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Universities to the Economic Rescue

President Barack Obama turns to US academic institutions for innovation and job creation.

By | June 27, 2011

Barack ObamaMARC NOZELL VIA FLICKR

In a speech at Pittsburgh's Carnegie Mellon University on Friday, US President Barack Obama announced a plan to inject millions of dollars into university research as a way to develop manufacturing innovations that can employ thousands of domestic workers and hopefully buoy the sluggish economy. Though details of the plan are still somewhat hazy, officials told The Chronicle of Higher Education that six universities will have a chance at $500 million through a National Science Foundation-style granting scheme, and cited initial grants of $100 million for developing new manufacturing materials and $70 million for robotics research. The six universities named in the initial stage of the project are Carnegie Mellon, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, the Georgia Institute of Technology, the University of California at Berkeley, the University of Michigan, and Stanford University.

The plan was conceived by the President's Council of Advisors on Science and Technology. Obama's circle of science advisors suggested he turn to universities to kick start the types of innovation in which many corporations are hesitant to invest due to a lack of short-term payoffs. "Investing in manufacturing based on new technologies can provide high-quality, good-paying jobs for American workers," Eric Lander, director of director of the Broad Institute of Harvard and MIT and co-chairman of the advisory panel, said at a press briefing last week.

The $500 million figure isn't guaranteed, however, with some of the funding coming from future budget increases that Obama has requested but that haven't yet been passed by Congress. More universities are expected to participate in the program at an unspecified later date.

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perspective2

Posts: 2

June 27, 2011

Spend thrift habits of scientist Birgeneau a threat to President Obama's manufacturing technologh initiative.

Until action is applied by the University of California (UC)
Board of Regents to chancellors, like Birgeneau, UC shouldn’t come to the
Governor or public for support for any tax increase.

 

(The author has 35 years’ consulting experience, has taught
at UC Berkeley (Cal)
where he observed the culture & way senior management work)

 

Cal. Chancellor Birgeneau ($500,000 salary)
has forgotten that he is a public servant, steward of the public money, not
overseer of his own fiefdom (these are not isolated examples): recruits (uses
California tax $) out of state $50,000 tuition students that displace qualified
Californians from public university education; spends $7,000,000 + for
consultants to do his & many vice chancellors jobs (prominent East Coast university accomplishing same 0 cost); pays
ex Michigan governor $300,000 for lectures; in procuring a $3,000,000 consulting firm he failed to receive
proposals from other firms; Latino enrollment drops while out of state
jumps 2010;  tuition to Return on
Investment drops below top 10; Breslauer all employees meeting – only 50
attend; visits to Cal down 20%; NCAA places basketball program on probation,
absence institutional control.

 

It’s all shameful. There is no justification for such
practices by a steward of the public trust. Absolutely none.  

 

Birgeneau’s practices will continue indefinitely. Governor
Brown, UC Board of Regents Chair Lansing, President Yudof must do a better job
of vigorously enforcing oversight than has been done in the past over Chancellors
like Birgeneau who use the campus as their fiefdom.

 

 

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Posts: 0

June 27, 2011

Spend thrift habits of scientist Birgeneau a threat to President Obama's manufacturing technologh initiative.

Until action is applied by the University of California (UC)
Board of Regents to chancellors, like Birgeneau, UC shouldn’t come to the
Governor or public for support for any tax increase.

 

(The author has 35 years’ consulting experience, has taught
at UC Berkeley (Cal)
where he observed the culture & way senior management work)

 

Cal. Chancellor Birgeneau ($500,000 salary)
has forgotten that he is a public servant, steward of the public money, not
overseer of his own fiefdom (these are not isolated examples): recruits (uses
California tax $) out of state $50,000 tuition students that displace qualified
Californians from public university education; spends $7,000,000 + for
consultants to do his & many vice chancellors jobs (prominent East Coast university accomplishing same 0 cost); pays
ex Michigan governor $300,000 for lectures; in procuring a $3,000,000 consulting firm he failed to receive
proposals from other firms; Latino enrollment drops while out of state
jumps 2010;  tuition to Return on
Investment drops below top 10; Breslauer all employees meeting – only 50
attend; visits to Cal down 20%; NCAA places basketball program on probation,
absence institutional control.

 

It’s all shameful. There is no justification for such
practices by a steward of the public trust. Absolutely none.  

