UGA, Georgia Tech Presidents Sound Warning on Research Cuts

In an Atlanta Journal-Constitution opinion piece, Michael Adams and G.P. "Bud" Peterson say the federal government should be careful where it trims spending.

As Congress and President Barack Obama work to settle on a budget deal and avoid the self-imposed "fiscal cliff" of mandatory spending reductions, they must take care not to undermine university research, UGA and Georgia Tech's president's argue in a recent opinion column.

"Much of America’s competitive advantage in innovation can be linked back to university research," the University of Georgia's Michael Adams and Georgia Tech's G.P. “Bud” Peterson write in a guest column published by the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

"In our increasingly global environment, if we reduce our investment in education and research while other countries increase theirs, we could compromise the very advantages that have made America strong."

The presidents call for bipartisan cooperation to resolve budget differences without jeopardizing "the strength in America’s educational system."

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