Saturday, May 20, 2006

But James Hammond at The State understands the "new brain trust" that is forming

The really frustrating thing about The State's criticism of Clemson's Restoration Institute is that right down the hall was a reporter that gets it. Recently James Hammond wrote a great article, New brain trust - State’s endowed chairs program attracting high-caliber researchers. Maybe the folks at The State ought to talk to one another.

“We are creating a critical mass of intelligence, of brain power, to be focused upon particular areas that may produce scientific breakthroughs and create jobs,” said Sam Tenenbaum, originator of the endowed chair idea in South Carolina.


In his career as a physicist, USC's Richard Webb helped computer pioneer IBM develop new patents. Now in the academic world, he explores the frontiers of nanoscience for new theories that could one day pave the way for even smaller circuits and computer chips. Webb says he would not have his office in Columbia today without South Carolina’s lottery-funded endowed chairs program


Clemson endowed chair holder Tom Kurfess said the research into automobile manufacturing and safety done at the Greenville campus will be unique in North America and would not be possible without the endowed chairs program.


The endowed chairs program already has spawned one major collaboration in health sciences that university leaders say probably would not have happened without the program. Two of the state’s largest hospital systems, Greenville Hospital System and Columbia-based Palmetto Health, and two of the state’s largest universities, MUSC and USC, will pool resources and invest in health sciences research.

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