The Washington Times - March 19, 2013, 10:50AM

From the “Cathedral of Learning” at the University of Pittsburgh to Penn State’s broadcasting priorities, a Tuesday hearing about grants to the National Science Foundation veered repeatedly into the Keystone State.

Dr. Subra Suresh, director of the National Science Foundation, started his testimony before a House Appropriations subcommittee with the “bittersweet” note that he will soon be leaving to become the president of Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh.

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That prompted Chairman Frank Wolf, Virginia Republican, to wax nostalgic about his upbringing in Philadelphia and attendance at Penn State, where they frequently broadcast Pittsburgh Pirates games instead of the Phillies’ games.

“Which I never understood,” Mr. Wolf said.

Nonetheless, he assured Mr. Suresh that Pittsburgh is “a really nice town.”

Mr. Suresh agreed, but noted he has a bit of homework to do before his arrival.

“They told me not to come to Pittsburgh without knowing all about the Steelers,” he said.