2009 Key Federal Legislative Priorities
Faculty, staff, students, and alumni are encouraged to
contact their respective United States Senate and United States House of
Representatives members to
inform them how the key legislative priorities will further the academic and
health care missions of VCU and the VCU Health System. For your convenience,
a link to contact information for your elected representatives. For a reminder
of guidelines for taking public policy positions or offering public comments,
please click here.
Massey Cancer Center Research Vivarium. Funding is sought for the renovation of a proposed 7500 sq. ft animal research facility to provide the proper state-of-the-art space to accommodate the current and planned pre-clinical and translational cancer research activities. Animal research is a vital link between branch research and clinical trials – translating science into improved care of cancer patients. Specifically, the goal of this project is to achieve rapid deployment of advancements in cancer research from laboratory to patients; and the development of clinical protocols to advance cancer treatment in underrepresented minorities.
Atlantic Rivers Institute. The Atlantic Rivers Institute is a collaboration of VCU, the United States Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS), the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries (VDGIF), and Charles City County, Virginia. The Institute will formally coordinate and advance river-related research, education, conservation, management, public health, as well as historical and cultural activities with respect to Atlantic coast rivers. Located in Charles City County, Virginia, the Institute will build upon an existing array of land assets, infrastructure and personnel, including VCU’s Rice Center for Environmental Life Sciences; the Harrison Lake National Fish Hatchery, the Presquile National Wildlife Refuge, and the James River National Wildlife Refuge of the USFWS; the Region 1 office of the VDGIF; and the Lawrence Lewis Park of Charles City County.
Multi-Functional Oxide Materials Applications and Devices. We propose a $1 million federal budget request for the Office of Naval Research’s University Research initiatives. This request will seek second year funding of an initiative involving the Commonwealth of Virginia (Virginia Commonwealth University) and the State of Ohio (Ohio State University) to perform research on multi functional oxide materials and their applications to electronic devices (MFMA). Virginia Commonwealth University will use $1M for capital equipment and research expenditures for the purpose of conducting research in nanoscale multifunctional materials of significance to the Department of Defense.
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