IN­SIDE: Ab­bott urges funds for re­searcher re­cruit­ment,

Austin American-Statesman - - FRONT PAGE - By Ralph K.M. Hau­r­witz rhau­r­witz@states­man.com Re­search

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,

RALPH BARRERA / AMER­I­CAN-STATES­MAN

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.

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