May 8, 2013 Honorable Lamar Smith Honorable Eddie Bernice Johnson Chairman Ranking Member Committee on Science and Technology Committee on Science and Technology House of Representatives House of Representatives Washington, D.C. 20515 Washington, D.C. 20515 Dear Mr. Chairman and Ranking Member Johnson: We are aware of
1 May 8, 2013 Honorable Lamar Smith Honorable Eddie Bernice Johnson Chairman Ranking Member Committee on Science, Space & Technology Committee on Science, Space & Technology House of Representatives House of Representatives Washington, D.C. 20515 Washington, D.C. 20515 Dear Mr. Chairman and Ranking Member Johnson: Thos
April 19, 2013 The Honorable Lamar Smith The Honorable Eddie Bernice Johnson Chairman Ranking Member House Committee on Science, Space House Committee on Science, Space and Technology and Technology 2321 Rayburn Office Building 2312 Rayburn Office Building Washington, DC 20515 Washington, DC 20515 Dear Chairman Smith a
Guiding Principles for the America COMPETES Act Reauthorization The business, higher education, and scientific and engineering communities greatly appreciate efforts by the Congress and the current and past Administrations to respond to issues raised in the National Academies’ 2007 report, Rising Above the Gathering St
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT: Barry Toiv September 19, 2012 202-408-7500, firstname.lastname@example.org AAU PROPOSES HIGHER EDUCATION, INNOVATION AGENDA FOR PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATES, NEXT ADMINISTRATION Calls for Strengthening Partnership Between Federal Government and Research Universities The Association of American Universitie
Partnering For A Prosperous & Secure Future: The Federal Government And Research Universities September 2012 Association of american universitiesAbout AAU and This Paper The Association of American Universities is a nonprofit association of 59 leading U.S. public and private nonprofit research universities, and two top
Selected quotations from the NRC report on research universities from the report and its authors.
AAU issues a statement welcoming the new NRC report, "Research Universities and the Future of America: Ten Breakthrough Actions Vital to Our Nation's Prosperity and Security."
The federal regulation of research has become excessively burdensome, argue staff members from AAU and COGR in an article in Issues in Science and Technology. Increasing regulatory and reporting requirements should be replaced by new and more timely and flexible mechanisms for universities and associations to work with federal officials.
AAU issues a statement in support of President Obama's new Advanced Manufacturing Partnership Initiative.
A group of businesses and business associations sent a letter to leaders of the Senate on March 9 urging them to give funding priority in the FY11 continuing resolution to physical science and engineering research and STEM education.
An AAU, APLU, and COGR report submitted to the National Research Council panel that is studying the future of the research university which lays out recommendations for reforming regulatory and compliance costs of university-based research.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT: Barry Toiv December 21, 2010 202-408-7500, email@example.com AAU APPLAUDS PASSAGE OF AMERICA COMPETES LEGISLATION Following is a statement by Robert M. Berdahl, President of the Association of American Universities (AAU), applauding Senate and House passage of the America COMPETES Reauth
AAU and APLU Urge Congressional Leaders to Complete the FY11 appropriations process and to continue the bipartisan tradition of supporting basic research and federal student aid programs.
November 5, 2010 The Honorable Harry M. Reid Majority Leader United States Senate Washington, DC 20510 The Honorable Mitch McConnell Minority Leader United States Senate Washington, DC 20510 Dear Leaders Reid and McConnell: The community of industry, academic, and professional organizations listed below join in urging
The innovations that have improved the country’s productivity and quality of life are ultimately grounded in the results of basic research. Basic research is the part of the research and development (R&D) that contributes to our fundamental stock of knowledge, yet is conducted without specific applications in mind. Despite its value to society as a whole, basic research is underfunded by private firms precisely because it is performed with no specific commercial applications in mind. Instead, businesses have an incentive to concentrate their R&D spending on the development of products or processes with direct commercial value..
