The Arizona Republic published an op-ed on March 31 in the Southeast Valley Opinions section by State Representative Andrew Sherwood describing why investment in science is important for Arizona.
"According to the Arizona Board of Regents, Arizona’s university research enterprises in 2012 created 15 startup companies, nearly 400 invention disclosures and 47 U.S. patents. It infused $1 billion of investment capital into our state’s economy. All of this is the result of university research," wrote Sherwood in the column.
“Before my visit to [ASU’s Interdisciplinary Science and Technology Building IV], a constituent described it to me as “the scientific community’s next flagship.” After my visit, I can tell you this is not an exaggeration,” he wrote.
Sherwood highlighted the facility’s impressive first floor gallery space and glass-fronted labs designed to engage visitors from the Valley and beyond. He writes that the facility “inspires the excitement of Earth and space sciences and the technologies that make new discoveries possible.”
The piece, "My Turn: Scientific research at ASU vital for state’s future," can be read online here: http://www.azcentral.com/insiders/southeasteditorials/2013/03/31/scientific-research-at-asu-vital-for-states-future/