Rep. Brian Baird (D-Wash.) accepted APA's first Champion of Science Award at the third annual Science Leadership Conference, for his longstanding commitment to furthering social and behavioral science and particularly his recent efforts defending peer review.

In just two examples, last year Baird stepped in and explained why peer review is an essential part of research when two amendments to an authorization bill threatened to strip grant money from several already-funded research programs. And when Congress debated the America Competes Act last summer, a bill intended to shore up the United States' competitiveness in the global science market, Baird made sure the bill included the social and behavioral sciences.

"Chairman Baird brings a unique perspective to the U.S. House of Representatives," said APA Chief Executive Officer Norman B. Anderson, PhD, who presented the award.


--M. Price