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Golden Goose Award

The Science Coalition is a founding organization of the Golden Goose Award. The purpose of the Golden Goose Award is to demonstrate the human and economic benefits of federally funded research by highlighting examples of seemingly obscure studies that have led to major breakthroughs and resulted in significant societal impact.


Innovation Deficit

Close the Innovation Deficit is an effort by the business, higher education, scientific, and high-tech manufacturing communities who are concerned about cuts and stagnating federal investments in research and higher education at a time when other nations are investing heavily in these areas. The Science Coalition supports the effort to Close the Innovation Deficit and believes sustained federal investments in research and higher education are necessary to develop the ideas, people, and innovations that power our economy, create jobs, improve health, and strengthen our national security.



What does science hold for the future? SCIENCE 2034 is an initiative by The Science Coalition to mark our 20th anniversary by looking forward 20 years and focusing on the possibilities of the future.

While we don’t know what the next “Big Thing” will be, we can make some educated predictions about how well-funded scientific research might change our lives and our world. At www.Science2034.org we ask scientists, policymakers and thought leaders to weigh in and tell us what they think science will enable 20 years from now and what that will mean to individuals, society and the world.


The Science Coalition

TSC and AAU Host 'All Things Research 2014' Media Roundtable

July 9, 2014

On July 9, 2014, The Science Coalition and the Association of American Universities (AAU) hosted their 5th annual media roundtable, “All Things Research 2014”, featuring 10 senior research officers from top U.S. Universities. The on-the-record discussion with members of the media was held at the National Press Club.

The discussion was broken into three areas:

  • The connection between U.S. leadership in science and U.S. global competitiveness
  • Technology transfer and the growing role of universities in driving regional economic development
  • The intersection of science and politics

A significant focus of discussion was on the impact that reduced research budgets & sequestration are having on university research.

“I’m terribly concerned that the lack of respect for and focus on people doing basic science is really going to lead us to a place where we are really losing in terms of coming up with new ideas, technologies, developments, etc.”, said Gloria Waters, Vice President and Associate Provost for Research at Boston University. “Basic science is critical to the applied work that follows it, but if we don’t invest in basic science and follow it, it will result in a horrible situation for universities.”

"The real issue is that some of the very talented faculty in the labs, if they have to close a research program, you have a significant momentum with building your program in the labs and once you close the program, even if the funding opportunity returns in 3 or 4 years," said Robert Clark, Senior Vice President for Research and Dean of the Hajim School of Engineering and Applied Sciences at the University of Rochester. "You've lost the intellectual capital that was in the labs, you've lost the ability to quickly respond and do the work.  So to restart that is a significant investment far more than sustaining the program."

The discussion also highlighted great examples of research being done at participating universities, including the development of a deep brain stimulation technology at Ohio State University; early detection of e-coli and foodborne pathogens at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln; genetic engineering and vaccine development at Texas A&M University; and clinical trials of an Alzheimer’s drug at University of California, San Diego.

Participating university research leaders included: Robert J. Bernhard, Vice President for Research, University of Notre Dame; Dawn A. Bonnell, Vice Provost for Research, University of Pennsylvania; Sandra Brown, Vice Chancellor for Research, University of California, San Diego; Alexander N. Cartwright, Vice President for Research & Economic Development, University at Buffalo; Robert Clark, Senior Vice President for Research and Dean of the Hajim School of Engineering & Applied Sciences, University of Rochester; Glen A. Laine, Vice President for Research, Texas A&M University; Richard McCullough, Vice Provost for Research, Harvard University; Prem S. Paul, Vice Chancellor for Research & Economic Development, University of Nebraska-Lincoln; Gloria S. Waters, Vice President and Associate Provost for Research, Boston University; and Caroline C. Whitacre, Vice President for Research, The Ohio State University. The event was moderated by Mike Waring, Executive Director of Federal Relations at the University of Michigan.

Read the event transcript. 
Watch the full discussion. 
Download the event audio.

Read more about the event: 
The Huffington Post
Science & Enterprise 

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