Urbana Chancellor Phyllis Wise came to DC this week to accept the Draper Prize—one of the world's most prestigious awards for engineering—on behalf of Nick Holonyak, Jr. for his work in pioneering light-emitting diode (LED) technology. While in town, Wise covered a lot of DC territory between meetings with leaders from a scientific society, federal agency, higher ed association, and Congress.
She spoke with Ralph Cicerone—an Urbana alum (MS, PhD) who serves as the President of the National Academy of Sciences (NAS) and Chair of the National Research Council (NRC)—about some of the unique challenges facing public research universities.
Wise met with the Director of NIH's National Institute on Aging, Richard Hodes, where she talked about Urbana's innovative research efforts in Alzheimer’s disease and neuroscience research with the Institute of Genomic Biology, the Beckman Institute, and the Mayo Illinois Alliance.
She also caught up with Hunter Rawlings, President of the Association of American Universities (AAU) to provide him with a campus update.
Finally, she swung by Capitol Hill to see Rep. Rodney Davis to congratulate him on his new leadership position as chairman of an agriculture research subcommittee.