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Bishop encourages young researchers to ‘pick up the mantle’

April 23, 2013 at 5:17 pm

ALBANY, Ga. -- Albany State University held its spring 2013 Undergraduate Research Symposium Monday, with U.S. Rep. Sanford Bishop Jr., D-Albany, urging those in attendance to always remember the contributions research have made to the country.

Research has touched every facet of our lives," Bishop said. "I am here to encourage the next generation to pick up the mantle of research and make like better for all of us. Just think about the possibilities ..." Twenty-eight students gave oral and poster presentations to showcase their research about national issues, including economics, crime, education and health disparities. "ASU's undergraduate research program allows student researchers to hone their research, critical thinking, and leadership skills while working closely with faculty mentors in their areas of research interest," said Vanessa McRae, assistant director of the Center for Undergraduate Research. Later during an off-stage interview, Bishop talked about recent events in Boston and funding for the air control tower at Southwest Georgia Regional Airport.

"The events in Boston were sudden and tragic," Bishop said. "But I was pleased that law enforcement were able to to their jobs so quickly and so well." When asked if he wanted to see the surviving bomber tried in criminal court or as an enemy combatant, Bishop replied, "I don't think it will really matter how he will be tried. What's important is that he will be brought to justice." Federal prosecutors on Monday charged Dzhokhar Tsarnaev with carrying out last week's bomb attacks on the Boston Marathon. Three people were killed and injured more than 200 were injured in the blasts. White House spokesman Jay Carney said Monday that Tsarnaev, a naturalized citizen of the U.S., would be tried in the civilian court system, where he could face the death penalty.

In regard to the Albany airport tower, an early victim of sequestration cuts, Bishop said he was pleased by the Federal Aviation Agency's decision to continue funding the contract towers until June 15. "Never say never, but I think the resulting outcry from 149 communities to be affected by tower closures made the FAA rethink its position," Bishop said. "What happens after June 15, I cannot say. But this goes beyond an economic issue, it is also a major safety issue."

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