FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
The Optical Society
OSA Statement on Rep. Rush Holt’s Retirement Announcement
Taken in 2009, 2009 OSA President Thomas Baer, left, presents Rep. Rush Holt with the Advocate of Optics statue.
WASHINGTON, Feb. 20, 2014—The Optical Society (OSA) today released the following statement from its CEO, Elizabeth Rogan, regarding the announcement that U.S. Representative Rush Holt (D-N.J.) will not seek reelection at the end of this year:
“As one of two Ph.D. physicists in Congress, Rush Holt has served the United States as a tireless advocate for important science policy issues, including federal funding for scientific research and development (R&D) and STEM education.
“Rep. Holt was actively involved in OSA’s Congressional R&D Caucus briefings in the last several years. As co-chair of the R&D Caucus, Holt helped draw attention to the importance of optics and photonics by focusing on topics such as lasers in national defense, LEDs and optics in medical imaging.
“OSA was honored to recognize Rep. Holt in 2009 as the OSA Advocate of Optics for his leadership in seeking to increase federal investments in the sciences, including funding for R&D.
“Rep. Holt’s leadership in Congress is appreciated by OSA and will be missed. We thank him for his support of science and optics during his eight terms in Congress and wish him the best in his future endeavors.”
EDITOR’S NOTE: A 2011 OSA interview with Rep. Holt is available on OSA.org.
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