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President Barbara R. Snyder Praises President Biden’s FY23 Budget for Continued Investments in American Science and Innovation

President Barbara R. Snyder Praises President Biden’s FY23 Budget for Continued Investments in American Science and Innovation

President Biden’s budget proposal for FY23 contains significant new investments in the nation’s economy and its scientific and innovation enterprise; we commend the president for including these crucial items.

AAU, Associations Issue Joint Statement Regarding Dangerous State Restrictions on COVID-19 Public Health Measures

AAU joined ACHA, ACE, and 26 other higher education associations in issuing a joint statement about state restrictions that have prevented colleges from deploying evidence-based public health measures to prevent COVID-19 outbreaks on campus. Several states in the past year have implemented legislation or executive actions forbidding inquiries about vaccinations, banning vaccination requirements, blocking surveillance … Continued

For future medical breakthroughs, we must rebuild research lost to COVID

Perhaps even more than past breakthroughs, the novel COVID-19 mRNA vaccines have inspired immediate and widespread relief and optimism. Biomedical scientists labored for decades to develop the expertise and proof of feasibility that led to the vaccines; this innovative work has saved countless lives and promises an end to a pandemic that has killed millions … Continued

Friends of IES Requests At Least $700B for IES in FY22

The Friends of IES, of which AAU is a member, sent a letter to House and Senate Labor, HHS, Education, and Related Agencies appropriations subcommittee leaders requesting at least $700 million for the Institute of Education Sciences in FY22. The letter says that this funding would “bolster the research and statistical infrastructure needed to develop … Continued

AAU Urges Lawmakers to Develop Bipartisan Recovery and Competitiveness Measures

AAU sent a letter to President Joe Biden and congressional leaders thanking them for pandemic relief measures and highlighting actions federal policymakers should pursue, in a bipartisan fashion, to bolster the government-university partnership, support our nation‘s recovery, and strengthen our global competitiveness. The letter urges lawmakers to: double the maximum Pell Grant award to $13,000; … Continued

We Lead Three Universities. It’s Time for Drastic Action.

Last week, Harvard University President Lawrence S. Bacow, Massachusetts Institute of Technology President L. Rafael Reif, and Stanford University President Marc Tessier-Lavigne wrote an op-ed to outline the importance of “drastic action” to protect the health of our nation, including the efforts of America‘s leading research universities.

AAU, Associations Support $40B for Higher Education Pandemic Relief, Remind Lawmakers More Is Needed

AAU joined ACE and 56 other higher education associations on letters to House and Senate leaders to express their strong support for H.R. 1319, the “American Rescue Plan Act of 2021.” The group notes that while the $40 billion included in the measure for higher education relief falls short of the $97 billion needed to … Continued

Testing at the speed of COVID

The researchers’ efforts would help uncover how the new virus spreads, who was at risk and how the body responds to infection. The researchers would also explore whether an infected person could become immune to the virus, and, if so, for how long. This combination of test development and scientific study in the early days … Continued

AAU, Associations Highlight Ways Universities Can Aid COVID-19 Response Efforts

AAU joined ACE and other higher education associations on a letter to President Joe Biden and members of his COVID-19 Response Task Force to “communicate the willingness of the higher education community to contribute to the administration‘s [COVID-19] response efforts.” The letter highlights a range of ways colleges and universities could help fight the pandemic, … Continued

AAU, Associations Call on Congress to Include $26 Billion in Pandemic Relief for Research

The Association for American Universities (AAU), the Association of Public and Land-Grant Universities (APLU), the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC), and the American Council on Education (ACE) sent a letter to congressional leaders requesting critical aid for the scientists, engineers, and the research operations that support America’s research enterprise.