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2010 AAAS Philip Hauge Abelson Award presented to the Honorable Rush Holt, Ph.D., for supporting science in Congress
Date:2/16/2011

. He has supported a permanent extension of the R&D Tax Credit (H.R. 1712) to allow companies to make long term investments in research and development leading to the development of new technologies, products, and services. Rep. Holt wrote the Creating Jobs from Innovative Small Businesses Act to encourage small business investment by establishing a temporary 20 percent tax credit for investments in research-intensive small businesses, building on a successful state initiative in New Jersey and 17 other states.

In an effort to make Central New Jersey a research and development hub that will create jobs and promote economic growth, Rep. Holt formed Einstein's Alley, a private nonprofit economic development initiative. Since its inception, Einstein's Alley has held two summits and a breakfast series. Einstein's Alley currently strives to encourage innovation by linking entrepreneurs, investment capital, and skilled workers.

To support students of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics, Rep. Holt introduced and the House of Representatives passed H.R. 1051, which would create a public database of scholarships and fellowships, encouraging students to pursue their fields regardless of their financial circumstances. He championed a provision in the America COMPETES Act to create state P-16 Councils to promote better alignment of elementary and secondary education with the skills and knowledge needed to succeed in institutes of higher education. Rep. Holt increased funding for the Department of Education's Mathematics and Science Partnerships program by more than $150 million. He held meetings with local employers in science and technology to discuss ways to promote workforce development and he hosted a group of science, technology, engineering and math educators for a day of meetings on Capitol Hill to talk with members of Congress and education policy experts.

Holt's work has earned him recognition as Biotech Legislator of the Year, the Science
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Contact: Katharine Zambon
kzambon@aaas.org
202-326-6434
American Association for the Advancement of Science
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