The College of the Holy Cross’ Integrated Science Complex will be renamed after Dr. Anthony Fauci this summer, campus officials announced Monday.
Fauci is an alumnus of the private, Jesuit-Catholic institution in Massachusetts.
“Dr. Fauci vividly personifies the distinctive characteristics of a Holy Cross education, and we know his life and work are already inspiring the next generation of empathetic servant leaders,” Holy Cross President Vincent Rougeau said in a news release.
The college’s science buildings will be renamed the Anthony S. Fauci Integrated Science Complex on June 11.
The honor comes at a time when Fauci, the chief medical advisor to the U.S. president and the nation’s top allergy and infectious diseases expert, has come under increasing scrutiny from lawmakers and the public at large over not only his handling of the COVID pandemic strategy but also his past work and research funding decisions.
Just last month, Republican Sen. Rand Paul introduced an amendment to eliminate Fauci’s position as director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases and instead break the job into it three separate national research institutes.
“We’ve learned a lot over the past two years, but one lesson in particular is that no one person should be deemed ‘dictator-in-chief,'” Paul stated in a news release. “No one person should have unilateral authority to make decisions for millions of Americans.”
In a March 14 op-ed for Fox News, Paul elaborated on his concerns:
When Dr. Fauci said that cloth masks worked, I was truly concerned because that’s not what the science demonstrated.
Dr. Fauci and his friends worked diligently to silence opposing views. The media amplified his efforts. We were branded conspiracy theorists and anti-science for simply asking questions and presenting alternatives to what had been delivered to the American people as “fact.” …
When Fauci decides that he alone will define and fund dangerous “gain-of-function” research, his disregard for the possibility of a lab leak is felt worldwide.
Last fall, Fauci also came under fire because an NIH division he oversees funded various studies that exposed dogs to devocalization and euthanatized them to test various vaccines, Poynter reported.
Holy Cross’ announcement praised Fauci: “Over nearly four decades in the role, he has advised eight U.S. presidents and become a household name as he led the nation’s COVID-19 response efforts the past two years.”
But some observers also critiqued the choice on religious grounds due to his role in taxpayers’ money funding research using aborted babies’ body parts.
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