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Honoring The 125Th Anniversary Of The Amerian Physiological Society

Rep. Chris Van Hollen

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Mr. Speaker, I rise today to salute the outstanding achievements of the American Physiological Society as it celebrates its 125th anniversary. The APS is a scholarly association dedicated to fostering scientific research, education, and the dissemination of information about human and animal physiology. Its headquarters are in Bethesda in Maryland's Eighth Congressional District.

Physiology is the study of how living systems function and plays a pivotal role in advancing medical discovery. The APS is an outstanding example of a not-for-profit organization that supports the advancement of science in the public interest.

APS publishes research findings on physiology in its 13 peer-reviewed journals. These journals--the oldest of which has been publishing since 1898--collectively publish about 3,000 research articles each year. All of this scientific content is made freely available on the web 12 months after initial publication.

The APS also sponsors scientific meetings nd conferences throughout the year where physiologists can share their latest findings with their colleagues.

The APS offers educational outreach programs for students beginning at the elementary school level and provides support to students of physiology in graduate school and beyond. The APS has been recognized with a Presidential Award for Excellence in Scientific, Mathematics, and Engineering Mentoring, PESMEM, for its long standing effort to increase diversity in physiology and to encourage the progress of underrepresented minority students and professionals.

Over the course of 125 years, the APS has grown from 28 founding members to more than 11,000 members. These physiologists teach and conduct research in medical schools, hospitals, colleges, universities, industry, and government throughout the U.S. and 66 other countries.

Mr. Speaker, I urge my colleagues to join me in recognizing the APS on its 125th anniversary and honoring this organization for its many accomplishments.