The bipartisan America COMPETES Act enacted in 2007 has played and continues to play a crucial role in outlining our nation’s path forward in the global economy by fostering innovation and keeping the United States competitive. Investments in research and a highly educated workforce, which the America COMPETES Act prescribes, are essential to continued success in making scientific discoveries and developing cuttingedge technologies. The institutions of higher education listed below write to express our strong support for reauthorizing the America COMPETES Act this year..
On behalf of our associations, which together represent virtually all major academic research institutions and the broader higher education community, we write to encourage favorable consideration and swift passage of legislation to reauthorize the America COMPETES Act. More specifically, we encourage bipartisan support for a five-year reauthorization bill that builds upon the doubling path set forward by the original 2007 COMPETES Act to ensure sustained, long-term funding for the National Science Foundation, the Department of Energy Office of Science, and the National Institute of Standards and Technology..
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT: Barry Toiv February 1, 2010 202-408-7500, firstname.lastname@example.org AAU STATEMENT ON THE PRESIDENTS FY2011 BUDGET Following is a statement by Robert M. Berdahl, President of the Association of American Universities (AAU) on the Presidents FY11 budget, which the Administration released today. ___
We are heartened by the commitment to science and technology that you demonstrated during your campaign and that you have acted on during the transition. This is especially true of your appointments to key Administration positions. Indeed, by appointing John Holdren as your science and technology adviser at such an early date, you have already addressed one of our major policy recommendations. As your team works to develop an economic recovery package as well as longer-term national policy, a sustained focus on science and technology must be a top priority. We have already spoken with members of your transition team and offered recommendations about research funding, as an element of your economic recovery plan as well as your FY10 budget and beyond..
Summary of Key Policy Recommendations for the Next President
The next President will make decisions that determine our nation’s place in the 21st century. We remain the world’s military and economic superpower, yet at home and abroad we face economic and national security challenges to our leadership with serious consequences for future generations of Americans. During the 2008 presidential campaign, Americans will judge candidates on their ability to lead the nation in addressing these challenges..
Section-By-Section Analysis of The National Competitiveness Investment Act
Nearly 50 years ago, faced with similar challenges following the launch of Sputnik by the Soviet Union, America responded by enacting the National Defense Education Act and by multiplying the nation’s investment in university-based research. The Association of American Universities (AAU) believes that today’s challenges demand a comparable response. In that spirit, AAU calls on the Administration, Congress, and academia, with the help of the business sector, to implement a 21st Century National Defense Education and Innovation Initiative aimed at meeting the economic and security challenges we will face over the next half-century. Government and America’s universities and colleges should implement this initiative now, so that it can be fully in place by 2008 – the 50th anniversary of the National Defense Education Act (NDEA) of 1958..
The Association of American Universities (AAU), an organization of 62 leading public and private research universities, today proposed a national education and innovation initiative "aimed at meeting the economic and security challenges we will face over the next half-century." The initiative, described in a white paper (http://www.aau.edu/reports/NDEII.pdf) issued by AAU today, contains a broad set of recommendations for policy changes and investments, primarily by universities and the federal government, designed to strengthen the nation’s capacity to perform basic, university-based research; cultivate American talent in the sciences, engineering, mathematics, and foreign languages; and continue to attract and retain the best talent from overseas..
The Association of American Universities (AAU) expressed strong support this week for the National Defense Education Act – Phase I, an Administration proposal to encourage undergraduate and graduate studies in critical fields of science, mathematics, engineering, and foreign languages. The program is contained in the Administration’s proposed Fiscal Year 2006 budget for the Department of Defense (DOD)..
In 1958, following the Soviet launch of Sputnik, Congress enacted the original National Defense Education Act (NDEA). The NDEA inspired generations of U.S. students to pursue study in fields vital to national security and aided the nation in establishing its dominance in science and technology for the next half century. The NDEA has largely expired, but as we approach its 50th anniversary, the national security and economic challenges facing our nation are as daunting as ever. To meet them, AAU believes we need to inspire a new generation of students to pursue degrees in areas critical to national defense and homeland security. We call upon Congress and the Administration to enact a new comprehensive National Defense Education Act..
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