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RPI President testifies on Capitol Hill

Posted at: 02/06/2013 4:26 PM
Updated at: 02/06/2013 5:30 PM
By: WNYT Staff

WASHINGTON - RPI President Shirley Ann Jackson says developing technology is key to America's economic future.

Jackson testified about scientific research Wednesday morning on Capitol Hill in Washington.

She warns that cuts in research and development funding could undermine the nation's competitiveness and innovation.

"As Congress debates funding of research...we know there are significant challenges but the nations that invest in education...make a commitment to innovation ecosystems, will be the global leaders of tomorrow," she said.

Jackson says the things we take for granted today are based on research that occurred over a 10, 20, even 50 year period.

She says none of it would have been possible without support from the Federal Government.