Golden Goose Awards announced this week

September 16, 2014 by Claudia Scholz

This week marks the second round of the “Golden Goose Awards.”

The purpose of the “Golden Goose” award is to demonstrate the human and economic benefits of federally funded research by highlighting examples of seemingly obscure studies that have led to major breakthroughs and resulted in significant societal impact….Congressman Jim Cooper (D-TN) originally conceived of the Golden Goose award as a means of educating Members of Congress and the general public about the value of federal funding of basic scientific research. The name of the award is a play on the “Golden Fleece” awards issued between 1975 and 1988 by Senator William Proxmire (D-WI), which targeted specific federally funded research grants as examples of government waste.

The awards highlight government-funded research that sounds silly at first blush but that in fact has extraordinary societal benefits.  This year’s winners include

Here’s a video featuring last year’s winners:

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