Governor and Legislature act to fully fund four California Institutes
for Science and Innovation
25, California Gov. Gray Davis signed a bill that fully funds the four
California Institutes for Science and Innovation. The bill authorizes
$308 million dollars in lease-revenue bond financing for completion of
the capital projects associated with the Institutes.
is the home of the Center for Information Technology Research in the
Interest of Society (CITRIS), which uses advances in information technology
to solve pressing problems in fields of energy conservation, transportation,
education, and emergency preparedness. Berkeley is also a partner (along
with UC San Francisco and UC Santa Cruz) in the Institute for Quantitative
Biomedical Research (QB3).
Government Affairs, other campus officials, alumni, and corporate partners
had been working for months to achieve this win. In the Assembly, there
had been strong opposition to the method of financing, but in the final
days, proponents of the bill prevailed.
the bill into law, the governor and the Legislature have recognized that
the Institutes are a critical part of the economic recovery of the state.
Marqusee, associate director of QB3 at Berkeley, said the state action
was extremely helpful. "This ensures that California, and University
of California scientists, will be leading the way," said Marqusee.
"This new type of research will have a major impact on biotechnology
and human health in the next half century."
Bajcsy, director of CITRIS, was equally pleased by the state action.
Bajcsy, "The legislature, by granting this award, had the foresight to
invest in an opportunity that allows us to examine - in a serious fashion
- the result of information technology on people and on society as a
information technology revolution is profoundly different from the industrial
revolution in that, during the latter, the engines could be separated
from the people, and thus had only an indirect effect on peoples' lives.
However, information technology intimately influences people's ways of
acting, thinking and their interaction with each other. This affects
not only our social system, but ultimately our legal, governmental and