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Research and Innovation

Dear University of Maryland faculty and staff: 

The lifeblood of a research university is federal investments in basic research and innovation. As you know, over the past several years such investments have been flat or declining because of our nation's overall fiscal health. At the same time, emerging economies have accelerated substantially their higher education investments in these areas. 

Yesterday, the U.S. Senate Appropriations Committee, chaired by Maryland Senator Barbara Mikulski, held a special hearing on the widening gap between what the federal government current funds and what it should fund if the United States is to retain its global leadership in higher education and research. 

I was asked to submit testimony on the federal role in driving research and innovation at the University of Maryland. Because of the importance of this issue to our institution and our state, the following op-ed—adapted from my testimony—appears in today's Baltimore Sun:

Wallace D. Loh
President, University of Maryland