Speeches & Floor Statements

Floor remarks of U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander (R-TN) Oak Ridge, TN High School Students Win National Prize for Innovation in Math, Science and Technology

Posted on December 4, 2006

Floor remarks of U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander Oak Ridge, TN High School Students Win National Prize for Innovation in Math, Science and Technology December 4, 2006 Mr. President, I rise today to congratulate Scott Molony, Steven Arcangeli and Scott Horton of Oak Ridge high school in Oak Ridge, TN, for exceptional achievement in math, science and technology. This team of highschool seniors is the winner of the National Seimens Competition, recognizing and rewarding students willing to challenge themselves through science research. In addition to national recognition and valuable hands-on experience, these winners will receive a $100,000 prize and encouragement to continue in math and science careers in the future. The winning project aims at linking supercomputing and systems biology for efficient bioethanol production. Because of the hard work and ingenuity of Scott, Steven and Scott their bioinformatics project may one day provide a tool which could enable scientists to genetically engineer bacteria that would cots-effectively turn plant matter into ethanol used to fuel automobiles. They have contributed to a growing body of research on creating microorganisms that can produce alternative fuels. Based on Scott, Steven and Scott’s work, the Oak Ridge National Laboratory got a major grant to continue the research their project began. Mr. President, the winners of Oak Ridge High School represent the very best for the future of science and technology innovation. Recognitions and awards to encourage science competitiveness are important to maintaining America’s competitive edge. China and India are competing for our jobs. The best way to keep those jobs in America is to maintain and promote our brainpower in science and technology. Applauding the work of students like those at Oak Ridge High School does just that.