U.S. Leadership in Nanoscience Should Be A Government Priority, Say Survey Respondents

Sep 14, 2004, 01:00 ET from GolinHarris

    LAKE GEORGE, N.Y., Sept. 14 /PRNewswire/ -- Nearly 90% of Americans
 believe that continued U.S. global leadership in technology is important to
 the nation's economy, and more than 76% believe that funding for research into
 the new fields of nanoscience and nanotechnology should be a priority of both
 federal and state governments.  In an online survey of 400 respondents
 conducted by GolinHarris, 60% said the government should increase current
 funding levels for nanotechnology research.
     "Americans clearly understand the importance of U.S. global leadership in
 technology," said Lane Bailey, worldwide director of public affairs and
 manager of the firm's Nanoscience Practice in Washington, DC.  "While most
 Americans know little about nanoscience, when the applications of current
 research and the strong global competition are detailed, they feel strongly
 that the U.S. must increase federal research spending to ensure American
 leadership in nanotechnology."
     Current U.S. spending on nanotechnology research is $900 million per year
 under the Bush Administration's 2003-2004 budget.  In 2002, spending outside
 the U.S. was twice what the U.S. government spent on nanotechnology research
 during the same year.  U.S. companies and the federal government are not
 keeping pace, and U.S. leadership in this new area of technology development
 is threatened.
     "These results demonstrate that the American people understand that
 tomorrow's economic growth and national security depend on today's investments
 in scientific research," said Daryl Hatano, Vice President for Public Policy
 at the Semiconductor Industry Association (SIA).  "It is particularly telling
 that likely voters placed an even higher priority on U.S. leadership in
 technology than respondents who indicated that they were not likely to vote."
     Other results from the survey include:
       * 60% of Americans believe it is very important for state governments to
         also get involved in nanoscience research funding;
       * 80% of Americans cannot name a single company that is a leader in
         nanotechnology development; and
       * the older you are, the more you understand the importance of U.S.
         leadership.  Younger Americans may take U.S. technology leadership for
     Nanoscience is the science of making things very small; and refers to a
 new array of machines and materials whose key parts are less than 10
 nanometers, about 10,000 times smaller than the width of a human hair.
     The survey results were released by GolinHarris at the annual Albany
 Symposium on Global Technology in Lake George, NY, on September 14.  The
 survey was conducted by GolinHarris in conjunction with Sawchuk Brown
 Associates, an Albany, NY-based public affairs agency, and the SIA from
 September 8-9.
     Founded in 1956, GolinHarris is a full-service public relations firm,
 providing professional counsel and strategic communications programs to
 clients through 27 offices around the world.  GolinHarris clients include
 McDonald's Corporation, Toyota Motor Sales USA, Inc., the Lowe's Companies,
 Nintendo of America Inc., Texas Instruments, State Farm Insurance, Sprint
 Corp., Florida Department of Citrus, and the William Wrigley Jr. Co.
 GolinHarris is headquartered in Chicago.  It is part of the Interpublic Group
 of Companies (NYSE:   IPG).

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