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Research / Discovery

The Muse: A Capital Idea

February 7, 2014

I returned to the nation's capital this week with the president and the chancellor of CSU to be introduced on the Hill with the Colorado delegation.

The mood on the Hill was upbeat as the day of our meetings coincided with the passing of the new Farm Bill.  While long in coming and mired in the political deadlocks of recent times, the members felt relieved that they had accomplished something.  Our reception with our delegation was quite warm and we opened opportunities to return with more specific issues that I collected from the Colleges.

I also had meetings with agency leadership on different topics.  One topic was the global health initiative that has been a high priority for the Obama administration focusing on a new national strategy for Antimicrobial Drug Resistance or American Medical Response (AMR).  There are already significant public private partnerships to address AMR in Europe- the Innovative Medicines Initiative (IMI)- that have invested 1 billion Euros to battle what is a very serious threat to animal and public health. 

The White House has been organizing meetings in the agencies to coordinate AMR activities and encourage realignment of funds to address needs.  There has been no identification of new funds for this effort, yet it still may provide new opportunities. 

Before I left for Washington I had a great day in the College of Liberal Arts.  Thanks to so many for making it possible to get exposed to the great work being done in the arts, humanities, political science, literature and poetry and others.  I continue to gain useful insights from these visits. In particular, looking for ways to bring social sciences more integrated in solving some of our problems of our day seems like a real opportunity.

Finally, I want to say that if you continue to find your way to the Muse and find it useful, I am glad.  It’s really intended to provide transparency between administration and faculty. The University changed its policy on use of email distribution list that relocated the Muse to a link on the Today@Colorado State website. 

Best,

Alan