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President Obama highlights the importance of basic research in the State of the Union address ?>

President Obama highlights the importance of basic research in the State of the Union address

In his 2012 State of the Union address, President Obama called economic fairness “the defining issue of our time.” In addition to focusing on tax reform, foreign policy and domestic job creation, the president also drew attention to several topics of interest to the biomedical research community, particularly, the importance of federal support for basic research. “Innovation also demands basic research. Today, the discoveries taking place in our federally financed labs and universities could lead to new treatments that kill…

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Growing congressional support for STEM immigration reform ?>

Growing congressional support for STEM immigration reform

Congress could be making a move on legislation that would allow foreign-born students who have earned graduate degrees in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) fields while in the United States to gain permanent U.S. residency status. On Oct. 5, the U.S. House Judiciary Committee held an immigration-reform hearing that included discussion about retaining students trained in STEM fields. Four witnesses from academia, university administration and industry testified about the role of STEM-trained workers in maintaining America’s international competitiveness. The…

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