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KNOXVILLE — The University of Tennessee has given a Champion of Science award to Rep. John Duncan.

UT President Joe Johnson, Rep. Jimmy Duncan and UT Chancellor Loren Crabtree

Chancellor Loren Crabtree made the presentation Monday in recognition of Duncan’s support of research at UT and in the state and nation.

UT and the Science Coalition give the award to members of Congress for demonstrating strong support of federal funding for basic research.

“There is no one more deserving of this award than Congressman Duncan,” Crabtree said. “He works tirelessly on our behalf in Washington and is an effective voice for science on Capitol Hill.”

Crabtree cited Duncan’s support of the National Safe Skies Alliance, the National Transportation Research Center and UT imaging and robotics programs.

Duncan, who represents Tennessee’s 2nd Congressional District, is vice chair of the subcommittee on water resources in the House Transportation Committee. He also serves on the House Resources Committee.

The Science Coalition is a national organization that works to expand and strengthen the federal government’s investment in university-based research in science, medicine, engineering and agriculture.

The Champion of Science award features a computer chip embedded in a clear plastic base. The chip, developed by an MIT undergraduate working on a federal grant, was designed for implantation in the human body to regulate medicine distribution.

Former Tennessee recipients of the award include Sen. Bill Frist and Reps. Bart Gordon and Zack Wamp.