Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Texas officially appreciates astronomy

As I type this, the Texas House of Representatives and Senate are honoring the University of Texas and Texas A&M for our efforts in astronomical research past, present, and future. Here is the text of the concurrent resolution.

In spite of the issues that the state of Texas seems to have with science standards in public schools, the state legislature is very highly supportive of astronomy research. The state allocates a fair amount of money for the operation of McDonald Observatory and for the construction of new instruments and telescopes; few other states allocate funds specifically for astronomy research. And those funds make a huge difference for Texas astronomy.

Perhaps more important is the joint recognition of both the University of Texas and Texas A&M astronomy research groups. Modern astronomy research requires ever-more collaboration among institutions, and Texas astronomy is much more than just the group of us here in Austin.

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