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Volume 68, Issue 143, Wednesday, May 28, 2003 


Research spending skyrockets

Cougar News Services

Research spending at UH has increased more than 58 percent since 1999. Itis the biggest percentage increase in expenditures among Texasi largest public research and development universities during the same time period.

UH spent a record-topping $82.9 million on research in Fiscal Year 2002, a 35 percent increase from FY 2001is $61.3 million, according to an annual report on research expenditures released by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board.

"Research spending at the University of Houston supports projects that have a major impact on our society and our economy, including education, the environment, health and medicine, technological advancement and homeland security issues," said Arthur Vailas, vice president for research and intellectual property management at UH, in a press release. 

More than 55 percent of all research-related funds spent by Texas public institutions of higher education are provided by the federal government, and 20 percent is provided by the Texas State government. Institutional and private funding accounts for the rest.

As Texasi premier research institution, UH sponsors more than 300 partnerships with corporate, civic and governmental entities. The National Institutes of Health, the National Science Foundation and NASA provide UH with most of federal research support.

"Our continued success in increasing UH research expenditures validates the support we receive from our state and federal lawmakers, as well as their leadership in helping to bring this level of funding to the university," Vailas said.

Current UH research projects include: studies of a stomach bacterium that causes most cases of human gastric ulcer disease; air and space craft improvement; optical studies focused on the early detection of ocular disease; studies aimed at understanding the important role language plays in Spanish-speaking childrenis education; designing drugs for treating infections in AIDS patients; investigating how stress affects buildings and bridges; and devising counter measures that can increase the durability of the structures.

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