Newspaper article THE JOURNAL RECORD

OK Center for Advancement of Science and Tech. Report Calls for Research Funds, Education Focus

Newspaper article THE JOURNAL RECORD

OK Center for Advancement of Science and Tech. Report Calls for Research Funds, Education Focus

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Oklahoma needs to increase funding for university technology research and adopt policies to focus on science education, according to a report released Monday.

Additional university research money should focus on nanostructure sensors, biotechnology, information technology, weather technology and aerospace, the report said.

Meeting Challenges in the New Economy is the third annual edition of an ongoing study conducted by the Oklahoma Center for the Advancement of Science and Technology with funding from the Presbyterian Health Foundation and the Noble Foundation. The report was developed to assess progress and provide strategic recommendations to make Oklahoma a national leader in technology development and commercialization.

We all win when Oklahoma technology-based industry partners with common education and higher education to bring wealth to our state, said Gov. Brad Henry.

William A. Sibley, OCAST executive director, led the committee that prepared the report. Other committee members included Robert Dauffenbach, Toney Stricklin, Ross Robinson, Mike Anderson, Shelley Cadamy, Kurt Snodgrass, George Charlton, Steve Cropper, Larkin Warner, Larry Pulliam, Don Wood and Russ Maile.

Adequate funding is a challenge in all sectors, the report said. Oklahoma must find innovative ways to increase sources of capital funding, especially between incubation/seed stage and the venture capital stage

Sibley said Oklahoma enjoyed improvements in average annual earnings, per capita personal income and percent of the work force employed when comparing 2002 and 2003 statistics with those available in 2001, the first year the report was published.

Our rankings have improved, Sibley said. From 2000 to 2002, we improved from 43rd in the nation in per capita income to 40th. We rank 15th in the nation in high school graduations with 77 percent of our students graduating, and Oklahoma is a leader in the number of national certified teachers per capita.

During the same time, Sibley said, Oklahoma improved from 41st to 31st in the nation in university research and development and from 30th to 28th in federal research and development. …

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