Members of Congress, university leaders, scientists launch ScienceWorksForUS

WASHINGTON, D.C. _ The work of West Virginia University’s Hota GangaRao was highlighted by a new national initiative – ScienceWorksForUS – as an example of a significant research initiative made possible by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA).

ScienceWorksForUS is sponsored by the Association of American Universities, the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities, and The Science Coalition, which collectively represent more than 200 of the nation’s leading academic research institutions.

The centerpiece of the initiative is a website (www.ScienceWorksForUS.org) that highlights Recovery Act-sponsored research in all 50 states, telling the stories of the research and the researchers contributing to America’s recovery. The website went live today (Nov. 17).

The West Virginia ARRA example is GangaRao’s project – an initiative focusing on integration of new composites into development of new roadways, bridges and other civil and military structures that make up the nation’s infrastructure. WVU is the lead institution which has established a new national center consisting of researchers at the University of Miami, Rutgers University and NC State University.

U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and other Members of Congress announced the launch of ScienceWorksForUS, at a Capitol Hill event on Tuesday.

ScienceWorksForUS highlights the way Recovery Act funds have made their way into academic laboratories, and reflects what’s possible when smart investments in the public sector are placed in the hands of our scientists, innovators, and academies of higher learning.

The stimulus contained $21.5 billion for scientific research, the purchase of capital equipment and science-related construction projects. This money, less than 3 percent of the $787 billion stimulus measure, represented an historic infusion of funding for research and an affirmation of the essential role scientific inquiry and discovery play in both short-term recovery and long-term economic growth.

In addition to launching the new website, ScienceWorksForUS today released a compilation of more than 50 ARRA-funded research projects from around the country. Researchers associated with these projects are available to speak to the media about their work.

The Association of American Universities is an association of 62 leading public and private research universities in the United States and Canada organized to develop and implement effective national and institutional policies supporting research and scholarship, graduate, professional, and undergraduate education, and public service in research universities. AAU universities award over one-half of all U.S. doctoral degrees and 55 percent of those in the sciences and engineering.

Founded in 1887, the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities is an association of public research universities, land-grant institutions, and many state public university systems. Its 219 members enroll more than 4.7 million students, award nearly one-million degrees annually, and conduct nearly two-thirds of all academic research, totaling more than $34 billion annually. As the nation’s oldest higher education association, A۰P۰L۰U is dedicated to excellence in learning, discovery and engagement.

The Science Coalition is a non-profit, nonpartisan organization representing 48 of the nation’s leading public and private research universities. It is dedicated to sustaining the federal government’s investment in basic research as a means to stimulate the economy, drive innovation and secure America’s global competitiveness.


11/16/09

Contact: Gerrill Griffith, WVU Research Corp.
(304) 293-3743, gerrill.griffith@mail.wvu.edu

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Barry Toiv barry_toiv@aau.edu, 202/898-7847
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