INSIDE: Abbott urges funds for researcher recruitment,
For many professors, a position at an Ivy League school is about as prestigious as it gets. For Richard Miles, jumping ship from Princeton University for Texas A&M University was an easy decision.
Thanks in part to a $5 million grant from the Governor’s University Research Initiative, Miles will have a hand in developing a new laboratory with specialized equipment for studying the movement of pollutants and hazardous materials in the air. No other lab in the world will have equal capabilities, he said.
Gov. Greg Abbott hosted Miles and several other top researchers Monday at the Governor’s Mansion to celebrate their arrival in Texas and to urge lawmakers to allocate $40 million to the initiative for the next two years.
The program was established with nearly $40 million two years ago as one of Abbott’s top priorities, and a total of nine researchers have been recruited to A&M, the University of Texas and the University of Houston. But neither the House nor the Senate gave the initiative any money in its proposed budget for the 201819 biennium.
“What these individuals are doing is far more than just creating the next generation of science,
Gov. Greg Abbott (foreground) hosts a reception at the Governor’s Mansion on Monday for researchers recruited to state universities as part of a $40 million Initiative.