Moore tours, learns from KUs `best-kept secrets

Lawrence,KS (12-01-1999)

From University Daily Kansan
By Chris Borniger

Research centers impress Congressman, need money

Yesterday Rep. Dennis Moore got to see what some of Kansas taxpayers money had bought.

Moore, 3rd District U.S. congressman, was at the University of Kansas to tour two research centers the Information & Telecommunications Technology Center and the Kansas Geological Survey. Both institutions receive federal grants to sustain their operations and to purchase equipment.

Moore, a member of the House of Representatives Science committee and the Space and Aeronautics subcommittee, said he was impressed with the work both institutions had done.

These are some of the best-kept secrets of the University of Kansas, he said. I really learned a lot.

Kansas future, he said, depended on maintaining and advancing the level of research and development at the University level. While the state is home to some major corporations, such as Sprint in Overland Park, Moore said he saw potential for scientific advancements to help small businesses.

And given the states recent budget strain, federal funds will have to help that happen, Moore said.

Since the state has no extra money, I want to do as much as I can to help from Washington, he said.

Joe Evans, ITTC acting director and professor of electrical engineering and computer science, said the presentations were aimed at displaying the usefulness of University research and its potential.

This gave us a chance to show who we are and what we can do, he said.

Evans said ITTC relied on government money more than $3 million for about half of its budget. That has allowed the institution to work on interdisciplinary projects that benefit students, he said.

Were pretty excited about the way things are going, he said.

Robert Barnhill, vice chancellor for research and public service and president of the Universitys Center for Research Inc., said he was pleased with Moores visit.

We can always use some more recognition, at all levels, he said. There are a lot of areas the federal government can help in.

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