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

May 7, 2021 Press Release

MEMPHIS – Congressman Steve Cohen (TN-09) today announced that St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital and the University of Tennessee Health Science Center (UTHSC) will receive research grants from the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke. The grant to St. Jude, for $448,750, is for work on interneuron circuits in the spinal motor system. The grant to UTHSC, for $154,000, is for genetic research involving mice.

Congressman Cohen made the following statement:

April 28, 2021 Press Release

MEMPHIS – Congressman Steve Cohen (TN-09), a senior member of the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, watched President Biden’s address to a joint session of Congress this evening and made the following statement:

April 27, 2021 Press Release

MEMPHIS – Congressman Steve Cohen (TN-09) today announced that the University of Memphis will receive two grants from the National Science Foundation totaling $918,830. The first grant, for $443,830, involves tectonic modeling and earthquake cycles. The second, for $475,000, supports research on “water catalyzed by molecular cobalt complexes.”

Congressman Cohen made the following statement:

April 21, 2021 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Congressman Steve Cohen (TN-09) today announced that St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital will receive a $179,500 grant from the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development for a genetic study of families with a high frequency of blood cancer.

Congressman Cohen made the following statement:

“I’m pleased that this critical research is continuing at St. Jude and am always supportive of the great work the National Institutes of Health are doing to underwrite this kind of important research.”

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April 9, 2021 Press Release

MEMPHIS – Congressman Steve Cohen (TN-09) today announced that the University of Memphis will receive a $298,619 grant from the National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering to study magnetic resonance imaging involving liver disease.

Congressman Cohen made the following statement:

“I’m pleased  that the University of Memphis is receiving this research grant to continue its important work in biomedical imaging.”

April 7, 2021 Press Release

MEMPHIS – Congressman Steve Cohen (TN-09) today announced that the University of Memphis will receive a $179,375 grant from the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences for research on the effects of environmental health hazards on the aryl hydrocarbon receptor regulating gene expression.

Congressman Cohen made the following statement:

“I’m pleased that the National Institutes of Health continue to direct significant research funding to the U of M. This grant will contribute to important work in environmental health and genetic science.”

April 6, 2021 Press Release

MEMPHIS – Congressman Steve Cohen (TN-09) today announced that the University of Memphis will receive a $542,071 grant from the National Science Foundation underwriting a civil engineering project entitled “CAREER: An Investigation of Microplastics Fate and Contaminant Transport in Storm Runoff, The Nexus of Environmental Engineering and Material Sciences.”

Congressman Cohen made the following statement:

April 1, 2021 Press Release

MEMPHIS – Congressman Steve Cohen (TN-09) today announced two grants from the National Institutes of Health (NIH). The University of Memphis will receive a $50,000 grant from the National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities for a project collaborating with faith leaders in the Deep South to end the stigmatization of those with HIV. St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital will receive $444,775 from the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke for research on improving genetically modified T cells for medulloblastomas.

March 24, 2021 Press Release

 

MEMPHIS – Congressman Steve Cohen (TN-09), Chairman of the House Judiciary Subcommittee on the Constitution, Civil Rights, and Civil Liberties, today presided at a hearing on “the Need to Expand Eligibility Under the Radiation Exposure Compensation Act.” The hearing explored the impact of downwind and other radiation exposure from nuclear bomb testing and uranium mining and other uranium workers during the Second World War and during the Cold War, and the need to compensate the many victims not currently eligible under RECA.

March 17, 2021 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Congressman Steve Cohen (TN-09) today announced that the University of Tennessee Health Science Center (UTHSC) will be receiving two major grants totaling $1,090,171 from the National Institute of Allergies and Infectious Diseases. Both grants are for antifungal research, including one looking at the species Aspergillus fumigatus.

Congressman Cohen made the following statement: