Science and Technology

As a member of Congress, I have supported federal funding for programs like the National Science Foundation (NSF), which has led to several innovations in engineering and technology. I will continue to support legislation that will increase funding for technological and scientific research, especially in the Memphis medical community.

As a long-time supporter of STEM education programs, I know that engineering and computer science are increasingly important subjects for all of our children to study. In Congress, I have cosponsored several bills that would improve funding and accessibility to STEM programs across the country, including legislation that created grants for encouraging underrepresented minority or low-income students to pursue STEM careers.

In Fall 2016, I voted for the budget agreement for Fiscal Year 2017 which provides funding for essential government programs including National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA). The bill provided $19.65 billion to NASA, which was $600 million more than the agency’s original request.

As a member of Congress, I will continue to encourage progress in science and technology for the American people. 

More on Science and Technology

February 24, 2021 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Congressman Steve Cohen (TN-09) today announced that the University of Memphis will receive a $593,239 grant from the National Science Foundation underwriting a project involving three-dimensional super-resolution light microscopy of thick, unprocessed biological samples.

Congressman Cohen made the following statement:

February 22, 2021 Press Release

MEMPHIS – Congressman Steve Cohen (TN-09) today announced that Christian Brothers University will receive a $74,801 grant from the National Science Foundation for teacher education in the STEM disciplines.

Congressman Cohen made the following statement:

“I’m pleased to announce this National Science Foundation grant to provide a stronger foundation in the teaching of science, technology, engineering and mathematics. This is an investment that will pay dividends.”

February 19, 2021 Press Release

MEMPHIS – Congressman Steve Cohen (TN-09) today announced that the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has awarded the University of Tennessee Health Science Center (UTHSC) two grants for ongoing medical research. The first, for $530,534, is from the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases for research of dysglycemia, or abnormal blood glucose levels. The second, for $1,519,716, is from the Department’s Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, for improving cardiovascular health.

Congressman Cohen made the following statement:

February 8, 2021 Press Release

MEMPHIS – Congressman Steve Cohen (TN-09) today announced two significant medical research grants from the National Institutes of Health (NIH). The University of Tennessee Health Science Center (UTHSC) will receive $459,656 from the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases for immunotherapy research. St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital will receive $406,501 from the National Cancer Institute for research on medulloblastomas.

Congressman Cohen made the following statement:

February 4, 2021 Press Release

MEMPHIS – Congressman Steve Cohen (TN-09) was pleased to announce today that he has been named to the House Natural Resources Committee which has jurisdiction over the nation’s energy and mineral resources; national parks, public lands and wildlife refuges; wildlife conservation, clean water and outdoor recreation.  One of Congress’ oldest committees, it can trace its jurisdiction to the Public Lands Committee created in 1805.

Congressman Cohen made the following statement:

February 2, 2021 Press Release

MEMPHIS – Congressman Steve Cohen (TN-09), a senior member of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee and its Subcommittee on Aviation, today wrote to the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) about the results of mandated testing called for in the FAA Reauthorization Act’s 2018 Cohen-authored Seat Egress in Air Travel (SEAT) Act provisions. The testing to determine whether aircraft can be safely evacuated in the regulated minimum time permitted got under way after the bill’s mandated deadline in 2019 and the results still remain unknown.

January 26, 2021 Press Release

MEMPHIS – Congressman Steve Cohen (TN-09) today announced three federal grants totaling more than $1 million. The University of Tennessee Health Science Center (UTHSC) will receive $542,105 from the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute for research on endothelial cells. The University of Memphis will receive $346,506 from the National Institute on Alcohol and Alcoholism for work on approaches to reducing alcohol use among non-student, emerging adults.

January 25, 2021 Press Release

 

MEMPHIS – Congressman Steve Cohen (TN-09) today announced more than $3.5 million in federal grants from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Shelby County will receive $1,538,109 in emergency funding for its Ryan White HIV treatment programs. The University of Tennessee Health Science Center (UTHSC) will receive $1,967,005 from the National Institute for Neurological Diseases and Stroke for research on dementia.

Congressman Cohen made the following statement:

January 25, 2021 Press Release

 

MEMPHIS – Congressman Steve Cohen (TN-09) today wrote to Governor Bill Lee after press accounts indicated Shelby County’s rate of coronavirus vaccination is the lowest in the state. With Black Americans suffering a disproportionately high share of coronavirus infections, Shelby County mirrors the national situation with 673 of its1,169 COVID-19 deaths being Black Memphians. Congressman Cohen’s letter asks Lee to act “proactively,” and “rectify this issue immediately.”

Congressman Cohen’s letter reads in part:

January 25, 2021 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Congressman Steve Cohen (TN-09) today announced that St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital will receive a $634,844 grant from the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke for research on the proteins that cause amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease.

Congressman Cohen made the following statement: