Congressman Fattah’s defeat in primary is loss for science community

Representative Chaka Fattah (D–PA) at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory in Tennessee in 2012. The research community lost a key supporter yesterday with the defeat of Representative Chaka Fattah (D–PA) in a Democratic primary race in his Philadelphia-area district. Fattah, who faces a federal trial next month for ethics transgressions, had a keen interest in neuroscience and helped catalyze the high-profile Brain Research through Advancing Innovative Neurotechnologies (BRAIN) project, a multiagency effort to study the brain. Fattah, 59, has represented a west Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, district for the past 22 years. He will go on trial in May on bribery and fraud charges involving misuse of a $1 million campaign loan when he ran for mayor of Philadelphia in 2007. Fattah has denied any wrongdoing, but his indictment contributed to his loss…


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