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Woolley addresses the class of 2013. Photo courtesy of Sandy Kicman, University at Buffalo. As commencement speaker, Research!America President and CEO Mary Woolley challenged University at Buffalo School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences graduates to step outside of their comfort zone and become advocates for research. Drawing on her own personal experiences, Woolley told the nearly 150 graduates who received their degrees on May 3 how research has dramatically affected the way in which medicine is practiced’€”including research that proved smoking was harmful and research that revealed differences in cardiovascular health in men versus women. ’€œIt is the very function of research to...
Dear Research Advocate, Yesterday, the House passed a budget for the remainder of the fiscal year that includes this year’€™s cuts from sequestration along with an additional one percent across-the-board cut. The bill now heads to the Senate for consideration, where we are likely to see higher funding levels than the House version, but with sequestration still in place. Congress seems anxious to avoid the brinksmanship and the government shutdown threats that have characterized past debates. While the less rancorous environment surrounding the CR is a welcome change, the complacency around sequestration is not. As research advocates, we cannot let these cuts stand. Sequestration isn’€™t a...
Dear Research Advocate, American achievement continues to astound. This week we watched NASA’€™s Jet Propulsion Laboratory send one of the most advanced space exploration vehicles ever constructed to a planet hundreds of millions of miles away from Earth and elegantly deliver it to the planet’€™s surface. Mars today, why not a cure for our nation’€™s deadliest diseases tomorrow? As advocates, we cannot take no for answer when it comes to assuring we have the resources, policies and determination we need to defeat disease and disability. Why should we be reluctant to demand that this be a national priority? As Margaret Mead once said, ’€œNever doubt that a small group of thoughtful,...