June 25, 2001
Research major priority, survey says
By Holly Korschun
The Woodruff Sciences Center and Research!America co-sponsored a recent
statewide survey that found Georgians strongly want their state to be
a national leader in medical research (97 percent) and science and engineering
research (96 percent). Ray Merenstein, vice president for programs at
Research!America, presented the survey at Meeting of the Minds.
Almost half the 800 adult Georgians surveyed think the state is already
very much there (47 percent for medicine, 46 percent for science and engineering).
Ninety-five percent believe such research leadership is important to the
Georgians show great awareness and sophistication in perceiving
the value of research, even basic science which extends knowledge without
having an immediate application, and clinical research in which volunteers
test new drugs, devices and other treatments, said Michael Johns,
executive vice president for health affairs.
Georgians are also willing to put their federal and state tax money,
even their own money, where their mouth is, Johns said.
Ninety-five percent believe more money for science research and engineering should be a national priority. In fact, as a national priority, Georgians rank science research and engineering ahead of Social Security/Medicare and tax cuts.