U.S. Rep. Brad Miller met with faculty and administrators Thursday, April 8, in Sullivan Science Building to discuss innovation, entrepreneurship and economic development. Miller represents North Carolina’s 13th district in the U.S. Congress and is a member of the Committee on Science and Technology and Chairman of the Subcommittee on Investigations and Oversight.
“As a public institution, we take economic development very seriously,” Dr. Terri Shelton, interim vice chancellor for research and economic development, said during last week’s round table discussion. “UNCG has made investments in research, engaged scholarship and innovation to expand our role as an economic driver for the region.”
The participants provided Miller and his staff with suggestions about how the federal government could better support the university’s economic development efforts. Ideas included increased federal investment in research & development (R&D), expedited review of grant proposals by federal agencies, new programs to encourage students to pursue careers in research and small-business loans to help researchers turn their ideas into successful businesses. After the discussion, Dr. Patricia Reggio, head of the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, gave Miller a tour of the science building.
In addition to Shelton and Reggio, attendees included Dr. Rick Bunch, director of the Center for Geographic Information Science; Lisa Goble, director of the Office of Technology Transfer; Jerry McGuire, associate vice chancellor for economic development; Dr. James Ryan, dean of the Joint School of Nanoscience and Nanoengineering; Mike Tarrant, special assistant to the chancellor; Dr. Dianne Welsh, director of the North Carolina Center for Entrepreneurship; and Dr. David Wyrick, associate professor of public health.
Chancellor Brady and Provost Perrin were at a Board of Governors meeting, where the topic of pharmacy schools was to be discussed.