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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

March 11, 2014 Press Release
Washington, D.C. – Congressman Tom Cole (OK-04) released the following statement after the United States Senate passed the Gabriella Miller Kids First Research Act. The bill, which originated in the House, will now be sent to President Obama to consider signing into law.
March 11, 2014 Press Release

Washington, D.C. -- House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-VA) today released the following statement applauding Senate passage of the Gabriella Miller Kids First Research Act. Having passed both chambers of Congress, this bill will now be sent to the President's desk to be signed into law:

January 30, 2014 News Stories

The Hill - Molly K. Hooper

January 27, 2014 Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Congressman Tom Cole (OK-04) released the following statement after House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (VA-07) announced that Senators Tim Kaine (VA), Mark Warner (VA) and Orrin Hatch (UT) will provide support for the Gabriella Miller Kids First Research Act through a companion bill and lead efforts for passage.  

January 27, 2014 Press Release

Washington, D.C. – House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-VA) today announced bipartisan, bicameral support for the Gabriella Miller Kids First Research Act. In December, H.R.

December 12, 2013 Speech
Washington, D.C. – Congressman Tom Cole (OK-04) offered the following remarks on the House Floor in support of H.R. 2019, the Gabriella Miller Kids First Research Act of 2013.
September 30, 2013 Weekly Columns

Just four months ago, Oklahomans proved their resilience by living through back-to-back tornadoes that claimed lives, destroyed entire neighborhoods and shook communities. While our state has come to expect the threat of tornadoes each year, it doesn’t make it any easier when it happens. Fortunately, with the support of friends across our state and nation, we have persevered and lost no time in picking up the pieces and rebuilding our communities.

September 23, 2013 Press Release

Norman, OK – Congressman Tom Cole (OK-04) released the following statement after Cantor Fitzgerald, BGC Partners, Inc. (NASDAQ:BGCP) and the Cantor Fitzgerald Relief Fund, visited Moore on Monday, September 23 to distribute $1,000 prepaid debit cards to each family who had a child in the Moore Public School district at the time of the May 20 tornado and whose home was damaged or destroyed. Howard W. Lutnick, Chairman and CEO of Cantor Fitzgerald, L.P.

September 23, 2013 News Stories

The Oklahoman - Jane Glenn Cannon

No one knows loss better than the employees of Cantor Fitzgerald, the financial services firm that lost 658 of its 960 New York employees in the World Trade Center attacks.

The surviving employees also remember who were among the first to comfort them after the attack: Oklahomans.

“That's why there was no question but that we would help the victims of the May 20 tornado,” said Howard Lutnick, chief executive officer of Cantor Fitzgerald and BGC Partners Inc.