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College leaders see security rules hampering research

Presidents and chancellors of the nation’s 62 largest research universities yesterday cautioned against excessive security procedures in the war on terrorism that could hurt the country’s ability to attract the best minds from around the world for U.S. science, engineering and medical research programs. “Our university system has been what has really been so great for [decades of] achievement and success of our country, more so as the country has become more of a knowledge economy country — much more brain power and less muscle power,” said C.D. “Dan” Mote Jr., president of the University of Maryland, in a meeting with editors and reporters at The Washington Times. Mr. Mote and other university presidents of the Association of American Universities said it would seriously harm continued scientific and medical breakthroughs if the government clamps down on foreign scientists and engineers coming into the United States — especially in the wake of the September 11 terrorist attacks, in which there has been a new emphasis on tracking non-American students in the country. They said half of all researchers in federally funded university programs come from foreign countries. Full Story

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