Schapiro meets with Durbin, discusses funding


Source: Dick Durbin’s Office

University President Morton Schapiro and Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) meet. Schapiro spoke to Durbin about federal funds for university research, which Durbin introduced bills about in recent weeks.

Shane McKeon, Assistant Campus Editor

University President Morton Schapiro met with Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) on Tuesday to discuss legislation regarding federal funding for biomedical and science research.

Earlier this year, Durbin introduced two bills supporting federal funding for major research universities like Northwestern.

Durbin said the bills aim to reverse a trend of decreases in federal funding for research.

“Northwestern is home to some of our nation’s best and brightest researchers who are leading the way in complex and growing fields like orthotics and prosthetics research,” Durbin said in a news release. “But like their colleagues across the country, Northwestern’s scientists are facing diminishing federal resources for their cutting edge research. This isn’t simply a problem for those scientists, their labs, or the universities they work at — it is a problem for the future of our country.”

The two also discussed NU’s Prosthetics-Orthotics Center. Durbin introduced two other bills Tuesday aimed at improving orthotics and prosthetics care for servicemembers and veterans.

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