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Researchers discuss how federal investment in science and technology fuels economic growth

Feb. 28, 2013, by Judy Holmes

15 years ago, a devastating stroke left Sandra Hewett’s mother paralyzed on one side and unable to speak. Today, Hewett, the Beverly Petterson Bishop Professor in Neuroscience in Syracuse University’s College of Arts and Sciences, is leading efforts to identify ways to prevent brain damage after stroke.  The research is supported by the National Institutes of Health. Without the funding, Hewett’s research program would end.

Hewett and her colleagues in SU’s College of Arts and Sciences and the L.C. Smith College of Engineering and Computer Science have added their voices to the growing national concern about across-the-board cuts in federal investment in basic scientific research. In a video message, the researchers discuss how federal grants drive innovation, fuel economic development, create jobs, train the next generation of scientists, and keep our nation competitive in the global marketplace.