Research universities are unique in our nation’s system of higher education. Faculty at these institutions are engaged in a wide array of research and scholarship activities that inform and broaden knowledge in and across academic disciplines. These activities result in innovative new ideas, intellectual works, and discoveries that cure disease, protect our environment, secure our nation, grow the economy, and advance arts and culture in our local communities. Learn about how AAU universities impact people’s lives on a daily basis.
Rising seas threaten more than 4,000 miles of buried fiber optic cables in densely populated U.S. coastal regions, with Seattle being one of three cities at most risk of internet disruptions, according to a University of Oregon scientist.
Americans envision God differently based on their demographics and political affiliation, according to a team of psychologists at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
What medical doctors wear may matter more than most doctors — or even patients — might think, say the researchers behind the largest-ever study of patient preferences for doctors’ attire.
A new blood test for pregnant women detects with 75-80 percent accuracy whether their pregnancies will end in premature birth. The technique can also be used to estimate a fetus’s gestational age — or the mother’s due date — as reliably as and less expensively than ultrasound.
The federal government has fostered a unique partnership with America’s preeminent research universities for the last 70 years. This extraordinary partnership has resulted in astounding leaps in technological innovation, improved public health and well-being, sustained a dynamic American economy, and has helped build an unmatched military superiority.
AAU has created a series of special pages to highlight university research that address major societal challenges such as maintaining the supply of fresh water and learning about brain disease.
Federal budget constraints have reduced funding for research, even as other nations increase their own. We must strengthen our investment in research to maintain our scientific and technological leadership and our economic competitiveness.
The Golden Goose Award recognizes the tremendous human and economic benefits of federally funded research by highlighting examples of seemingly obscure studies that have led to major breakthroughs and resulted in significant societal impact.