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1 week and counting: Don't cut the research that fuels the US economy
Date:2/22/2013

Pure and simple: our nation's economy is driven by technologies emerging from our research universities," he says.

Breakthrough nanotechnology research in DeSimone's lab led to the creation of Liquidia Technologies, a North Carolina-based company that employs more than 60 people and is working to bring to market a promising new approach to flu vaccines.

"We are going to have to start making computers in an entirely different way; not based on transistors but based on quantum mechanics and new technologies that we are developing," says Matt Tirrell of the University of Chicago. Tirrell, who leads the university's Institute for Molecular Engineering warns that this research will be "killed in its infancy" by sequestration and that this will be particularly harmful to the future ability of the U.S. computer industry to compete.

"The computer industry," he adds, "is one where, historically, the competition between the United States and the rest of the world has been kind of a seesaw battle. We're not going to be able to keep coming back unless the investments keep getting made."

"Whether it's your Google phone or your iPhone or just sitting in your office and not worrying about a hardwire hook-up, these technologies are not going to be there if we don't invest in basic research," says Mark Glauser, associate dean for research at Syracuse University.

Harlan Spence of the University of New Hampshire points out that basic research is an essential component of the policymaking process. Spence leads the Institute for the Study of Earth, Oceans and Space at UNH. He says that cuts to the research budgets of NASA, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and the National Science Foundation will "stifle progress on scientific understanding in areas needed for assessing national policy [including], the climate, the environment, sustainability and the emerging discipline of space weather."

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