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November 25, 2013
When Congress returns to Washington after Thanksgiving, budget negotiations will be getting down to the wire on a deal for next year’s federal spending.
Without an agreement in December, North Carolina and the nation could be facing a second round of the automatic spending cuts known as sequestration. Those indiscriminate cuts have had ripple effects on the state in many areas, including Head Start, highways, research, meals for low-income seniors and the defense industry.
The impacts ahead are hard to predict. Budget negotiators from the Senate and House of Representatives could reach a deal. Congress also could change the terms of the sequester cuts. Or
another stop-gap spending bill could continue the same level of cuts. A second year of automatic cuts could be deeper than the first because last year’s cuts began March 1, but the second year’s cuts under the 2011 Budget Control Act would be for a full year, said Alexandra Forter Sirota, director of the Budget and Tax Center in Raleigh.
It also would follow cuts by the state legislature.
“The combined effect of federal and state cuts is going to be devastating,” Sirota said.
Rhinehardt was honored for her leadership in creating the UNC Partnership for National Security, an initiative to support the military service members, support national security and grow North Carolina’s defense economy. Click here to watch a brief video highlighting Kimrey’s service on behalf of the UNC system and U.S. military.
“The support I received from UNCG means the world to me. It’s something I will always have and am very grateful for.”
-Thomas DiStefano, Veteran
The UNCG 4 Vets campaign is an opportunity to say, “Thank you” to the service men and women who have given so much to our community, state and nation.
Click here to watch a special video and learn how you can help student veterans at UNCG.
Representatives from both chambers and political parties gathered on Wednesday for the first formal budget talks since Congress reached an agreement earlier this month to reopen the government after a 16-day shutdown and to temporarily raise the nation’s borrowing authority.
One of the biggest sticking points in the negotiations is over what to do with the automatic, across-the-board spending cuts, known as sequestration. Earlier this year, those cuts reduced federal spending on research by more than $1 billion. With fewer research grants available, universities have had to scale back research activities and in some cases lay off researchers and close laboratories.
By Melanie Baucom, UNC General Administration, Office of Federal Government Relations
After 16 days of a partial government shutdown, Congress passed a temporary Continuing Resolution (CR) to re-open the government and extend the debt ceiling. The agreement is temporary and leaves unresolved full FY14 spending levels and whether automatic spending cuts, known as sequester, will continue in January.
The agreement established the first bicameral budget conference since 2009 that will work on deciding next year’s spending and possibly consider an overhaul of the tax code and changes to entitlement programs. If the conference committee fails to come to an agreement by December 13, the government could shut down again on January 15, 2014 and would face a default on the nation’s debts on February 7, 2014.
Kelvin Ma for The Chronicle
Donald Ingber (right), a Harvard scientist supported by Darpa, looks over a prototype of his “organ on a chip” biometric cartridge.
By Paul Basken
Donald E. Ingber, a professor at Harvard University, has combined advanced electronics and biology to create a “lung on a chip,” a breakthrough device that could safely allow precise tests of risky new medical treatments before they are tried out on humans.
Just as eye-opening as his work, however, may be his source of federal financing.
It’s not the National Institutes of Health, the $30-billion agency that is the largest provider of federal basic-research money to universities. Instead it’s the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, or Darpa, an agency one-tenth as large as NIH and responsible primarily for meeting the military’s technological needs.
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By Melanie Baucom, Federal Relations Assistant, UNC General Administration
On Wednesday, September 11, the Subcommittee on Higher Education and Workforce Training of the House Committee on Education and Workforce held a hearing entitled, “Keeping College Within Reach: Supporting Higher Education Opportunities for America’s Servicemembers and Veterans.”
The hearing came on the 12th anniversary of the terrorist attacks of 9/11 and Subcommittee Chairwoman Virginia Foxx, taking a moment of silence, asserted the fitting timeliness of the hearing. Witnesses, including UNC’s Vice President for Federal and Military Affairs, Kimrey Rhinehardt, gave testimony on the role of universities and university systems in providing higher education opportunities for military members and veterans. Read More
UNCG Now story posted by Lanita Withers Goins
The Department of Information Systems and Supply Chain Management in the UNCG Bryan School of Business and Economics is among the top 50 information systems programs in the nation as ranked by IS Job Index.
The listing identifies universities with an information systems-focused major and demonstrated excellence as proved by U.S. News and World Report rankings, programs and/or faculty listed on the Association for Information Systems (AIS) collection of journals, or by AIS student chapters. Read More
September 3, 2013 By Campus Weekly
UNCG has a growing number of students who are veterans. In fact, UNCG has the fifth-largest military veteran population in the UNC system, Chancellor Linda P. Brady said at last week’s Trustees’ meeting. Those students have a high level of success, with a very high 87 percent retention rate, she said.
At last week’s meeting, recent graduate Nicolle Brossard spoke about UNCG’s support of its student veterans. She served as an officer of the UNCG Student Veterans Association and was part of the university’s Military, Veterans and Families Task Force. A survivor of the Ft. Hood shootings of 2009 – “I was eight feet from the Fort Hood Shooter” she said – she is an Army mental health specialist. She now will attend the U.S. Military-Baylor Graduate Program in Nutrition.
Joshua Green, assistant dean of students, and Dedrick Curtis, former assistant registrar for veterans services, spoke as well.
Curtis presented the chancellor and the trustees the first of the special coins that Brossard and a designer created for the university to present to student veterans each November 11.
In doing so, they praised the supportive environment that Brady and the board ensure for Spartan veterans.
Brady explained that our university’s military veterans exemplify one of many ways UNCG has a very diverse student body – and works to promote student access and success.
By Mike Harris
Chancellor Brady Joins 160+ University Leaders in Urging Congress and President Obama to Close Innovation Deficit
Washington, DC – Deeply concerned about major federal budget cuts to research and higher education at a time when other nations are steadily increasing investments in those areas, 165 university presidents and chancellors today called on leaders in Washington to close what they call the “innovation deficit.” In an open letter to President Obama and Congress published as an advertisement in Politico, the university leaders wrote that closing the innovation deficit – the widening gap between needed and actual investments in research and education – must be a national imperative.
Hunter R. Rawlings III, President of the Association of American Universities (AAU), and Peter McPherson, President of the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities (APLU), whose organizations coordinated the letter, joined the university presidents and chancellors in signing it. The higher education leaders, whose schools are members of AAU and APLU, noted that investments in those areas lead to the types of innovation and new technologies that power the nation’s economy, create jobs, improve health, and strengthen national security, ensuring that the U.S. maintains its role as global leader.
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