 

Birgeneau’s practices will continue indefinitely. Governor
Brown, UC Board of Regents Chair Lansing, President Yudof must do a better job
of vigorously enforcing oversight than has been done in the past over Chancellors
like Birgeneau who use the campus as their fiefdom.

 

 

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Posts: 0

June 27, 2011

Spend thrift habits of scientist Birgeneau a threat to President Obama's manufacturing technologh initiative.

Until action is applied by the University of California (UC)
Board of Regents to chancellors, like Birgeneau, UC shouldn’t come to the
Governor or public for support for any tax increase.

 

(The author has 35 years’ consulting experience, has taught
at UC Berkeley (Cal)
where he observed the culture & way senior management work)

 

Cal. Chancellor Birgeneau ($500,000 salary)
has forgotten that he is a public servant, steward of the public money, not
overseer of his own fiefdom (these are not isolated examples): recruits (uses
California tax $) out of state $50,000 tuition students that displace qualified
Californians from public university education; spends $7,000,000 + for
consultants to do his & many vice chancellors jobs (prominent East Coast university accomplishing same 0 cost); pays
ex Michigan governor $300,000 for lectures; in procuring a $3,000,000 consulting firm he failed to receive
proposals from other firms; Latino enrollment drops while out of state
jumps 2010;  tuition to Return on
Investment drops below top 10; Breslauer all employees meeting – only 50
attend; visits to Cal down 20%; NCAA places basketball program on probation,
absence institutional control.

 

It’s all shameful. There is no justification for such
practices by a steward of the public trust. Absolutely none.  

 

Birgeneau’s practices will continue indefinitely. Governor
Brown, UC Board of Regents Chair Lansing, President Yudof must do a better job
of vigorously enforcing oversight than has been done in the past over Chancellors
like Birgeneau who use the campus as their fiefdom.

 

 

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Posts: 0

June 28, 2011

Why those six universities?  There are certainly many other institutions that do not have massive endowments, equally as deserving, that do not already get the lion's share of federal grant dollars.  Spread the money around to other places please.

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June 28, 2011

Why those six universities?  There are certainly many other institutions that do not have massive endowments, equally as deserving, that do not already get the lion's share of federal grant dollars.  Spread the money around to other places please.

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Anonymous

June 28, 2011

Why those six universities?  There are certainly many other institutions that do not have massive endowments, equally as deserving, that do not already get the lion's share of federal grant dollars.  Spread the money around to other places please.

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Anonymous

June 29, 2011

Universities don't innovate: they, through their hot-house researchers are entirely geared toward attracting money (grants and donations).  Although a tiny minority of researchers, almost inevitably junior, found startups and hire a few people, institutions add nothing to the national employment prospect.

Better to fund granting agencies to provide startup money for private businesses and communities services groups.

It is good that O's digging planting holes, but he's using the wrong end of the shovel.

Avatar of: Frilary

Anonymous

June 29, 2011

the only way the put right the economy is to kick out all the politicians who only know how to talk and have the gift of the gab and replace them with people who can think logically and are not concerned solely with money and lining their own pockets but will look to progress for all. Perhaps a few scientists would do the trick

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Posts: 0

June 29, 2011

Universities don't innovate: they, through their hot-house researchers are entirely geared toward attracting money (grants and donations).  Although a tiny minority of researchers, almost inevitably junior, found startups and hire a few people, institutions add nothing to the national employment prospect.

Better to fund granting agencies to provide startup money for private businesses and communities services groups.

It is good that O's digging planting holes, but he's using the wrong end of the shovel.

Avatar of:

Posts: 0

June 29, 2011

the only way the put right the economy is to kick out all the politicians who only know how to talk and have the gift of the gab and replace them with people who can think logically and are not concerned solely with money and lining their own pockets but will look to progress for all. Perhaps a few scientists would do the trick

Avatar of:

Posts: 0

June 29, 2011

Universities don't innovate: they, through their hot-house researchers are entirely geared toward attracting money (grants and donations).  Although a tiny minority of researchers, almost inevitably junior, found startups and hire a few people, institutions add nothing to the national employment prospect.

Better to fund granting agencies to provide startup money for private businesses and communities services groups.

It is good that O's digging planting holes, but he's using the wrong end of the shovel.

Avatar of:

Posts: 0

June 29, 2011

the only way the put right the economy is to kick out all the politicians who only know how to talk and have the gift of the gab and replace them with people who can think logically and are not concerned solely with money and lining their own pockets but will look to progress for all. Perhaps a few scientists would do the trick

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