agency’s first ever carbon-neutral laboratory and the center for expertise on groundwater remediation and ecosystem restoration research. Moreover, the Noble Research Institute houses its headquarters in the Fourth District city of Ardmore. The Noble Institute specializes in research helps farmers and ranchers improve land stewardship and productivity. With 350 resident scientists and consultants, the Noble Research Institute is an amazing resource for agricultural challenges right in the heart of Oklahoma.

More on Science and Technology

February 2, 2016 News Stories

STAT - Dylan Scott

Congressional Republicans said on Tuesday that they’re open to boosting federal funding for cancer research, as the Obama administration proposed the day before. But they aren’t willing to simply rubberstamp the $755 million that the White House is asking for in the next fiscal year.

January 20, 2016 Press Release
Alexandria, VA - Senator Roy Blunt (R-MO) and Congressman Tom Cole (R-OK) have been selected to receive the Edwin C. Whitehead Award for Medical Research Advocacy for their steadfast commitment to increasing investments in research to advance innovative studies focused on preventing and eradicating diseases that take a tremendous toll on families and our economy. They will be honored at Research!America’s Advocacy Awards Dinner on Wednesday, March 16, 2016 at the Mellon Auditorium in Washington, D.C.
January 13, 2016 News Stories

The Atlantic - Nora Kelly

When Americans go to the ballot box, they expect the congressional candidates they support to take their interests to the Hill—to fight for the political issues and programs they prefer with an enthusiasm and dedication that’s deeply personal. That doesn’t always happen. But in the last year or so, members of Congress responded to what one member called a “constituent-driven movement” to rally around the National Institutes of Health and the biomedical research it funds.

January 4, 2016 News Stories

The Oklahoman - Stephen Prescott, M.D. 

For the sake of Oklahoma's energy sector, let's hope the New Year brings a bump in oil and gas prices. But even if that doesn't happen, there are still plenty of economic silver linings to be found in the state.

In particular, the ongoing development of the bioscience sector has helped diversify our state's — and particular Oklahoma City's — economy. For 2016, here are five bioscience success stories that should just keep getting better.

Making cancer history

January 4, 2016 News Stories

National Journal - Rachel Roubein

Wristbands that track your daily activity. Kits that can purportedly analyze your genetics. Smartphone apps that track your daily intake of protein, sugar, and carbs.

It’s the age of “precision medicine,” as doctors and patients look to leverage vast amounts of individualized information available to fight diseases in a way they’ve never been able to before—with treatments that take into account environment, life-style, and even genes.

October 13, 2015 Cole On Congress

Washington, D.C. – Congressman Tom Cole (OK-04) recently filmed the latest episode of his television and web show, Cole on Congress. This month’s program featured an interview with Lt. General Thomas Stafford—a former U.S. Air Force officer, test pilot and notable NASA Astronaut from Weatherford. Stafford’s decorated career includes more than 507 hours logged in space and six rendezvous missions. 

June 21, 2015 News Stories

Norman Transcript - Staff Reports

The House Labor Health and Human Services (HHS) Appropriations Subcommittee Chairman Rep. Tom Cole recently proposed a $300 million increase for Alzheimer’s research, as requested by Alzheimer’s Association advocates. This is a significant milestone toward reaching the levels deemed necessary by scientists to realize the goal of the National Plan to Address Alzheimer’s Disease — to prevent and effectively treat Alzheimer’s by 2025.

June 4, 2015 Press Release
Washington, D.C. – Congressman Tom Cole (OK-04) released the following statement after the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) listed the University of Oklahoma in Norman as an award recipient of NASA’s Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (EPSCoR) to help further the agency’s mission.
June 3, 2015 Press Release
Washington, DC – Congressman Tom Cole (OK-04), a member of the House Committee on Appropriations, released the following statement after the U.S. House of Representatives passed H.R. 2578, the Commerce, Justice, Science and Related Agencies (CJS) Appropriations Act for fiscal year 2016. The legislation addresses federal programs and areas of government related to law enforcement, national security, scientific research and space exploration.
April 23, 2015 Press Release
Washington, DC – Congressman Tom Cole (OK-04) released the following statement after the U.S. House of Representatives passed legislation this week to help protect against cyber threats. The Protecting Cyber Networks Act (H.R. 1560) and National Cybersecurity Protection Advancement Act (H.R. 1731) recommend and clarify appropriate ways for private companies to help the nation combat cyber threats.

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