News
News Home
Quick Bites
Exploradio
News Archive
News Channel
Special Features
NPR
nowplaying
On AirNewsClassical
Loading...
  
School Closings
WKSU Support
Funding for WKSU is made possible in part through support from the following businesses and organizations.

The Holden Arboretum

Meaden & Moore

NOCHE


For more information on how your company or organization can support WKSU, download the WKSU Media Kit.

(WKSU Media Kit PDF icon )


Donate Your Vehicle to WKSU

Programs Schedule Make A Pledge Member BenefitsFAQ/HelpContact Us
Education


Sequester cuts Northeast Ohio research
Federal agencies like Department of Defense and National Institutes of Health are reducing research funding to area universities
by WKSU's MARK URYCKI


Senior Reporter
Mark Urycki
 
University of Akron researcher Liliana D'Alba is part of a team that studies nano structures in nature. The University of Akron has $50 million in federal requests for research funding.
Courtesy of Jeff St.Clair
Download (WKSU Only)
In The Region:
While many economists fear that cutbacks in government spending are slowing the economic recovery, area universities have their own fears.  Budget cuts under the federal sequestration agreement mean federal dollars for bio-medical, defense and other technology research at universities will be reduced. School officials fear that important discoveries and inventions will be missed or delayed.
Audio story

Other options:
Windows Media / MP3 Download (3:37)


It may not be noticeable, but every year federal money is sent to Ohio to help underwrite research at area universities.

The largest funder for research at the University of Akron, for example, is the Department of Defense, followed by the National Science Foundation, Department of Health and Human Services, and the Department of Transportation.

But the vice president of research at the school, George Newkome, recently told the board of trustees that the federal sequester cuts are squeezing that source of income this year. Newkome says he’ll need a month or two before he can tell how various federal agencies handle sequestration.

“When it went into effect, many of the agencies had already started to cut back because they knew it was coming," Newkome says. "So we’re now starting to feel that. I think all the universities in the United States are going through the same thing we are.”

Beyond defense
Kent State President Lester Lefton expects cuts from the National Science Foundation and National Institutes of Health.

“We haven’t lost any money today, but the question is: What are we going to lose in the future because there’s a smaller pool of money to go around.”

The sequester calls for $85 billion in cuts by September.  The vice president of research at Case Western Reserve University, Robert Miller, says every agency will take a different approach to cutbacks. And Case's biggest funder, the National Institutes of Health, is made up of various institutes -- each of which could take a different approach.

The impact
Case has as much as $380 million in research programs. Miller says they could lose $10 million this year. It sounds like a small part, but he says it could accumulate if sequestration cuts remain in place for a few years.  

“The overall federal research – NIH, NSF, NASA, the Department of Defense and other federal agencies is absolutely critical. It is the major supporter of research at our institution.”

At Akron, Newkome says the university has as much as $50 million in requests for research funding.

“It’s our bread and butter. The engineering sciences, polymer science and polymer engineering are funded predominantly off of federal support.”

Why federal support?
Miller, who oversees research on cerebral palsy and multiple sclerosis says federal money for university research has made crucial differences.

“We all now use cell phones and GPS. That all came out of university research. The fact that life expectancy is higher than it’s ever been for a majority of people is because of our ability to detect and treat a variety of ailments."

At Kent, Lefton says the sequester is affecting the school in a different way.  He says it is causing significant cuts in the federal Trio and Upward Bound organizations -- programs that help disadvantaged high school students prepare for a college education. 

Add Your Comment
Name:

Location:

E-mail: (not published, only used to contact you about your comment)


Comments:




 
Page Options

Print this page

E-Mail this page / Send mp3

Share on Facebook




Stories with Recent Comments

Lordstown GM plant plans to install 8,500 solar panels
How much will this solar array cost? How is it being funded, and who is really paying for it? How much real useful electricity will it actually produce in MEh p...

Local Ebola concerns cause officials to pay more attention to West Africa
I have a better idea, let's secure our borders and spend those billions of dollars on our own first.

HUD and Cuyahoga Land Bank extend a housing deal for another year
Need to sale lot, and would like to know how to contact someone to see if they may be interested in the property that sat between two lots. If you can give me...

Akron Beacon Journal details abuse claims against televangelist Angley
In the early 90's I went forth for pray. And the man was anointed by the hand of God. Just a fact I will never forget

Lawmaker questions why a million voters didn't get absentee applications
He's a damn lie! I vote n all elections. I missed 1. Haven't gotten my absentee ballot and their making it hard to get one.

Thirsty Dog Brewery warns it might have to leave Akron
Why is it the city's responsibility to find this guy a location? There are a hundred realestate companies that could help him.

Kent State sends home three after contact with second Ebola-stricken nurse
Why weren't all health workers who were around Duncan quaranteened for 21 days and tested for Ebola? That's a no-brainer. Why was Vinson allowed to travel right...

New book says Willoughby Coal is haunted...and that's good for business
Would love to see a series of books that would just thrill me. I cannot wait to visit some of the locations. And revisit some of the locations I have already vi...

Cleveland Indians to continue with 'dynamic pricing'
pricing is too high for a family as well as people like me who are on a fixed income. Bleacher seats are cheaper but concessions are rediculous.

Kasich talks about faith, drugs and education -- but never FitzGerald
The idea that you can learn more by talking to a 90 year old person than from a history book is just another example of how the GOP hates education and knowledg...

Copyright © 2014 WKSU Public Radio, All Rights Reserved.

 
In Partnership With:

NPR PRI Kent State University

listen in windows media format listen in realplayer format Car Talk Hosts: Tom & Ray Magliozzi Fresh Air Host: Terry Gross A Service of Kent State University 89.7 WKSU | NPR.Classical.Other smart stuff. NPR Senior Correspondent: Noah Adams Living on Earth Host: Steve Curwood 89.7 WKSU | NPR.Classical.Other smart stuff. A Service of Kent State University