65 LEADING SCIENTISTS ENDORSE RUSH HOLT FOR SENATE

July 23 2013

AMONG SIGNERS OF OPEN LETTER ARE SEVEN NOBEL LAUREATES AND FORMER SECRETARY OF ENERGY

(West Windsor, NJ) – In an open letter to the scientific community released today, 65 of the nation’s leading scientists – including seven Nobel laureates and a former Secretary of Energy – endorsed U.S. Rep. Rush Holt’s campaign for the Senate and called upon their colleagues to support his candidacy.

Holt, the scientists wrote, has been “a rare and outspoken voice for evidence-based thinking in the U.S. Congress.  He thinks like a scientist, so he is skeptical of easy answers and never stops digging until he gets the truth…. As an energy scientist, he has played an especially critical role in fighting to rein in climate change and in supporting sustainable energy research.”

Among the signatories are former Secretary of Energy and Nobel laureate Steven Chu (1997, Physics), as well as Nobel laureates Philip W. Anderson (1977, Physics), David Baltimore (1975, Medicine), Martin Chalfie (2008, Chemistry), Burton Richter(1976, Physics), Eric Wieschaus (1995, Medicine), and Frank Wilczek (2004, Physics).

Among the many other signatories are:

  • Bruce Alberts, former editor-in-chief of Science, former United States Science Envoy, and President Emeritus of the U.S. National Academy of Sciences;
  • Bonnie L. Bassler, MacArthur “Genius” Award winner;
  • David Botstein, Anthony B. Evnin Professor Genomics at Princeton University;
  • Freeman Dyson, Professor Emeritus at the Institute of Advanced Study and Princeton University;
  • Stephen P. Hubbell, Distinguished Professor at the University of California, Los Angeles;
  • Thomas Lovejoy, University Professor of Environmental Science and Policy at George Mason University;
  • Jane Lubchenco, the former administrator of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration;
  • Maxine Singer, President Emerita of the Carnegie Institution for Science;
  • Shirley M. Tilghman, President Emerita of Princeton University;
  • J. Craig Venter, the National Medal of Science honoree who was among the first to sequence the human genome;
  • Ed Witten, Professor at the Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton, New Jersey.

Holt, a physicist, earned his Ph.D. in physics from New York University.  He taught at Swarthmore University and was assistant director at the Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory before he was elected to Congress.

Some of the signatories will participate in Holt’s upcoming “Geek Out Live,” a one-of-a-kind national live-stream internet town hall that will take place on July 30.  Further details are available online at GeekOut.RushHolt.com.