Budgets are almost as important as science at public research institutions these days. With states across the country facing budget crises, everyone's looking for easy cuts, and the public universities are looking to keep their budgets intact, says the Chronicle of Higher Education's Paul Basken. So it may be time for academia to take a page out of industry's book — "please your patrons," Basken says. At this weekend's annual AAAS meeting, industry leaders addressed their academic brethren, telling them that the universities that are doing well are ones that concentrate on translating their research to manufacturing, and that the rest need to follow their lead. "A public university system's main patron, the state, is much more willing and able to support the university if the institution helps meet its needs," Basken says.
Feb 23, 2011