Nation’s Research University

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National research universities play a critical role in advancing our health, security and quality of life by developing comprehensive, interdisciplinary solutions to global problems, and by stimulating jobs and economic development. Strategically located inside the Capital Beltway, the University of Maryland has extensive collaborations with federal agencies and private corporations that position our University as a national leader on the great societal issues of our time, including global climate change, big data, bioengineering, language and linguistic research, and cybersecurity. We can truly be considered the nation’s research university.

Today, University College Cork—National University of Ireland, Cork (UCC) named Patrick O’Shea, our VP for Research, as its 15th President.

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Yesterday, the National Academy of Sciences elected its newest class of members, including University of Maryland physics professor Christopher Monroe. This is one of the highest honors that a scientist can receive. He joins only 84 new members and 21 foreign associates elected in 2016.

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A clarion call to action

The American public research university is a monument to American civilization. It leads the world in excellence in education, research, and innovation, and in affordable access.

However, over the last 20 years, and especially since the Great Recession, there has been a gradual but steady public disinvestment in the public research university. The trend is national, structural, and—to date—inexorable. UMD has fared better than most of its peers in terms of state support, but we not immune from the larger economic, societal, and political pressures.

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I would like to let you know of a bill just introduced in the Maryland Senate that could have a positive impact on our campus. If enacted into law, it would create a much stronger partnership between our campus and the University of Maryland, Baltimore, making fuller use of our complementary strengths.

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