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University Associations Express Support for Peters-Moran sUAS BILL

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March 3, 2016

CONTACTS: Barry Toiv (AAU)
202-408-7500,
barry.toiv@aau.edu

Jeff Lieberson (APLU)
202-478-6073, jlieberson@aplu.org

Measure Would Allow Use of sUAS for Educational, Research Purposes

The Association of American Universities (AAU) and Association of Public and Land-grant Universities (APLU) today issued the following statement in support of the Higher Education Unmanned Aircraft Systems Modernization Act, introduced today by Senators Gary Peters (D-MI) and Jerry Moran (R-KS). It can be attributed to Hunter Rawlings, president of the Association of American Universities, and Peter McPherson, president of the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities.


The Association of American Universities and the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities thank Senators Gary Peters and Jerry Moran for introducing the Higher Education Unmanned Aircraft Systems Modernization Act. We strongly support their bill, which would allow institutions of higher education to operate small unmanned aircraft systems (sUAS) for educational and research purposes, including the instruction of students. This bill is critical to the work of colleges and universities that seek to safely conduct a wide range of research and educational activities involving sUAS.

Examples of this diverse and important work, much of which is federally funded, include developing new and improved aviation systems, as well as research and teaching in areas as varied as animal health, plant toxicology, entomology, engineering, architecture, sustainable nutrient management, soil science, biogeochemistry, and aerospace engineering. We greatly appreciate Senator Peters and Senator Moran’s recognition of the importance of such educational and research initiatives, not only to higher education but also to our nation’s innovation economy.

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The Association of Public and Land-grant Universities (APLU) is a research, policy, and advocacy organization dedicated to strengthening and advancing the work of public universities in the U.S., Canada, and Mexico. With a membership of 238 public research universities, land-grant institutions, state university systems, and affiliated organizations, APLU's agenda is built on the three pillars of increasing degree completion and academic success, advancing scientific research, and expanding engagement.

The Association of American Universities (AAU) is an association of 60 U.S. and two Canadian public and private research universities. It focuses on issues such as funding for research, research policy issues, and graduate and undergraduate education. AAU member universities are on the leading edge of innovation, scholarship, and solutions that contribute to the nation's economy, security, and wellbeing. AAU’s 60 U.S. universities award nearly one-half of all U.S. doctoral degrees and 55 percent of those in STEM fields.

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