Vice President Joe Biden hosted a roundtable with college presidents at the White House this morning to draw attention to the $18-billion in stimulus money going to university research.
from the press release:
Amy Gutmann, the president of the University of Pennsylvania said stimulus funding has created 1,100 jobs at the University, including 700 in research and 400 in construction. The money is being used to study “new ways of gathering data to unlock the secrets of Alzheimers;” to map the markers of cancer on the human genome; to identify genes linked to heart disease; and to pinpoint risk factors for ALS, among other things. She said the university has conducted a study that estimated each of the 1100 jobs created by the stimulus money has created four more jobs regionally and nationally.