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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

April 25, 2013 Press Release

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Reps. Gregg Harper (R–Miss.) and Tom Cole (R–Okla.) introduced a bill today that prioritizes pediatric research for children with special needs.

The “Kids First Research Act” eliminates taxpayer financing of presidential campaigns and political party national conventions. The bill reallocates these federal resources to pediatric research within the National Institutes of Health (NIH).

April 2, 2013 News Stories

The Hill - Sam Baker

House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.) said Tuesday the GOP will introduce a bill to boost federal medical research — and pay for it by eliminating public funds for political conventions.

Cantor outlined the "Kids First Research Act" on World Autism Day. He said the bill, which Reps. Gregg Harper (R-Miss.) and Tom Cole (R-Okla.) will introduce "in the coming weeks," would redirect federal funds toward research at the National Institutes of Health.

January 8, 2008 Weekly Columns
In just a little over a year there will be a big change in the way television is broadcast. By February 17, 2009, every television set in America will need to be digital television (DTV) compatible to continue to receive local broadcast programming.
October 22, 2007 Weekly Columns
In August Congress passed the bipartisan Protect America Act, a piece of legislation that has helped make America safer by closing a dangerous gap in our intelligence structure.
October 16, 2007 Weekly Columns
Of all the inventions of this era, it is arguable that none have left a more significant impression than the Internet.
June 29, 2005 Press Release
Washington, D.C. – Congressman Tom Cole recently voted for the FY 2006 Science, State, Justice and Commerce Appropriations Act that will provide $2 million dollars for the Phase Array Radar in Norman.
June 16, 2005 Press Release
Washington, D.C. – Congressman Cole voted today for legislation that will enhance the Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP) program. The FY 2006 Science, State, Justice and Commerce Appropriations Act funds the MEP at $106 million.
May 19, 2005 Press Release
Washington, D.C. – Congressman Tom Cole announced today that the Department of Justice Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS Office) will now be accepting applications for 2005 grants.
November 20, 2004 Press Release
Washington, D.C. – Congressman Cole voted today in favor of a combination of spending bills that will fund America's priorities for 2005 while also funding key projects in Oklahoma.
July 23, 2003 Press Release
Washington D.C. – Congressman Tom Cole announced that the U.S. House has approved $1,001,000 in funding for the University of Oklahoma's SPY1 Phased Array Radar - a research effort focused on increasing tornado warning lead time.