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“This Week in Illinois Research” is a weekly communication for the campus research community, from the Vice Chancellor for Research & Innovation Susan Martinis. 


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Building Capacity Builds the Country

From the Vice Chancellor for Research and Innovation

We know that the United States continues to lag behind other countries in producing a STEM-ready workforce, a statistic that slows seriously needed progress on solutions to societal challenges and jeopardizes our prosperity and security. Many organizations focus on supporting STEM education, including the ARCS Foundation, which was founded in the '50s to address the nation's need for new scientists and engineers.

I am grateful to our local ARCS Illinois Chapter for an invitation to have a conversation last week about what some of our scientists and engineers are up to here at Illinois (as well as for a tour of the McKechnie Family LIFE Home). It was terrific to highlight a few projects with tangible results—for example, our work to protect our state's water supply, efforts to develop new diagnostics and therapeutics to treat cancer, and research to transform plants into new, sustainable products. The group asked insightful questions, underscoring just how important it is that people understand the impact of research and innovation in our communities.

Our very own Patty Jones is a member of the ARCS Illinois board and organized the event. Many thanks to Patty, and especially to ARCS Illinois members who support STEM scholars, here at UIUC and across the state

Sincerely,

Susan

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