January 21, 2015

APS Applauds President Obama’s support of R&D in State of the Union Address

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The American Physical Society (APS), the nation’s largest organization of physicists, commends President Obama for calling attention in his State of the Union Address to the importance of science, specifically for declaring that, “21st century business will rely on American science, technology, research and development.”

APS reiterates the president’s call for bipartisan support of basic research, emphasizing that such research has been the foundation of myriad technologies – such as the GPS, iPhone and MRI – which have contributed to job creation and improvement in the lives of Americans. To keep the nation on its path of continued economic growth, it is imperative that the U.S. maintain sustained, reliable and robust funding of basic research. Since World War II, science and technology have contributed to more than half of the nation’s economic growth.

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