Eli Capilouto

UK is Essential to Kentucky's Future

Published: Sep 16, 2013

Recently, I attended two events within one hour of each other that powerfully illustrated how central UK is to our state’s future promise. At the same time, though, they underscored the potential peril we face without a sustained investment in our country to research and discovery.

 

First, I was honored to speak, along with Gov. Beshear, Mayor Gray and others, at the dedication ceremony for the new Eastern State Hospital, which UK HealthCare will be operating on behalf of the Commonwealth.

 

It is a spectacular facility that promises to take the care of those most vulnerable in our society out of the shadows and into the light because of high-tech, high-touch care for which we are so well-known.

 

Just down the road from the new Eastern State Hospital is our Center for Applied Energy Research. There, I again joined the Governor and Mayor for a celebration – this time, the announcement that NOHMs Technologies – which manufactures Lithium-ion batteries – is relocating to Lexington from Ithaca, N.Y. and Cornell University. NOHMs is bringing the potential of 162 high-quality, high-wage jobs and more than $5.3 million in investment to our state.

 

The company and its young entrepreneur founder were attracted by the partnership that exists among UK, the state and Lexington as well as our reputation for research in advanced manufacturing as evidenced by the Kentucky-Argonne Battery Manufacturing Research and Development Center.

 

As we stood in the lobby of CAER’s headquarters, I was struck once again about the critical importance of two things central to both announcements – great facilities and great talent.

 

An outstanding university thrives only when both are in place. But the same is true of our country. Our economic advance as a country has been built, in no small way, from our extraordinary commitment to research, discovery and development. Whether scientists labor in labs on a seemingly obscure research question that becomes a drug that combats cholesterol and heart disease or work on the front lines to unlock the secret of how to ensure that energy and fuel are burned and consumed in a cleaner more sustainable fashion, it takes a long-term commitment to investment in research.

 

Our current budget battles and protracted stalemates in Washington, frankly, imperil that progress and that future.

 

At UK, because of your talent and our commitment to building facilities that harness and empower that intellect and skill, we are making an undeniably important investment in our Commonwealth’s future.

 

Our announcement earlier this summer that Markey Cancer Center has been designated as a federal cancer center underscores our commitment. It was the result of years of planned investment in people and facilities.

 

We pursued this dream not for ourselves, but because Kentucky cancer mortality rates are too high – the highest in the nation. NCI-designation and federal support for scientific breakthroughs reached in our labs and clinics are essential if we want to decrease cancer deaths in Kentucky.

 

However, as part of sequestration, the budget for NIH – the federal agency responsible for supporting medical research – was cut by $1.5 billion; translating to roughly 700 fewer competitive research projects funded.

 

We can do more, and we must do more. But it will take a renewed investment in our model for prosperity. Competing nations are using the formula that we developed to beat us at our own game.

 

As the country recovers in a still fragile global economy, we cannot forget – nor abandon – the principles that made us strong. Public investment in research and development, though not always immediately apparent, is an essential driver of our recovery. 

 

It has been a pillar of our success. It will be in the future, if we commit to such investment now.

September
 
1
Employee Educational Assistance Award
Labor Day - Academic Holiday
Mon
2
Employee Educational Assistance Award
Internship Info Session
Student/Faculty/Staff Mixer
Tue
3
Employee Educational Assistance Award
LNFS Presents: The Wolf of Wall Street
Last Day to Add a Class
Last Day to Drop a Course with 80% Refund
UK Volunteer Fair
Wed
4
LNFS Presents: Children of Men
LNFS Presents: How To Train Your Dragon 2
Black and Latino Male Initiative
Advance Your Swagger: A Night with Fonzworth Bentely
Thu
5
Kentucky Volleyball vs. Northern Iowa
Kentucky Volleyball vs. USC
LNFS Presents: Spirited Away
LNFS Presents: Mulan
Fri
6
Free Saturday Swing Dance Lessons
Kentucky Football vs. Ohio
Kentucky Volleyball vs. Creighton
Lets Swing Dance!
Sat
7
Kentucky Women's Soccer vs. Morehead State
Sun
8
Diversity Organization's Council
Kosher/Soul? (Jewish, African American & Appalachian culture Fuse)
Mon
9
Rock Star Professionalism Series
Tue
10
Massage on the Go
College: Do the Right Thing- A conversation with Dr. Smith
LNFS Presents: Fight Club
Wed
11
LNFS Presents: Mr & Mrs Smith
LNFS Presents: 22 Jump Street
Thu
12
LNFS Presents: Searching For Sugarman
LNFS Presents: Sin City
Fri
13
Free Saturday Swing Dance Lessons
Men's Soccer vs. ETSU
Sat
14
Kentucky Women's Soccer vs. Pepperdine
Sun
15
Kentucky Week Farmer's MarCat and Craft Fair
Majestic U.N.I.T.Y.
Mon
16
Justice Delayed not Justice Denied: A Talk with Dough Jones
PRHBTN Gallery Reception and Concert
Men's Soccer vs. Xavier
Big Blue Commonwealth
Tue
17
Internship Info Session
Last Day to Drop a Course Without Appearing on Transcript
Caregiver Support Group
LNFS Presents: The Immigrant
Wed
18
LNFS Presents: Watermark
LNFS Presents: X-Men: Days of Future Past
Kentucky Volleyball vs. Lipscomb
Thu
19
LNFS Presents: A Band Called Death
LNFS Presents: Prisoners
Men's Soccer vs. Furman
Fri
20
Rock Climbing @ Red River Gorge
College of Pharmacy Open House
Kentucky Volleyball vs. Xavier
Sat
21
 
Sun
22
Kentucky Law Schools Forum
Mon
23
Pinterest Party
Employer Showcase
Men's Soccer vs. Lousville
Tue
24
Employer Showcase
Last Day to Drop a Course with 50% Refund
UK Elder Care Lunch & Learn
LNFS Presents: Saving Mr. Banks
Wed
25
LNFS Presents: Culture Jam
LNFS Presents: Maleficent
¡Baila!
Thu
26
LNFS Presents: Ponyo
LNFS Presents: The Little Mermaid
White Water Rafting @ Chattooga River
Women's Soccer vs. Mississippi State
Fri
27
White Water Rafting @ Chattooga River
Kentucky Football vs. Vanderbilt
Free Saturday Swing Dance Lessons
Sat
28
White Water Rafting @ Chattooga River
Dirty Dancing Trip
Kentucky Women's Soccer vs. Auburn
Sun
29
 
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#TrendingTopics: Immigration Reform
Tue
 
 
 
 
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