FASEB VOICES SUPPORT FOR RESEARCH INVESTMENT GOALS IN STATE OF THE UNION ADDRESS Created by on 1/31/2011 12:00:00 AM
Last week, the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology (FASEB) praised President Obama for highlighting the importance of scientific research during his January 25th State of the Union address. In a press release, FASEB President Dr. William Talman stated, “We are especially pleased to hear that he will make investment in biomedical research a priority in his 2012 budget. This will promote innovation, create new technologies, improve health, and revitalize the economy.” FASEB also issued an “e-action” alert, mobilizing scientists to thank President Obama and his Chief Science Advisor, Dr. John Holdren for continuing to promote science as a national priority. Since January 26th, FASEB’s press release has been cited by ten publications, and the alert has generated nearly 4,000 email messages of support.
In his remarks, President Obama listed innovation along with education and infrastructure as the three key areas in which investment will be required to ensure the future prosperity and competitiveness of the United States. He said, “Two years ago, I said that we needed to reach a level of research and development we haven’t seen since the height of the Space Race. And in a few weeks, I will be sending a budget to Congress that helps us meet that goal. We’ll invest in biomedical research, information technology, and especially clean energy technology.” The President also mentioned the critical role the government plays in supporting promising areas of science deemed unprofitable by the free enterprise system.