PBS Newshour broadcast a commentary by Patek about the importance of discovery science in the context of congressional budget criticisms of basic research.
For invertebrate biology fans, please note that the "seaslug" shown in the commentary slideshow is actually a sea cucumber (wrong critter). The fabulous seaslug research that earned a Nobel prize and frames much brain research today is Aplysia.
Other news outlets have followed this story, including the Huffington Post.
Patek also wrote an essay about the story for Duke Magazine.