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In D.C. Tuesday
Floyd discusses research, stimulus with Biden, others
Monday, Sept. 20, 2010
By Darin Watkins, WSU News Service
PULLMAN - President Elson S. Floyd will meet with U.S. Vice President Joe Biden Tuesday morning in Washington, D.C., to discuss the impact of university research funding on the American economy, particularly under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) of 2009.
The goal of the meeting is to discuss the innovations and research that take place in research institutions, with an emphasis on the economic impact and benefits.
“This is a tremendous opportunity for us to showcase the world-class research being done every day at Washington State University,” said Floyd.
WSU received nearly $35 million in ARRA funding, creating more than 200 full time jobs. WSU work with the money will yield direct benefits - from creating a better power grid to solving sleep problems, improving bone grafts and using plants to make medicines more readily abundant.
“We welcome the chance to become part of the national discussion about the important role that academic research plays in improving our nation’s economy and quality of life,” said Floyd.
At the invitation of the vice president, Floyd is scheduled to meet with Biden; Amy Gutmann, president of the University of Pennsylvania; Mark Yudoff, president of the University of California; Ron Daniels, president of Johns Hopkins; France Cordova, president of Purdue University; and James Machen, president of the University of Florida.
The discussion is expected to focus on the impacts of university research funding on the American economy, as well as specific innovative research projects under way at each institution.
Also scheduled to attend are John Holdren, director of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy; Robert Berdahk, president of the Association of American Universities; and M. Peter McPherson, president of the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities.